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Out of Circulation (1997)

by Jo Dereske

Series: Miss Zukas (5)

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Hitting The BooksMiss Helma Zukas is reluctant to go hiking on the Cascade mountains, but her friend Ruth is insistent. When she agrees to go, Helma, ever the librarian, does her research, reading up on survival techniques, packing like a pro, and making up a list for her irresponsible friend. As usual, Ruth comes unprepared, having neglected to read Helma's list. But even Helma's careful preparation couldn't have anticipated the discovery of a dead body high in the rocky wilderness. SURVIVING THE TRAIL Since it appears unlikely that the hole in the hiker's chest was caused by a fall, Helma suspects foul play. When the victim is airlifted off the mountain, Ruth is ready to accept a ride back to civilization, but Helma insists they stay and search for the hiker's missing companion. Being good samaritans is one thing, but getting stranded in a blinding snowstorm is quite another. Especially when escaping Nature's deadly fury means holing up in a little cabin with some motley strangers who may be planning a murderous adventure for a couple of dangerously inquisitive women...HITTING THE BOOKSMiss Helma Zukas is reluctant to go hiking on the Cascade mountains, but her friend Ruth is insistent. When she agrees to go, Helma, ever the librarian, does her research, reading up on survival techniques, packing like a pro, and making up a list for her irresponsible friend. As usual, Ruth comes unprepared, having neglected to read Helma's list. But even Helma's careful preparation couldn't have anticipated the discovery of a dead body high in the rocky wilderness.SURVIVING THE TRAILSince it appears unlikely that the hole in the hiker's chest was caused by a fall, Helma suspects foulplay. When the victim is airlifted off the mountain, Ruth is ready to accept a ride back to civilization, but Helma insists they stay and search for the hiker's missing companion. Being good samaritans is one thing, but getting stranded in a blinding snowstorm is quite another. Especially when escaping Nature's deadly fury means holing up in a little cabin with some motley strangers who may be planning a murderous adventure for a couple of dangerously inquisitive women...… (more)
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This was #5 of 12 in the series, and one of the best! I have now completed reading them all. (I like to read in order but couldn't get my hands on this one till now). ( )
  PhyllisReads | Apr 27, 2019 |
Helma works in the Bellehaven Public Library. She wears a Love your Library T-shirt on her day off. She has a cat. I stopped reading at that point.
  jon1lambert | Mar 18, 2012 |
The librarian stereotypes still annoy, but the plot was more exciting with this one. Also suffers from Murder She Wrote syndrome - why do people keep getting killed in the vicinity of this perfectly normal albeit obsessive woman? But many mystery series do. ( )
  krisiti | Jul 1, 2009 |
Fifth in the Jo Dereske series on librarian Helma Zukas. In this one Helma and her friend Ruth take a kiking trip to the mountains near Bellehaven, WA. naturally murder ensues, and Helma and Ruth are caught in an early snow in an emergency cabin with other stranded hikers. ( )
  reannon | Jul 3, 2008 |
After aiding in the rescue of a gravely injured man, Helma Zukas and her friend Ruth search for the victim's missing companion and are stranded in a snowstorm with a group of strangers, one of whom is a killer ( )
  nealdowns | Dec 27, 2006 |
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Hitting The BooksMiss Helma Zukas is reluctant to go hiking on the Cascade mountains, but her friend Ruth is insistent. When she agrees to go, Helma, ever the librarian, does her research, reading up on survival techniques, packing like a pro, and making up a list for her irresponsible friend. As usual, Ruth comes unprepared, having neglected to read Helma's list. But even Helma's careful preparation couldn't have anticipated the discovery of a dead body high in the rocky wilderness. SURVIVING THE TRAIL Since it appears unlikely that the hole in the hiker's chest was caused by a fall, Helma suspects foul play. When the victim is airlifted off the mountain, Ruth is ready to accept a ride back to civilization, but Helma insists they stay and search for the hiker's missing companion. Being good samaritans is one thing, but getting stranded in a blinding snowstorm is quite another. Especially when escaping Nature's deadly fury means holing up in a little cabin with some motley strangers who may be planning a murderous adventure for a couple of dangerously inquisitive women...HITTING THE BOOKSMiss Helma Zukas is reluctant to go hiking on the Cascade mountains, but her friend Ruth is insistent. When she agrees to go, Helma, ever the librarian, does her research, reading up on survival techniques, packing like a pro, and making up a list for her irresponsible friend. As usual, Ruth comes unprepared, having neglected to read Helma's list. But even Helma's careful preparation couldn't have anticipated the discovery of a dead body high in the rocky wilderness.SURVIVING THE TRAILSince it appears unlikely that the hole in the hiker's chest was caused by a fall, Helma suspects foulplay. When the victim is airlifted off the mountain, Ruth is ready to accept a ride back to civilization, but Helma insists they stay and search for the hiker's missing companion. Being good samaritans is one thing, but getting stranded in a blinding snowstorm is quite another. Especially when escaping Nature's deadly fury means holing up in a little cabin with some motley strangers who may be planning a murderous adventure for a couple of dangerously inquisitive women...

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