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Miss Zukas and the Island Murders (Miss Zukas Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – September 26, 2006
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"If you enjoy a light-hearted mystery, you're in for a good time."--" Toronto Sun"Exciting . . . Appealing . . . Miss Zukas is straightforward, understanding, tongue in cheek . . . She should develope a popular following." --" The Armchair Detective"A quick read . . . Recommended" --" Montgomery Advertiser --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jo Dereske grew up in western Michigan, and is a former librarian who now lives in the northwestern corner of Washington State.
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In this book, Miss Zukas and her best friend, Ruth, are organizing their 20 year high school reunion. My first thought, after doing the math, was that I had misread because that would only make Miss Zukas 38!? The picture I had in my mind, up to that point, was that of a sour "old maid" in her 70's. Are you getting my point? Anyhow, it is at the reunion which takes place on an island off the Washington state coast where the problems/murders begin... If I say anymore, I get into spoiler territory.
Ruth is a bit of an artistic "misfit" and, as indicated above, Miss Z's best friend. She has a much greater sense of playfulness and fun about her--but not enough, I'm afraid, to save the book from the wet blanket antics of our priggish protagonist. My advice is to skip any book with the highly disagreeable Miss Zukas.
The novel opens with Miss Helma Zukas, Bellehaven's librarian, being reminded of her promise to plan her high school's twenty reunion, through an anonymous note. The anonymous note spurs her on to begin organizing the event so she will not to go back on her promise, which brings back the memory of one of her high school classmates that was killed and people are still wondering if it really was an accident or was it murder. She receives various threats on not having the reunion but she decides to go ahead. She pays for her classmates to be flown in, from money she has invested over the last twenty years from their class fundraising treasury, to a northwest island resort not far from where she lives in Bellehaven, Washington. During the reunion, a couple of her classmates are murder. Since they are isolated on the island due to a dense fog, as usual, it is up to Helma to solve the murders.
The story line was a little weak even though the story was well written. This story is away from Helma's library, which is a disappointment, since that is why I wanted to read the book. Some of the elements of the story invalidate conceivability and some of the information on the background of the characters do not lend to believability of the conclusion.
Her artistic and animated childhood friend Ruth has a larger role in this novel by somewhat helping Helma plan the reunion. I was disappointed that her police chief friend only made some minor walk on appearances and their relationship does not development any further than in the first novel. Moreover, I missed hearing from her mom.
I will give the next book in the Miss Zukas mysteries series a try. Since I love reading mysteries centered in libraries, I hope that the next story is better than this one and centers on activities at or around the library.
But, it is NEVER gory or vulgar as are some thriller/mysteries.