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?
"Kathleen Ernst wraps history with mystery in a fresh and compelling read.”—Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author
Winner of the Lovey Award for Best Traditional/Amateur Sleuth Mystery
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.