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Kathleen Ernst
Bestselling writer Kathleen Ernst is the award-winning author of 30 mystery, historical fiction, and non-fiction books for adults and young readers. Her latest include "Tradition of Deceit," the fifth Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery for adults from Midnight Ink, and the upcoming "The... show more

Bestselling writer Kathleen Ernst is the award-winning author of 30 mystery, historical fiction, and non-fiction books for adults and young readers. Her latest include "Tradition of Deceit," the fifth Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery for adults from Midnight Ink, and the upcoming "The Smuggler's Secrets" -- her ninth Caroline Abbott children's novel from American Girl. Over the years Kathleen's work has earned numerous writing honors, including Edgar and Agatha mystery award nominations, a LOVEY, and an Emmy. To date, readers have purchased over 1.5 million printed, electronic, and audio copies of her 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 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.
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Mystereity
Mystereity rated it 1 year ago
Curator Chloe heads to Green Bay to consult on the restoration of an old Belgian-American farmhouse. When she arrives, she can't help but check out a historic summer kitchen - and discovers a dead body in the bake oven! Alongside the the bake oven mystery is the tale of Seraphine, a Belgian immigran...
Murder, She Reads
Murder, She Reads rated it 2 years ago
Chloe is trying to get over a bad break up and she is hoping that coming to work as the curator of Old World Wisconsin. On her first day an old lady come to talk to her, but Chloe can't help her. She couldn't just give her back a relic she donated and didn't even know where to begin looking for it. ...
Mystereity
Mystereity rated it 3 years ago
A Memory of Muskets, book 7 in the Chloe Ellefson series, a heart-wrenching tale of Roelke’s ancestors is finely woven into a riveting modern mystery. When a Civil War re-enactor is found dead at Old World Wisconsin, Roelke is plunged into yet another murder investigation. With nothing to identify t...
Mystereity
Mystereity rated it 4 years ago
I tried to get through this a year ago and DNF. The newest book came out recently, so I thought I'd try one more time to get through it. And it was just....okay. Although the plots were intriguing, the pace was just too slow. Overall, I'm glad I got through it but it's definitely the black hole...
loribonesscaswell
loribonesscaswell rated it 5 years ago
Dollycas’s ThoughtsWow, this was such a fascinating read I feel as if I devoured it.What seems as a ordinary date turns Chloe’s and Roelke’s lives and relationship inside out and upside down. They attend the wedding of one a Roelke’s cop buddies and Chloe just feels like she doesn’t fit in. She take...
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