The Alpine Quilt by Mary Daheim

By Mary Daheim

Bestselling writer Mary Daheim understands find out how to spin a secret with a good plot and captivatingly eccentric characters. And her shiny Pacific Northwest setting–a personality in itself–has garnered her a plethora of dedicated enthusiasts. Now her imaginative and resolute journalist Emma Lord has one other secret to solve–and an excellent harder time limit to meet.

individuals of the Burl Creek Thimble membership, a quilting circle in small-town Alpine, Washington, are making plans a fete to welcome again Genevieve Bayard, who left the crowd, and Alpine, many years in the past. yet Gen’s homecoming is lower decidedly brief while she dies at a cocktail party. Emma Lord, proprietor and writer of the neighborhood newspaper, The Alpine recommend, instantly arrives at the scene to file the incident and sleuth her approach to the reality.

although it seems that Gen wasn’t cherished by means of everybody within the Alpine neighborhood, her premature loss of life nonetheless comes as a surprise. to aid resolve the secret, Emma turns to Vida Runkel, the Advocate’s trusty condominium & domestic editor. this type of infamous tale would routinely have Vida chomping on the bit, yet to Emma’ s shock Vida is hesitant, even downright unwilling to get involved.

The dying of Genevieve Bayard, even though, isn’t the single crime in Alpine. there was a rash of burglaries, together with at Emma’s personal comfortable log cabin. Are the break-ins and the homicide attached? As Emma digs, she uncovers a surprising scandal which could aspect the finger of guilt at considered one of her nearest and dearest . . . whereas single-handedly altering the heritage of Alpine itself.

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Milo and Dwight came along a few seconds later. The sheriff was still exasperated. “We’re going to have to treat the dining room and kitchen like a crime scene until we get the autopsy report. ” He grimaced at Ben. “Sorry. Maybe you can move in with Emma. Gotta run. ” Ben rubbed at his forehead. ” “Hey, Stench,” I said, calling Ben by my girlhood nickname for him, “it’s no problem if you bunk with me. ” Scott looked aghast. ” he said under his breath. I didn’t enlighten my reporter. Maybe he’d think it was some kind of Catholic term, like eminence.

I suppose it’s not a surprise that it didn’t last. ” “Andre,” I repeated. I knew that was Buddy’s real first name, but I hadn’t known he’d been named for his father. ” Charlene shook her head. “Not really young. Forties, I think. He may have died from drink—or a drunk-driving accident. I don’t remember. They were divorced several years earlier but kept trying to reconcile. I suppose he promised to change but didn’t. So sad. ” “She could have remarried as a widow,” I pointed out to Charlene, who isn’t Catholic but Methodist.

Genevieve Bayard was attractive and didn’t look more than late fifties. ” I inquired. ” Charlene uttered a small laugh. “It’s hard to believe that Gen and Annie Jeanne are the same age, but they’re both in their mid-sixties. Gen married very young. I suppose it’s not a surprise that it didn’t last. ” “Andre,” I repeated. I knew that was Buddy’s real first name, but I hadn’t known he’d been named for his father. ” Charlene shook her head. “Not really young. Forties, I think. He may have died from drink—or a drunk-driving accident.

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