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Miss Zukas Shelves the Evidence (Miss Zukas #8)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  286 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This Ain't No Garden PartyIn a boldly personal move, Police Chief Wayne Gallant has arranged a meeting between his children and Bellehaven's beloved librarian Helma Zukas. But the fates have not yet smiled on this pair, as the long overdue introductions are interrupted -- by murder. For not only is Helma's newest neighbor pushing up roses in her garden, her latest crop's a ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Avon Books (first published 2001)
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Apr 10, 2011 Spuddie rated it it was amazing
#8 in the Helma Zukas mystery series set in fictional Bellehaven, WA. Helma, a librarian, is meeting her "friend" Wayne Gallant's teenage children for the first time when they visit from out of town. Before they can spend much time together, Wayne--who is also the chief of police--is seriously injured when he falls or was pushed from a cliff, sustaining a serious head injury.

He was investigating the death of a professor from a local university, at first thought to be a heart attack until an inj
Mar 15, 2014 Susie rated it really liked it
I've read others in this series before--really a fun read and if you do follow the series it's interesting to see how the characters change over time-and how relationships shift. I love the character of the librarian Miss Zukas whose world is so orderly until she falls in love with the police chief. The author does a good job creating her characters and depicting the politics of not only daily life in the police station but daily life in the library! Very enjoyable read!
Apr 03, 2015 Don rated it really liked it
Does the confidentiality of patrons reading trump the police's request for that information in the pursuit of a criminal? For the librarian Miss Zukas, there is no debate, even when it is her friend who has been the victim of a of the serious crime. This is one of the best in the series. Recommended
Sep 07, 2009 Phair rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Second Miss Zukas I've read. What bugs me about her is she's a 39 year old spinster but she behaves more like a 65yo [no offense to 65 yo's- I'm almost there myself:]: prissy, neat, old-fashioned, drives too slow, grouses at bad manners. She must work in a very rich library since it seems like almost everyone, including staff at circulation has an MLS degree and the biggest problem is rivalry over positions like "chair of the pamphlet case committee to select a new display rack"- give me a brea ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Miss Helma Zukas is a librarian in Bellhaven, Washington, who does things by the book (pun intended). In this story, she investigates the murder of a retired college professor. Her boyfriend, Wayne Gallant, the chief of police has been injured in the process of the investigation and Helma has been left to care for his two teenaged children while solving the crime. Miss Zukas is not everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoy her quirks and rigidity along with her ability to continue her high school frien ...more
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Jan 07, 2016 Pat Kiser rated it did not like it
Entertaining and a quick read. Accurately portrays librarians.
Aug 25, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it
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Apr 14, 2012 Laurie rated it liked it
Librarian extraordinaire, Helma Zukas, solves another case of murder in small town Bellehaven, WA. Who killed professor Dixon, leaving a young widow, and who pushed Police Chief Gallant off a cliff to cover the crime? But there's a library book left at the scene...
Fun cozy mystery series.
Apr 09, 2012 Grace rated it it was ok
I’ve read the other books in this series. While, in a way, they’re cute, Helma Zukas has developed into such a stereotypical, self-righteous, uptight librarian that I’ve begun to hate her. Ah well.
Jan 19, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing
Jo Dereske is a librarian and a wonderful writer!! The Miss Zukas books are set in a quasi-Bellingham city, and that make them especially fun for me to read.
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I've read all this series. Miss Zukas may be a prig, but her friend Ruth is a hoot.
Jul 11, 2010 Marilyn rated it liked it
I love Miss Zukas but her actions in this one were a little over the top.
Sep 01, 2010 Vicky rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite series. Perhaps because I was a librarian.
Miss Zukas does the right thing! and solves the case herself.
Oct 26, 2011 Dee rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, read-2011
more like a 1.5 than 2
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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.
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