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Bitter Alpine

(Emma Lord #28)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  45 reviews
New year, new murder . . . Emma Lord is on the case when death finds its way back to the wintry mountain town of Alpine.

After a relatively calm and cozy holiday season, neither Emma Lord, editor and publisher of The Alpine Advocate, nor her husband, Sheriff Milo Dodge, are surprised when their new year gets off to a rocky start. A woman’s body has been found in a squalid m
Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published February 2020 by Alibi
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Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’ Thoughts

This series continues as we enter 2007. The Alpine Advocate editor Emma Lord and her new husband Sheriff Milo Dodge ring in the new year only to find themselves embroiled in another investigation. A women’s body is found in a local hotel and they can’t find any connection between her and Alpine. The new Advocate receptionist even does a little sleuthing. All three are also concerned about an older couple the have moved in down the road. Needless to say, all their snooping could
The Cozy Review
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
From Random House comes a new addition to the “An Emma Lord Mystery” cozy book series, Bitter Alpine, written by Mary Daheim.

This is a cozy book series that has been around for quite some time, and the first one I have read. I am sure that there are lots of fans of this series out there, but unfortunately, I am not going to be one of them. If this book is any indication of what others in the series are like, I can honestly say that I not only won’t be reading them, I won’t be recommending them e
Bam cooks the books ;-)
Many years ago I had the pleasant task of keeping my elderly mother supplied with cozy mysteries, which we often read and shared. One such was the Alpine Advocate series featuring Emma Lord, publisher of a weekly newspaper in the small town of Alpine, Washington. They were so interesting that even my husband and daughter got into reading the series along with us.

Those books followed an A-Z pattern in the choice of their titles so we were sure that when Miss Daheim hit the letter Z, the series w
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alpine and Emma Lord are my favorite Mary Daheim books. Until the next one, I have read them all.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Emma and her husband Milo had a lovely holiday season and all is going well in their world. The paper is doing well and Milo hasn't had a thing bad to investigate. When life is happy something bad is eventually bound to happen and in this case does. A young woman is found dead in the local dirty motel. They soon learn the young woman is from California but are having a hard time with figuring out what or who brought her to town. Meanwhile several other weird things are going.on around town, an o ...more
This was the first book I have read from this series that I see has been around for quite some time that runs titles from A to Z. I liked it well enough as cozies go but wonder if I had read some of the previous books if I would have had a better feel or appreciation for the characters? I felt the story line was good but I never really connected to anybody and it seems a few things didn't appear to wrap up at the end but this could have very well just been an open ending for the next book so I c ...more
Anam Cara
Feb 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book. I really did. But I just couldn't do it. I didn't even get past chapter 9 as hard as I tried.

There are so many entertaining books out there to read, I just couldn't dedicate my time to this one.

The characters were all a bit mean. They were always complaining to each other and saying unkind things.. The fact that it sometimes seemed like this was a form of foreplay for Emma and Milo didn't help. They had unkind things to say about former spouses (or lovers) calling the
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are new to Alpine Washington this cozy provides a synopsis of the original Alpine A-Z series and the first book in the A-Z Alpine series, all featuring Emma Lord.

If you're already an Alpine fan the gentle reminders of Emma Lord's adventures as the small town weekly newspaper owner bring back many memories of the Alpine Advocate staff and towns people.

It's 2007 and Emma & Milo are newlyweds after sixteen years of an on-again off-again relationship. Keeping things cozy among the rain and sn
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I'm not sure there will be a second.

The storyline was a bit lackluster and the author long winded. While I feel there was a lot of unnecessary content, it seems that the author may be catering to her long time readers of her first Emma Lord series. Perhaps I would have been better served having read the first series, though I often read a book later in a series and never feel disconnected. This just isn't the author and series for me.
Denise Zendel
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The new year in Alpine gets off to a rough start when a woman’s body is found in a squalid motel on the edge of town. No one knows her, and she has no apparent connection to Alpine, so her presence in town and her murder are a mystery. Emma Lord, publisher and editor of the Alpine Advocate, and her husband, Sheriff Milo Dodge, work together to solve the crime.

I have been a huge fan of this series since book 1, and book 28 is still just as good as the first one. All my favorite characters are bac
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I Love this series :) This "chapter" in Alpine has a lot going on...A stranger comes to town, checks in the (sketchy) motel, and is found murdered. Patti is battered one times too many, lands n the hospital and finally is moved to press charges. A resident from "way back" returns to town with his wife and Vida faints when she learns of this. Vida also claims to be retiring from her long standing radio show. And Emma's son Adam is reassigned from his long held position in his Alaskan priestly dut ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I think it is funny that after reading all the books in this series, the things that start sticking out to me. Emma is always the one to cook dinner. And most of the time they are eating steak. Between that and the hamburgers they frequently eat for lunch, I worry that the next book in the series might be Coronary Alpine. But the book is set in 2007 so maybe her and Dodge get more health conscious later? I doubt it! Another thought regarding the book being set in 2007, as is stated before the st ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Emma and Milo are happily married and balancing her role as newspaper owner/editor and his role as sheriff. New people are coming to the small town of Alpine, a woman is murdered in a trashy motel in town, and who are the older couple who moved into a cabin where a family was killed? There’s always a lot of small-town news in town, but the pace was a little slow. I really didn’t want or need to read about Emma and Milo’s nightly whiskey and watching whatever sport was on TV that night. The serie ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most shallow books I've ever read. Would not recommend. Characters are mean, nasty and full of gossip. The Sheriff and his wife (owner of the newspaper) are something out of the 1950's, full of themselves, and selfish. This takes place in 2007 and I expected more than the little lady and a macho husband personalities. Tedious, boring, lackluster and far too much gossip about other characters who aren't an important part of the murder mystery. Don't waste your time. ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Bitter Alpine by Mary Daheim is a tale of the happenings of a small town.
Who killed the new girl in town?
Emma Lord
Emma runs the local newspaper and recently married the Police Chief. She is a journalist and, in the past, may have gotten herself in some sticky situations. She doesn't get into much trouble in this book. However, people do tend
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emma Lord, owner of Alpine, Washington's local newspaper is enjoying wedded bliss with Sheriff Milo Dodge. They are both interested when a young woman is found dead in a seedy motel room. Emma wants to learn more, but is distracted when her longtime friend Vida undergoes a crisis. Could Vida's problems be connected to another mystery - an older couple living under assumed names in a cabin that was previously owned by a murder victim? Emma intends to find out.

This series went through A to Z and t
Stanley McShane
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-tour, netgalley
Newlywed Emma and her local sheriff hubby, Milo Dodge are in their 50s, settling down to married life.

Emma has succumbed to the stereotypical housewife persona, albeit somewhat 1950s style, and seems to have become comfortable with their unusual lifestyle. As sheriff, he is often called out and spends long hours on the job; she as owner and editor of the local weekly Alpine Advocate operates on a thin budget with a few employees who handle different aspects of the news. Vida, a long time employe
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For a small mountain town in Washington state, there seems to be a lot of crime going on in Alpine! But such is life in a cozy mystery setting, and over this series' literary course of 16 years (or 28 years in real-time), crime will happen, even in a small town. As a long-time reader of this series, I love revisiting Alpine, with Emma and Milo and Vida in each story, and some of the "newer" characters like Leo and Mitch. There are a few interesting things happening in town: the death of a Califo ...more
Fans of the long running Alpine series (from A to Z) are happy that Emma Lord and her husband, Sheriff Milo Dodge are still with us in this new set of mysteries set in Alpine, Washington. This is the second entry and there is lots going on for both of them to investigate. Milo, of course, because he is the sheriff but Emma runs the newspaper and reporters investigate, too. Milo wishes she's do less of that. When a young woman is found dead in the local seedy motel Emma wants to write the story.A ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm one of those who didn't read the Emma Lord series the first time but who enjoyed the first Emma Lord returns because Daheim knows her cozys. This second installment is no different. Emma, the editor and publisher of the local paper, is married to Milo, the sheriff. When a woman is found murdered in a local motel, Emma, along with Alison, who works for her at the paper, begin to poke around in her background but then Emma's friend Vida has some problems and well...This is one of those it take ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
I'm not sure how I missed this series, but I am glad to have found it now (and as there is a recap at various points you are not left sidelined for information!)

Emma and Milo are hoping for a peaceful start to the year, but nothing is that straight forward when a young woman is found strangled at a motel, no one seems to know who she really is and why she has come to Alpine, so not only Milo is looking into things, but Emma and her staff at the newspaper are as well, whilst that is the thread ru
Lori Bonkoski
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emma & Milo are settling into married life. Things in Alpine get iffy when the snow begins to fall and an unknown woman is found strangled in the local 'no tell motel'. Patti Larsen is back in the hospital after being battered by Blackwell, who is now Milo's boss. Vida hears a name that sends her into a faint in the office and later a car crash. Next door to the log cabin there is a kidnapping and a toddler left alone. There is a lot going on in this book. It is almost overwhelming how much! Whi ...more
Roxx Tarantini
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Emma Lord owns the town's weekly newspaper.   She's also married to Milo Dodge, the county Sheriff.  The combination is a natural for some amateur sleuthing under the guise of "investigative journalism".   Much to the Sheriff's chagrin.  Daheim has a great story premise and some very intriguing, likeable characters.  I did find the background bits of the story somewhat difficult to follow however, and that made it fuzzy in places.   Overall, I'd still recommend this as a good read.  And I'd defi ...more
Claudia Cheyne
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is the beginning of a New Year in Alpine where winter is setting in, much colder, and bringing more snow than usual. The body of a young woman is found in the town's sleazy motel. No one knows her identity but she had been asking where Jack Blackwell lived when she first arrived. Patti Marsh needs hospitalization once again after Blackwell beats her up. Will she file charges against him this time? Vida reacts by fainting when a certain man's name is mentioned. Sherif Milo Dodge hires a new of ...more
Mar 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Alpine is having its post-holiday snows, thaws, rains, snows...the weather is unpleasant and unsafe, and there's a murdered woman in a seedy local motel. Emma Lord, publisher/editor of the local newspaper, and her husband of one year, the local sheriff Milo Dodge, are both professionally interested, and there are other crimes or hints of crimes that they must think about as well. The murder is eventually solved--no surprises there; this is a mystery novel--but neither of our two leads have much ...more
Anna Fox
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have now tried 3 books in this series, the first, one in the middle and this one. I have not been able to get into the series at all. For me the sheriff's attitude comes off as feed me now, woman as soon as he comes home from work. The fact the book also covers what they have for breakfast, lunch and dinner I also found annoying.. I read cozy mysteries for the mystery and the character's relationship. It is different if I am reading a culinary cozy.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for
Ann L Wisneski
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bitter Alpine was a much better read then the first new "Alpine" book, as it included more page time for some familiar faces, such as Vida. To me, Vida adds flavor to all the Alpine books, and this book seemed more like the original series, which I've read in it It's entirety. I have noticed that the author's ending to Bitter Alpine seems a bit softer than some of the earlier books, but it works for me. ...more
Fluff Smut & Murder
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Super excited to see this series continuing....

The actual murder solving was a tad bit weak in this one, but it was great to see what was going on with everyone's lives and see favorite characters meet some new ones. I'm wishing Vida a speedy recovery and keeping my fingers crossed that Allison finally nabs a man!
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book 28 in the Emma Lord books . It was a great read. It passed quickly as the story held your attention and was very well written. Emma and her Husband who is the sheriff have the task of discovering the who and whys of the death of a young women found in a motel and a side mystery of an older couple who moved into the cottage and seem strange. A fast paced cozyish mystery.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alpine-Small Town Big Issues

When I begin a Mary Daheim book I can not put it down. Bitter Alpine did not disappoint. Emma Lord Dodge tries to mind the fine line between being the wife of Sheriff Milo Dodge and publishing the town's newspaper. Give it a try I think you'll like it!
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Seattle native Mary Richardson Daheim has been fascinated by story-telling since early childhood. She first listened, then read, and finally began to write her own fiction when she was ten. A journalism major at the University of Washington, she was the first female editor of The Daily where she attracted national attention with her editorial stance against bigotry.

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