By Jo Dereske

The crime-solving doyenne of the Dewey Decimal method, omit Zukas is again in circulation!Librarian extraordinaire leave out Wilhelmina "Helma" Zukas wakes up at the morning of her forty-second birthday within the throes of a couple of midlife trouble. Her championing a set 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 staff counseling periods and of the members ensue 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 pussycat spouse, Boy Cat Zukas, disappears. notwithstanding she's been expressly forbidden to enquire (by the scheming Ms. Moon), it really is Helma's nature to delve and study, and he or she figures there is not anything else now that she will 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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Thanks. It’s only a social visit. ” Wayne Gallant was six foot three. And Ruth couldn’t help it—she moved closer to him, as if basking in his comparative height, a smile of satisfaction on her face. ” Helma felt his cool policeman’s eyes appraising her. “Hello, Helma. ” Helma nodded. “The local authors are very interested in this project,” ignoring Ruth’s guffaw. “You’ve taken on a big assignment,” he said, eyes still unusually intent on her face, his hands in his pockets. Above the sound of the departing crowd, she heard the jingle-jangle of coins in his pocket.

Heads turned. Voices trailed off. Helma squinted toward the rear of the crowd. Now what? It wasn’t that the crowd parted; it didn’t. There was no need for it to because, there, towering inches above everyone in the doorway, her bushy dark hair electric with a Bride of Frankenstein streak, her lips upturned in glee and eyes bright, stood Ruth Winthrop. Her big voice rang out, cutting off a question about the library offering money to compensate local authors. ” Chapter 4 Crossed Signals The crowd’s attention shifted from Helma to the arrival of Ruth.

Twenty minutes had been scheduled at the end to answer questions but what could one matter now? She nodded to the mustachioed man. He stood as if this were a presidential news conference. ” he asked and sat down. “Certainly,” Helma said graciously. She’d anticipated this question. ” A woman near the door popped up and without waiting for acknowledgment called out, “Well, I’ve lived in Bellehaven for twenty-two years and my son wrote a book. ” “We’re defining this as an established residency,” Helma clarified.

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