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 artifactand her own heartbefore a killer can strike again.
"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
About the Author
Kathleen Ernst is an award-winning and bestselling author, educator, and social historian. She has published over thirty novels and twononfiction books. Her books for young readers include the Caroline Abbott series for American Girl. Honors for her children's mysteries include Edgar and Agatha Award nominations. Kathleen worked as an Interpreter and Curator of Interpretation and Collections at Old World Wisconsin, and her time at the historic site served as inspiration for the Chloe Ellefson mysteries. The Heirloom Murders won the Anne Powers Fiction Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, and The Light Keeper's Legacy won the Lovey Award for Best Traditional Mystery from Love Is Murder. Ernst served as project director/scriptwriter for several instructional television series, one of which earned her an Emmy Award. For more information, visit her online at KathleenErnst.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Author Kathleen Ernst has woven another interesting story around historical facts in this newest Chole Ellefson mystery. This one was especially fun for me, as it centers around Laura Ingalls Wilder sites that I have visited. Chloe's neighbor brings her a quilt thought to have belonged to or even stitched by Laura Ingalls Wilder with the request that Chole check out its authenticity. When the neighbor dies unexpectedly, Chloe needs answers for the woman's estate. Chloe and her sister, Kari, join a tour to Little House sites. Others on the tour range from avid fans of the Little House books to collectors to academics to--a murderer! Chloe and Kari's strained relationship comes almost unravels when Kari reveals her secret life. Chloe and Kari try to determine the murderer without becoming victims themselves. Miles away, Chloe's boyfriend considers his options--buy the family farm or go back to the city. Where does Chloe fit into that? Guessing the outcome to all of this kept me turning the pages. Quotations from the Little House books introduce and enrich each chapter. We get to visit the sites vicariously (and safely), and as always, Ernst writes with accuracy.
Title: Death on the Prairie - Chloe Elefson Mystery 6 Author: Kathleen Ernst Published: 10-8-15 Publisher: Midnight Inc Pages: 360 Genre: Mysteries, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery; ISBN: 9780738744704 ASIN: B015CZD162 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 1/2 stars . Chloe has a degree in history and her career revolves around historical preservation of items. She has a has a fascination with Laura Ingles Wilder and her Little House on the Prairie series. When a neighbor gifts her with a quilt she tells Chloe is supposedly made by none other than Ms. Wilder herself. Chloe is over the moon with excitement. Invited to share findings on the life and times of her hero with others, Chloe makes plans to attend a conference centering on Ms Wilder, Chloe hopes to bridge the distance that has developed between and her sister Kari. She also wants to check into the connection between her new quilt and Laura Wilder. When dead people begin to show up around her Chloe begins to investigating on her own and in the process learns some surprising facts about her family. A fascinating mystery to any lover of clean mysteries. Chloe is a well educated woman who values family and friends with a love of history. Kathleen Ernst has created multi dimensional characters and a story that moves quickly from scene to scene while keeping readers involved in the story. As someone who grew up on aura Ingles Wilder book and the television series Little House on the Prairie I can understand someone's interest in the history of the author. I hope there will be more in this series. I will look forward to see how this series evolves in the future. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Dollycas’s Thoughts If you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder you know there subsets to the fan base. The group that loves both the books and the television show, those that love the books but not the television show, those that loved the show but probably never read the books. Chloe Ellefson and her sister, Kari are in the book loving group. A friend has just given Chloe a quilt that supposedly made by Little House author to authenticate. The timing is perfect because Chloe has been asked to speak during a tour around the Midwest visiting all the places Laura and her family lived. Chloe invites her sister along and they embark on the journey of there dreams. Both are so excited as they reach their first destination but one of the traveler has some sort of attack and dies before the event even gets started. Chloe tries to help and she soon realizes this death was no accident. The tour continues but trouble follows them. Soon Chloe is looking for more than provenance for her quilt. She is on the trail of a killer. I am a fan of both the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and the television show. I loved the Olesons, especially when the Mr. stood up to the Mrs. :) I am also a fan of Chloe Ellefson Mysteries. It started because they are set in Wisconsin but grew because I love Chloe and all the drama she gets involved in. I also like how real her relational with Roelke is, they take one step forward and sometimes two steps back, but you know they truly love and support each other. This time he is dealing with something back in Wisconsin while she is traveling and since the book is set in 1983 there are no cell phones so communication isn’t easy. Kari is also dealing with something and even in the same room she and Chloe are not communicating. What makes this story interesting is that that the group is traveling from state to state, so the crimes of murder and vandalism fall into different police jurisdictions so it is hard for law enforcement to bring all the clues together, but Chloe is putting them together and putting herself in danger. Kathleen Ernst always blends history with fiction in a very entertaining way. The other travelers and those guiding the tours were very detailed and unique. I could picture them easily. The mystery is thoughtfully plotted and I was surprised by the ending. I did not realize that all of these historic sites existed. Now I want to take the tour myself, no dead bodies please.