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index_to_murder-med.jpgAre you staying home and looking for some light summertime reading this holiday weekend? Well, Jo Dereske’s Index to Murder may be what you’re looking for.

No one could be more orderly or organized than dedicated librarian Helma Zukas. No one could be more rash and raucous than avant-garde artist Ruth Winthrop. Yet the two women are best friends and a resourceful, ingenious, crime-solving team. So when two of Ruth's latest paintings—each depicting an ex-lover who met a very untimely and mysterious end—are stolen, the amazing amateur detectives get to work.

But digging through Ruth's romantic rendezvous turns up more than broken hearts. There's an angry ex-wife, a jealous fellow artist, and a rampaging group of local tree-huggers. There's trouble brewing in Bellehaven . . . and only Helma and Ruth can make certain that mayhem doesn't lead to murder.

Index to Murder is a mass market paperback and priced at just $6.99. Look for it at Watermark Books in downtown Anacortes or order it from Anacortes-based northwest-books.com.

Jo lives in Everson, north of Bellingham. 

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