I invite you to travel with me to Winnebago County, Minnesota and follow the challenging cases Sergeant Corinne “Corky” Aleckson and Detective Elton “Smoke” Dawes get assigned. Ordinary people in the county find themselves in circumstances far outside the ordinary in the medium-boiled Winnebago County Mystery series.
Or for a cozier mystery adventure, go to Brooks Landing, Minnesota and the Snow Globe Shop Mysteries where you’ll get to know Curio Finds manager, Camryn Brooks, and other intriguing and quirky characters you’ll appreciate and enjoy.
Exciting news: Death To The Dealers was a finalist and Silver Award winner in the Midwest Book Awards! Many thanks, Midwest Independent Publishers Association.
People have asked over the years if there will be a fourth Snow Globe Shop Mystery, and I can finally say yes. In March, I asked my readers to help find a title and got a great response. Thanks to all who sent suggestions. The winning title came from Ken Hausladen with “Cold Way To Go.” Thank you, Ken!
For those who haven’t met her, Camryn Brooks is the protagonist and first-person narrator in the series. From Cold Way to Go‘s first page before edits:
Alice “Pinky” Nelson flapped her arms like she was ready for takeoff. “Cami Brooks, you might have known something like this would happen when you got roped into taking over as the Brooks Landing mayor.”
“Pinky, really. How could I? First off, Mayor Frost asked me to take the vacant seat on the city council and then died before I had a chance to give him an answer.”
“I know. You felt guilted into doing it after poor Frosty passed that way, didn’t you?”
“I guess that was part of it. You know how surprised I was when the city council voted to appoint as me as the mayor. Word was Harley Creighton had his eye on the mayor’s seat.”
“That’s what a lot of people thought all right.”
“And then the council delegated me at our council workshop last night to talk to the police chief about his frequent and extended absences. It’s not like I’m seasoned in service to the city, not like the rest of them are.”
“That why. They’re scared if you ask me. You barely know anything about Chief Newel or how intimidating he can be. He probably makes every single council member shiver in their boots.”
“If that’s your vote of confidence in my ability to solve the problem by reminding me how scared people are of him, it’s not exactly boosting my own confidence.”
“I needed to give my best friend an honest opinion, that’s all. And think about it. You worked in Washington D.C. for a senator who also was not a nice person, so you have experience with difficult people in power. That awful woman fired you over something her philandering husband did. And would not even listen to your side of it.”
“I’d rather not take a trip down that particular memory lane. And you do bring up a good point. If Senator Zimmer wouldn’t listen to me after all our years together, why should I think Chief Newel will? Especially since I haven’t even had a chance to meet him?”
Brief summary of the story: When Cami reaches Chief Newel’s door for their meeting, he is licking an envelope addressed to a recovery center but dies in his chair before either one utters a word. The medical examiner determines the chief’s cause of death is a chemical overdose, and the manner of death is homicide. The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office is called in to lead the investigation. And Cami dives into one of her own.
Stay tuned for its release date.
The ninth Winnebago County Mystery Death To The Dealers launched November 20, 2021, and has been selling well. Please check it out. Here is the blurb: When a man finds his deceased wife’s secret phone, her list of contacts sends him on quest to uncover who caused her death. As he navigates his way into the dreary, drug-dealing world, danger holds a constant presence. A bright spot in his life is his growing attraction for Sergeant Corinne Aleckson, the owner of his canine patient. It’s a relationship that will not blossom the way he imagined.
The 9th Winnebago County Mystery
Here’s the link to my KRWC Radio Interview on Death To The Dealers. Thank you, Tim Matthews! Highlight and right click on the link: https://anchor.fm/krwc1360/episodes/KRWC-Book-Club-12-16-21-e1bqdjv
What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Husom goes dark in this well-written, masterfully-plotted and page-turning tale of drugs, murder and revenge made even more compelling by its family dynamics.” David Housewright, Edgar-Award winning author of What Doesn’t Kill Us.
“Husom’s Death to the Dealers is a fast-paced ride. With likable protagonists in Sergeant Corky Aleckson and Elton “Smoke” Dawes to root for, you will be enthralled and entertained from beginning to end as the pair unravel the perplexing drug and homicide cases plaguing Winnebago County. I couldn’t put it down!” Midge Bubany, author, the Cal Sheehan Mysteries.
“Christine Husom’s firsthand knowledge of police procedures shines through in Death To The Dealers. This gripping thriller will keep you enthralled from beginning to end.” Gary R. Bush, award-winning author of the Jamie Sharpe historical adventure series.
“In Husom’s latest Winnebago County suspense, Sergeant Corky Aleckson, aided by her partner Smoke, is not only in hot pursuit of the person responsible for a rash of deaths among local drug dealers, but also trying to track down the source of illicit drugs in the local school. Her life keeps crisscrossing in unexpected and troubling ways with that of Dr. Watts, whose relentless quest to find justice for the death of his wife will put the doctor and Corky on a perilous collision course.” Barbara Deese, author of the No Ordinary Women Mysteries.
“Sergeant Corky Aleckson is in a real mess this time! A vengeful serial killer has taken a personal interest in her just as a mysterious drug dealer’s illicit activities get too close to home. When both threats collide in her face all bets are off in the exciting finale of Death to the Dealers.” Michael Allan Mallory, co-author of the Snake Jones Mysteries.
“Drugs, revenge, and love intertwine in this gripping “Corky” Aleckson and “Smoke” Dawes adventure.” Michael Stanley, author of the award-winning Detective Kubu series.
“Corinne Aleckson is a bright, together woman. She excels at her tasks whether patrolling in a deputy sheriff’s unform with a loaded pistol at her hip or sliding through the brush of a local park in an undercover role. And always in her mind, the risky activity of a teen-aged girl for whom she had some legal responsibility, in this finely written Winnebago County adventure.” Carl Brookins, author, Traces, Sins of Edom, Red Sky, Grand Lac, and the Sean Sean Mysteries.
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