Old World Murder by Kathleen Ernst
(A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)

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Trying to leave painful memories behind her, Chloe Ellefson is making a fresh start. She's the new collections curator at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor ethnic museum showcasing 1870s settlement life. On her first day, Chloe meets with an elderly woman who begs her to find a priceless eighteenth-century Norwegian ale bowl that had been donated to the museum years ago. But before Chloe can find the heirloom and return it to her, the woman dies in a suspicious car crash.

Digging up the history and whereabouts of the rare artifact quickly turns dangerous. Chloe discovers that someone is desperately trying to cover up all traces of the bowl's existence—by any means necessary. Assisting Chloe is police officer Roelke McKenna, whose own haunting past compels him to protect her. To catch the covetous killer, Chloe must solve a decades-old puzzle . . . before she becomes a part of history herself.


"Character-driven with mystery aplenty, Old World Murder is a sensational read."—Julia Spencer-Fleming, Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author of I Shall Not Want

"In curator Chloe Ellefson, Ernst has created a captivating character with humor, grit, and a tangled history of her own that needs unraveling. Enchanting!"—Sandi Ault, author of the WILD Mystery series and recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award 



About Kathleen Ernst

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Kathleen Ernst received a degree in forestry from West Virginia University. Before becoming a full time writer in 2004, she worked at an outdoor living history museum called Old World Wisconsin for 12 years and as a television writer. Her first published historical fiction novels were The Night Riders of Harpers Ferry and The Bravest Girl in Sharpsburg. She has also written numerous American Girl novels including 6 books about Caroline Abbott published in 2012. Her other works include Hearts of Stone, the Chloe Ellefson Mystery series, and the nonfiction book Too Afraid to Cry: Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign. Robert Papp says he's one lucky guy. "Every day I wake up and get to play with paint!" Ever since his first gallery showing on his family's refrigerator, he has been creating appetizing artwork. Nowadays his paintings appear in the pages of children's books instead, which he finds perfect since kids are the best audience an artist can ever have. Robert lives with his artist wife, Lisa, and their orange cat in historic Bucks County Pennsylvania, and if you ever visit, you might still find a painting or two stuck to the refrigerator.
Published October 8, 2010 by MIDNIGHT INK. 325 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Chloe, between trying to get the archival supplies she needs and managing her intimidatingly competent intern, does her best to locate the ale bowl, but it’s apparently disappeared.

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Chloe Ellefson moves back home to Wisconsin to forget what has happened to her over the last couple years.

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It’s 1982, and Chloe Ellefson has returned to her family roots in southern Wisconsin to restart her life as the collections curator at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor museum with many buildings and exhibits showcasing the North European settlers of the 1870s.She is trying to put the pain of a bro...

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