By Jo Dereske
Eventually, building starts on a brand new library for Bellehaven, a present of Franklin Harrington, scion of outdated Bellehaven funds, and one of many in the community recognized Harrington triplets. but if a freak storm from snow hits, Bellehaven is dropped at its knees. now not so pass over Helma Zukas who's at her submit, shelling out library info, overseeing wayward staff, and soothing a busload of stranded gamblers. unexpectedly, an explosion rocks the snowy day, destroying the library web site, killing the benefactor and a penny–pinching urban finance czar. The snow melts yet no longer difficulty. Shockingly, Ms. Moon thrusts the recent library undertaking onto Helma. And Helma quickly discovers why, uncovering secrets and techniques and shady dealings from begin to end – secrets and techniques within the library, within the urban, and within the Harrington kinfolk – secrets and techniques worthy killing for.
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Helma may have pointed out the overburdened electric circuits to Franklin Harrington, or even mentioned that the historic volume he needed was stored off site due to lack of space. And there was that time she’d grabbed his arm to keep him from tripping over a stack of overflow magazines. ” It was the homeless man, standing at Helma’s elbow. He was younger than she first believed, with the look of the lost in his eyes. “I don’t have cigarettes,” she told him. ” His face scrunched like a child’s frustrated by adult backwardness.
I did. ” “He seemed to actually be enjoying the weather,” she told him, recalling his shining eyes as he entered the library, his protestations that he’d experienced blizzards that had lasted for weeks. ” Wayne asked. He made a hand signal to one of the policemen, who nodded and disappeared in the direction of the police cars. ” The chief nodded, distracted, and Helma felt an icy edge of doubt. ” The chief shook his head. “No, but he’s a pretty social fellow and might have stopped along the way.
Ms. Moon nodded somberly. ” Suddenly, her eyes flew wide. “Oh,” she said. “Oh. You don’t think . . ” CATALOGUE OF DEATH 49 Whatever she’d been about to say, she covered her mouth with both hands and hurriedly left the public area, heading toward her office and leaving George and Helma staring after her. “Obviously, it just hit her like a bolt from the sky that Franklin’s death might be a teensy weensy bit suspicious,” George said to Helma. Helma wasn’t so sure. Despite what the staff—not she—referred to as Ms.