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Old World Murder (Chloe Ellefson Series #1)

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by Kathleen Ernst

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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

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Old World Murder 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book about Old World and I enjoyed both.
SCurran-author More than 1 year ago
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?
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MaryTrimble More than 1 year ago
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. 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
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
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.