The light keeper's legacy A Chloe Ellefson mystery

Kathleen Ernst, 1959-

Book - 2012

An island's history holds clues to a modern murder. Solitude at last! Museum curator Chloe Ellefson jumps at the chance to spend time on Wisconsin's Rock Island, a state park with no electricity or roads. Hired as a consultant for a project to restore the island's lighthouse, her research turns up fascinating tough-as-nails women from the past. Chloe's tranquility is spoiled when a dead woman washes ashore. Is it just another accidental drowning? Or has tension over tighter f...ishing regulations reached a dangerous boiling point? When a second body is found, Chloe finds herself trapped on remote Rock Island with a killer.

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Ernst, Kathleen, 1959- Chloe Ellefson mystery.
Subjects
Genres
Cozy mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
Woodbury, Minn. : Midnight Ink ©2012.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
xi, 345 pages : map ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780738733074
0738733075
Main Author
Kathleen Ernst, 1959- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Historian Chloe Ellefson is looking forward to being a guest curator at a lighthouse on Lake Michigan's remote Rock Island. The temporary job allows her a break from her micromanaging boss at Old World Wisconsin and the opportunity to ponder if she is emotionally ready for a romantic relationship with cop Roelke McKenna. Chloe soon becomes immersed in the lives of long-ago lighthouse keeper Emily Betts and island resident Ragna Anderson, whose husband died under suspicious circumstances. Chloe's story, set in 1982, alternates with Emily and Ragna's, set in 1869. When Chloe discovers the bodies of two women, both of whom have washed up on the lakeshore, she attempts to investigate their murders, finding that her research ties in with contemporary events. Framed by the history of lighthouses and their keepers and the story of fishery disputes through time, the multiple plots move easily across the intertwined past and present. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

On temporary curatorial assignment to one of Wisconsin's famed Door County lighthouses, historian Chloe Ellefson is thrilled by her solitary setting. Chloe has feelings for her buildings—she experiences "auditory echoes"—and quickly becomes immersed in the area's history, convinced that something sinister happened on this island long ago. But there is nothing historical about the dead body washed up on the beach. When Chloe's research introduces her to assistant lighthouse keeper Emily Betts and her friend, Danish immigrant Ragna, Chloe senses the story must be told. Unfortunately, other issues, such as another dead body, interfere. VERDICT A haunted island makes for fun escape reading. Ernst's third amateur sleuth cozy (after Heirloom Murders) is just the ticket for lighthouse fans and genealogy buffs. Deftly flipping back and forth in time in alternating chapters, the author builds up two mystery cases and cleverly weaves them back together. Pair with Dianne Day historicals and Katherine Hall Page's Faith Fairchild series. [Page 62]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Ernst's leisurely third Chloe Ellefson mystery set in 1982 Wisconsin (after 2011's The Heirloom Murders) takes museum curator Chloe to Lake Michigan's Rock Island, a state park, to do research on restoring the island's lighthouse. This excursion also gives her time to think about her relationship with her policeman boyfriend, Roelke McKenna, who gave her Sue Grafton's A Is for Alibi before she left Eagle, Wis. Soon enough Chloe is involved in a mystery of her own after she stumbles on a dead body wrapped in fishnet on the island's beach. An account of a 19th-century Danish settler, net maker Ragna Anderson, alternates with Chloe's adventures, providing a rich, if confusing, historical background. The discovery of a second body (also wrapped in fishnet), narrow escapes from the lighthouse, and a kayak battle add to the suspense. Natural descriptions abound, though often at the expense of pace. Agent: Andrea Cascardi, Transatlantic Literary. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Chloe Ellefson, a museum curator, volunteers to consult on the restoration of a lighthouse in a Wisconsin state park, but when the body of a dead woman washes up on shore, Chloe decides to investigate and suspects that a fight over fishing regulations may point to the woman's murder.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Past and Present Collide Beyond Death's Door Solitude at last! Museum curator Chloe Ellefson leaps at the opportunity to be a consultant for the historic lighthouse restoration project on Rock Island, a state park in Wisconsin's scenic Door County. Hoping to leave her personal and professional problems at home, Chloe's tranquility is suddenly spoiled when a dead woman washes ashore. Determined to find answers behind the mystery, Chloe dives into research about the island's history and discovers the amazing, resilient women who once lived there. But will the link between the past and present turn out to be a beacon of hope or a portent of doom? Praise: Winner of the Lovey Award for Best Traditional/Amateur Sleuth Mystery "Chloe's third combines a good mystery with some interesting historical information on a niche subject."—Kirkus Reviews "Framed by the history of lighthouses and their keepers and the story of fishery disputes through time, the multiple plots move easily across the intertwined past and present."—Booklist "A haunted island makes for fun escape reading. Ernst's third amateur sleuth cozy is just the ticket for lighthouse fans and genealogy buffs. Deftly flipping back and forth in time in alternating chapters, the author builds up two mystery cases and cleverly weaves them back together."—Library Journal "While the mystery elements of this books are very good, what really elevates it are the historical tidbits of the real-life Pottawatomie Lighthouse and the surrounding fishing village."—Mystery Scene "Kathleen Ernst wraps history with mystery in a fresh and compelling read."—Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author