Suicides are running rampant in Winnebago County and Sgt. Corky Aleckson wants to know why. First, a well-known judge, followed by a public defender and the prosecutor. No one knows what links these three deaths or even if they are linked. The case becomes even more curious when it’s discovered that these supposed suicides are actually murders made to look like suicides. The question becomes who is this serial killer and why were these three people targeted. As Aleckson gets closer to solving the case, she realizes that she herself may be a target. Can Aleckson solve this case and prevent another death, especially her own?
Murder in Winnebago County by Christine Husom is the opening salvo of what promises to be a great series. Set in rural Winnebago County in Minnesota, the author paints a very realistic picture of small town Americana, where everyone knows everyone. Husom has created a very likeable cast of characters with enough depth to keep the series going for some time. The storyline is engaging without being graphic, which I think will have widespread appeal to those readers who enjoy mysteries but not such detailed descriptions of death. I enjoyed this book quite a bit and have already requested the next one in the series to review. I recommend this to all mystery lovers, especially those who prefer the works of Deaver and Connelly but occasionally want something a little lighter. I give this book 5 stars.-Jud Hanson