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I am continuing to enjoy this series. It s been a long time since I read a Miss Zukas mystery, and I enjoyed getting plugged back in It was a light read, but with some interesting and smart, some of them twists and turns And of course, I liked the library connections I look forward to readingin the series. I like this series enough to readbooks in the group There were a lot of characters, but things fell into place handily for each of them.Having graduated from Scoop River High School in Michigan 20 years ago, librarian Helma Zukas and her artsy friend Ruth take on planning a class reunion in Washington state But Helma receives warning letters about the death of a classmate after a big basketball game, and also learns that the classmate s girlfirend was recently found dead As the classmat I like this series enough to readbooks in the group There were a lot of characters, but things fell into place handily for each of them.Having graduated from Scoop River High School in Michigan 20 years ago, librarian Helma Zukas and her artsy friend Ruth take on planning a class reunion in Washington state But Helma receives warning letters about the death of a classmate after a big basketball game, and also learns that the classmate s girlfirend was recently found dead As the classmates gather, Helma is aware that one of them is a murderer They all are ferried to one of the San Juan Islands, and things are sure to play out there with them discovering who is the murderer and why I read three of this series in quick succession, and by the third I was warming up to the character, but, really, I could not identify with somebody who could, even in private, utter only Faulkner as her most heated swear word. 2 Helma Zukas mystery, featuring the intrepid librarian who lives in fictional Bellehaven, WA Helma gets an anonymous letter reminding her that she promised to plan her 20 year high school reunion, and also hints that the death of a classmate after a basketball game their senior year may not have been an accident as was previously believed Since Helma was the class treasurer and invested their funds with her usual aplomb, she and her friend Ruth who also hails from back home, decide to invite 2 Helma Zukas mystery, featuring the intrepid librarian who lives in fictional Bellehaven, WA Helma gets an anonymous letter reminding her that she promised to plan her 20 year high school reunion, and also hints that the death of a classmate after a basketball game their senior year may not have been an accident as was previously believed Since Helma was the class treasurer and invested their funds with her usual aplomb, she and her friend Ruth who also hails from back home, decide to invite the whole class from Scoop River, MI all fifty two of them to come to Bellehaven to spend a weekend at a resort in the San Juan Islands Only half of them end up coming, and it s clear that someone is out to sabotage not only the reunion, but also possibly Helma and other members of the class who may know something about the classmate s death This is kind of a strange series to read the description, you wouldn t really think it would be my thing but I m finding that I actually quite enjoy it so far Helma is staid, practical, old fashioned, and seems much older than her age Her friend Ruth, an artist, is the polar opposite, being flamboyant and outgoing and always with a man on her arm This mystery had a somewhat predictable ending, but overall it was a good, light read and I m enjoying getting to know these characters better This was a fast read thriller, with well drawn characters and a beautifully evocative setting. |DOWNLOAD EBOOK ⚑ Miss Zukas and the Island Murders ⚐ The ever conscientious Miss Helma Zukas of Bellehaven, Washington, is not one to renege on a promise even one made hastily and too long ago to possibly remember So when an anonymous note in the morning mail reminds her of her vow to bring her high school classmates together for a twenty year reunion, Miss Zukas hops to and begins organizing the perfect celebration despite some vague and mysterious warnings about dire consequencesBut when a secret saboteur disrupts her well planned reunion stranding Helma and her old classmates on a fogbound island with a murderer in their midst the intrepid librarian sleuth takes charge once again With a dubious assist from her raffish friend Ruth, Miss Zukas is determined to close the books on crimes both current and overdue for solution before the killer takes the alumni out of circulation permanently Georgia and the Tycoon Washington Home for Christmas is not one to renege on a promise even one made hastily and too long ago to possibly remember So when an anonymous note in the morning mail reminds her of her vow to bring her high school classmates together for a twenty year reunion Claimed by the Desert Prince Miss Zukas hops to and begins organizing the perfect celebration despite some vague and mysterious warnings about dire consequencesBut when a secret saboteur disrupts her well planned reunion stranding Helma and her old classmates on a fogbound island with a murderer in their midst the intrepid librarian sleuth takes charge once again With a dubious assist from her raffish friend Ruth The Way Back Miss Zukas is determined to close the books on crimes both current and overdue for solution before the killer takes the alumni out of circulation permanently This is the first Miss Zukas book I ve read, and I ll certainly readI enjoyed the fastidious and orderly Helma Zukas, even as I recognized that her inflexible, rule bound personality would preclude me ever liking her a whole lot in real life I wouldn t dislike her, but she s certainly not someone I d seek out as a friend The mystery was revealed in suitably mystifying ways, the pace good and denouement well crafted Some mysteries go on far too long after we ve reached the apex of the This is the first Miss Zukas book I ve read, and I ll certainly readI enjoyed the fastidious and orderly Helma Zukas, even as I recognized that her inflexible, rule bound personality would preclude me ever liking her a whole lot in real life I wouldn t dislike her, but she s certainly not someone I d seek out as a friend The mystery was revealed in suitably mystifying ways, the pace good and denouement well crafted Some mysteries go on far too long after we ve reached the apex of the story Here, the revelation was crisp, clean and efficient Miss Z would approve My only caveat for this book we have a group of 23 adults who still really care about the romance and rivalries of their high school years Seriously Who, in their late thirties, can still summon up fury and indignation at the girl now a woman who stole your crush 20 years ago Shouldn t we all have grown up just a smidge That aspect of the plot was irritating and just plain silly.Apart from that, though, I thoroughly enjoyed the book Particularly since the one aspect that annoyed me is unlikely to appear in other books It was a light, easy read, with likeable characters and a tidy plot line I will definitely seek outMiss Zukas books Helma Zukas is receiving anonymous letters One writer wants her to keep her promise and organize her twentieth high school reunion the other warns her that trouble awaits if she does But she did promise, and so she brings her classmates to a small resort island off the coast of Washington, only to find that someone had cancelled the reservation and that the inn is not nearly ready for them When one of the classmates is found dead, Helma and her friend Ruth realize that there s a murderer on Helma Zukas is receiving anonymous letters One writer wants her to keep her promise and organize her twentieth high school reunion the other warns her that trouble awaits if she does But she did promise, and so she brings her classmates to a small resort island off the coast of Washington, only to find that someone had cancelled the reservation and that the inn is not nearly ready for them When one of the classmates is found dead, Helma and her friend Ruth realize that there s a murderer on the island with them I hadn t read a Miss Zukas book in ages and it s just as good as I remember Helma Zukas is a very proper and straight laced librarian in Washington State As a fellow librarian, I reveled in their staff meetings described by their head librarian as Harmony circles.Also, the following sign was a very good way to gauge when it s time to take your 15 minute break WHEN A LIBRARIAN DELIGHTS IN GREETING THE PUBLIC WITH A NO , AWAY FROM THE REFERENCE DESK HE OR SHE MUST GO I took this book as my I hadn t read a Miss Zukas book in ages and it s just as good as I remember Helma Zukas is a very proper and straight laced librarian in Washington State As a fellow librarian, I reveled in their staff meetings described by their head librarian as Harmony circles.Also, the following sign was a very good way to gauge when it s time to take your 15 minute break WHEN A LIBRARIAN DELIGHTS IN GREETING THE PUBLIC WITH A NO , AWAY FROM THE REFERENCE DESK HE OR SHE MUST GO I took this book as my vacation book and it fulfilled its travelling companionship excellently