The Alpine Scandal - Emma Lord Bk 19 Author:Mary Daheim It's a quiet morning at the Advocate until the mail brings shocking news: a formal obituary for Alpiner Elmer Nystrom. As far as anyone knows, Elmer is alive and well. But he hasn't turned up for work, so Emma and her unstoppable House & Home editor, Vida Runkel, rush to the Nystrom home, where they find Elmer's lifeless body in ... more »the hen house, half buried under straw. Not only has he been murdered, but his obituary had been mailed before he died. Though Elmer was well liked by everyone, the same cannot be said of his standoffish wife or his son, the town's new orthodontist.
Rumors fly straight into the office of the Advocate. Why did Dr. Nystrom's new receptionist resign at the end of her first day? Why are the Nystrom's neighbors so close-mouthed? Who mailed that prophetic obituary? With Sheriff Milo Dodge in the hospital, it's up to Emma and Vida to get to the bottom of the tragedy. Alpiners love scandal, and with Elmer's murder, they'll get their fill.« less
Emma Lord's trusty House and Home Editor, Vida Runkler gets an obituary on a long-time Alphine resident yet he is very much alive. Emma and Vida rush to his home and Polly, his wife, insists that Elmer is fine and has gone to work. However, he has not shown up at his job as a mechanic. They find a very dead Elmer in the hen house and they can't find anyone who has a motive to kill this well-liked resident. Ms. Daheim's books are always enjoyable and you hate to see the end. It's as if she is writing you a letter and you can't wait for the next one. Good read!