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.

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.

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.

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

The Light Keeper s Legacy

Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 9780738733074
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Chloe Ellefson, a museum curator, volunteers to consult on the restoration of a lighthouse in a Wisconsin state park, but when the body of a dead woman washes up on shore, Chloe decides to investigate and suspects that a fight over fishing regulations may point to the woman's murder.

Death on the Prairie

Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 073874526X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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. Praise: “Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder will savor the facts . . . Ernst does an exceptional job of sharing the kinds of character details that cozy readers relish.”—BOOKLIST "A real treat for Little House fans, a fine mystery supplemented by fascinating information on the life and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder."—KIRKUS REVIEWS "The sixth installment of this incredible series . . . is a super read that sparks the imagination."—Suspense Magazine "As superbly pieced together as a blue ribbon quilt, Death on the Prairie is deft and delightful, and you don't want to miss it!"—MOLLY MacRAE, LOVEY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE HAUNTED YARN SHOP MYSTERIES "Kathleen Ernst spins a delightful tale of intrigue that interweaves facts about Laura's life with fan folklore, and of course, murder. I give this book an enthusiastic two thumbs up!"—LINDA HALPIN, AUTHOR OF QUILTING WITH LAURA: PATTERNS INSPIRED BY THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE SERIES "Suspense, intrigue, trafficking in stolen artifacts, blackmail, murder: they're all here in this fast-paced mystery thriller."—JOHN E. MILLER, AUTHOR OF BECOMING LAURA INGALLS WILDER: THE WOMAN BEHIND THE LEGEND AND LAURA INGALLS WILDER'S LITTLE TOWN: WHERE HISTORY AND LITERATURE MEET

The Lacemaker s Secret

Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Midnight Ink
ISBN: 9780738753546
Format: PDF
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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.

A Settler s Year

Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
ISBN: 0870207156
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"This is a book with great meaning for those of us who grew up on farms, and a book to be shared with young people eager to know more about pioneer life." --Jerry Apps, author of "Old Farm: A History" and "Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalist's Memoir" "A Settler's Year" provides a rare glimpse into the lives of early immigrants to the upper Midwest. Evocative photographs taken at Old World Wisconsin, the country's largest outdoor museum of rural life, lushly illustrate stories woven by historian, novelist, and poet Kathleen Ernst and compelling firsthand accounts left by the settlers themselves. In this beautiful book, readers will discover the challenges and triumphs found in the seasonal rhythms of rural life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As they turn the pages--traveling from sprawling farm to tidy crossroads village, and from cramped and smoky cabins to gracious, well-furnished homes--they'll experience the back-straining chores, cherished folk traditions, annual celebrations, and indomitable spirit that comprised pioneer life. At its heart "A Settler's Year" is about people dreaming of, searching for, and creating new homes in a new land. This moving book transports us back to the pioneer era and inspires us to explore the stories found on our own family trees.

Death at Gills Rock

Author: Patricia Skalka
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 0299304507
Format: PDF
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Spring brings not new life but tragic death to the isolated fishing village of Gills Rock. Three prominent World War II veterans who are about to be honored for their military heroics die from carbon monoxide poisoning during a weekly card game. Blame falls to a faulty heater but Cubiak puzzles over details. When one of the widows receives a message claiming the men "got what they deserved," he realizes that there may be more to the deaths than a simple accident.