The Alpine Yeoman:
An Emma Lord Mystery
25th in Series
Published by Ballantine Books (March 25, 2014)
Hardcover: 352 pages
E-Book File Size: 1382 KB
Amazon ASIN: B00FIMZ08C
B&N ISBN-13: 9780345549877
Alpine Washington 2005
This series continues as newlyweds Emma Lord and Milo Dodge are remodeling and adding on to her log cabin to make room for both of them. Emma is the publisher of the Alpine Advocate and Milo is the town Sheriff. When a dead body is found is found near the local fish hatchery they each need to get back to work and do their jobs even if it means irritating the other one. Emma has deadlines to meet and wants information. Milo has a killer to catch and has to hold things back from her. But together they make a wonderful team.
I have loved this series from the beginning and truthfully to fully enjoy this story you really should start at the beginning. It is hard to get to know these characters and all they have been through if you try to read this story as a stand alone.
I do really think Mary Daheim tops herself with each and every book. She packs a lot into 350 pages. There are teenage girls missing, a dead body that nobody knows (meaning he isn’t from Alpine and the residents aren’t really interested), and then a deputy takes some time off and basically falls off the map. She has written a fantastic mystery with a twist that brings to light a secret that had been buried a long time.
What I also love about these stories are the subplots,
- Vida and her grandson – he is in big trouble this time.
- Mitch and Brenda are still dealing with their son in prison.
- Amanda’s baby is due soon.
- Ed has come up with another stupid idea.
- Milo’s daughter Tanya is getting better, closer to Emma, and has even started dating.
- and more!!
The story is full of humor too, from Milo and Emma crazy newlywed behavior, to the meals she tries to get him to eat, to him forgetting to tell her things she needs to know, like there are walls of the house coming down. I think it is cute the way they try to relax together with a drink at the end of each day but Milo wanting Emma to sit on his lap (and you know where that leads) was a little over the top for me.
Again this author has written an intelligent mystery with wonderful characters in a beautiful setting. The “Z” story should be very interesting. Be sure to check out her Bed and Breakfast series too!!
To Find Out More About Mary Visit Her Website Here.
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