The Alpine Winter by Mary Daheim (Ballentine Books, 2011)
Coming on the heels of The Alpine Vengeance (early 2011) this book may have been written too hastily. I read all the previous 21 Alpine mysteries in alphabetical order as they came out, and I found this one confusing; readers who are new to the series will have no chance. There was no explanation of why Emma’s priest brother thought she committing a sin (Emma and Milo are both single), and only oblique references to a big murder/suicide involving Milo’s ex-wife that should have been a major plot element. I also thought Emma’s sudden infatuation with longtime boyfriend Milo was very out of character – gradually working up to an engagement would have been much more plausible. It’s easy to be a back-seat driver, but I was disappointed.