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    Good characters

    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 series has many wonderful characters and we learn more about them in each book.
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    Good story, likeable characters . . .

    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 definitely be interested in further installments from this husband and wife set of sleuths! [Many thanks to NetGalley and the author for an Advance Reader Copy of this book.   The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.]
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    cozy visit with old friends

    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 snow of the tiny ski resort town still provides plot twists and character development. A visit with old friends. I volunteered to read an ARC from Alibi (Random House) through Net Galley
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    Not my cup of tea, but it may be yours

    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.
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    Slow Character-Driven Cozy

    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 employee who handles the House and Home section along with the Scene notes she is ready for retirement, forcing a slight reshuffling of staff. Mitch handles reporting assignments. Milo is called out to the apparent murder of a woman at the motel on the fringe of town and sets off the investigation leading to some red herrings which will definitely throw you off track in this cold, heavily snow-laden mountain community narrative. As editor of the local newspaper, of course, it's in her interest to get the news, although no one is going to break a sweat over it. Support characters and their lives provide ample distraction. Difficult to invest in most of the characters. I had some challenges with their routine (even given the year of 2007) and the interaction between Emma and Milo (why did they marry?). More character-driven than cozy, slow pace ended with an abrupt conclusion. This would work as a standalone. I received the digital download by the publisher through NetGalley and appreciated the opportunity to read. 2.5/5 rounded up
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