Old World Murder (Chloe Ellefson Mystery #1)
Hoping to leave behind her heartbreaking past, Chloe Ellefson makes a fresh start as the new collections curator at Old World Wisconsin. This outdoor ethnic museum charms visitors with authentic historical artifacts and costumed employees who churn butter, make shoes, and reenact 1870s settlement life. But Chloe's first day on the job only brings misfortune when an elderly...more
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The setting is unique and these were historical/genealogical situations that I had never thought about in my Celtic/American upbringing. I le ...more
I did have some problems, with the heroine, Chloe Ellefson, spending so much time away from her official duties at her new job as curator at a historic site in Wisconsin, especially after a troubled past, while she pursues the mystery of a missing Norwegian ale bowl. I guess my problem deals with my past as a goody two shoes - always following the rules ...more
The book begins by introducing the reader to Old World Wisconsin, as Chloe herself begins her first day on the job. I know next to nothing about Wisconsin, new or old, or about living history sites, but I had no trouble f ...more
The mystery of the bowl did not resolve as I would have anticipated, so that was a pleasant surprise. As a museum employee myself, I enjoyed the setting of a historic site in the 1980s, the research and the strong push for the interpretation of story above object!
Chloe's emotional journey and relationship with ...more
The main character drove me insane! She did incredibly stupid things and I kept thinking, "Wow, with all her supposed education, she's still so clueless!"
Also, is it too difficult for a writer to give us a good mystery without ...more
If you're looking for a captivating and entertaining mystery with a great assortment of characters look no further ...more
The story is about a woman, Chloe, who starts working in said museum and is approached by a frantic old woman desperate to get a rosemalled ale bowl. Nope, I had no idea wha ...more
Like others have written, I didn't particularly care for the main character, Chloe, at first. Her depression issues and "leave me alone" attitude were rather off-putting. After a while, I did warm up to her. The one thing I truly objected to was having the character NOT take her prescribed medication for depression. Those med ...more
I didn't really like this book. I felt the writing was super rudimentary and the dialogue was very disjointed; those two things bothered me all the way through. I rounded up to 2 stars instead of down to 1 for two reasons --- one, I was able to finish the book versus abandoning it; and two, the romance was a background story versus front and center (until the pukey end, that is). Both provide minor tick marks in the plus column. What did I actually full on like about the book? Well, ...more
The 'mystery' part is interesting and I learned a bit about historic sites and the artifacts displayed there. Chloe is a mess and I couldn't decide if she is brave or stupid.
The en ...more
Most of the novel is a myst ...more
Although the main character, Chloe, was a bit of a stereotyped feminist seemingly without much depth, apparently this is the first in a series so hopefully, she'll become a more well rounded character as the series progresses.
The ending was a bit.... well, not very good in my opinion but I guess the author had to leave it like that so we would read the next book in the series which I probably will do.
I liked learning about Old World Wisconsin (th ...more
But the MC really bugged me. She was another one of those characters who ignore all the warnings to be safe, to stay out of danger, and of course, she got saved my the handsome cop at the last minute. Really? I also found the 1982 setting kind of odd. Don't know if I'll read more in this series or not.
I began writing stories when I was maybe 10 or 11. At 15 I wrote my first novel; I sold my first novel to a publisher 20 years later! Writing ...more