A Memory of Muskets

Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738749060
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Curator Chloe Ellefson is happily planning to spotlight home-front challenges and German immigrants at Old World Wisconsin’s first Civil War reenactment—but her overbearing boss scorns her ideas and proposes staging a mock battle. And when a reenactor is found dead at one of the historic site’s German farms, Chloe’s boyfriend, cop Roelke McKenna, suspects murder. The more Roelke learns about reenacting, the more he fears that a killer will join the ranks at Chloe’s special event. Then Chloe discovers a disturbing secret about Roelke’s Civil War-era ancestors. Together they struggle to solve crimes past and present . . . before Chloe loses her job and another reenactor loses his life.

Old World Murder

Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738720879
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Chloe Ellefson, starting fresh as curator of Old World Wisconsin, finds herself in the middle of a mystery when a woman looking for a priceless eighteenth-century Norwegian ale bowl dies in a mysterious car crash and Chloe beings to realize that someone is trying to erase all traces of the bowl's existence.

The Light Keeper s Legacy

Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738735396
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Past and Present Collide Beyond Death’s Door Solitude at last! Museum curator Chloe Ellefson leaps at the opportunity to be a consultant for the historic lighthouse restoration project on Rock Island, a state park in Wisconsin’s scenic Door County. Hoping to leave her personal and professional problems at home, Chloe’s tranquility is suddenly spoiled when a dead woman washes ashore. Determined to find answers behind the mystery, Chloe dives into research about the island’s history and discovers the amazing, resilient women who once lived there. But will the link between the past and present turn out to be a beacon of hope or a portent of doom? Praise: "Kathleen Ernst wraps history with mystery in a fresh and compelling read.”—Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author Winner of the Lovey Award for Best Traditional/Amateur Sleuth Mystery

The Heirloom Murders

Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 073872758X
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Chloe Ellefson, a curator for the Old World Wisconsin museum, is drawn into an investigation when a murder victim is discovered at the museum, suspecting that someone is after the historic Eagle Diamond.

Heritage of Darkness

Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738738867
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Dark Secrets Hidden in Norwegian Traditions For curator Chloe Ellefson, a family bonding trip to Decorah, Iowa, for rosemaling classes seems like a great idea—until the drive begins. Chloe’s cop friend Roelke takes her mother’s talk of romantic customs good-naturedly, but it inflates Chloe’s emotional distress higher with each passing mile. After finally reaching Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Chloe’s resolve to remain positive is squashed when she and Roelke find Petra Lekstrom’s body in one of the antique immigrant trunks. Everyone is shaken by the instructor’s murder, and when Mom volunteers to take over the beginners’ class, Chloe is put in the hot seat of motherly criticism. As she investigates, Chloe uncovers dark family secrets that could be deadly for Mom . . . and even herself. Includes photos of featured artifacts from the real Norwegian-American museum! Praise: "Chloe’s fourth...provides a little mystery, a little romance and a little more information about Norwegian folk art and tales."—Kirkus Reviews

Mining for Justice

Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738753653
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“The eighth in the series contrasts the difficult life of Wisconsin’s Cornish miners with the heroine’s burgeoning romance, highlighting both her researching skills and her unusual feel for the past.”—Kirkus Reviews Digging Up Secrets Uncovers a Legacy of Peril Chloe Ellefson is excited to be learning about Wisconsin’s Cornish immigrants and mining history while on temporary assignment at Pendarvis, a historic site in charming Mineral Point. But when her boyfriend, police officer Roelke McKenna, discovers long-buried human remains in the root cellar of an old Cornish cottage, Chloe reluctantly agrees to mine the historical record for answers. She soon finds herself in the middle of a heated and deadly controversy that threatens to close Pendarvis. While struggling to help the historic site, Chloe must unearth dark secrets, past and present, before a killer comes to bury her. Praise: “Richly imagined and compelling, Mining for Justice once again highlights Kathleen Ernst’s prowess as a storyteller . . . Ernst is a master of reconstructing the past.”—Susanna Calkins, author of the Macavity-winning Lucy Campion Mysteries

Death on the Prairie

Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738744700
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Chloe Ellefson and her sister, Kari, have long dreamed of visiting each historic site dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder. When Chloe takes custody of a quilt once owned by the beloved author, the sisters set out on the trip of a lifetime, hoping to prove that Wilder stitched it herself. But death strikes as the journey begins, and trouble stalks their fellow travelers. Among the "Little House" devotees are academic critics, greedy collectors, and obsessive fans. Kari is distracted by family problems, and unexpected news from Chloe's boyfriend jeopardizes her own future. As the sisters travel deeper into Wilder territory, Chloe races to discover the truth about a precious artifact—and her own heart—before a killer can strike again.

The Lacemaker s Secret

Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738755532
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"In this heartfelt tale of labor and love, Ernst produces one of her most winning combinations of historical evocation and clever mystery."—Kirkus Reviews Greed, Uncertainty, and Death Get Tangled in the Mystery of a Rare Piece of Belgian Lace Curator Chloe Ellefson needs distraction from the unsettling family secret she's just learned. It doesn't help that her boyfriend, Roelke McKenna, has been troubled for weeks and won't say why. Chloe hopes a consulting job at Green Bay's Heritage Hill Historical Park, where an old Belgian-American farmhouse is being restored, will be a relaxing escape. Instead she discovers a body in a century-old bake oven. Chloe's research suggests that a rare and valuable piece of lace made its way to nearby Door County, Wisconsin, with the earliest Belgian settlers. More importantly, someone is desperate to find it. Inspired by a courageous Belgian woman who survived cholera, famine, and the Great Fire, Chloe must untangle clues to reveal secrets old and new . . . before the killer strikes again. Praise: "In this heartfelt tale of labor and love, Ernst (Mining for Justice, 2017, etc.) produces one of her most winning combinations of historical evocation and clever mystery."—Kirkus Reviews

Tradition of Deceit

Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738741027
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Book 5 in the award-winning historical Chloe Ellefson Mystery series Curator and occasional sleuth Chloe Ellefson is off to Minneapolis to help her friend Ariel with a monumental task. Ariel must write a proposal for a controversial and expensive restoration project: convert an abandoned flour mill, currently used as shelter by homeless people, into a museum. When a dead body is found stuffed into a grain chute, Chloe's attention turns from milling to murder. Back in Milwaukee, Chloe's love interest Roelke has been slammed with the news that a fellow officer was shot and killed while on duty. Sifting through clues from both past and present, Chloe and Roelke discover dangerous secrets that put their lives—and their trust in each other—at risk. Praise: "Ernst keeps getting better with each entry in this fascinating series."—Library Journal "Everybody has secrets in this action-filled cozy."—Publishers Weekly “All in all, a very enjoyable reading experience."—Mystery Scene "A page-turner with a clever surprise ending."—G.M. Malliet, Agatha Award-winning author of The St. Just and Max Tudor Mystery Series "[A] haunting tale of two murders.... This is more than a mystery. It is a plush journey into cultural time and place."—Jill Florence Lackey, PhD, author of Milwaukee's Old South Side and American Ethnic Practices in the Twenty-First Century

Murder in the Merchant s Hall

Author: Kathy Lynn Emerson
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 1780101767
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“A genuinely gripping mystery, an appealing protagonist, and an eye-opening look at London life during the Renaissance” (Booklist). When Lina Walkenden is found clutching a bloody knife over the dead body of her brother-in-law and guardian, there’s only one person she can turn to for help: her childhood friend Rosamond Jaffrey. Rosamond vows to do all she can to prove Lina’s innocence, but when it turns out that Lina was being forced into a marriage against her will—and was instead besotted by her fiancé’s charming yet unscrupulous nephew—her motives for murder seem overwhelming. In desperation, Rosamond seeks out the help of the Queen’s spymaster himself, Sir Francis Walsingham. But when she overhears a conversation at the French Embassy, it seems Lina’s plight is irrelevant in the face of potential treason. Rosamond must do all she can to save her friend—and keep herself and her family safe from a desperate killer . . . “A diverting series, with lots of twists and turns and Tudor tidbits.” —Kirkus Reviews