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Preview — Miss Zukas and the Library Murders by Jo Dereske
Miss Zukas and the Library Murders (Miss Zukas #1)
Miss Zukas is the main character and is trying to solve a murder that occured in the library in the fiction aisle while the branch was closed.
Miss Zukas is very serious, single, a little social inept, librarian. Her friend Ruth is just the opposite. It's fun to read the interections that the two of them have.
The author is pretty good in decribing places...
This is a " ...more
This was what I really enjoyed about the series. Recommended.
Miss Zukas And The Library Muders
Meet Miss Zukas . . . the very proper, exceedingly conscientious, and relentlessly curious local librarian of tiny Bellehaven, Washington—and one heck of an amateur sleuth!
The Bellehaven police are baffled when a dead body turns up right in the middle of the library's fiction stacks. But Miss Helma Zukas—who never fails to make note of the slightest deviation f ...more
An easy read, but I particularly enjoyed the references to library settings (shifting books, weeding collections, answering reference questions).
I like Helma Zukas. I like that her apartment is pristine and her clothes are arranged in categories and she keeps her car in like-new condition and that she wants to turn o ...more
Actually "Miss Zukas and the Library Murders" is the first title in the twelve book series, which ends with "Farewell Miss Zukas." I originally read most of the titles in paperback years ago and notice that many are now available again if only for Kindle.
Helma Zukas, a very serious and precise pe ...more
Miss Zukas chances to find a note left by the victim in the city directories he had looked at the day he was killed in the library. Then begins a series of really silly interactions between the amateur sleuths and the murderer. Silly on the scale of ...more
Prim and proper librarian Wilhelmina Zukas is totally unlike me (I'm a messie, folks), but her friend Ruth has the flamboyance she lacks. The two go well together. I expect I'll go back and pick ...more
However, it is very pleasing (perhaps this shows a bad side of my personality, but..) to see things go wrong for someone who seems so perfect.
I adore her friend Ruth - madcap, silly and over the top, a perf ...more
However, Helma seems to develop a bit as the story proceeds and I might be willing to read the next in the series.
I was able to figure out the murderer before Miss Zukas, but I still don't exactly understand what he was doing to earn his fortune.
Dereske, Jo - 1st in Miss Zukas series
With the help of her not-so-proper best friend, Ruth, a six-foot-tall bohemian artist, Helma Zukas investigates the appearance of a dead body right in the middle of the library's fiction stacks.
The story is very light with a slightly annoying protagonist, but I did like it more than I expected. Still, I doubt I'll read more of this series.
Most of the mysteries are good and these books are fun little diversions.
A fun, light book that's easy to read.
I grew up in rural Michigan, greatly influenced by my Lithuanian roots. I'm one of those tedious people who wanted to write stories as soon as I learned to read, but believed I had to leave Michigan first. In fact, I couldn't wait to shake off that Michigan dust! Curiously, everything I write seems to have a connection to Michigan or my Lithuanian heritage.
I now live in the beautiful foothills of