It’s almost Labor Day weekend in Alpine, Washington, a small town in the Cascades, and newspaper publisher Emma Lord has plenty to fill the pages of her Alpine Advocate. For example, Jack Blackwell, local powerbroker, has plans to become the county manager…and that’s even before three deaths occur plus an attempted murder.

Emma enlists the help of the newspaper’s receptionist Alison to do a bit of digging and help her discover some facts about what’s going on in their community. But will Alison find herself in danger when she starts nosing around?

Emma’s husband Sheriff Milo Dodge suspects there’s a serial killer in their little town and is working hard to make an arrest before either Emma or Alison finds herself in the murderer’s line of fire.

Getting to know the inhabitants of Alpine introduces you to an eclectic group of characters from newspaper ad salesmen to reporters, deputies, and various other community members. There is always lots going on and the plot of Alpha Alpine will keep you turning the pages…who is the murderer and what is the motivation? And is the town’s hotshot timber tycoon involved or is he a potential victim? Motives and questions abound in this next in the Emma Lord series.

4 stars