BOOK REVIEW: THE ALPINE RECLUSE
It was an unusually hot summer in the town of Alpine, Washington. Emma Lord, editor of The Alpine Advocate, was awakened by the sound of sirens very close to her house. As she looked out her window, she noticed an orange glow filled the sky. By the time she got outside, several neighbors had gathered to find out what was happening. They realized it was the new house where Tim and Tiffany Rafferty lived.
Everyone was hoping that no one was in the house. Tiffany, who is pregnant, was spotted at the Grocery Basket where she worked so they knew she was not inside the house. Where was Tim? They were hoping that maybe he went to the store to give Tiffany the bad news about the fire. The news did not turn out to be good. Tim had died in the fire - or did he die in the fire?
After some investigation, it is discovered that Tim had a blow to the head. The sheriff now suspects murder and arson. Who is responsible?
There were rumors that Tim was having an affair. Tiffany didn't seem to be too upset about Tim's death. Did she find out about the affair and murder Tim? Could it have been her Tim's father-in-law? There are several other suspects including a hermit.
Emma, who is an amateur sleuth, now, knows she has to find out what really happened. Is she successful?
This is an excellent cozy mystery. It has all the ingredients to make it a success - a great plot and some interesting characters. Emma, who is known for being somewhat nosy, will show off her investigative skills as she begins her search for the murderer. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, you will want to go back and read the other "Alpine" books by Mary Daheim.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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