The Alpine Zen
The picturesque town of Alpine in the foothills of Washington state's Cascade Mountains—home to Emma Lord and her weekly newspaper The Alpine Advocate—has long charmed and enthralled mystery lovers. Now, with The Alpine Zen, Mary Daheim has at last reached the anticipated letter of Z. Her legion of avid armchair sleuths will relish this deliciously gripping novel.
As an early summer heat wave beats down on Alpine, Emma and her staff are treading very lightly. For unfathomable reasons, the paper's House & Home editor, Vida Runkel, is in a major snit, refusing to speak to her colleagues, or even her boss. So when a peculiar young woman walks in claiming her parents have been murdered, and that she's in mortal danger, too, it fits right in with the rest of the craziness. Then, to the utter bafflement of her colleagues, Vida vanishes without a word to anyone. And just when Emma and her husband, Sheriff Milo Dodge, start to unsnarl these tangles, a male body, dead too long to identify, surfaces at the town dump—making what seemed merely weird feel downright sinister. Has the hot weather driven everyone nuts, or are cold-blooded forces committing deadly misdeeds?
The Alpine Zen tingles with all the mystery and allure that only Mary Daheim's brand of small-town life can provide. Gossip, love affairs, feuding, and plenty of dirty secrets make for an intriguing adventure every Alpine fan will want to read all about.
This book took me a little bit to actually get into. I am not sure if it was because I was jumping into a town that was already well developed with characters that have tons of back story or not. However, once I got into the actual murder mystery part of the story, I really loved it.
There was plenty happening in this book to keep me enthralled once I was swept up. I have no clue how I hadn’t heard of this series before now. I know I don’t live with my head in the sand, but this one had passed me by previously. I will definitely be rectifying that though. I have plenty of books in this series that I will need to read.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.