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Old World Murder (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery) Paperback – October 8, 2010
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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
This book entices the reader into some unexpected depths, and it is these complications rather than the answer to a "who done it" plot that is so memorable. What is Chloe's past? Why does the lady need to have her artifact back? How are we shaped by the choices we make? The setting, characters and Midwest values are as authentic as could be (author Kathleen Ernst, herself, worked as a curator at Old Wisconsin). Our expectations are high, but she delivers.
I love the stuff about new job anxiety, relationships, parents, and even the mention of a bakery down the road from where I live. Like other treasures--Chinatown, The Long Good-bye, The Maltese Falcon--we are in the dark most of the journey. The dénouement of the last fifty pages drags on a bit, but the final sentence will send you looking for the next book in this series. Guaranteed! I don't know about Chloe Ellefson's tenure, but mystery writer Kathleen Ernst is here to stay.
- John Lehman, Rosebud Book [...]
Basic summary: It's 1982, and Chloe Ellefson is ready for a new start. She takes a job as collections curator at Old World Wisconsin -- which is a real place, the author assures us, an "outdoor ethnic museum" that makes me think of Old Williamsburg Virginia, Pioneer Village outside Phoenix, Volksbaurnhof in Gutach Germany, and other "historical enactment" museums. (My ease in mentioning examples demonstrates that I love such places; the staff "dress up" in period costume and show how people of that time lived and worked.) On Chloe's first day, an old woman visits her to ask for the return of an "ale bowl" she donated years earlier. Chloe, still lost in "first day on the job" confusion, tells her she probably can't get it back but will find the bowl for her. And just a few minutes later, driving back home, the old woman dies...
Old World Murder has all the elements of a cozy mystery novel, including a heroine with a perfectly good reason to get to the bottom of the mystery and a handsome young policeman. However, Ellefson does a far better job than usual in coming up with a reason for Chloe to hare around the countryside looking for the ale bowl. She also gives the main characters more realistic and poignant motivations for their "I'm ready to start over" motivations.
Plus, of course, the history is presented in an unusual way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very light reading but something was always happening to keep the reading wanting to see what is next.Published 5 days ago by Ruth Ann McKean
This has got to be THE most depressing book I have ever read. Once I start a book I need to finish it, no matter how much I don't like it. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoy mysteries and this one adds knowledge with intrigue. The characters are believable and have "real world" issues that add interest to the story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wisconsin must be a beautiful state. Made me develop an appreciation of old world and heirlooms. Dragged on near the end, bogged down with descriptions of scene.Published 5 months ago by Patricia Franz
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 6 months 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 8 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 8 months ago by A. Elaine Twogood