in the small mountain aerie of Alpine should be as quiet as new-fallen snow on
the Cascades, but from the Grocery Basket to the Venison Inn, the town is
humming. At the Alpine Advocate, editor Emma Lord and her staff are on
deadline with a feature about the opening of RestHaven, a new rehab and mental
health facility. Front Street is buzzing with gossip about Emma’s recent
engagement to Sheriff Milo Dodge. And now that fool Wayne Eriks has climbed an
electric pole in the middle of a storm and got himself electrocuted.
Dodge doesn’t buy the idea that Wayne’s death is an accident. But how, and,
more important, why he died is only one of the conundrums that keep the sheriff
and Emma working overtime. Why is RestHaven giving Alpine so many restless
nights? And what’s to be made of allegations that someone’s trying to kill the
richest man in town, or whispers of a rash of indecent behavior at the local
Vida Runkel, the Advocate’s stalwart House & Home editor, disappears
into thin air, Milo and Emma suddenly have too many loose ends to solve before
they can even think about tying the knot.
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