On the back: Emma Lord, the Advocate's editor, finds the body in the facial room of Stella's Styling Salon- anonymous under a mud pack throat slashed. The victim turns out to be the sister-in-law of Sheriff Dodge's girlfriend, who initially made the appointment for herself. Perhaps she was the killer's intended target. After all, no one in Alpine knew the dead woman. Then rumor begin to fly, shady strangers turn up in town, and young woman disappears into thin air. What looks like the story of the year is fas developing, and Emma means to have it or die trying.
Emma Lord, the Advocate's editor, finds the body in the facial room of Stella's Styling Salon - anonymous under a mud pack, throat slashed.
The victim turns out to be the sister-in-law of Sheriff Dodge's girlfriend, who had initially made the appointment for herself. Perhaps she was the killer's intended target. After all, no one in Alpine really knew the dead woman personally. Then rumors begin to fly, shady strangers turn up in town, and a young woman disappears into thin air. What looks like the story of the year is fast developing, and Emma means to have it - or die trying . . . (from back cover)
Nice mystery, there is a series of Emma Lord mysteries.
Great characters. Mary Daheim's great series. Very thorough writing.
Daheim just keeps putting out one good book after another in this series.
Emma Lord, owner and editor of the Alpine Advocate was just going to Stella's Styling Salon to get her hair cut. The last thing she expected was to open the wrong door in the Salon and discover a woman laying on a table with her throat cut.
This happens in the first pages of the book.
Emma is even more stunned when shop assistant Laurie Marshall tells her the person on the table who was supposed to be getting her facial was Ms. Whitman.
Honoria Whitman, who was in a wheelchair after being thrown down the stairs by her abusive husband who was then shot dead by her brother, had been the Sheriff, Milo Dodge's on again / off again girlfriend for almost five years.
It was a relief when Emma found out it wasn't Honoria, but Kay Whitman, her sister-in-law who was visiting with her husband Trevor, who had just been released from prison for the killing of Honoria's husband and their mother.
But who would want to kill someone who is perfect stranger in Alpine. And was the fact that she had taken Honoria's appointment at the last minute mean that it was actually Honoria who was targeted?
Emma finds a lot of suspects. Stella Magruder, owner of the shop seems more upset over what people will say than the fact that someone was murdered in her salon.
Becca Wolfe, who was doing the facial and who later mysteriously disappears.
Laurie Marshall, shop assistant who is a very dim bulb and her mother Jane are both acting suspicious as if they're trying to hide something.
And why is a billionaire, Toby Popp building a new multi-million dollar house near Alpine?
This is the best book in the series so far. It takes all the history you have already learned and the people you have come to care for and throws it all into the wind. Nothing is as it seems.
Emma and Milo having dinner at her house, bumping heads as they lean over to pick something up and end up rolling around on the floor for a few moments, before his cell phone rings and he becomes Super Sheriff again.
Ginny Burmeister, the office manager is on her honeymoon in Hawaii with Rick Erlandson's, so Emma is trying to do her job as well as her own.
Carla as usual cannot be trusted with the simplest task which is why the picture she took of the bereaved family has a caption naming Honoria brother Trevor as Walt Whitman.
Leo, the ad manager has turned into a good friend for Emma and Ed Bronsky wants her to ghost write his biography.
I can't write about the best thing that happens in this book. Except that I'm very happy with a turn of events that has been dogging this storyline.
This book had some very funny moments and the ending totally surprised me. I never saw any of it coming.
Can't wait to start the next book.
Credit: A Customer