The Heirloom Murders (Paperback)
Midnight Ink, 9780738727585, 349pp.
Publication Date: September 8, 2011
As collections curator for Old World Wisconsin, Chloe Ellefson delights in losing herself in antiques and folk traditions--and forgetting her messy love life. But her peace is destroyed when her ex-boyfriend unexpectedly turns up, followed by a break-in at her friend Dellyn's historic house--a potential treasure trove of priceless antiques. Was the intruder hunting for the missing Eagle Diamond, a legendary gemstone unearthed in 1876?
When a grisly murder takes place on the museum grounds, Chloe is further drawn into a mystery involving a rare variety of Swiss cheese, a nearly extinct heirloom flower . . . and plain, old-fashioned murderous greed.
The Heirloom Murders won the 2011 Anne Powers Fiction Prize from the Council for Wisconsin Writers.
"Chloe is an appealing character, and Ernst's depiction of work at a living museum lends authenticity and a sense of place to the involving plot."--St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Greed, passion, skill, and luck all figure in this surprise-filled outing."--Publishers Weekly
"Entertainment and edification."--Mystery Scene"Interesting, well-drawn characters and a complicated plot make this a very satisfying read." --The Mystery Reader