Miss Zukas and the Library Murders

Miss Zukas and the Library Murders

Large Print - 2003
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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 from the norm of everyday life-is not willing to let this rather nasty disruption stand. Her precious literary sanctuary has been violated, and if the local law cannot get to the bottom of this case, Miss Zukas certainly intends to-with the help of her not-so-proper best friend, Ruth, a six-foot-tall bohemian artist with a nose for gossip and a penchant for getting into trouble. But their research project is bringing them a little too close to a killer . . . who'd like nothing better than to write Helma and Ruth out of the story completely!
Publisher: Hampton Falls, N.H. : Beeler Large Print, 2003, c1994
ISBN: 9781574905113
1574905112
Characteristics: 233 p. (large print) ; 25 cm

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silverbookworm
Oct 17, 2014

The story was a nice read. However, unfortunately, the author chose to add a character about midway through the story that could not speak without using sexual and other course language. As a result, I can not recommend this book.

bookfanatic1979 Sep 19, 2011

Okay, I admit it. If Helma hadn’t been a librarian, I probably would be more willing to continue in this series. I couldn’t get over the fact that—whether she meant to or not—Dereske seems to have played into the typical stereotype for a librarian. Helma has a tidy bun, glasses, fussy mannerisms, and no-nonsense outfits in drab colors. I thought she was elderly until the author let it slip she’s only in her 30s. Call it childish, but I have no interest in the further adventures of Miss Z.

samdog123 Sep 22, 2008

The first in this series featuring librarian Helma Zukas. Her stereotypic uptightness is counterbalanced by her larger than life friend, Ruth, who is an artist. Good storyline, character development and interesting plot twist.

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