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Posted November 12, 2010
A must read for fans of good mysteries.
Chloe Ellefson returns home to Wisconsin and a position at Old World Wisconsin, a living history museum highlighting the area's past. An eldery woman, Mrs. Lundquist, is one of Chloe's first meetings as the new collections curator. She is looking to retreive an old family piece, a rosemaled ale bowl that she gave to the historical society years earlier. Chloe is new and faced with piles of items in storage, so she puts off Mrs. Lundquist. After Mrs. Lundquist's untimely death, she finds she can't let it go and begins researching this interesting artifact herself. Local policeman Roelke McKenna warns Chloe about detecting on her own, but also winds up being interested in the case.
One thing I really enjoyed about this story was its setting. Ernst has brought us this story in 1982 Wisconsin and it's a perfect way to retain some of the historical/modern day aspects of the story. I don't think I would have enjoyed Chloe's research so much if she just had to check Ebay for pictures of Norweigian ale bowls.
The secondary characters in the book are well thought out too. I really liked Roelke's relationship with his cousin and her children, and certainly Chloe's nearby family turned out to be very useful. I will definitely keep an eye out for another Chloe Ellefson story set at Old World Wisconsin, this was a great read.
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Posted February 8, 2011
In "Old World Murder", Kathleen Ernst shows her knowledge of writing and the history of Wisconsin artifacts. She melds both into an entertaining look into the life of a real museum curator, creating likeable, believable characters (and a few you won't like). Who know rosemaling would ever be the reason for a murder?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2010
I highly recommend this book:
Kathleen Ernst's Old World Murder (Midnight Ink) is a splendid read with all the elements of a good, meaty mystery. An award winning author of children's books, Ernst has made a successful debut in adult mystery with Old World Murder.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When Chloe Ellefson starts a new job as a collections curator at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor ethnic museum, she finds herself embroiled in a missing artifact, an unexplained death, uncooperative co-workers, and a past she'd like to forget. To confuse the issue, she keeps running into this cop who insists she needs protecting.
Officer Roelke McKenna, all business and efficiency, is drawn to Chloe and, even though he can't officially be involved in the case, finds himself immersed in the mysterious events which seem to get more complex each day.
Ernst, herself a former professional in the realm of outdoor living history museums, writes with knowledge of the complexities of a curator's life. Suspense is maintained throughout the book, keeping the reader engrossed in the various story elements.
Old World Murder is the first of a series. It will be fun to follow Chloe Ellefson in The Heirloom Murders as she pursues a career discovering old-world history while working through her own past heartaches.
.....Mary E. Trimble, author of Tenderfoot
Posted January 16, 2011
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