Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Old World Murder - 1st in the Chloe Ellefson Mystery series
Author: Kathleen Ernst
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: October 2010
Year/Setting: Present/Eagle, WI (Old World Wisconsin, a museum)
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Kathleen's Website/Blog: www.kathleenernst.com
I don't normally hand out five stars but, I really loved this book. I read it in one day because I just couldn't put it down. I'm hoping that you readers take this one to heart. It's a real find.
To get away from a very hurtful relationship, Chloe Ellefson, has come home to Wisconsin to lick her wounds and work for a museum called Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, WI as a collections curator at the museum. This is a very complicated outdoor museum that displays settlements in Wisconsin in the 1880's. Chloe's first meeting is with an elderly woman who pleads with her to locate a 19th century Ale Bowl that was donated to the museum many years before by her family. This bowl is a priceless Norwegian artifact. Chloe promises that she will look for the bowl but, before she can accomplish this, the woman is killed in a car crash. Chloe feels so badly about this that she begins to dig up information regarding the bowl and becomes embroiled in some dangerous cover-ups. She realizes that the more she looks for information the more someone is recklessly trying to cover up all traces of the bowls whereabouts. Helping Chloe in her questioning is Roelke McKenna, a police officer who is trying to protect Chloe from herself. Chloe and Roelke, while trying to find the bowl, will solve a years old puzzle regarding the woman killed in the accident.
This book is the first adult mystery that this author has attempted. She has written historical fiction for children and young adults including historical mysteries. I'm sincerely hoping that she continues the adult mystery story started by this character. I was really taken with it and look forward to more. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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