Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Farewell, Miss Zukas, by Jo Dereske
Who knew there were twelve books in the Miss Zukas series? I read several when the series began but stopped at some point. I'm glad I read the final book in the series, getting to see Helma's edges soften but certainly not her mind. I remember when Moonbeam was introduced as the new library director, and how over the top I thought she was. Now years later, Moon tries to present an aura of transforming the library by simply changing the names of things and shows herself to have a self-interested, ethically hazy underside. Miss Zukas continues to represent all that's good in seasoned librarians, but Dereske begins to point to her background as the daughter of a Lithuanian immigrant as part of her stiffness and aloofness. Dereske refuses to state explicitly what caused the robber's plunge from Aunt Em's window.