Writing is a journey. Sometimes the adventure of the trip is all there is and all you need. I have a suitcase full of things I've written over the years to attest to that. There are other writing expeditions that have a specific destination: to get published and get the story into the hands of as many readers as possible. I was very happy when Second Wind Publishing led me to that goal. And now, Penguin Random House has taken me to another thrilling place.
First in the Series, 2015
One of my favorite parts of writing fiction is creating new characters. Each one takes on a life of his or her own, and I love watching them flesh out and develop when they are dealing with the people and circumstances in their lives. Camryn Brooks is the protagonist in this series. She is currently managing her parents’ business, Curio Finds, a shop that specializes in snow globes from around the world. It’s not where she planned to be at this point in her life—or ever—but it’s where she landed after a scandal changed her career path.
Alice “Pinky” Nelson, one of Cami’s best friends, runs a coffee shop, Brew Ha-Ha, in the building adjoining Curio Finds. Their other childhood friends, teacher Erin Vickerman and Brooks Landing Police Officer, Mark Weston are woven in the storylines, as they are in their life events. So is the eccentric, but lovable Archie Newberry, an older friend who works for the City of Brooks Landing. Not to mention irritating assistant chief of police, Clinton Lonsbury who Pinky refers to as “Eye Candy Clint,” much to Cami’s disgust.
It’s been a treat for me to get to know these characters over the last two years. I hope you’ll like them too. Please let me know if you’d like to schedule a book signing, author event, or book club discussion at your store, library, home, or other venue. Being with readers gives me great joy.From the back cover: Ever since she was a child, Cami has loved the sparkling beauty of snow globes, and now, she sells them. In fact, they’re so popular, Cami and her friend—coffee shop owner Alice “Pinky” Nelson—are hosting a snow globe making class. After the flurry of activity has ended and everyone has gone off with their own handmade snow globes, Cami spots a new globe left behind on a shelf, featuring an odd tableau—a man sleeping on a park bench. On her way home, she drifts through the town park and is shaken to come upon the scene from the globe—a man sitting on a bench. But he isn’t sleeping—he has a knife in his back. When the police arrive, it’s clear they consider Cami a little flaky and possibly a suspect. After her friends also come under suspicion, Cami starts plowing through clues to find the cold-blooded backstabber—before someone else gets iced…
Fifth in the series, 2013
When a woman’s emaciated body is found in a hunter’s woods, Sergeant Corinne “Corky” Aleckson is coaxed back into the field to assist Detective Smoke Dawes on the case. It seems the only hope for identifying the woman lies in a photo that was buried with bags of money under her body. Aleckson and Dawes plunge into the investigation that takes them into the world of human smugglers and traffickers, unexpectedly close to home. All the while, they are working to uncover the identity of someone who is leaving Corky anonymous messages and pulling pranks at her house. A Death in Lionel’s Woods is an unpredictable roller coaster ride to the electrifying end.
“The mysterious circumstances surrounding a dead body, a missing woman, and disappeared children are just a few of the new crimes that Corky and Smoke tackle in A Death in Lionel’s Woods. Once again, Christine Husom’s characters shine when they start to uncoil a smoldering evil hidden just out of view inside their tranquil, pastoral community. And as always, the characters in the Winnebago Sheriff’s department are cordial and gracious; at times so lifelike, that when they’re having a cuppa joe together, you might feel the caffeine jolt too.” Mickie Turk, author of Made In The Image.
“Christine Husom brings a powerful authenticity to her writing that pulls you in and holds you there from cover to cover.” Allen Eskens, author of The Life We Bury.
“When a woman's emaciated body is found in Lionel's Woods, Sergeant Corinne 'Corky' Aleckson is pulled off administrative reassignment, joining her fellow officers of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department investigating the mysterious death. I can't say enough good things about this compelling and riveting mystery. The intricately woven and multilayered plot kept me reading late into the night, and at times actually holding my breath. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the engaging and very likable cast of characters, especially Corky and the delectable Detective Elton 'Smoke' Dawes.” Timya Owens
“A Death In Lionel's Woods continues the wonderful Winnebago County crime stories by Christine Husom. Her books drop tantalizing clues throughout the stories that keep readers turning the pages. Corky Aleckson is an attractive main character: strong, smart, wounded, lonely at times, and likeable. The scenes about the sheriff's department are accurate and realistic. Ms. Husom always includes a twist to her plots that explore interesting and unexpected aspects of criminal behavior--which makes her books so compelling to read.” Colin Nelson, author of Reprisal, Fallout, and Flashover.
“What would you do if you just received a mysterious message on your voicemail saying ‘you killed my friend?’ But just as Sergeant Corrine Aleckson shrugs off the disturbing call, ‘Smoke’ of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department receives a dispatch that a woman’s body has just been discovered in nearby Lionel’s Woods, decaying in the autumn ground. Together they uncover another layer of mystery—a stash of money that was buried beneath the body. That’s just the beginning of this spot on detective story that Christine Husom entwines with mystery and intrigue. Put your sleuth hat on, and journey into Lionel’s Woods—if you dare.” Jyl Scislow, Author of Moral Hazard-A Wall Street Thriller.
First in the series, 2008
Praise for Murder in Winnebago County:
"This is really good storytelling, nicely plotted, with a detailed, rich setting. A great job of introducing exposition without drowning the reader in it, yet still giving us a clear sense of place and character." Lisa Brackmann
"This is very well written . . . intriguing story line . . . rich descriptions." Scott Whittenburg, author of The May, Day Murders and See Tom Run.
"Excellent visuals and introduction of settings. All of the locations are so vivid--she put us right there." Deborah J Ledford, award winning author of six published short stories and Staccato and Snare.
Second in the series, 2009
What is Buried in Wolf Lake? When a dog brings home the dismembered leg of a young woman. the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department launches an investigation unlike any before. Who does the leg belong to, and where is the rest of her body? Sergeant Corinne Aleckson and Detective Elton Dawes soon discover they are up against an unidentified psychopath who targets women with specific physical features. Are there other victims, and will they learn the killer’s identity in time to prevent another brutal murder?
Praise for Buried in Wolf Lake:
"Rich in detail and atmosphere, Buried in Wolf Lake is a story reminiscent of The Profiler television series. It draws you in from the first page, leading you on the twisted path of a psychotic killer and those dedicated to bringing the killer to justice. Once you start reading, you won't want to stop until you discover what's Buried in Wolf Lake." Margay Leah Justice, auththor of Nora's Soul.
"From the grisly discovery of a dismembered leg in the first few pages, prepare to be sucked into a vortex of "can't put it down" suspense with a heady shot of romance swirled within. Husom's tale of Sergeant "Corky" Aleckson's investigation is full of enough "cop speak" and investigative details to appeal to the hardest of har-boiled mystery readers, while the potent attractiion between Corky and her friend and mentor, Smoke Dawes, offers toe-curling romantic tension. Throughout the investigation and attraction, Husom deftly spins an eerie inner view of the twisted mind of a psychopath turned serial killer." Niki Turner, author of Here Comes the Bride and The Judas Trap.
Third in the series, 2010
A frantic man phones the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department reporting his brother is armed with a large dagger and on his way there, intent to sacrifice himself. Sergeant Corinne Aleckson takes the call, learning the alarming reasons behind the young man’s death wish. When the department investigates, they plunge into the alleged criminal activities of a hidden cult and the disturbing cover-up of an old closed-case shooting death. The cult members have everything to lose and will do whatever it takes to prevent the truth coming to light. But will they find An Altar by the River in time to save the young man?
Praise for An Altar by the River:
“An Altar by the River skillfully blends elements of mystery, horror and detective fiction in a suspenseful clash of good and evil that will keep readers turning pages to the end." Christopher Valen, author of White Tombs and The Black Minute.
“Christine Husom's An Altar by the River is another riveting look at what happens when true evil meets "good guy" detectives Corky Aleckson and Smoke Dawes. Husom's colorful characters and small town Minnesota setting are the perfect backdrop for her compelling mysteries. Christine is an expert at weaving in details and clues in just the right doses to keep you wondering until the very last moment.” Sherrie Hansen, author of Night and Day, Stormy Weather, and Water Lily.
Fourth in the series, 2012
When a man’s naked body is found staked out in a farmer’s soybean field, Sergeant Corinne Aleckson and Detective Elton Dawes are called to the scene. The cause of death is not apparent, and the significance of why he was placed there is a mystery. As Aleckson, Dawes, and the rest of their Winnebago Sheriff’s Department team gather evidence, and look for suspects and motive, they hit one dead end after another. Then an old nemesis escapes from jail and plays in the shocking conclusion.
Praise for The Noding Field Mystery:
"Christine Husom learned a lot when she was a deputy sheriff. Enough, in fact, to write a mystery series. In her latest, Husom puts that knowledge to work in a first-class police procedural that gives readers a you-are-there look at what really happens behind the scenes after a body is found staked out in a field." Judith Yates Borger, author of the Skeeter Hughes Mystery series.
“Crows feasting on the body of a naked, dead man—so begins The Noding Field Mystery. This engrossing police procedural has a host of likely suspects and a victim who most definitely “needs killin’”. Sergeant Corky Aleckson is on the job again, and, despite the terror when an old case comes back on her, she’s about to track down another killer in Winnebago County.” Juliet Waldron, author of Hand Me Down Bride.
“Sparks always fly when Corky Aleckson and Smoke Dawes team up. The Noding Field Mystery is a taut procedural that builds to a shocking climax. The best yet in Husom’s Winnebago County Mystery Series.” Jenifer LeClair, author of Rigged for Murder and Danger Sector.
Where to find the books:
In Buffalo, Minnesota: Buffalo Books and Coffee, Book Break, and Sole and Body.
Once Upon a Crime, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Chapter2 Books, Hudson WI, Valley Bookseller, Stillwater, MN, Only at Barnhill's, Winston-Salem, NC; Libraries throughout Minnesota. Request them at your favorite bookstore or library.