The Alpine Zen

The Alpine Zen

Book - 2015
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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?
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780345535368
9780345535351
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 22 cm

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LauraSteinert
Oct 03, 2015

I started at A and worked my way through (after a mistake of picking my first Alpine at random) and have found this very engaging. I am not sorry to see the series end, but I am going to miss Vida and Leo. Yes, 26 books may seem like a task, but each one is well done and worth the time it takes to sort out the enormous cast of characters. Should I live long enough, I might read the whole series again in 10 years. It is that good.

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reeread
Sep 30, 2015

There are times when I wish there were a few more letters in the alphabet.

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Roundcat
Apr 29, 2015

Since Daheim has reached 'Z', I'm going to assume that this may be the last book in this series. She reached a very amenable give and take relationship with Emma and Milo, which I wish would continue. This book did bring the reader up to date on the past history of Alpine and its denizens by having the characters bring one another up to date conversationally on things that happened previously. This worked much better than some of the earlier books in the series. The mystery solutions were more than usually interesting and the ending left Vida, Emma and Milo riding herd on the town of Alpine as they move off into the sunset.

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