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Jo Dereske

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Western Michigan, near THE Lake, The United States
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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.
I now live in the beautiful foothills of Mount Baker, near Bellingham, Washington.
I've loved being a librarian: libraries are one of our last truly public institutions, where the whole world, in all its zits and glory, passes through.
There are twelve titles in the Miss Zukas mystery series. Miss Zukas is tough, honest, crafty, a complicated woman with a deep but futile desire to perceive

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Why my Newest Book is Free

A few years ago my husband and I left Washington State for rural Michigan to spend a tumultuous year caring for a beloved aunt and uncle. He had Alzheimer’s; she had multi-infarct dementia.

It was one of those defining experiences that birth memoirs. Mine was drawn from a diary I obsessively kept during that year. Yes, it was tragic, but also enlightening, crazy-making, occasionally joyous, and... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on May 09, 2014 14:55 Tags: alzheimer-s, dementia, michigan
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Miss Zukas and the Library ...

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Miss Zukas and the Island M...

3.75 avg rating — 472 ratings — published 1995 — 2 editions
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Miss Zukas and the Stroke o...

3.87 avg rating — 407 ratings — published 1995 — 2 editions
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Bookmarked to Die (Miss Zuk...

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Catalogue of Death (Miss Zu...

3.83 avg rating — 383 ratings — published 2007 — 9 editions
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Index to Murder (Miss Zukas...

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Out of Circulation (Miss Zu...

3.89 avg rating — 351 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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Miss Zukas and the Raven's ...

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Miss Zukas Shelves the Evid...

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Final Notice (Miss Zukas, #6)

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“Who knows what's for true once a time is past? There's no way to prove how something was that's gone. And if a time is gone, what does it matter? It's all rain into rivers now.”
Jo Dereske, Glom Gloom

“Ruth felt beneath the seat for a flashlight. "What's this?" she asked, pulling out a paperback book in a Ziploc plastic bag. She held it up. "It's a dictionary, Helma. You carry a DICTIONARY in your car?"
"It's my car dictionary," Helma told her.”
Jo Dereske, Catalogue of Death




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