By Jo Dereske
Librarian extraordinaire omit Helma Zukas wakes up at the morning of her forty-second birthday within the throes of a couple of midlife concern. Her championing a set of neighborhood authors' works ignites a firestorm of jealousy and anger in Bellehaven. She's blackmailed via her conniving boss, library director may perhaps Apple Moon, into attending team counseling periods - and of the contributors occur lifeless. An obnoxiously bubbly new librarian is popping the top of Helma's longtime admirer, Police leader Wayne Gallant. And worst of all, her uncuddly tom cat spouse, Boy Cat Zukas disappears.
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Ruth shook her head and metal earrings tinkled like distant bells. “Just enough to see the crowd turn after that impromptu poetry reading. ” “This project recognizes their talent and accomplishments. I thought they’d be more . ” Helma stopped, hearing the querulous note in her voice. “You expected gratitude? We rarely are, you know. ” Ruth was an artist whose bright, confusing canvases had earned her a name in the Northwest and an erratic living in Bellehaven. Ruth peered more closely at Helma and said in a quieter voice, “Don’t worry, it’ll sort itself out.
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.
She shoved her hands into the pockets of a girlish pink jumper. “The whole project is fantastic: you and everything you know about the community and the library. ” Helma nodded, deciding it was best not to examine Glory’s fulsome admiration too closely and watched Glory’s forehead wrinkle. ” Glory asked. ” Helma asked, rhetorically of course. A half-ﬁlled book truck already awaited Helma in her cubicle, all the books entries from local authors for inclusion in the collection, plus a small stack on her desk.
Bookmarked to Die (Miss Zukas Mysteries) by Jo Dereske