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Final Notice (1998)

by Jo Dereske

Series: Miss Zukas (6)

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Librarians seldom have as much fun--or as many direct references to dead bodies--as Miss Helma Zukas, master sleuth and loaner of all things literary. When Miss Zukas, librarian to the core, starts digging in the family archives, she turns up some deadly secrets. Unless she can learn the whole story, the final chapters are about to be written as a tale of mystery, mayhem, and murder.… (more)
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When Helma's Aunt Em arrived in Washington for a visit Helma is expecting the staid, responsible woman who was Helma's role model. Instead, she finds a woman who likes to kick back and have a good time. Aunt Em is recovering from a brain injury and her memory has suffered its effects. She brings numerous odd artifacts with her, things from her past whose meaning is a mystery. As Aunt Em starts remembering Helma stands to learn a great deal about her aunt's past, and a dangerous mystery is uncovered.

Helma is her usual irritating self in this novel. It's still unclear to me why the police chief puts up with her unwillingness to commit, though a relationship in which the female half is the commitment-phobe is certainly a refreshing change. The part of the book I found most problematic was the new age chief librarian, Moonbeam's color-personality test. The library staff are required to take it- if they refuse Moonbeam will answer the questions for them. Now, I happen to live in the area where the Miss Zukas mysteries are set. This region is full of people who would be all over a color-aura-personality management scheme. What doesn't make sense is the library director answering questions for people. Perhaps this is a sign that I've lived here too long, if I'm irritated that it doesn't follow the rules of hippie logic. Whatever. In any case, there's nothing out there quite like the Miss Zukas series. Anyone who enjoys quirky, cozy mysteries should give this a try. ( )
  lahochstetler | May 12, 2012 |
Miss Zukas' elderly aunt comes to visit and things start getting strange, including a body outside near Helma's apartment complex. ( )
  reannon | Jul 12, 2008 |
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Librarians seldom have as much fun--or as many direct references to dead bodies--as Miss Helma Zukas, master sleuth and loaner of all things literary. When Miss Zukas, librarian to the core, starts digging in the family archives, she turns up some deadly secrets. Unless she can learn the whole story, the final chapters are about to be written as a tale of mystery, mayhem, and murder.

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Miss Zukas' Aunt Em comes to visit from Michigan; her purse is stolen along the way. Then the purse snatcher is killed near Helga's apartment. What's the connection? What's the story of the amber necklace from the 1920's ?
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