By Mary Daheim
As her myriad of enthusiasts can attest, USA Today bestselling writer Mary Daheim creates fantastic mysteries peopled with really good characters as quirky as they're endearing. The Seattle Times says Daheim is “one of the brightest stars in our city’s literary constellation”—and the recognition of her impossible to resist Pacific Northwest crime sequence has swept around the state. Now the unfaltering Emma Lord is again in her hugely expected hardcover debut.
For a small city newspaper like The Alpine Advocate, a brand new play on the local people university is enormous information. Editor and writer Emma Lord is duty-bound to wait commencing evening, yet expects the novice company will serve basically as a healing for insomnia. The play is dubbed “a black comedy,” however the basically laughs Emma will get are from the undesirable appearing and the wretched script. And whereas the turgid construction makes Wagner’s Ring cycle appear like a vignette, the true drama starts earlier than the ultimate curtain.
Hans Berenger, dean of scholars, wasn’t popular or good cherished round Alpine, however the viewers came across his demise scene certainly convincing—until they learned he wasn’t performing. not anyone can say how or while the blanks within the prop gun have been changed with the genuine bullets that killed Berenger, however the record of suspects reads like a playbill of the solid and team. all of them had chance, entry, and their very own axes to grind with the thespically challenged dean.
Seeking the help of Vida Runkel, the Advocate’s redoubtable apartment and residential editor, Emma Lord vows to resolve a secret that spirals out into unforeseen locations. As Emma units the degree for the main most probably suspect, she unearths herself in a two-character scene whose subsequent cue can make the resolute editor take a final—and permanent—bow.
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No truce had ever been called. Vida looked fit to spit. Just beyond her nemesis, Thyra stopped, lifted her chin, and addressed the crowd. ” she called out in her surprisingly strong voice. We’d damned well better, I thought as nervous affirmatives mingled with heartier endorsements. Leaning on her canes, Thyra studied the gathering more closely. “The theater is life,” she proclaimed. ” She paused. “I was an actress many years ago, before my marriage to Mr. Rasmussen. He encouraged me to continue with my career, but I felt I should be a homemaker.
Milo shrugged. “Out of town, I guess. Ms. ” He glanced down at the body. ” Destiny shrieked. ” Rita’s head jerked up, her face a blotchy tearstained mass. “You callous bitch! ” Thyra Rasmussen was moving slowly toward the stage. ” Destiny whirled around, green eyes snapping with fury. “They weren’t, you meddling old bat! qxd 12/31/03 13:11 Page 56 56 M A RY DA H E I M Thyra didn’t give an inch. “I think you’re careless. And stupid. ” It was hard to know who to root for. But Milo intervened. “Come on, let’s calm down.
I assumed her costume hadn’t arrived, either. qxd 12/31/03 13:10 Page 31 THE ALPINE PURSUIT 31 something in a blue-and-white check. Instead of a basket, Clea carried a backpack. ” she asked in a wistful voice. Hans Berenger removed the cigar from his mouth. “You’re in Evergreen,” he said somewhat stiffly, then made an attempt to give Clea a hard stare. “Are you lost or are you one of those druggies? ” “Oh, no,” Clea replied in a breathless tone that I guessed was intended to convey shock. ” Destiny commanded.