Old World Murder (Chloe Ellefson Series #1)

Old World Murder (Chloe Ellefson Series #1)

by Kathleen Ernst

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ISBN-13: 9780738727370
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 10/08/2010
Series: Chloe Ellefson Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 71,861
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kathleen Ernst is an award-winning and bestselling author, educator, and social historian. She has published over thirty novels and two nonfiction 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.

 

 


Kathleen Ernst is an award-winning and bestselling author, educator, and social historian. She has published over thirty novels and two nonfiction 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.

 

 

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Old World Murder 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Chloe Ellefson has just taken a job as collections curator at Old World Wisconsin. On her very first day, a woman comes in wanting back a bowl that she had donated to the State Historical Society in 1962 which had been transferred to Old World Wisconsin when it opened in 1977. Chloe, having just arrived on the job, puts the woman off and gathers her contact information. As she's driving home, she comes upon the woman's wrecked vehicle. Why was the bowl so important to the woman? Chloe vows to find out. There isn't a murder until well after the midway point in the book. This book is weak in character development. Chloe is troubled by her past and severely depressed, but the manner in which this is revealed is not satisfying to the reader. There also seems to be a lot about Officer Roelke McKenna that remains hidden from the reader. Ultimately I was not satisfied with the manner in which the main plot involving the bowl or the subplot involving gambling unfolded. It's just a so-so read in a series that looked like it might hold great promise. I'm not in a hurry to read the second one in the series.
ethel55 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Chloe Ellefson returns home to Wisconsin and a position at Old World Wisconsin, a living history type 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 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.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
The story was fine, but I found the almost all the characters hard to like.
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.