By Kathleen Ernst
Trying to depart painful stories in the back of her, Chloe Ellefson is creating a clean commence. She's the recent collections curator at outdated international Wisconsin, an outside ethnic museum showcasing 1870s payment existence. On her first day, Chloe meets with an aged girl who begs her to discover a helpful eighteenth-century Norwegian ale bowl that have been donated to the museum years in the past. yet sooner than Chloe can locate the heirloom and go back it to her, the lady dies in a suspicious motor vehicle crash.
Digging up the background and whereabouts of the infrequent artifact fast turns harmful. Chloe discovers that somebody is desperately attempting to hide up all strains of the bowl's existence―by any capability worthwhile. aiding Chloe is police officer Roelke McKenna, whose personal haunting previous compels him to guard her. To trap the covetous killer, Chloe needs to resolve a decades-old puzzle . . . sooner than she turns into part of historical past herself.
"Clever plot twists and credible characters make this a much from humdrum cozy."―Publishers Weekly
"This sequence debut via an writer of kid's mysteries rolls out properly for readers who like a comfortable with a dab of old lore. Jeanne M. Dams fanatics will just like the ethnic background."―Library Journal
"Information on the way to behavior old learn, historical past on Norwegian tradition, and information about operating an outside museum body the attractive tale of a girl devastated through a failed romantic courting whose sleuthing is helping her heal."―Booklist
"Old global Murder is most powerful in its fascinating neighborhood colour and actual love for Wisconsin’s rolling hills, pastures, and woodlands...a pleasant distraction for a night or two."―New York magazine of Books
"A wonderfully-woven story that winds out and in of contemporary and old Wisconsin with lots of mysteries―both earlier and current. In curator Chloe Ellefson, Ernst has created a charming personality with humor, grit, and a tangled background of her personal that wishes unraveling. Enchanting!"―Sandi Ault, writer of the WILD secret sequence and recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award
"Propulsive and fantastically written, this primary access in a dynamite new sequence from finished writer Kathleen Ernst seamlessly melds the 1980's and the nineteenth century. Character-driven, with secret aplenty, Old global Murder is a sensational learn. imagine Sue Grafton meets Earlene Fowler, with a touch of Elizabeth Peters."―Julia Spencer-Fleming, Anthony and Agatha Award-winning writer of I Shall no longer wish and One was once A Soldier
"Museum masterpiece."―Rosebud booklet Reviews
"A genuine find...5 stars."―Once Upon a Romance
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It’s not stupid. ” “I miss school sometimes, too. ” Forestry school at West Virginia University. Backpacking trips with the Outings Club. Feeling completely at home in a place she’d never been before. Meeting Ethan, who’d become her best friend. “Me too,” he said. ” Chloe realized she was exhausted, and that her glass was empty. “Listen, thanks for lending an ear. I gotta go unpack some boxes. Let me know if you get called out on a fire, OK? ” She waited until he’d found a pencil before dictating the digits.
I’m well, thank you,” Chloe said, as she led the way into the office. “Please forgive the dust. ” Mrs. Lundquist settled gingerly on one of the chairs, put her purse on the table, and folded her hands in her lap. ” Chloe sat down with legal pad and poised pencil. “The phone message I got didn’t contain much information,” she began. ” The tiny woman sat up straighter. ” “Um … back? ” Mrs. Lundquist pulled a piece of paper from her handbag and presented it. Chloe read the faded photocopy. It was an acquisition form confirming the accepted donation and legal transfer of an item described as a “Hand-painted Norwegian ale bowl with cow heads, nineteenth century” to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
The collection here includes thousands of objects. And—” Chloe took a deep breath. ” The other woman looked stricken. ” she asked, her voice quavering. “I recall the ale bowl well. ” “I’m afraid that’s not possible,” Chloe said again, as gently as she could. “May I keep this acquisition form? Good. I will talk with the chief curator in Madison about your … situation. ” Mrs. Lundquist looked down at the table, but not before a telltale sheen of tears appeared in her eyes. ” Chloe felt wretched. ” The elderly woman gently patted Chloe’s hand again—a feeble, papery gesture that made Chloe want to cry herself.