|Posted by christinehusom on February 11, 2017 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
Thank you very much, My Empty Nest! http/myemptynesting.blogspot.com/2016/11/frosty-dead-man-snow-globe-shop-mystery.html
This time last year I told you about a most adorable series based in a quaint curiosity shop. I am so happy to say it's time for the next part, Frosty the Dead Man (Snow Globe Shop Mystery #3) by Christine Husom. I hope you took to the time get caught up because this one was just as much fun.
It was great to be back with Cami and Pinky, and Mark, and Clint. Those are my favorites, but the entire cast is extremely sweet. Well, most of them, there was obviously a killer and few people who were a little frosty as well. I really also like Clint for Cami, he is a well written romance interest with enough quirks to make him endearing.
The mystery was clue based and I solved it! I love when that happens. There was a bit more to it than just a murder and that helped me to figure it out actually. What is really neat is that in the back there is a craft to make a snow globe! I love snow globes and will be making it this holiday season. This will be available December 6th so you still have time to grab the other parts and get caught up if need be.
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|Posted by christinehusom on February 11, 2017 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
Many thanks for the review, Omar! http/openbooksociety.com/article/frosty-the-dead-man-snow-globe-shop-mystery-book-3-by-christine-husom-book-review/
Frosty the Dead Man is the third book in this fun cozy mystery series. I had a hard time when I first heard of this series envisioning a store that sold snow globes. Well, author Christine Husom not only pulled it off, but this installment is the best yet. What a quaint and enjoyable town Brooks Landing is and I for one, love visiting it. Camryn Books runs an adorable snow globe store and she is one fun and fabulous main character. Along with her friends and family, Camryn is once again tangled up in a murder. And once again she is able to sift through the clues and find the killer.
When Mayor Lewis Frost, known as Frosty, stops by and asks Camryn to consider becoming a member of the city council, she is a bit shocked. Yet after another councilman had just stormed off, maybe it should not come be that much of a surprise. Camryn has to think about Frosty’s offer and talk it over with her friends. When she goes to talk to him at his office she not only finds Frosty dead, murdered, but it looks like the murder weapon is a snow globe he was actually interested in when he was in her shop. And if that is not bad enough, there is a huge diamond on the floor as well. Why are people interested in this odd snow globe she has gotten in, with three bears and a man with a gun? What is going on that so many people would want that one, when she has so many other wonderful ones.
Intrigue, shady people, questions, politics, and snow globes, what a combination. I love the characters populated this fictional town. Each book in this series is better than the last. A bit more suspense in the one, but I was able to figure out a few things before Camryn. I did not have it all figured out though and enjoyed getting all the answers along with her. Pinky is a great friend and the duo run a fun combined store. I enjoyed the addition of a few more new characters and the store atmosphere leaves things open for strangers to come into the story without things seeming odd.
Frosty the Dead Man is the most exciting and intriguing in this wonderful series. Definitely the best yet. No matter the season, stopping by Camryn’s snow globe store is a treat. Camryn has to shake things up and see where they fall and she does it so well. Author Christine Husom has written another sparkling cozy that shines no matter what time of year you read it. You do not have to read this series in order as they all work as standalone reads, but they are all worth the time. And it will be a pleasure for sure. I cannot wait for the next installment of this fantastic series.
|Posted by christinehusom on February 11, 2017 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
Thanks so much for the review, Jennifer! http://moonlightrendezvous.com/blog-tour-review-frosty-the-dead-man-by-christine-husom/
Review (4.5 Stars): Frosty the Dead Man is the third book in the Snow Globe Shop series and I have to say that this is a winner. Cami is enjoying the success of the store when Mayor Lewis Frost approaches her about taking a seat on the council. Not sure what to do, Cami visits Mayor Frost after hours to discuss things and finds his dead body with one of her snow globes laying beside it. Now, Cami has to solve another murder before she charged with a crime she didn’t commit.
This is such a great series and I love learning about Cami’s snow globe business. The characters are fun and entertaining and the mystery will keep you guessing until the very end. Such a delightful series and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.
|Posted by christinehusom on February 11, 2017 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
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Frosty the Dead Man
In creating Frosty The Dead Man, the first thing I came up with was the title, not my standard operating procedure. For the series proposal, I needed to come up with the synopses for three books. I already had the first one in mind, and did some brainstorming one cold, dark late afternoon December day in Minnesota. The ideal time for books with snow globe/winter themes, right? I came up with titles for books two and three, The Iced Princess and Frosty the Dead Man. Then I formulated basic plots. The big question for book three was, just who was the man with the nickname of Frosty.
As a little background, my protagonist, Camryn Brooks, had served as Director of Legislative Affairs for a U.S. Senator before returning to her hometown of Brooks Landing, Minnesota. Coincidentally, I’d just been elected as a Wright County Commissioner a couple of weeks before that and it seemed natural to incorporate some local politics into the storyline. So Mayor Frost was born.
Differences of opinion among elected officials, constituents, and outside interests get heated at times, and provided good conflict in the subplot. When Frosty dies from a snow globe blow to the head, there are a number of suspects. What Cami and the police don’t know is the mysterious people who keep stopping by Curio Finds may know more about his death—in addition to a large criminal operation—than they’re willing to share.
In the Snow Globe Shop Mysteries, protagonist Camryn Brooks lost her parents when she was five. She senses her mother, in particular, is never very far away, and leaves her pennies from Heaven at key moments. To add a bit to that theme, after an employee died in the Curio Finds bathroom, the shop lights have gone off now and then, and even the electrician can’t explain why that happens. So it’s been fun to work in a little spiritual mystery. Thankfully for Cami, the lights go out at a very opportune time in Frosty the Dead Man.
Like in my other books, Frosty the Dead Man is multi-layered. The characters have personal lives and relationships. There is some humor, a little romance, and needed conflicts. The crime may or may not be as it first appears, and although there are clues along the way, I hope readers will enjoy a surprise or two at the end.
|Posted by christinehusom on January 21, 2017 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
There are two basic purposes for writing book reviews: helping potential readers decide whether they’ll read a particular one, and letting authors know what’s good, or not, about their book. It’s an evaluation of the book from the reviewer’s perspective.
Book reviews should be helpful to both reader and author alike, written as objectively as possible. A good rule of thumb is to highlight what the author did well employing the basic elements of storytelling—genre, plot, characters, dialogue, pace, conflict, climax—and to offer suggestions of ways to improve the story, or the writing itself, if need be.
One thing to watch for is if you can’t write a review of the book itself—genre aside,—don’t. You may enjoy books from a genre, or sub-genre, and then read one in a genre you find you don’t like. It’s not good practice to write a review criticizing the genre itself. Most people who read your review are partial to those books. If you read thrillers, historical romance may not be your cup of tea. If you favor traditional mysteries, horror may be too graphic for you. An evaluation of a book is meant to be just that.
Another thing to be careful of is viciously slamming a book or author. A review that reads like a personal attack is not regarded as valid, and will be dismissed as such. It makes readers wonder what vendetta the reviewer has against the author. This is a mildly-written example: “I am glad that this book only cost me a penny. Maybe I’ll donate it to my library…just so I don’t have to look at it anymore.” Or the person who left a 1-star rating on a book then wrote, “This is a book I did not order and have not read. I have no idea how I can review a book I don’t have.” What purpose did she have for rating the book, and posting her comment?
On the other hand, constructive criticism is valuable to both authors and readers. If there are a number of grammatical mistakes or typos, and that is noted in reviews, it alerts the author he needs a better editor, and perhaps a team of proofreaders. An author should know if reviewers think the characters need to be better developed, or if the ending seems to come out of nowhere, or if the pacing was too slow, or too fast. The following review gives the author something to ponder: “The author writes a thriller that is hard to put down, but her sentence structure needs improvement.” It’s not written as an attack. Instead, it is constructive criticism.
If you don’t like a book, but want to write a review on it, you can be thoughtful and honest without being cruel. Think of it as a personal critique to the author. Be respectful, and leave out any personal put-downs. When you evaluate a book and post it on sites, your review is out there for the world to see. People, in general, appreciate honesty served with a measure of decorum.
|Posted by christinehusom on January 17, 2017 at 6:40 PM||comments (0)|
Christine Husom's "Frosty the Dead Man"
Christine Husom is the national bestselling author of the Snow Globe Shop Mystery series, as well as the Winnebago County Mysteries, also set in central Minnesota. She served with the Wright County Sheriff’s Department and trained with the St. Paul Police Department, where she gained firsthand knowledge of law enforcement procedures.
Here Husom shares some ideas for casting an adaptation of the latest Snow Globe Shop mystery, Frosty the Dead Man:
Authors go about creating characters in many different ways. My basic process is figuring out their names, ages, family and friends, educational backgrounds, hobbies, interests, clothing preferences and so on. Their physical descriptions, and the way their voices sound, come to me as I work through their traits and interests. I form a mental image of each of them, and envision and hear them speak when I write.
In the Snow Globe Shop Mysteries, Camryn Brooks has returned to her small hometown of Brooks Landing, Minnesota after getting fired from her position as a Director of Legislative Affairs in Washington D.C. She’s independent and spunky, and feels like a fish out of water working in her parents’ Curio Finds shop after living for many years in big cities. On the other hand, she loves being close to family and friends again.
Cami’s one fun claim to fame is she can transform herself into a believable-looking Marilyn Monroe for costume parties. Her friend, Pinky Nelson, runs Brew Ha-Ha, a coffee shop adjoining Curio Finds. Pinky is tall and lanky and provides comic relief at the oddest moments. Their other best friend, Erin Vinkerman, is a teacher who’s dedicated to her students and friends. Erin is a petite Vietnamese American who was adopted as a baby by a Minnesota couple.
Assistant police chief, Clinton Lonsbury is Cami’s tall, dark, very attractive, and equally irritating (to her) love interest. Their other good friend, police officer Mark Weston is another good-looking, strapping man who takes his job, and sometimes himself, a little too seriously. All five are in their late thirties.
Although I envision the Brooks Landing characters a certain way, I know there are many actors who could bring them to life, and make them believable on the screen. I had the privilege of meeting Alison Sweeney this past spring in Hollywood, and know she’d easily make a great Camryn Brooks. I’d love to cast her in the role.
Because of time constraints with my two careers, I’m not as in-tune with contemporary actors as I used to be. So I had to rely on some research, and this the cast I came up with. I hope my readers agree!
Camryn Brooks, Alison Sweeney
Clint Lonsbury, Orlando Bloom
Pinky Nelson, Jennifer Wilson
Erin Vinkerman, Devon Aoki
Mark Weston, Chris Evans
There are many other characters in Brooks Landing—family members, bad guys, victims, suspects, other strange ones—that would be equally fun to cast, and I’d be thrilled if that opportunity arises!
|Posted by christinehusom on January 17, 2017 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
I have stacks and stacks of to-be-read books on my shelves, and each one seems to cry out, “Pick me, it’s my turn,” when I’m perusing through them. I discovered Up Like Thunder by Colin T Nelson was a treat to read. I first met Colin at a Twin Cities Sisters in Crime some years ago. Besides being a wonderful storyteller, he’s also a great guy, all around.
Up Like Thunder follows Investigator Pete Chandler from Minneapolis to Myanmar, the former Burma. Myanmar, after years of maintaining closed borders, began allowing tourists and limited business interests in the country in 2011. When Bridget Holmes, a young American woman who is working in the country, goes missing, her influential father contacts Chandler, and implores him to find Bridget and bring her home safely. Although it’s about the last thing on earth he wants to do, Chandler reluctantly agrees. He soon finds himself in a dangerous world he knows little about, with few people he can trust.
Up Like Thunder is written with the right amount of detail to fully engage, and yet not bore, readers. Nelson’s descriptions of people, and most notably Chandler, are very well done. Places in Myanmar are vividly depicted and bring sights, smells, and sounds to life. I appreciated the way Nelson wove the country’s history into their modern day struggles with poverty and government corruption. At times I was in awe, other times I was on the edge of my seat wondering if the good guys would prevail after all. Two thumbs up for Colin T Nelson’s Up Like Thunder, a great read!
|Posted by christinehusom on December 21, 2016 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
Things are a bit frosty in town and not just the weather. Mayor Frost is not seeing eye to eye with the city council. Several approached him right in the Brew Ha Ha Coffee Shop to voice their displeasure. At least he wasn’t too upset to walk into Curio Finds to purchase an unusual snow globe and tell Cami to stop by his office later. When she gets there she is horrified to find him dead with his new snow globe the apparent murder weapon.
I love so many things about this series, the setting is so unique and every time I read one I want to buy everyone on my Christmas list a snow globe, but can never find ones as special at those in Curio Finds.
The characters continue to evolve in each story and I truly enjoyed this time as the circle of the 3 girlfriends is growing to be a circle of 6 friends. They are all fun and very engaging and realistically written. The author also keeps the series fresh by introducing new people that expand the suspect pool. A diverse group of tourists, local townspeople and one that is surrounded in mystery.
This time I figured out early why the mayor was killed but there were so many twists and turns I was completed stumped as to who the actual killer could be. I felt a little smart that I was ahead of Cami in one aspect and felt a cozy rush as I tried to sleuth out the guilty party before she did, but I ended up being right there with her at the end. It was a complete surprise but still made absolute sense.
Frosty The Dead Man is definitely by favorite book in the series. It is a wonderful winter read, set right before Christmas. Cozy lovers are sure to pleased!
|Posted by christinehusom on December 16, 2016 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
A Day in the Life of Camryn Brooks by Christine Husom
Posted on December 15, 2016 | 40 Comments
Frosty_the_dead_manOne thing I can say about my life since moving back to Brooks Landing, Minnesota: it has not been dull. After spending years working in Washington D.C., I figured the most excitement I’d have would either be dinners with my family or sharing a latte with friends on Friday nights.
I’m currently managing my parents’ business, Curio Finds, a shop that specializes in snow globes from around the world. And I’m glad to help them out, especially since my childhood friend, Alice “Pinky” Nelson runs Brew Ha-Ha, a coffee shop in the building adjoining ours. She’s a stitch. Our other best friend is teacher, Erin Vickerman. She helps both of us stay grounded. Another forever friend is Brooks Landing Police Officer, Mark Weston, who is there in good times and in bad. And then there’s the assistant chief of police, Clinton Lonsbury. Clint and I agree on two things—we each find the other both attractive and irritating.
Frosty the Dead Man starts off with a bang when I overhear Mayor Frost being confronted by several people in Brew Ha Ha. They all have bones to pick with him. One is a councilman who is angry and tells the mayor he’s giving up his seat on the city council, of all things.
Mayor Frost pays me a visit a few hours later and catches me completely off-guard. Here’s a little recap:
Mayor Frost came rushing into the shop like he was being chased. And with all the controversy swirling around him, maybe he was. He looked around like he was checking to see if we were still alone, then he moved close to me and lowered his voice. “I want you to submit your name to be considered for appointment to the city council.”
“What?” My ears must have been plugged because what I heard couldn’t have been what he said.
His bright blue eyes shone. “Throw your name in the hat for the council seat that’ll be opening up. You have as much political experience as anyone in town.”
“I worked for a senator researching legislative issues and policies.”
“Perfect! That’s what we need, someone who does her homework.” He clapped his hands together.
Pinky came into my shop and caught what must have been a doozy of a look on my face. And I knew my color was a deeper tone than usual, given how hot I felt. “Cami, are you all right?” She looked from me to Frost. “What’s going on?”
“I just gave her something to consider. To strongly consider. Stop by the office when you get a break, and we’ll hash it over some more.”
And when I went to see Mayor Frost later that afternoon, I discovered something that scared me half to death:
The near silence in the deserted office space was disquieting. It’ll be comforting to talk to a live person, I thought as I walked down the corridor that led to the individual offices. I stopped at the one with the nameplate Mayor Lewis Frost on it. He’d always talked about his open door policy, but it was closed shut at the moment.
I knocked and waited. No answer. I knocked again, a little louder, but still no answer. “Mayor Frost?” I called out and gave the door a final knock. I was about to leave when I noticed the light from his office was showing out from under the bottom of the door. Maybe he had earphones in and was listening to music, or the news, and couldn’t hear me. I’d seen him wearing a pair when he was taking walks.
After I’d convinced myself Frosty was working at his desk, connected to earphones and oblivious to the outside world, I turned the knob and pushed the door open. But he wasn’t at his desk, or anywhere else in sight. His chair was pushed aside, like he’d gotten up and left in a hurry. I was about to turn tail and leave when I saw what looked like the base of the snow globe the mayor had purchased mere hours before. It was lying on the floor near the desk, but the globe wasn’t next to it. What had happened?
I hoped Mayor Frost wouldn’t think I was snooping, but I crept over to see where the rest of it was. And when I found out the answer, there was no turning back. There were broken pieces of glass and wet snow flakes lying next to Mayor Frost who was sprawled out on the floor behind his desk.
|Posted by christinehusom on December 12, 2016 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
Another snow globe mystery with a great ending seems impossible, but is true. This is a wonderful series and Ms. Husom does an excellent job from the get-go! The writing is fresh, the style is neat but complex, and the mysteries keep this story humming along to the end. While the ending is typical: mysteries solved; Christine does make time for new adventures, new employees, and romance abounds throughout this novel.
The mayor is dead! Mayor Lewis Frost, a man whom many are ticked off with for his new agenda, is discovered in his office by Camryn Brooks (store manager of a curio shop). A snow globe that he recently purchased there lies in pieces near him. Between all the employees of city hall, none knows who last saw him that night. Camryn merely went to see him regarding his proposal of being on the council.
Then she hires a young person who seems in need of money, but isn't from around here. Suddenly a bunch of people are interested in her weird snow globes that are truly off-putting for most customers. Next thing she knows one of them turns up missing. But during this mad-rush of Christmas, Camryn is too tired and busy to do more than follow her new employee to her home. She and Pinky (her friend who works next door in a coffee shop) end up solving more mysteries than just the murder of Mayor Lewis Frost.
I love this series; each book is different from the next in terms of mysteries and snow globes. And at the back of the book is how to make snow globes using Styrofoam flakes. Such inspiration is wonderful to see after the novel is finished as it completes the encapsulation of snow globes all around!