Index to Murder: A Miss Zukas Mystery (Miss Zukas Mysteries)

Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Jo Dereske grew up in western Michigan, and is a former librarian who now lives in the northwestern corner of Washington .
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So when two of Ruth's latest paintings—each depicting an ex-lover who met a very untimely and mysterious end—are stolen, the amazing amateur detectives get to work. But digging through Ruth's romantic rendezvous turns up more than broken hearts. There's an angry ex-wife, a jealous fellow artist, and a rampaging group of local tree-huggers.

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About Product Details No one could be more orderly or organized than dedicated librarian Helma Zukas. The Weaker Sex by Laura Lippman. 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. I now live in the beautiful foothills of Mount Baker, near Bellingham, Washington. I've loved being a librarian: 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 the world in black and white. You might say she embraces the stereotype. Ruby Crane is a forgery specialist, a subject that's fascinated me since I forged my first absence excuse in fourth grade. There are three books in the series. My three young people's books were written when my children were young. Please visit me on my website! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Index to Murder by Jo Dereske. Index to Murder Miss Zukas, 11 3. No one could be more orderly or organized than dedicated librarian Helma Zukas. No one could be more rash and raucous than avant-garde artist Ruth Winthrop.

Yet the two women are best friends and a resourceful, ingenious, crime-solving team. So when two of Ruth's latest paintings—each depicting an ex-lover who met a very untimely and mysterious end—are stolen, the amazing No one could be more orderly or organized than dedicated librarian Helma Zukas. So when two of Ruth's latest paintings—each depicting an ex-lover who met a very untimely and mysterious end—are stolen, the amazing amateur detectives get to work.

But digging through Ruth's romantic rendezvous turns up more than broken hearts. There's an angry ex-wife, a jealous fellow artist, and a rampaging group of local tree-huggers. There's trouble brewing in Bellehaven. Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Index to Murder , please sign up.

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Nov 18, Tania rated it liked it. Librarian Miss Helma Zukas is an intriguing heroine. Orderly and mannered, but with enough spunk to investigate and solve local crimes to the bemusement of her Chief of Police boyfriend Wayne Gallant, Helma as a character seems older than she actually is. Her eclectic best friend and artist Ruth Winthrop is her polar opposite, and yet the perfect complement for her otherwise organized life.

Together they set off on another adventure as Ruth finds herself the victim of theft, and possibly the per Librarian Miss Helma Zukas is an intriguing heroine. Together they set off on another adventure as Ruth finds herself the victim of theft, and possibly the perpetrator in other crimes she believes are justified, or at least not as bad, in her quest to find out who stole her paintings. I like the characters, and the mystery was set up well.

It's not quite as engaging or funny as other similar series, but it's good. May 11, Laurann Cowan rated it really liked it. Dereske uses Bellingham, WA for the locale. Helma Zukas is a librarian there and is the perfect personification of someone suffering from OC. Her best friend is avant-garde artist Ruth Winthrop. Two of the most unlikely friends ever.

Helma's fellow librarians are also a bunch of characters and her love interest is the Police Chief now where have I heard that combination before? Oh, and there's a mystery involving a group of "tree huggers" and two unsolved murders seemingly unrelated. Just eno Dereske uses Bellingham, WA for the locale. Just enough humor to make it a fun read. Jul 19, Linda rated it it was amazing. The most intriguing mystery I have read recently this one gets 10 stars.

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Now I need to look for all the other Miss Zukas mysteries. Mar 08, Peggy Huey rated it liked it. Part of a series of books starring librarian Helma Zukas. This time, her avant-garde artist friend Ruth Winthrop has had 2 paintings stolen from an exhibit show she is planning. The friends work together to solve the mystery of who and why. Nov 06, Gail added it Shelves: What can I tell you? I love Miss Zukas, that librarian's librarian with her silver dime voice that commands quiet and her expertise and dedication in providing knowledge to those seeking it at the public library.

By contrast her artist friend Ruth is wild, crazy, undisciplined, sexual, and disorganized. Ruth is doing an art exhibition on scenes from her life, which means her interpretation of her multivariate love life. Then two of her paintings are stolen and her life is threatened. Miss Zukas w What can I tell you? Miss Zukas will not allow a friend of her to be threatened, nor will her curiosity be quelled; and she starts to investigate and ultimately to discover the murder from a cast of strange characters. The relationship between Miss Zukas and the Chief of Police has slowed to a glacier pace.

It seems not to be as sweet as it was in the previous novels. The pace of this one seems a little slower and not as well paced in the past.

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Miss Zukas seems more in need of diagnosis than a rather well fleshed out stereotype of a really good librarian. Continuing to amuse and entertain are the antics of the library staff of Bellehaven Public Library which ties in rather neatly with the mystery itself. Since I'm a librarian myself, I am amused and entertained by this delightful series.

Mar 02, Denise rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: As always, I love Miss Zukas. I have corresponded with Jo Dereske recently because someone posted that Index to Murder was the last Miss Zukas book.

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Thank goodness it is not but the bad news is there will only be one more unless everyone would write to Jo and her publisher and beg for more. Jo is currently working on the finale to the series.


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  • Index reveals a little more of Helma's human emotion. Something that is revealed at the end of the book regarding Helma and nothing to do with the myste As always, I love Miss Zukas. Something that is revealed at the end of the book regarding Helma and nothing to do with the mystery is very interesting. As I come close to the end of the series I am tempted to start back with book 1, Miss Zukas and the Library Murders and enjoy them all over again. I think that I would now rank Miss Zukas as my favorite bibliomystery.

    I'm going to miss her. Nov 04, Rebecca rated it it was ok Shelves: Goodreads reminded me at the beginning of this month that I was still in the middle of this page paperback, so today I summoned the spirit of Miss Zukas herself, the spit-polished librarian who finishes everything she starts, and got through the task.

    I don't know why it felt like work, but it did. A complicated plot involving two artists' studios, a chemistry lab, an environmental activism group, and some mysterious face cream, not to mention two murders and a new haircut -- I just couldn't Goodreads reminded me at the beginning of this month that I was still in the middle of this page paperback, so today I summoned the spirit of Miss Zukas herself, the spit-polished librarian who finishes everything she starts, and got through the task. A complicated plot involving two artists' studios, a chemistry lab, an environmental activism group, and some mysterious face cream, not to mention two murders and a new haircut -- I just couldn't keep it straight, and I didn't even want to.

    Though I did like the license-plate mnemonic Miss Z reveals at the end, involving Dewey Decimal numbers, it didn't make up for the dead-on-arrival romance with the once-dashing Chief Gallant. I think my favorite Miss Zukas mystery remains the first one Miss Zukas and the Library Murders , which involves -- yes -- a body in the library. And at least I can keep the ideal of Miss Zukas alive in my everyday life. Jan 06, Tracy rated it it was ok.

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    OK, this was pretty standard for a Ms. I liked that she was starting to break out of her self-imposed rigidity. It felt a little transgressional for her, and that was fun to read.


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