A Memory of Muskets by Kathleen Ernst Tour and Review

Memory of Muskets
by Kathleen Ernst

A Memory of Muskets (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery) 
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Midnight Ink (October 8, 2016)
Paperback: 408 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738745152


Curator Chloe Ellefson is happily planning to spotlight home-front challenges and German immigrants at Old World Wisconsin’s first Civil War reenactment―but her overbearing boss scorns her ideas and proposes staging a mock battle. And when a reenactor is found dead at one of the historic site’s German farms, Chloe’s boyfriend, cop Roelke McKenna, suspects murder.
The more Roelke learns about reenacting, the more he fears that a killer will join the ranks at Chloe’s special event. Then Chloe discovers a disturbing secret about Roelke’s Civil War-era ancestors. Together they struggle to solve crimes past and present . . . before Chloe loses her job and another reenactor loses his life.

Another historical mystery winner from talented author Kathleen Ernst.
The fact that I live in Wisconsin, close to the sister site, and appreciate reinactments, did not make me rate this higher than it deserves. This is an amazing book full of historical references and multiple layers.
We watch the relationship between Chloe and her cop develop, and get a feel for her extra sensitive emotional perceptions, experience the antagonistic overbearing complications of her boss with political aspirations. The mysterious discovery of a uniformed body at the historical site ties all the other elements together. Kathleen is a master at inserting subtle humor and sarcasm into the script as needed to lighten the mood.

"(Det.) Goresko had sandy hair worn in a Who cares?style, as if he trimmed it himself while watching a Packers game on tv."

We get to look behind the scenes at what it takes to transform a visit into a near time travel experience. And as a bonus, the author digs deeper into ancestral research, reminding us that every family has secrets and heroes.
After reading this book I am planning another visit to my local historical sites.

About The Author –

Kathleen Ernst is a former museum curator who remains passionate about history!  In addition to the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites series, she has written many books for American Girl, including nine about the historical character she created, Caroline Abbott. Over 1.5 million copies of Kathleen’s 33 titles have been sold. The Chloe series has earned a LOVEY Award for Best Traditional Mystery, and several of her mysteries for young readers have been finalists for Edgar or Agatha awards.
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