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The Heirloom Murders (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery) Paperback – September 8, 2011
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"Complex characterization...a strong mystery...and interesting historical tidbits still happily in evidence." --Kirkus Reviews
"Read The Heirloom Murders for entertainment and edification." --Mystery Scene Magazine
"Engaging characters, a fascinating (real-life) setting, a gripping and believable plot--this is the traditional mystery at its best." --Jeanne M. Dams, Agatha Award-winning author of the Dorothy Martin and Hilda Johansson Mysteries
Winner of the 2011 Anne Powers Fiction Prize from the Council for Wisconsin Writers.
From the Author
Although The Heirloom Murders weaves several plot strands together (as the description makes clear), I particularly wanted to highlight the important role historic sites play in perpetuating heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits and flowers. As you'll discover in the novel, it's important work.
I also wanted to create two secondary characters who reflect so many of the wonderful elderly people I met when I began working at Old World Wisconsin in 1982. I'm grateful to everyone who passed their stories and knowledge along.
More About the Author
Over the years Kathleen's work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy, a LOVEY, and Edgar and Agatha mystery award nominations. To date, readers have purchased 1.6 million printed, electronic, and audio copies of her thirty-three published books.
Kathleen has a Masters Degree in History Education and Writing from Antioch University, where her self-designed program focused on nontraditional methods of teaching and learning history, with a special emphasis on historical fiction. She spent over a decade as a Curator of Interpretation and Collections at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin's Old World Wisconsin outdoor museum, a job that provided great material for her novels.
She lives near Madison, Wisconsin with her husband Scott (AKA "Mr. Ernst") and Sophie the cat. Some of her greatest pleasures include gardening, learning folk crafts, traveling to research new books, and hearing from readers. To that end, she maintains an extensive website, kathleenernst.com, an author's page on Facebook, facebook.com/kathleenernst.author, and a blog, sitesandstories.wordpress.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Chloe just wants to surround herself with peace, histories of former occupants of the Wisconsin Nordic region, and perhaps find love, and friendship. Then came a suicide...
Ms. Ernst's talents seep through the pages as she skillfully blends history with fiction from 1876 through 1982. The book is exciting, interesting, tutorial, and even makes me want to pack and plan a trip to the various sites included that are real.
How many of us really think about Heritage vegetables? We should. The amount of varieties we have lost in the U.S.A. is immense and how narrow we have allowed our choices to become. No wonder we hear, "Food doesn't taste like it used to when I was a child." Apparently, that is a truth!
Women and Men will find this book intriguing with all the equipment discussed and the thought provoking discourse regarding feeding our country as well as the third world peoples.This book is an excellent source of economic reality through today.
As to the mysteries, well, they were fascinating and complex. I can barely wait for Ms. Ernst's next one. Please read this book, you will be amazed to find yourself educated and entertained.
A woman apparently commits suicide and Chloe befriends the deceased's sister, Dellyn. Not only shaken by her sister's violent death, Dellyn is still grieving over the recent death of their parents.
Both young women work at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor history museum, Chloe as a curator and Dellyn as an agriculture specialist. Chloe is helping Dellyn sort through her parents' household effects, many of which are antique treasurers. Among the numerous files, they find references to the missing Eagle Diamond, a legendary gemstone unearthed in 1876.
Sparks are reignited between Chloe and cop Roelke McKenna when he investigates the alleged suicide. When an ex-boyfriend appears on the scene, Chloe is reminded of a messy and sad previous life she'd hoped to leave behind. The old boyfriend's presence leaves Roelke unsure of how to proceed with his hoped for relationship with Chloe.
A murder takes place on the museum grounds, someone breaks into Dellyn's historic house, and Chloe is attacked when she discovers someone lurking in Dellyn's barn. It becomes clear that murderous greed is behind these evil acts.
The book toggles from the present day to 1876 on Charles and Clarissa Wood's farm. Hired hand Albrecht Bachmeier is helping Charles dig a well, when Charles finds an unusual gem. Once it's washed, the pretty gem is placed on Clarissa's kitchen windowsill.
Kathleen Ernst's "The Heirloom Murders" is a great sequel to the first of the Chloe Eliffson Mystery series, "Old World Murder." The author presents a captivating story with humor and more than enough mystery to entice readers to keep turning the pages.
When Dellyn's sister Bonnie calls 9-1-1 to report her impending suicide, one of Chloe's love interests, officer Roelke, speeds off with his partner to try to save her. They're too late. Bonnie gave specific details, but her body isn't where she said it would be. Mix that with an attack on Chloe while she's in Dellyn's barn filled with valuable antiques, Chloe's entrapment in a Finnish sauna, Dellyn's viscous attack by a German shepherd, and the murder of a museum volunteer.
And what is it that someone finds so precious that it's worth more than human life? You'll be amazed.
Chloe's other love interest is the energetic Markus who shares Chloe's passion for history. Chloe lived with Markus in Switzerland for five years, but after her miscarriage, he panicked and told her to pack her bags.
Markus ends up in Wisconsin and would like to resume their relationship, but Chloe doesn't fully trust him. Besides, there's the manly yet tender police officer, Roelke.
Ernst allows us peeks into another love triangle. This one dates back to 1876. Albrecht works tirelessly digging a well for the insensitve Charles, but finds it worthwhile since he can be near Charles' sweet wife, Clarissa. Albrecht carves a rose in the handle of Clarissa's cultivator. Charles finds an unusual gem which he washes and gives to his wife.
Chloe and Roelke have an innate connection.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am really enjoying this series of mysteries. They are well written and compel me to read on. Very entertaining.Published 19 days ago by Marsha L. Johnson
I love the Cloe E. Mysteries, I enjoy the historical information plus it's fun to read about places I have actually visited or plan to visit!
I love the style of these books! Read more
I love all of her books and cannot wait until the next. Was not sure, going in, historical fiction is usually not my thing, but these take place in my part of the world, are very... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marigold1955
Historical mystery fiction of happenings at Old World Wisconsin. If you have been to that historical site the book has greater impact on the reader.Published 8 months ago by Rosa M. Ropers
This is a wonderful series. Interesting, well rounded characters. Love the accurate historical details.. Gorgeous atmospheric, geographical backgrounds. Like being on vacation.Published 19 months ago by Jo W
I have read all four of the Chloe Ellefson mysteries and truly enjoyed each stand alone book. The author puts you on the edge of your seat throughout the books. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lynn Hamel
Love the book! Love the characters in it! I enjoy the Chloe Ellefson series. I'm always sad when I come to the end of one and hurry to the next one.Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
I am enjoying the Chloe Ellefson series. It is an interesting way to learn about the history of the immigrants who came to wisconsin. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Jan Kelley