By Mary Daheim
Nestled within the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the fascinating hamlet of Alpine is getting ready for Thanksgiving, whereas Emma Lord, editor and writer of The Alpine Advocate, feels her spirits sink. there'll be no relations or buddies to proportion the day, yet a choice from Sheriff Milo stay away from at the Monday after the vacation weekend leaves her no time to wallow. 3 alarming letters, despatched to the sheriff from an nameless author, assert that the homicide conviction of Alpine resident Larry Petersen ten years prior was once the results of a wrongful arrest. including to the miscarriage of justice, Petersen lately died at the back of bars. Then a fourth letter arrives, threatening retribution within the type of one other death—most most likely Emma’s or Milo’s. Mary Daheim’s Emma Lord novel is a wealthy and real combination of small-town existence and chilling menace.
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