Mining for Justice (Chloe Ellefson Series #8)

Mining for Justice (Chloe Ellefson Series #8)

by Kathleen Ernst


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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.

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738753348
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 10/08/2017
Series: Chloe Ellefson Series , #8
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 225,721
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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

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Mining for Justice 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This latest book is another story that shows a glimpse into the past, as well as into Chloe's current life in the early 1980's. These stories overlap, and we come to understand more about early Wisconsin settlers. I love the characters that come alive in these books. I always learn about the history of the areas Chloe visits. Also like the view of the 1980's, with no cell phones, using a fax to transmit data, etc. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Ernst’s MINING FOR JUSTICE continues the Chloe Ellefson Mystery series. Set in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, the story shifts flawlessly from the1980s to the 1800s. Danger lurks for both Chloe at Pendarvis and the Cornish immigrants working the mines. Mary, the richly drawn historic character, takes in abused children including a black boy. When his master comes looking for him, Mary’s life is changed forever. Likewise, Chloe’s boyfriend, Roelke, is forced to make a life-changing decision in order to protect his cousin’s children. Richly drawn characters and drama make this eighth in the series the best yet.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Old World Wisconsin curator Chloe Ellefson is being loaned out to the Pendarvis site, in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. This site relates much about the lead mining and Cornish settlers into the area in the first half of the 1800's. A friend of her boyfriend Roelke lives there and Adam's grandmother is playing host. Adam recently purchased the long time family home and when Chloe and Roelke arrive, bones are discovered during the early part of his renovation. The historical bits then intersperse with the present 80's. Having perused many Wisconsin historical documents in search of my own family genealogy, I found it interesting as Chloe delved into the past owners of the house, using microfilm (it is still the 80's in Chloe's world!) and information from Grandmother Tamsin and her even older, half sister Lowena. Roelke heads back to Eagle for a week of policing, interviews and helping his cousin Libby deal with her ex. I always find it intriguing that these books are set just before a lot of the technology that would help the heroine in the actual present day. Also, there is access to an older generation that was born in the 1800's is still available to Chloe too.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Mining for Justice by Kathleen Ernst is the eighth book in A Chloe Ellefson Mystery series. Chloe Ellefson is off to spend a week at Pendarvis, a historic site in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. First, though, Chloe and her boyfriend, Roelke McKenna will be assisting Adam Bolitho with some work on Chy Looan (Bolitho family cottage in Mineral Point). Adam and Roelke are excavating the old root cellar when they discover the skeleton with a bashed in skull. Chloe agrees to look into the victim’s identity using the records at Pendarvis. It looks like her week at Pendarvis will not be as pleasant as she hoped when an article appears in the local paper about the possible closing of the historic site for lack of funds thanks to Old World Wisconsin where Chloe works as a curator. One morning, Chloe enters Polperro House looking for her Pendarvis counterpart, Claudia and discovers the body of Dr. Yvonne Miller at the foot of the stairs. Now she has two mysteries to resolve before heading back home at the end of the week. Can Chloe discover the identity of the bones that were Adam’s root cellar? Who wanted Dr. Miller dead and why? Mining for Justice can be read alone. Everything the reader needs to know is included in the book. I found the characters to be nicely developed and just right for this series. I kept forgetting is the story is set during 1983. Every time that Chloe needed a phone, I kept wondering why she did not use her cell phone. I can tell that Ms. Ernst did her research for this novel and the series. I liked finding out more about the history of Cornish miners after they came to the United States. Part of the story takes readers back in time (starting in 1827) to discover how the body ended up in the root cellar. There is quite a bit of action in the story. We have what I summarized above along with Roelke dealing with his sister, Libby’s abusive ex-husband, a possible promotion/training for Roelke, and Roelke dealing with a drug investigation (Roelke is a police officer). The novel has a slower pace, but it is due to the details that enrich the story. I am giving Mining for Justice 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). The identity of Dr. Miller’s murderer can be ferreted out before the reveal along with who did in the boney remains. While I do not like murders to occur early in the book, I felt that at 42% it was a little late in the story. Overall, Mining for Justice is an entertaining cozy mystery and I look forward to reading more books in A Chloe Ellefson Mystery series.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts This time Chloe Ellefson takes us along on a trip to Mineral Point as she goes there to help out for a week. Roelke drives her there and plans to spend the weekend helping a friend update a family home. Chloe is hoping for a quiet week away from the drama brought on by her boss at Old World Wisconsin but when Roelke uncovers human bones in the root cellar Chloe knows her week in going to be far from quiet. She agrees to do some research to try to determine who the remains belong to and who buried them. This is all before she sets foot in Pendarvis, the historic location of her temporary assignment. A recent newspaper article has the employees there up in arms and Chloe finds herself the person to blame for a state funding problem. She also find another body. I have lived in Wisconsin my whole life but I always learn something new when reading a Kathleen Ernst mystery. Pendarvis is one of 12 historic sites owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. “Tucked away in historic Mineral Point, Pendarvis celebrates the restoration and preservation efforts of Robert Neal and Edgar Hellum, who saved a significant part of Wisconsin’s past.”* Sadly, I have never visited there, but using the author’s descriptions I feel like I have. With all the main buildings, land and nearby cottages it makes a wonderful setting for a murder mystery or two. Roelke back in Eagle has a mystery to solve as well. The brilliance of this book is the way the author blends history with life in Wisconsin in the 1980’s. We get the story of a Cornish family coming to America and then to Wisconsin in search of a life provided by the mines. Pendarvis recreates and celebrates this time in history but has problems of the current day which for this series is the 1980’s. Both time periods have very strong females. The woman in the story that immigrated in the 19th century had to be strong to live among the men working the mines, she even worked at the mines herself before she came to America. She was a trailblazer is protecting children at a time when most were forced to work in the mines. Chloe is the strong woman of current time. She searches for the truth and doesn’t give up even when she is putting herself in danger. She has a resilience that I truly admire. Many issues are faced within the story, an abusive husband, drug dealers, financial worries, and of course, murder. It is also a story with a nice romance. Chloe and Roelke relationship has grown at a very comfortable place over this series. Set before cell phones, I really enjoy their nightly calls to check-in with each other when they are apart. The way they work together is heartwarming. Kathleen Ernst is a real treasure. She researches these stories intensely and creates fictional drama based on facts that keep the reader fascinated from the first page to the last. She is an excellent storyteller whose words come alive. Her love of Wisconsin history shines brightly in this and all of her books in this series. The characters are believable with great dialogues. The setting always plays a key part and she always leaves me wanting to visit the location as soon as possible. Each of the books in this series can be read all on their own, but to enjoy the character development you really should read them all. Mining for Justice has become my favorite book in this series and will be included in my Bests Reads of 2017.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
Although I wasn't intrigued by the cover once I opened the book and begin reading I was intrigued and the pages just kept turning almost on their own. Admittedly I am a cover junkie. If the cover doesn't 'get me' I am not likely to pick up the book. In this case. I can't judge a book by it's cover. Reader be warned being a cover junkie could be your undoing. I have to thank Lori at Great Escapes Tours for introducing me to Kathleen Ernst and the Chloe Ellefson Series. I enjoyed Chloe. Being a bit of a reluctant sleuth I could relate to her. I have not read a book like this before. Chloe is a historian that seems unable not to step into a bit of drama, crime and dead bodies. Mostly old dead bodies that open up cans of worms that bring the past to the present. Mining for Justice is and the series takes the reader into a history lesson while weaving a story that not only captivates but fascinates the reader into learning more about history and olden times. Also included at the end of the book is a glossary of Cornish words and historical photos. The authors website is as intriguing as the books in the series. I recommend visiting her website.
novelsandnoses More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite things about Ms. Ernst’s series is the amount of research she puts into her novels. At the end of this book are photos of artifacts relevant to the story. She puts an obvious amount of time and care into historical accuracy. Instead of focusing on major events that make their way into history textbooks, Ms. Ernst focuses on the lives of everyday people. The hardworking folk who experience joy and heartbreak that are never really given detailed attention. This time, Mineral Point, Wisconsin and the Cornish immigrants who mined the land are explored. As with the previous novels, artifacts flow freely between time periods. What was someone’s necessary tool in the 1890’s, is an artifact for Chloe to examine in 1983. It is a clever way to connect story lines and characters across time. The novel takes place over the period of one week, although quite a bit happens. Chloe is on assignment, taking her away from Old World Wisconsin and her boyfriend Roelke. The politics of state funded institutions follow her unfortunately, making some less than happy about her presence. She finds herself in a dangerous situation. With everyone so far away, it is up to Chloe to claw herself out of this one. Roelke and Chloe spend the majority of this novel separated. They are an independent couple that have their own lives. I’ll say that Roelke’s story line was hard to read at times. He’s committed to keeping his loved ones safe. But he’s beloved cousin’s ex husband is stalking her. It’s the sort of sick torment that isn’t fully talked about. Especially not in 1983. However, ex husband’s actions are not technically breaking the law. So what can Roelke, a police officer, do? Very little as it turns out. In fact, I think he may end up hurting the situation more than helping it. The end of this novel made me very uncomfortable. Roelke has always walked the thin line while being a cop. However, he completely crosses it this time. I was shocked. I’m worried. I want to shake him and berate him for being so foolish. It changes the trajectory of the series from here. If the last scene is any indication of how Roelke feels about his actions, I think we are in for a roller coaster of guilt in the next novel. I like this series a lot. How it is set up is interesting. The amount of investigation to make it as authentic as possible is obvious. I like the dynamic Chloe and Roelke have as a stable couple together, but also as fully rounded characters individually. However, people do stupid, idiotic things for the people they care about. The ending shook up this entire series, I believe.