I first met Christine Husom at a library event I hosted in 2011. She drew a nice crowd and they loved her and she loved them, so it seemed. She definitely had that gift of back and forth with the audience. A former policewoman, she seemed exactly like her heroine Corinne Aleckson to me though she said no, she didn't see that she was her character.
I hadn't seen her since then but wanted to be at the launch of this next book in the Winnebago County mysteries: A Death in Lionel's Woods. Off I went on a rainy November day to Buffalo Minnesota. What a nice little town, full of fun shops.
The bookstore was hopping, Christine was right up front beaming away and signing books. I think I looked familiar to her but she couldn't place me until I asked her to sign the book to Librariandoa, then she recognized me. :) The bookstore was too busy to really chat, but it was nice to see her and I boldly asked if I could have my picture with her.
A Death in Lionel's Woods starts with a woman's body being found in a woods by a hunter. She is wearing an unusual homespun dress and beneath her body is a garden trowel which looks to have been used to bury stacks of money before the woman died. (I am assuming!) The Winnebago County Mysteries used to be based somewhat on real life cases, as I recall, and I wonder if this one is as well.
Visit Christine Husom's web site for more information and the other titles in this series.