Old World Murder
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
I also really like the town of Eagle, a blip of a spot I spent a considerable amount of time in after I graduated college. So you would think a book set at Old World Wisconsin and Eagle with references to Madison where I spent the last three years ...more
I have a much later novel in the series for review, so I'll try that on ...more
The setting is unique and these were historical/genealogical situations that I had never thought about in my Celtic/American upbringing. I le ...more
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Roelke (RAA-kuh) is the first cop on the scene. He's attracted to Chloe. Chloe finds Roelke interesting in between trying to find the missing bowl, keeping from getting fired and staying ...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
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 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
The love/hate relationship with the local police officer seemed flat and somewhat forced at times. And at time it seems a lot of attention was given to his backstory rather than developing our main character and the story line.
The mystery did not develop until ...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
This is the first of a series with a cliffhanger at the end. I'm excited for the next to come out. Kathleen ...more
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