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ISBN# Paperback-(10)0-06-079086-5/(13)978-0-06-079086-8/E-book-(10)0-06-164729-2/(13)978-0-06-164729-1 E-Book
April 29, 2008
Avon (An Imprint of HarperCollins)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Paperback and E-Book
272 Pages
Rating: 4 Cups

Ruth Winthrop is an artist who usually tells about her paintings by word of mouth. She has done very well with the sale of some of her paintings, but when thieves break in and steal two of her art pieces, it is a bit baffling.

Helma Zukas works as a librarian at the Bellehaven Public Library in Bellehaven, Washington, and tries to keep her life organized. When friend, Ruth, discovers someone broke into her home and stole some paintings. Helma puts on her crime-solving cap.

Ruth and Helma are the best of friends. Planning is not a priority to Ruth, who mainly lives in her kitchen. The other part of the house has been turned into a studio filled with paintings, some scenes depicting life. To spread word about her paintings, she uses word of mouth in bars, post offices or standing in grocery lines. Sometimes her art pieces have brought in a good profit. Ruth and Helma are clever which comes in handy when they put their resources together to help out with any crime solving problems. After Ruth discovers some of her paintings have been stolen, she and Helma decide to put their heads together and work as a team to locate the paintings. It seems the initials M.S. and V.J. are connected with the paintings. There will be no rest until Ruth and Helma have cracked the case.

I love reading stories with mature sleuths as they dig through so much clutter to come up with answers. Ruth and Helma each have different personalities, but are both unique. I thought it was fun the way they did their searching, watching the way their minds worked together. I admire the friendship the two women share. Index to Murder paints some colorful characters, main and secondary, that keep the read moving at a good pace. While some may think librarians dull and bland, Jo Dereske creates Helma most lively in her actions. She pens a mystery with two sleuths that leave a warm impression on the reader.

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