Thursday, February 24, 2011

A colorful style of sleuthing

Avon Books

Index to Murder
by Jo Dereske
published by Avon Books
cover art credit: Avon Books

My review copy came from the local library.

In Index to Murder, the latest in Jo Dereske’s Miss Zukas Mysteries, she has Wilhemina (Helma) Zukas, her librarian heroine pondering her way through the mystery of who has broken into the home of her best friend, the artist Ruth Winthrop, and stolen two of Ruth’s paintings. Ruth has recently gone through a painful break up with her boyfriend Paul and the split inspired a series of works, all based on Ruth’s former lovers.

Well, not only have the paintings gone missing, but the two lovers depicted in them have turned up dead. And Ruth drags Helma into the trouble, where the two put their heads together, try to solve the mystery, both inside and outside Helma’s beloved Bellehaven Public Library. Meanwhile, Ms. Moon, the head librarian at Bellehaven Public Library is injured, and tries to pull the whole library staff into her latest figurative assault against the town mayor’s argument against allocating funds for a new library she craves. Surely somehow this accident can be used to change his mind. What the woman doesn’t know is it may give a clue as to who stole Ruth’s paintings, and why. Then there’s the mysterious environmental group Ground Up! And Helma still has to make a decision on where she sees her tentative relationship with chief of police Wayne Gallant going.

This one was recommended to me by the librarians at the local library, and I must say, I found it a very enjoyable read. Jo Dereske’s Index to Murder, the eleventh title in the Miss Zukas Mysteries, has a lot going on in a few short 259 pages. But it’s an intriguing little whodunit, at times, sweet, and incredibly funny, that I think most cozy mystery fans will enjoy. If you’d like to give it a try, I’m sure you can find a copy at the library, or at any Barnes and Noble. Or you can find it in paperback, or ebook, online at the usual spots, Amazon, and the barnes and noble website.

My rating? Well, I really enjoyed it, it's funny, it's interesting, and I loved the characters, so I have to do it:

For More info on author Jo Dereske and her works, see here website at:
(As usual, there's a slightly different version of this review up at The Examiner. If you could, please, give it a click here, I'd be appreciative.)

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This week's mailbox

A Meme by Mailbox Monday

Late again on this but I do have a couple things that have been added to the pile. Two ARC's came in this weekend, both by Romantic comedy author (and my good friend :)) Kathy Carmichael:
Kissing Kelli and Angel Be Good. They both look so adorable and I can't wait to get to them.

And a copy of Julianna Sage's new release for the Wild Rose Press, To Kill A Vampire.

Also ... I forgot to add this last week. I got an ARC of Harlequin author Angi Morgan's latest Romantic Suspense .38 Cailber Coverup.

Also, from Ellora's Cave, we got an arc of Desiree Holt, Cerise de Land, and Allie Standifer's Something Borrowed.

So thank you to all these folks for the copies and I will get them read asap. :) What'd y'all get??

Juli's Books

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Bicycle Requiem

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Courting the Stationmaster's Daughter by Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, jilted bride, older man-younger woman romance, Amazon kindle, kindle unlimited
Fifty Measly Bucks (To Save A Witch) by Juli D. Revezzo, time travel, dark fantasy, suspense, Salem Witch Trials, New Adult suspense, Kindle Unlimited
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Passion's Sacred Dance, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 1 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited
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Murder Upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. Revezzo, paranromal mystery, Christmas romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedWatchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedBicycle Requiem by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, zombie fiction, novelette, Amazon kindle, Itunes
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