The Alpine Pursuit by Mary Daheim

By Mary Daheim

As her myriad of fanatics can attest, USA Today bestselling writer Mary Daheim creates brilliant mysteries peopled with amazing characters as quirky as they're endearing. The Seattle Times says Daheim is “one of the brightest stars in our city’s literary constellation”—and the recognition of her impossible to resist Pacific Northwest crime sequence has swept around the state. Now the unfaltering Emma Lord is again in her hugely expected hardcover debut.

For a small city newspaper like The Alpine Advocate, a brand new play on the local people university is gigantic information. Editor and writer Emma Lord is duty-bound to wait establishing evening, yet expects the beginner company will serve simply as a remedy for insomnia. The play is dubbed “a black comedy,” however the purely laughs Emma will get are from the undesirable appearing and the wretched script. And whereas the turgid creation makes Wagner’s Ring cycle look like a vignette, the genuine drama starts in advance of the ultimate curtain.

Hans Berenger, dean of scholars, wasn’t popular or good cherished round Alpine, however the viewers came upon his loss of life scene really convincing—until they learned he wasn’t performing. nobody can say how or while the blanks within the prop gun have been changed with the true bullets that killed Berenger, however the checklist of suspects reads like a playbill of the solid and group. all of them had chance, entry, and their very own axes to grind with the thespically challenged dean.

Seeking the help of Vida Runkel, the Advocate’s redoubtable apartment and residential editor, Emma Lord vows to resolve a secret that spirals out into unforeseen areas. As Emma units the degree for the main most likely suspect, she reveals herself in a two-character scene whose subsequent cue can make the resolute editor take a final—and permanent—bow.

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Thanks, Doc, for getting here so fast,” the sheriff said. “Here’s the victim. ” Dr. Sung was still in his thirties, a native Hawaiian of Korean descent who hated hot weather. The more it rained, the better he liked it. I figured he must be ecstatic when it snowed. But I was wrong. “I almost didn’t make it,” Dr. Sung said, putting on a pair of white latex gloves. ” the sheriff asked. “We’ve gotten a good four inches in the last couple of hours,” Dr. Sung answered, kneeling next to Hans. ” The doctor paused for a moment as he began examining the corpse.

Jamie Jejune, teenager . . . . . . . . . Kevin Chang, attorney . . . . . . . . Gabriel, an angel . . . . . . . . . . . Chester White, café customer . . . . . . Dodo, a dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spencer Fleetwood Fuzzy Baugh Jim Medved Rip Ridley Clea Bhuj Hans Berenger Rita Patricelli Rey Fernandez Nat Cardenas Roger Hibbert Dustin Fong Otis Poole Ed Bronsky Dodo I’d finished reading the credits, the list of donors, and the ads—including our own—when Milo arrived, about two minutes before curtain time.

Kevin Chang, attorney . . . . . . . . Gabriel, an angel . . . . . . . . . . . Chester White, café customer . . . . . . Dodo, a dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spencer Fleetwood Fuzzy Baugh Jim Medved Rip Ridley Clea Bhuj Hans Berenger Rita Patricelli Rey Fernandez Nat Cardenas Roger Hibbert Dustin Fong Otis Poole Ed Bronsky Dodo I’d finished reading the credits, the list of donors, and the ads—including our own—when Milo arrived, about two minutes before curtain time.

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