Everywhere Monona Quinn goes, people turn up dead - and Mo ends up confronting their killers! First there was Charlie, owner of the town diner and Mo's first friend after moving to little Mitchell, Wisconsin (Murder over Easy). Then there was the parish priest (Murder at Midnight). And now, even a trip to the family farm yields corpses.
Mo's twin sister, Madison, is already under plenty of pressure taking care of her mother and keeping the family farm going, with her husband serving in Iraq. So when her son (also one of twins) is arrested for drug possession, Mo drops everything - including her 80-hour-a-week job as editor of the weekly Mitchell Doings - and drives down to the farm, outside Summersend, Iowa, to help. The simple possession charge turns to suspicion of murder when not one but two locals, who are running a meth lab out of an abandoned barn outside town, are killed.
Add to the mix a troubled marriage - when she leaves home, Mo's husband, Doug, tells her he can’t promise he’ll still be there when she returns - and you have tons of trouble for our amateur sleuth.
Marshall Cook has taught creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for over thirty years. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including nonfiction advice on writing and the Monona Quinn mystery series.