|Plot Summary of The Alpine Obituary|
Fawcett, Sept 2002, 6.99, 320 pp.
It has been over fifteen months since the love of Emma Lord's life was murdered and the owner of the weekly newspaper The Alpine Advocate still grieves as if it happened yesterday. There has been very little excitement in the small Washington town of Alpine and as a result Emma doesn't have any hard news-breaking stories to get her mind off her woes.
That all changes when the town judge receives a threatening note and photograph warning her to withdraw her appointment or face the consequences. The judge doesn't have a clue what the letter or picture is about and asks Emma to investigate. Before she gets very far, a forest fire breaks out and when it is finally put out, a dead body is discovered in the woods. These two cases are related but to obtain the truth Emma will have to ferret out connections that existed over three decades ago.
The latest Emma Lord mystery is a cleverly designed who done it that is targeted for an audience who likes a cerebral brain teaser. There are several sub-plots that seamlessly tie into the main story line with each one interesting and intriguing. Mary Daheim gives readers an up close and personal look at life in a small northwest town in her first class cozy, THE ALPINE OBITUARY.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Alpine Obituary|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Pacific NW
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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