Heritage of Darkness by Kathleen ErnstChloe Ellefson returns with a new mystery rooted in Norwegian heritage For curator Chloe Ellefson, a family bonding trip to Decorah, Iowa for rosemaling classes seems like a great idea--until they start driving. Chloes cop boyfriend Roelke takes her moms talk of proposal ideas good-naturedly, but it causes Chloes emotional distress to increase with each passing mile.
After finally reaching the Vesterheim Museum, Chloes efforts to remain positive are slammed shut when she and Roelke find Petra Lekstroms body in one of the museums antique immigrant trunks. Everyone is shaken by the class instructors murder, and when her mom volunteers to take over Petras class, Chloe is put in the hot seat of motherly criticism. As she investigates, Chloe uncovers dark family secrets that could be deadly for her mom--and even herself.
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I've worn many bonnets over the years: writer, reader, historical interpreter, curator, reenactor, naturalist, educator. Never had a job I didn't love! As a child, I dreamed of being a full-time writer. Now I have the fun of writing books about ideas that fascinate me, experiences that moved me, and historical tidbits that capture my imagination. I was born in Pennsylvania but grew up in Maryland, surrounded by books! My mother was a librarian and my father an avid reader.
The Chloe novels combine history and mystery with a little romance. They are written for adults and mature teens who enjoy reading stories without explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or gore. Curator and occasional sleuth Chloe Ellefson is off to Minneapolis to help her friend Ariel with a monumental task. They must write a proposal for a controversial and expensive restoration project to convert a huge abandoned flour mill — currently used as an unofficial shelter by homeless people — into a history museum. When a dead body is found in the building, stuffed in a grain chute, Chloe reluctantly turns her attention from milling to murder. Back in Milwaukee, Chloe's love interest Roelke McKenna has been slammed with the news that a fellow police officer his best friend has been shot and killed while on duty. Sifting through clues from the past and present, Chloe and Roelke separately discover dangerous secrets that put their trust in each other — and their very lives — at risk.
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Thank you! Miss Lila wants Chloe to decide which of the many museums devoted to Wilder should get the quilt, but then she's killed in a break-in before Chloe can gather much information from her. So she asks Kari to go with her to visit all the museum candidates. Then Chloe finds herself interfering in a fight between a Wilder-obsessed wife and her controlling husband. Her struggles to uncover several secrets reveal some surprising things about her heroine.
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