By Jo Dereske
The crime-solving doyenne of the Dewey Decimal process, pass over 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 a couple of midlife predicament. Her championing a suite of neighborhood authors' works ignites a deadly firestorm of jealousy and anger in tiny Bellehaven. She's blackmailed via her conniving boss, library director might Apple Moon, into attending workforce counseling periods and of the individuals happen 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 better half, Boy Cat Zukas, disappears. even though she's been expressly forbidden to enquire (by the scheming Ms. Moon), it really is Helma's nature to delve and study, and she or he figures there is not anything else now that she will lose. yet an excessive amount of nosing round during this case, and she's unlikely to make it to forty-three!
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At ten minutes after midnight, after checking her landing to be sure nothing had been belatedly delivered, Helma went to bed. Her birthday was over and her telephone had not rung. The only sound she heard as she closed her bedroom door was Ruth’s snoring. Chapter 5 A Poet Remembered “Helma. Wake up! ” Helma sat bolt upright in her bed, fumbling for the bat-shaped “ﬁsh wacker” her nephew had made for her in sixth grade shop years ago, and which she moved from beneath her bed to her bedside table every night.
Helma was horriﬁed. ” “Looks that way. ” Helma remembered Molly shyly approaching the reference desk the previous morning; her sorrowful uncertainty as she asked if she could attend the launch, the thin woman’s quavering but determined voice as she read her—even Helma had to admit—amateurish poem at the launch. But dead? A tremor of sorrow for Molly forced her to take a deep involuntary breath. ” she asked Ruth. “Nope. ” “My mother. Those must have been the lights we saw on our way home. ” Ruth rubbed her arms as if they were cold.
And not just because the crowd, which had been closing in on her, faltered as if a challenge had been issued from the castle to a pitchfork-wielding mob. There were people on earth who somehow managed not exactly to trivialize problems but who put them in perspective merely by their presence. And although Ruth lived in a cyclone of 36 JO DERESKE problems of her own manufacture, Helma had to admit Ruth was one of those people. They had known each other since they were ten years old in Scoop River, Michigan, when Ruth’s frustrated parents had sent her to St.