Chloe 9 Reveal!

Last week I zipped the manuscript for the 9th Chloe Ellefson mystery off to my publisher. This week, it’s available for pre-order! I’m excited to provide a peek at the next adventure for Chloe and Roelke.

Curator Chloe Ellefson needs distraction from the unsettling family secret she’s just learned. It doesn’t help that her boyfriend, Roelke McKenna, has been troubled for weeks and won’t say why. Chloe hopes a consulting job at Green Bay’s Heritage Hill Historical Park, where an old Belgian-American farmhouse is being restored, will be a relaxing escape. Instead she discovers a body in a century-old bake oven.

Chloe’s research suggests that a rare and valuable piece of lace made its way to nearby Door County, Wisconsin, with the earliest Belgian settlers. More importantly, someone is desperate to find it. Inspired by a courageous Belgian woman who survived cholera, famine, and the Great Fire, Chloe must untangle clues to reveal secrets old and new . . . before the killer strikes again.

The Lacemaker’s Secret will be published in October, 2018.  You can pre-order now:

IndieBound – Trade Paperback

Amazon – Trade Paperback

Amazon – Kindle

Books-A-Million (BAM) – Trade Paperback

The story of Wisconsin’s Belgian immigrants is compelling, and I hope The Lacemaker’s Secret honors those early settlers—and the many people who have worked hard to preserve and interpret their history at Heritage Hill, and the Belgian Heritage Center in Namur.

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41 Responses to “Chloe 9 Reveal!”

  1. Bonnie Says:

    I can’t wait! One of the highlights of every fall is the next Chloe book.

  2. Kathleen Ernst Says:

    Thanks, Bonnie! I’m excited about it.

  3. Pat Says:

    Another favorite museum, can’t wait for Chloe’s next adventure!

  4. Lois Scorgie Says:

    The background to this book will be all new. I’ve never been to the Heritage Hill Historical Park and lace hasn’t been a part of my fiber arts learning. Of course, I’m looking forward to it as well as Chloe’s story and another mystery.Thank you for your continued efforts.

    • Kathleen Ernst Says:

      Lois, I didn’t know very much about the Belgian immigrants to NE Wisconsin before beginning this book, and it’s a fascinating story. And I hope it will provide an introduction to one of my favorite exhibits at Heritage Hill!

  5. Mary Maronde Says:

    Cool–looking forward to it! When is Chloe going to Wade House?

  6. john sutton Says:

    No No another wit till october ? i’ll b older abuot then, i rally wnt to enjoy Chloe and Roelke b4 then , can’t wait

  7. lorine1903 Says:

    I’m pre-ordering, Kathleen. Hope to see you in da Door.

  8. Ruth Nelson-Lau Says:

    This will be an incentive to visit heritage hill this summer! Can’t wait for the book.

  9. dawn dalberg Says:

    I cant wait to read your new book. . Looking forward to seeing u on the 21st at the library

  10. katerock Says:

    It’s lovely. Looking forward to it.

  11. Rose Skarski Says:

    Oh my, so exciting!! Can’t wait….WOW

  12. Susan Nelson Says:

    It sounds good Kathleen. I love how you mix murder with learning about local history.

  13. Gayle Silberhorn Says:

    History Mystery is my favorite genre! Thanks so much for the fascinating Chloe series.

  14. Jill Nisbet Says:

    This museum is on our to do list. This gives us more incentive. I love it when I have actually been to the sites. Can’t wait.

  15. holdenj Says:

    What a wonderful cover! And a new setting for Chloe to visit, And I am definitely curious about how things ended in the last book with Roelke.

  16. Kay Forton Says:

    Yes!!!! Love you series and I love Heritage Hill. I can’t wait to read about Chloe’s adventure there. It is so much fun to “see” the Wisconsin Historical sites through this wonderful fictional character. I’m hoping you visited Appleton’s Hearthstone when you visited this area. A book based in our historical treasure would be amazing.

    • Kathleen Ernst Says:

      Kay, I’m so glad you’re enjoying some armchair travel to Wisconsin’s special places with Chloe! Since you know Heritage Hill, you’ll be able to picture some of the action. I’m familiar with Hearthstone, but I’m chagrined to admit I have not yet found time for a tour. It’s definitely on my list of places I need to visit.

  17. Sally Koop Says:

    Your books are my favorites!! You are amazing at suspense and able to teach some history all at the same time! Can’t wait for the next book!!

    • Kathleen Ernst Says:

      Sally, you’re kind! I’m delighted that you’re enjoying the series so much. I have the fun of weaving history and mystery together, and get to spotlight some of my favorite places.

  18. Susan Slinde Says:

    I have mine ordered. Remember we are still ready at Stoughton Sons of Norway for you and Chloe!

  19. Agnes Says:

    Oh my, that is exciting and this time, it is past of a group of immigrants I have ancestor from, so exiting!

  20. Alan Pape Says:

    Congrats on your new book about the Belgian neighborhood North East of Green Bay! Many years ago I tried to move those same Massart Family Belgian buildings to Old World Wisconsin, including their stone road side shrine. Luckly, the folks at Heritage Hill saw the wisdom in preserving them. The house is one of the most ethnic buildings that I have ever found. Can’t wait to see how you wound a story around them. Alan

  21. donamaekutska7 Says:

    My great grandparents settled north east of Green Bay near the shrine for St Mary. From excited to read it. I’m from Green Bay and live in Seymour west of Green Bay about 17 miles.i want to own this book!

  22. donamaekutska7 Says:

    Seymour is the home of the hamburger there’s a whole street devoured to the founder of the hamburger.a parade and the biggest hamburger was made there.every year a parade, hot air balloons and bands play. And a huge hamburger is made.

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