Mining for Justice
By Kathleen Ernst
Chloe Ellefson series #3
Midnight Ink, 2017
Chloe Ellefson is excited to be learning about Wisconsin’s Cornish immigrants and mining history while on temporary assignment at Pendarvis, a historic site in charming Mineral Point. But when her boyfriend, police officer Roelke McKenna, discovers long-buried human remains in the root cellar of an old Cornish cottage, Chloe reluctantly agrees to mine the historical record for answers.
She soon finds herself in the center of a heated and deadly controversy that threatens to close Pendarvis. While struggling to help the historic site, Chloe must unearth dark secrets, past and present . . . before a killer comes to bury her.
Mining for Justice is an outstanding story in an equally outstanding series, one that has quickly become a favorite of mine. These stories with a strong historical flavor are thoroughly entertaining. Ernst’s intelligent writing flows effortlessly, characters are well developed, and the engrossing plot has emotional depth. Third in series, it easily stands alone.
Chloe Ellefson, curator at the outdoor ethnic museum, Old World Wisconsin, is such an appealing character. I’m fascinated by how she occasionally perceives lingering emotions in old structures. The discovery of skeletal remains in a root cellar of a cottage in the Cornish mining village of Pendarvis leads to a dual timeline, and I was drawn to 1827 Cornwall in the story of 11-year-old bal maiden, Mary Pascoe.
Historical elements can sometimes be boring or overpower a story, but not so here. Instead, the historical background breathes life into the storyline and characters. I also love watching the relationship between Chloe and Roelke grow. Strong secondary characters also add richness and depth. I hope this series continues for a long time.
I was provided a free copy of this book through Great Escapes Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Kathleen Ernst is a social historian, educator, and author. Her Chloe Ellefson mysteries reflect the decade she spent as a curator at a large outdoor museum, and feature historic sites in the Upper Midwest. Library Journal says, “Ernst keeps getting better with each entry in this fascinating series.”
Kathleen has also written many mysteries for young readers. Honors for her work include a LOVEY Award and Agatha and Edgar nominations. Kathleen lives and writes in Wisconsin.
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