The Lacemaker's Secret (Chloe Ellefson Series #9)

The Lacemaker's Secret (Chloe Ellefson Series #9)

by Kathleen Ernst

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ISBN-13: 9780738755533
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 10/08/2018
Series: Chloe Ellefson Series , #9
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 48,282
File size: 5 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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The Lacemaker's Secret (Chloe Ellefson Series #9) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Marla-Bradeen 3 months ago
Well-written and researched, THE LACEMAKER'S SECRET weaves together the past and the present (or, more accurately, the 1980s) to create an entertaining story. Memorable characters, an intriguing mystery, and a fascinating look into the life of early settlers make this an enjoyable read for any fan of the genre. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book.
jdowell 5 months ago
Great cozy mystery with historical background. It was so interesting reading about the Belgian settlers in Wisconsin and the history of the Belgian lacemakers. There are two stories here one in present time period and one in the 1800s - tied together by lacemaking. I liked them both. In the current time period Chloe is hired to restore furnishings in a early farmhouse and while driving to her destination, stops at an old summer kitchen she spots and finds a dead body in the bake oven! This is the beginning of a mystery and a series of events that brings in the story of the past. Seraphine learned to make beautiful bobbin lace in a convent in Belgium and she had the gift of being able to design her own patterns before marrying and travelling to America with her husband. Upon arrival they found the land they purchased was wilderness and they had to clear the land, build a home, and make a life there. I found the descriptions of lacemaking very interesting - I had no idea what was involved. The history of the Belgians in Wisconsin was interesting as well. This was a fun read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction or murder mysteries. Thanks to Kathleen Ernst and Midnight Ink through Netgalley for an advance copy.
CozyOnUp 5 months ago
I’m not a big fan of stories that switch between different time periods, but I am a major fan of historical fiction and mysteries, and this book had me changing my tune on the two time periods the story is told from. Chloe Ellefson is a historical curator that has taken on an assignment in the Belgian American community to share their history in a living museum. As she researches the area and culture to help furnish a home to represent life of the settlers and their families in 1915, we also see the story unfolding from the 1800s when twin sisters in Belgium become orphans and one emigrates to the United States with her beloved. I found the characters and story line solid and greatly enjoyed learning more about the Belgian immigrants and their history. While this is a heavier read than I usually care for, I will be checking out the first eight books in the series as well.
CozyOnUp 5 months ago
I’m not a big fan of stories that switch between different time periods, but I am a major fan of historical fiction and mysteries, and this book had me changing my tune on the two time periods the story is told from. Chloe Ellefson is a historical curator that has taken on an assignment in the Belgian American community to share their history in a living museum. As she researches the area and culture to help furnish a home to represent life of the settlers and their families in 1915, we also see the story unfolding from the 1800s when twin sisters in Belgium become orphans and one emigrates to the United States with her beloved. I found the characters and story line solid and greatly enjoyed learning more about the Belgian immigrants and their history. While this is a heavier read than I usually care for, I will be checking out the first eight books in the series as well.
Dollycas 5 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts This installment of this wonderful series takes Chloe Ellefson on the road to Green Bay’s Heritage Hill Historical Park. They are restoring a historic Belgian-American farmhouse and have asked her to consult on its furnishings. She recently learned some upsetting news about her family and something is definitely bothering her boyfriend. Roelke McKenna, so maybe a week away, doing the thing she loves will do them both some good. She is meeting a woman there who she has worked with in the past. The woman is a lace expert and she has been told a valuable piece of lace is part of Heritage Hill’s collection. Both women are excited to learn about the lace and its origins. It is winter in Wisconsin and driving north Chloe encounters some slippery conditions. Just before she reaches the B&B where she will be staying she notices a summer kitchen building right off the road. She pulls over quickly to check the place out, but she makes a grisly discovery. A dead body has been stuffed into the old bake oven. This is not the way she planned to start her week. The death has nothing to do with her. Maybe she can leave everything to the police and just do what she came to Green Bay to do. But she knows that is not going to happen, she is going to find herself right in the middle of another investigation and her favorite police officer is many miles away. I know when I pick up a book by Kathleen Ernst I am in for a delightful read. This book was no exception. I have spent my whole life in Wisconsin and every time I read a book by this wonderful author I still learn something new. I knew the basics of the historical events that take place in this story but her fictional telling of the time period resonates and makes the time, place, and people come alive. The historical part of the story begins in Belguim in 1848 when 12-year-old Seraphine Moreau’s father dies and she and her twin sister, Octavie are taken by their uncle to a convent school in Bruges. She leaves her friend Jean-Paul Lejeune behind but he doesn’t forget her, he visits her and the convent often and they pledge their love to each other. While at the convent both Seraphine and Octavie learn to make the beautiful bobbin Belgian lace. In 1854, Jean-Paul returns to ask Seraphine to be his wife and travel with him to America where there are new opportunities for farmers. The story then follows their lives in Wisconsin and joins together with the current story which is set in the 1980’s. Again, Ernst really shows her storytelling chops by marrying these two time periods together seamlessly. Both time periods feature strong women in Chloe and Seraphine and even Octavie who remains in Belguim. We see through the letters to her sister what is happening across the Atlantic. Seraphine and the immigrants struggle to just survive at times was both heartbreaking and inspirational, the perseverance shown throughout their lives was remarkable. Chloe shows her strength time and time again and she strives the find the truth even while putting herself in danger. In Chloe’s timeframe, I always need to remind myself, 1980’s, no cell phones, no easy access to the internet, no text messages. I love the nightly phone calls between Chloe and Roelke, the calling collect, and reversing the charges. Something the current generation of kids and young adults will never know. For them, both parts of this story would be historical. I know Ms. Ernst’s books would be a great way for them to learn
MusicInPrint 5 months ago
This is my first Chloe Ellefson Mystery so felt like the chracters were not as fleshed out as if I had read the prior books. Roelke McKenna is a police detective and the love of Chloe's life. He is struggling with guilt over his actions that must have happened in an earlier book. His story line was a bit boring for me. Chloe has embarked on a research journey to help in the restoration of an old Belgian barn. Flash backs of the early settlers and their struggles were the redeeming parts of the book. Seraphine's family ancestry and her lace-making talent is what the present characters uncover and what Ernst uses to build this murder mystery. The genealogy is what made me give this a four star instead of a three. If you are a fan of "Murder She Wrote" then this will be your ticket for a favorite read. "Copy of this book was supplied by Midnight Ink via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
Anonymous 5 months ago
Kathleen Ernst goes from strength to strength. I so enjoyed last year's book, Mining for Justice, and was hoping that this new novel would be as absorbing. It is! The Lace Maker's Secret, set in Belgium and Wisconsin, has a dual narrative structure. The modern part of the novel takes place in the 1980s while the historical narrative begins in the 1800s and moves through WW I. While the murder mystery was there, the remarkable parts of the novel are the sections where the author describes life for Belgian immigrants. The characters of Seraphine and her family members truly come to life and the hardships that they experience are heartbreaking. I did not know about this time in Wisconsin's history and am amazed by what I learned. As always, it was good to spend time with protagonist, Chloe, and her boyfriend, Roelke. The relationship between the two continues to grow in this novel. I recommend all of the novels in this series with a special shout out for The Lace Makers Secret and Mining for Justice. Thanks for this book NetGalley!
chefdt 5 months ago
The Lacemaker’s Secret is the ninth book in the Chole Effelson Mystery series. This is a very enjoyable and interesting series, each book contains two stories. One being about Chole Effelson who works at Old World Collection as a curator of collections. The second being a historical story that the author skillfully ties into the Chole story. In this book Chole is on her way to Green Bay, WI to visit the Heritage Hill State Historical Park, who wants to restore a Belgian-American home to how it would have been in the early 1900’s. She is also looking forward to seeing her old friend, Elise O’Rourke who is an expert on Belgian Lace. As Chole is nearing the Belgian Acres B&B, where she will be staying, she notices a summer-oven and having never seen one she stops and goes to inspect it. As she opens the door she is shocked to find a body. That body is soon identified as Hugh Lejune, a cousin of Sharon Bertrand owner of the B&B where Chole is staying. When Roy Galuska, restoration specialist, is found dead and then Elise goes missing, Chole knows she has to get busy searching for Elise and work to find the killer. What I really enjoyed in this book(and others in this series) is the historical aspect of the book. The reader will follow Seraphine Lejune, her husband Jean-Paul, Etienne Lejune, Jean-Paul’s brother and Emelie, Etienne wife. Seraphine was very accomplished at making bobbin lace. These young folks come to America and settle near what would become Green Bay. The land that they were going to farm was virgin land and see what the two families had to go through to first provide shelter let alone being able to farm. In addition, they had to fight cholera and the great Peshtigo Fire of 1871. This gained no notoriety as it started on the same day as the Great Chicago Fire. This historical part of the book was extremely interesting and exciting to read what the early settlers had to endure begin their new lives in their new country. A wonderful addition to this very exciting series. It is well-plotted and well written with wonderful characters. I will be watching for the next book in this series.