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An Emma Lord Mystery.Christmas in the town of Alpine means fresh snow, carolers, even a sleigh. But then the discovery of a woman's leg in the lake, along with that of another young woman's nude, half-frozen body, deflates everyone's high spirits. But as Emma Lord, editor and publisher of The Alpine Advocate, follows up on the story, the bits and pieces of the young womenAn Emma Lord Mystery.Christmas in the town of Alpine means fresh snow, carolers, even a sleigh. But then the discovery of a woman's leg in the lake, along with that of another young woman's nude, half-frozen body, deflates everyone's high spirits. But as Emma Lord, editor and publisher of The Alpine Advocate, follows up on the story, the bits and pieces of the young women who keep turning up start adding up to a murder scheme so sinister it may well land Emma on her own obituary page . . ....

Title : The Alpine Christmas
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ISBN : 9780345382702
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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The Alpine Christmas Reviews

  • Rage
    2019-01-15 11:16

    I love reading seasonal mysteries. I don't expect much from cozies, but this was fun to read even without the Christmas angle (which surprised me, because religion plays a big role in the story - the main character is Catholic and it comes up in conversation frequently). There are some nice descriptions of this mountain town, which sounds perilous to navigate in the winter, and the characters felt like they had their own internal worlds, even if they weren't fully developed. The murders were pretty grisly and the villain was surprisingly sinister, but there were also comedic moments and the usual descriptions of meals, decorating a tree, etc. that made it feel mostly cozy. I do want to read more of the series.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-23 06:32

    The Alpine Christmas is the third book in the Emma Lord Mystery series, but the first one that I have read. The characters were interesting and the storyline mildly thrilling. The story flowed well, not too slow, but not frantically fast paced either. The murder mystery left me guessing, which is always a huge bonus. Everything about The Alpine Christmas was just right, but the book felt tired. It wasn't dull, but it didn't leave me wanting more, which is the key to any series book. I'm going to give the Emma Lord Mystery series another try in the hopes that the indifference I feel is more book based than series based.

  • Philip
    2019-01-18 07:30

    This is the first Mary Daheim book that I've read and I read it to start my 2017 Christmas reading but for a while I'll be mixing in some non-Christmas books 'cause I have some new releases to catch up on. I found this a decent mystery with a pretty good bunch of characters, a nice wintery setting and a twist to the ending that I didn't really see coming although the clues were all there. Does anybody really go steelhead fishing in the snow in December in the Colorado mountains? I was surprised at the humour in this book considering the pretty gruesome murders. I really liked Ben and especially the nativity scene. The Christmas theme was a bit more woven into the story but even then the mystery could have taken place at any time in the winter season. It is nice, though, to read a full length Christmas mystery rather than those mushy novellas set in some fictitious English hamlet. I'll try some more of Mary Daheim's Christmas mysteries.

  • Sally Peters
    2018-12-26 08:16

    Satisfying.ReadThe third in the Emma Lord series is as delightful as the other books in this series. The characters who people Alpine are overdrawn, but lovable. The setting in the Cascades is delightful. In this book, different body parts keep showing up and giving the sheriff headaches and the journalist something to report.

  • Randi
    2019-01-23 07:15

    This just moved way too slowly for me. If I was a reader of this series maybe I would have enjoyed it more, but there were just too many things that felt like a sidebar for those that are probably invested in this series and these characters.

  • Eleanor Jones
    2019-01-11 10:31

    I had a hard time finding this book, but it was worth the wait. Suspenseful and full of atmosphere. Read it twice through very quickly. Terrific read.

  • Sonjie Outlaw
    2019-01-23 10:28

    Christmas MysteryI enjoyed the book very much. It had a lot of characters to keep up with. It had a surprising end. Does it really snow that much in the northwest?

  • Alise HARRIS
    2019-01-16 09:31

    Not as good as her bed and breakfast books.

  • Denise Kearney
    2019-01-22 04:32

    It was a slog for me,too slow,too long,too many incidental characters. IBook-$1.99-Bookbub

  • Rusty
    2019-01-07 07:29

    It seemed appropriate to read a book with a Christmas background so I chose this one. Yes, it's about murder but also about a brother/sister relationship. So enjoyed how Emma and her brother, Ben, related to each other. Their conversations and their interactions demonstrate so well how two close siblings can be.It all begins with a leg being found in the river by a fisherman. Gruesome? Yeah, it is but that's only the beginning. The next finding is a complete body. Now there appears to be two murders but who are they? Male or female? An arm is discovered in the river. Many people suspect the strange young man who lives in a cabin in the woods until his cabin burns down fortunately without him in it. What is going on?The bodies are identified as women who were roommates. How did they get to Alpine? They seem to have a connection with the young wife of a local young man as well as other women who went to private schools.This is a good read with a plot that leads the reader about until the author begins giving clues about an unexpected individual who is strong and very organized. Close the climax I had determined who the murderer was but not why the murders were committed. Yes, this is a quick and enjoyable mystery. Try it!

  • Amy
    2018-12-30 04:26

    My second Emma Lord mystery. I liked it better than the first, but possibly because I know the "regulars" better. The mystery itself was secondary to the tale. A couple of things I liked about this book-- the descriptions of Emma's son's room, which reminded me of guyczuk's room at various points in time and the playful way Emma's brother (a priest) manipulates her nativity scene characters so that she may find a camel on the roof or one of the sheep in the line with the wise men... we do that here, too, with our nativity. God loves playfulness, I hope!The biggest thing I like is that the book is set in the Pacific Northwest-- a place I have never been, but that calls to me. The gray and rain really appeal to both javaczuk and me, despite the fact that we live in the sunny south.

  • Amy Paget
    2018-12-29 11:17

    As the holiday season freneticism descends, I always enjoy some light holiday reading, and The Alpine Christmas: an Emma Lord Mystery" fits the bill. Written by Mary Daheim, this mystery takes place in timber country in Washington state. Its protagonist is Emma Lord, a weekly newspaper editor. Not only does the mystery take place at Christmas, but the holiday theme runs through as you get insights to how small town Protestants and Catholics celebrate the season...and each other. The plot centers on young women disappearing from Seattle and an exploration of their connections to this small community. The Alpine Christmas in one volume in a 15-volume series, so there's lots more to keep you reading....all year.

  • VJ
    2018-12-28 11:13

    I'm about halfway through the book. These books lend themselves so well to world building. I love how each subsequent book makes the town come more alive.I'm reading the part about Emma making Christmas cookies. My mother always made sprintz cookies. I can't imagine eating only a quarter of the dough! My brother and I always managed to eat at least half the dough before Mom got it in the cookie press. We liked the dough better than the actual cookies.I had not an inkling of who or why until the last couple of chapters. I really enjoyed the story despite the gruesome murders. I'm even more immersed in this world than in Heraldsgate Hill.

  • Janet Ankiel
    2019-01-04 06:13

    The author does a nice job of infusing the Joys of the Christmas season into the mystery. However, the crimes are horrendous and the overall plot development seemed more tedious than intriguing. This is not the best title in this series. Generally, Daheim does a competent job of reflecting life in Washington state. Her depiction of the varied characters in a small town is usually well-defined. Newspaper owner, Emma, evolves as the series continues, and her journalistic challenges reflect the current upheaval in the world of newspapers. I shall keep reading about her.

  • Jeanne
    2019-01-18 04:25

    The discovery of a woman's leg in the lake, along with that of another young woman's nude, half-frozen body, is the puzzle behind this third in the Alpine series by Mary Dalheim. Emma Lord, editor and publisher of The Alpine Advocate, follows up on the grizzly story, and begins to suspect that there is a pattern to the deaths. Other strange happenings keep things interesting until the surprising ending. I would recommend this to cozy mystery readers.

  • LJ
    2019-01-10 05:24

    THE ALPINE CHRISTMAS - GoodDaheim, Mary - 3rd in seriesSly, sleuthing newspaperwoman Emma Lord is back on the case--in Book Three of the small-town whodunit series that's becoming a big hit with mystery readers. The Christmas season brings brutal murder to the little town of Alpine, but when Emma tries to find the killer, she becomes a prime candidate for the obituary pages. It was good, but not great. I do like her humor.

  • Diane Wachter
    2019-01-17 11:19

    HB-B @ 1993, 6/1/13. Emma Lord and Vida Runkel solve the mystery of the murder of 2 young Seattle women whose bodies are discovered near Alpine, this time with the help of Emma's brother Ben, a priest who was helping out at the Catholic church because of Father Friz's stroke. Okay. In these mysteries, I would usually figure out who, if not why, before the end of the story.

  • KDawn
    2019-01-14 08:24

    Liked it fine. Unfortunately, with cozy mysteries, when you make the universe so small...then you can see where it's going by all the 'new comers' to town. Still, Daheim does all right and the dialogue between characters is fun. Just can't read them back to back, I don't think.On a side note: I hope she got a better editor. "Springs of holly" and "stamping at the bit"? Yikes.

  • Imeelyn
    2018-12-30 08:24

    This is such an exciting book to read. It is full of mysteries. I felt kinda scared as I proceed to read the next chapters of this book. This book showed a different side of Christmas I never seen anywhere.

  • Kari Mccrory
    2019-01-19 11:21

    It was fun to read a book set in my backyard and recognize places, people, events, etc. This is definitely a cozy book. It was an easy, quick read. I figured out almost from the start who was the killer. I like the characters to a degree, but I don't think I could read this series very often.

  • Alton Motobu
    2018-12-31 10:05

    Overlong dull mystery set in Washington state timber land. Small town newspaper editor investigates discovery of body and body parts. Takes a long, long time to solve the mystery. How do novels this dull get published? Minimal Christmas atmosphere.

  • Helen
    2018-12-29 12:13

    More of Daheim's humorous and light-hearted. Mystery. I love the B and B series, and enjoyed the first of the Alpine series I've read enough to share it with a friend.

  • Sandie Bateman
    2019-01-04 11:04

    Have read them all, including the most recent one. As someone else said, just cozy mystery reading.

  • Beth Harper
    2018-12-24 06:21

    See blog review at

  • Jennifer Campbell
    2019-01-18 10:14

    Good book. Hard to get started, but middle through the end got more interesting. Ending surprised me. Would not read a second time. Entertaining.

  • Lbaker
    2019-01-18 11:11

    Emma has her son and brother visiting for Christmas.Milo goes fishing and catches a body, at least part of one.

  • Patricia
    2018-12-29 08:30

    A nice cozy mystery set at Christmas time. Book 3 in a series of . . . more.

  • Susan
    2018-12-26 09:09

    I liked this one a lot. The idiosyncrasies of the recurring characters are pretty amusing. And I loved the bits with the Nativity scene.

  • Chris
    2019-01-21 06:15

    I've record several in this series. The question is, 'will Emma Lord' ever get married? Keep reading.

  • Kim
    2018-12-24 11:19

    I am really enjoying this series!!