Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Alpine Christmas by Mary Daheim

Book Details
The Alpine Christmas by Mary Daheim
Paperback, 272 pages
1993, Fawcett
ISBN: 0345382706
Series: Book 3 in the Alpine series

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 women who keep turning up start adding up to a murder scheme so sinister it may well land Emma on her own obituary page . . .

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 hope that the indifference I feel is more book based than series based.


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