Bookmarked to Die (Miss Zukas Mysteries) by Jo Dereske

By Jo Dereske

The crime-solving doyenne of the Dewey Decimal process, omit Zukas is again in circulation!Librarian extraordinaire pass over Wilhelmina "Helma" Zukas wakes up at the morning of her forty-second birthday within the throes of multiple midlife predicament. Her championing a suite of neighborhood authors' works ignites a perilous firestorm of jealousy and anger in tiny Bellehaven. She's blackmailed by way of her conniving boss, library director may perhaps Apple Moon, into attending team counseling periods and of the individuals occur lifeless. An obnoxiously bubbly new librarian is popping the pinnacle of Helma's longtime admirer, Police leader Wayne Gallant. And worst of all, her uncuddly tom cat spouse, Boy Cat Zukas, disappears. although she's been expressly forbidden to enquire (by the scheming Ms. Moon), it is Helma's nature to delve and learn, and she or he figures there is not anything else now that she will be able to lose. yet an excessive amount of nosing round during this case, and she's not likely to make it to forty-three!

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It was 10:30 and her phone hadn’t rung. She’d checked it twice, once in case she’d accidentally unplugged it, and once to be sure there hadn’t been any interruption in service. Both times, the dial tone had buzzed back at her. 46 JO DERESKE Ruth returned from the balcony, leaving the door wide open, and yawning. ” “I was worried about the Local Authors launch,” Helma told her as she slid the balcony door closed. ” Ruth shook her head. “You? I don’t believe that for a second. It’s the man, isn’t it?

True, the purse was large but definitely a purse not a suitcase, and hardly even bulging. ” 44 JO DERESKE “It was a spur-of-the-moment decision,” Ruth said, shrugging, not meeting Helma’s eyes. “My plane landed just before dark,” Ruth said as Helma pulled her car out of the library parking lot. ” “That’s what our newspaper keeps telling us. ” Ruth yawned. “Yeah, yeah, same old story. ” Helma nodded. ” She slowed her Buick. A block ahead of them, along Cedar Street, emergency lights flashed. “Uh oh,” Ruth warned, peering through the windshield.

Ken Kesey lived in my backyard in the sixties for a summer,” a man with a long gray ponytail said. BOOKMARKED TO DIE 31 “He was a nationally known author,” Helma told the crowd. ” “He never did give me back my sleeping bag,” the man continued. “The Local Author collection will be housed on designated oak shelving made by a fine local carpenter,” Helma interjected. ” a voice called from the back. “I’ve had two books published on the Internet. ” “We have Internet computers,” Helma tried. “That doesn’t mean they were good books,” someone else said.

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