Ernst, the author of Clues in the Shadows and other YA American Girl novels, shows her ease in mining historical periods in her adult debut, set in Wisconsin in 1982. On Chloe Ellefson's first day as the new curator of collections at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor museum that recreates the 1870s, elderly Berget Lundquist asks Chloe for the return of a family heirloom, a hand-painted Norwegian ale bowl that Berget donated to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin in 1962. Within minutes of Chloe promising to locate the bowl, Berget dies after driving her car off the road into a tree. The fatal bludgeoning of Berget's aged neighbor, Bill Solberg, by a person hunting for the elusive bowl leads Chloe to suspect the item has some special value. While details of the Old World museum can overwhelm at times, clever plot twists and credible characters make this a far from humdrum cozy.
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Chloe Ellefson, coming off a bout of clinical depression, has just started her new job as curator of collections at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor historical museum, when Berget Lundquist asks her to return a hand-painted Norwegian ale bowl she donated more than 20 years ago. Chloe brushes Lundquist off, promising to locate the bowl, but when the woman dies in an auto accident, Chloe feels she must keep her word. However, the bowl seems to be missing, so Chloe delves into the museum’s acquisition documents, the state historical society’s records, and Mrs. Lundquist’s motivation for the return of the bowl, all of which lands her in the middle of a potentially deadly situation. Information on how to conduct historical research, background on Norwegian culture, and details about running an outdoor museum frame the engaging story of a woman devastated by a failed romantic relationship whose sleuthing helps her heal. --Sue O'BrienSee all Editorial Reviews
First of all, I'm from SE Wisconsin and had to smile how the author incorporated many small towns and burgs within her book My husband and I went to UW-Whitewater and of course... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Library Lady
Ever since I heard about Old World Murder, a mystery set at a living history park, I was looking forward to reading it because it sounded like a fun location. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers
Set in the real site of Old World Wisconsin in the 1980's, this is a quick, fun read. The characters develop realistically, as does the plot.Published 3 months ago by A. Elaine Twogood
Easy reading and enjoyable since I live near Old World Wisconsin.Published 6 months ago by Patricia C. Ayers
I picked this up at the Vesterheim Museum. I loved it! I enjoyed the suspense and the ending totally caught me off guard! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Abbyw84
I like that it took place in Wisconsin! Currently reading her next mystery.Published 12 months ago by Mary
A story about a woman who had been broken-hearted, and a man with inner turmoil who came together under circumstances neither understood. And neither does a reader. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jerry Maphis