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Chloe Tour at Pendarvis - 2nd Tour Added!

  Cornish stone cottages at Pendarvis Historic Site in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Photo by Scott Meeker. Due to demand, a second Chloe Ellefson Mining For Justice Tour has been added on Saturday, August 4th. See the places on site where key scenes take place, and historic artifacts featured in the mystery (including some rarely on display). Afterwards Kathleen will hold a Q&A and sign books. This second, exclusive small fee tour is strictly limited to the first 20 people who register, so act now! more>>

Posted July 17, 2018.



Fall Calendar - Initial Events Posted

  Chloe Ellefson mystery #9 partial front cover image. Kathleen has been quietly adding a variety of public programs to her online calendar—including the launch events for her next Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret. Check'em out! more>>

Posted July 15, 2018.



Chloe Tour at Pendarvis - Hurry!

  Cornish stone cottages at Pendarvis Historic Site in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Photo by Scott Meeker. Pendarvis Historic Site in charming Mineral Point, WI, just announced a Chloe Ellefson Mining For Justice Tour on Saturday, August 4th. See the places on site where key scenes take place, and historic artifacts featured in the mystery (including some rarely on display). Kathleen will hold a Q&A and sign books. ACT NOW. This exclusive small fee tour is strictly limited to the first 20 people who register! more>>

Posted July 14, 2018.



150 Days in Top 1% 

  Partial image of the Mining For Justice, Chloe Ellefson mystery #8, book cover. Written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books 2017. The 8th and most recently released Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, has now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of one hundred fifty days. Source: NPD BookScanmore>>

Posted July 13, 2018.



Memory of Muskets - A Retrospective

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst at Milwaukee's German Fest researching scenes for her Chloe Ellefson mystery A Memory of Muskets. Photo by Scott Meeker. "Although setting books at different historic sites and museums is one of my favorite things about writing the Chloe Ellefson series, I do enjoy getting her home to Old World Wisconsin every now and again. The 7th mystery, A Memory of Muskets, does just that." more>>

Posted July 12, 2018 on the Sites And Stories blog.



Chloe 9 - Final Corrections

  Photo of final author's proof to The Lacemaker's Secret manuscript of the ninth Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, coming from Midnight Ink Books in October 2018. Kathleen just finished her last changes to The Lacemaker's Secret. The newest Chloe Ellefson mystery is now at publisher Midnight Ink Books, which will give the manuscript a final proofreading before sending it to the printer! Set for an early October release, this 408-page book can be pre-ordered now in eBook and trade paperback formats.

Posted July 11, 2018.



July is Memory of Muskets Month

  Partial image of the front cover of A Memory of Muskets, the seventh Chloe Ellefson mystery book written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books. It's the newest edition of Kathleen's 8 Books in 8 Months Chloe Ellefson Retrospective! This month's focus is the seventh book, A Memory of Muskets. Celebrate the July 4th Holiday with this historical mystery about the American Civil War and the modern reenactors who portray it. Look for posts on the Sites And Stories blog on interesting things discovered researching the story, and Kathleen's retrospective about writing it. Plus a giveaway!

Posted July 1, 2018.



New Chloe Mysteries Coming 2018 & 2019

  New Chloe Ellefson Mysteries coming 2018 & 2019 from Kathleen Ernst graphic. Kathleen's next Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, is set for release this October 8th. And publisher Midnight Ink has signed a contract with Kathleen to write what will become the tenth book in her popular Chloe Ellefson mystery series. This as yet untitled work is scheduled for release in fall 2019. more>>

Posted June 30, 2018.



200 Days in Top 1% of Book Sales

  Front cover of Death on the Prairie by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books. The Death on the Prairie giveaway caused a surge in the number of copies being purchased. As a result it has now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of two hundred days. Source: NPD BookScan.

Posted June 29, 2018.




Death on the Prairie - Giveaway Winners!

  8 Chloe Ellefson Giveaway Winners graphic for Death on the Prairie. The lucky winners of Kathleen's sixth monthly Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Giveaway are CAROL SIGLE DOSCHER, MARLENE EZELL, and DEBORAH STANISH. Each will receive a free, author signed and personalized, trade paperback of Death on the Prairie, the sixth book in this award-winning series. Stay tuned for a giveaway of A Memory of Muskets in July!

Posted June 28, 2018.




Death on the Prairie - Giveaway!

  8 Chloe Ellefson Giveaway graphic for Death on the Prairie. This month Kathleen is giving away trade paperback copies of the sixth book in her Chloe Ellefson mystery series:  Death on the Prairie. To enter, leave a comment on the giveaway posts on her Facebook Author page or Sites And Stories Blog before 11:59 PM (Central US time), Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Only one entry per person, please. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced the next day. Good luck!

Posted June 26, 2018.




Death on the Prairie - A Retrospective

  Photo of a little girl dressed as Laura Ingalls Wilder taken by author Kathleen Ernst at Walnut Grove, MN. "I often say that I look for untold stories or little-known events when seeking inspiration for a new book. With the 6th Chloe Ellefson mystery, Death on the Prairie, I took the opposite approach." more>>

Posted June 22, 2018.



Researching Death on the Prairie

  1969 AMC Rambler sedan photo by GR Auto Gallery. "Mr. Ernst here. As youngsters, Kathleen and her sister Barbara loved the “Little House” books by bestselling children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder. So much so that as adults they toured the Wilder historic sites together. So it’s not surprising that in Kathleen’s mystery, Death on the Prairie, Chloe Ellefson and her sister Kari also cherished Wilder’s books as kids, and as adults decided to visit places where..." more>>

Posted June 20, 2018.



June is Death on the Prairie Month

  Front cover of Death on the Prairie, a Chloe Ellefson Mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books. Welcome to the sixth month in Kathleen's 8 Books in 8 Months Retrospective. June's focus is on Death on the Prairie, the sixth in her Chloe Ellefson historic sites mystery book series. In addition to giving away copies of the book, Kathleen will pen a retrospective about the story on her Sites And Stories blog, and Mr. Ernst will post an article about interesting things they turned up while researching the story. more>>

Posted June 1, 2018.


Tradition of Deceit - Giveaway Winners!

  Chloe Ellefson Mystery #5 Giveaway graphic by Scott Meeker. The lucky winners of Kathleen's fifth monthly Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Giveaway are STEPHANIE GUILE, SHANNON JURKUS, and MICHA RADER. Each will receive a free, author signed and personalized, trade paperback of Tradition of Deceit, the fifth book in this award-winning series. Stay tuned for a giveaway of the sixth book in June!

Posted May 25, 2018.



Hey, Hey, Kathleen's Got 4K

  Facebook 4,000 Likes graphic. Kathleen's Facebook Author page Likes have just reached this new milestone as a result of this month's Chloe Ellefson mystery giveaway of Tradition of Deceit (see details below).

Posted May 24, 2018.



Tradition of Deceit - May Giveaway!

  8 Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Giveaway graphic. This month Kathleen is giving away trade paperback copies of the fifth book in her Chloe Ellefson mystery series:  Tradition of Deceit. To enter, leave a comment on the giveaway posts on her Facebook Author page or Sites And Stories Blog before 11:59 PM (Central US time), Thursday, May 24, 2018. Only one entry per person, please. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced this Friday. Good luck!

Posted May 23, 2018.



Glowing Review

  Photo of author Robert Olmstead of Workman Press. "Fascinating, informative, dramatic, meditative, Kathleen Ernst's Mining For Justice does the needful work of resurrecting another passage in our lost history. Scrupulous in detail, the transport is complete and poignant, the characters, the setting, the drama as immediate as today. ...A page-turner of secrets revealed, crime committed and mystery unfolding."

Robert Olmstead, Judge for the 2017 Edna Ferber Fiction Award, and Winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction.

Posted May 18, 2018.



Researching Tradition of Deceit

  Black and white photo of a passenger train pulling into Hastings MN railroad station circa 1920. "Mr. Ernst here. In Tradition Of Deceit (TOD) Chloe and Roelke get caught up in separate mysteries, in separate cities, each facing deadly perils on their own. Chloe’s in Minneapolis helping her friend Ariel at the Minnesota Historical Society work on transforming an enormous abandoned flour mill into a museum. Roelke’s in..." more>>

Posted May 15, 2018 on the Sites And Stories blog.



Tradition of Deceit - A Retrospective

  Colorful Wycinaki Polish papercutting piece by Kathleen Ernst, bestselling author of Tradition of Deceit, a Chloe Ellefson mystery. "As I began conceptualizing Tradition of Deceit, the 5th Chloe Ellefson Mystery, I had several goals in mind. Since main characters Chloe and Roelke were getting along pretty well by the end of the previous book, I figured it was time to throw a new challenge their way: distance." more>>

Posted May 8, 2018 on the Sites And Stories blog.



175 Days in Top 1%

  Cover of Tradition of Deceit, a Chloe Ellefson mystery book by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books. The Chloe book of the month, Tradition of Deceit, has now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of one hundred seventy-five days. Source: NPD BookScan. more>>

Posted May 2, 2018.



May is Tradition of Deceit Month

  Cover of Tradition of Deceit, a Chloe Ellefson mystery book by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books. Welcome to the fifth month in Kathleen's 8 Books in 8 Months Retrospective. May's focus is on Tradition of Deceit, the fifth in her Chloe Ellefson historic sites mystery book series. In addition to giving away copies of the book, Kathleen will pen a retrospective about the story on her Sites And Stories blog, and Mr. Ernst will post an article about interesting things they turned up while researching the story. more>>

Posted May 1, 2018.



 Independent Bookstore Day

  Independent Bookstore Day 2017 logo. Today is "a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Indies are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity." Join the celebration at your local indie bookstore! more>>

Posted April 28, 2018.


Malice Domestic 30

  Logo of Malice Domestic Murder Mystery Fan Convention. Kathleen just arrived at Malice Domestic, where she will be a panelist. This annual "fun fan" convention salutes the traditional mystery (like her award-winning Chloe Ellefson novels) best typified as having no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence. more>>

Posted April 27, 2018.



Makin' for Malice

  On the road, again graphic by Scott Meeker. Today Kathleen started her annual spring road trip to the Malice Domestic traditional mystery fans conference this coming weekend in Washington, DC. While she's away, Mr. Ernst will be home keeping the office open—under the close supervision of Ms. Sophie the feline muse. 

Posted April 23, 2018.



All 8 Chloe Mysteries in Top 1%

  Front covers of first 8 Chloe Ellefson mystery books by bestselling author Kathleen Erns, published by Midnight Ink Books. Yesterday every single Chloe Ellefson mystery was ranked in the Top 1% of of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked. Source: NPD BookScanmore>>

Posted April 22, 2018.



Next Chloe Mystery in Top 1% for 15 Days

  Chloe Ellefson mystery #9 partial front cover image. The Lacemaker's Secret is set for release early this October. Pre-orders have elevated it into the Top 1% of of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of fifteen days. Source: NPD BookScanmore>>

Posted April 21, 2018.



Celebrating Libraries Giveaway - Bonus Winner!

  State Historical Society of Wisconsin interior view. Having mistakenly named a winner prior to the entry deadline, Kathleen has chosen to name a second winner in her Celebrating Libraries Giveaway! Congratulations to the Stone County Library in Mountain View, AR, which was nominated by Kay Garrett. The library will receive author-signed copies of the first three Chloe Ellefson mystery books: Old World Murder, The Heirloom Murders, and The Light Keeper's Legacy.

Posted April 20, 2018 on the Killer Characters blog.



April Giveaway - Winners!

  8 Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Giveaway - Heritage Of Darkness Winners graphic. The lucky winners of Kathleen's fourth monthly Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Giveaway are GLORIA BROWNING, JULIE CLABOTS, and DONAMAE CLASEN KUTSKA. Each will receive a free, author signed and personalized, trade paperback of Heritage Of Darkness, the fourth book in this award-winning series. Stay tuned for a giveaway of the fifth book in May!

Posted April 20, 2018.



Celebrating Libraries Giveaway - Winner!

  State Historical Society of Wisconsin interior view. Congratulations to the Pierce County Library in Sumner, WA, which was nominated by Lori Bonkoski. The library will receive three Chloe Ellefson mysteries:  Heritage Of DarknessTradition Of Deceit, and Death On The Prairie.

NOTE: this giveaway was mistakenly ended a day early, so Kathleen has decided to select a second winner after the original Midnight, April 19th deadline. Their name, and the library they nominate, will be announced on the Killer Characters blog this Friday the 20th. more>>

Posted April 19, 2018 on the Killer Characters blog.



April Giveaway - Heritage Of Darkness

  8 Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Heritage Of Darkness Giveaway This month Kathleen is giving away trade paperback copies of the fourth book in her Chloe Ellefson mystery series:  Heritage Of Darkness. To enter, leave a comment on the giveaway posts on her Facebook Author page or Sites And Stories blog before 11:59 PM (Central US time), Thursday, April 19, 2018. Only one entry per person, please. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced this Friday. Good luck!

Posted April 18, 2018.



Celebrating Libraries - and a Giveaway!

  State Historical Society of Wisconsin interior view. "Want to support your local library? Provide the library name, town, and state or province in the comment section, and it will be entered in a Giveaway. The winning library, chosen at random, will receive the first three books in the Chloe Ellefson series:  Old World Murder, The Heirloom Murders, and The Light Keeper's Legacy. The Giveaway closes at midnight on April 19, and the winner will be announced on April 20." more>>

Posted April 17, 2018 on the Killer Characters blog.



325 Days in Top 1% of US Book Sales

  Partial front book cover of the first Chloe Ellefson mystery book, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst and published by Midnight Ink Books. Kathleen's very first Chloe Ellefson adult mystery, Old World Murder, has now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of three hundred twenty-five days. Source: NPD BookScanmore>>

Posted April 12, 2018.



Researching Heritage Of Darkness

  Partial front cover of the Heritage Of Darkness, the fourth Chloe Ellefson mystery book by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink. "Mr. Ernst here. This month the focus is on a surprise that turned up when researching a specific scene in this book, the fourth in Kathleen’s award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series. Heritage Of Darkness (HOD) takes place within and around the wonderful, world-class Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum..." more>>

Posted April 11, 2018 on the Sites And Stories blog.



Advance Notice - Mequon WI

  Trinity Lutheran Friestadt logo. Join Kathleen for a picturesque illustrated journey through the seasonal experiences that shaped the lives of Wisconsin's European and Yankee settlers. Kathleen will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Trinity Freistadt Historical Society on Monday, April 16th. Her free, hour-long program starts at 7:00 PM and is open to the public. more>>

Posted April 9, 2018.



Heritage Of Darkness - A Retrospective

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst with Joanne MacVey, her first Vesterheim Rosemaling instructor. "Heritage of Darkness, the 4th Chloe Ellefson mystery, was the first to cross state lines. It’s set at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. By the time I started planning this book I’d visited this wonderful museum while writing the first Chloe mystery, Old World Murder, to study ale bowls. I’d also taken several classes through the museum’s folk art school." more>>

Posted April 4, 2018 on the Sites And Stories blog.



Children's Historical Fiction Workshop

  Write On, Door County logo. Kathleen is leading a one-hour workshop entitled The Craft And Art of Children's Historical Fiction this Friday, April 6th, starting at 10:30 AM. It's sponsored by Write On, Door County as part of their WRITING ON THE DOOR: Children's Literature Conference in Sturgeon Bay, WI. more>>

Posted April 2, 2018.



April is Heritage Of Darkness Month

  Partial front cover of the Heritage Of Darkness, the fourth Chloe Ellefson mystery book by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink. Welcome to the fourth month in Kathleen's 8 Books in 8 Months Retrospective, during which the focus will be on Heritage Of Darkness, the fourth book in her Chloe Ellefson historic sites mystery series. In addition to giving away copies of the book, Kathleen will pen a retrospective about the story on her Sites And Stories blog, and Mr. Ernst will also post an article there about things they turned up while researching the book. Stay tuned!

Posted April 1, 2018.



Fun Times in Salem

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst signing her American Girl books at the Salem Wisconsin Community Library, March 27, 2018. Photo by Scott Meeker. What a fun time at the Community Library in Salem, WI yesterday! The kids at the American Girl Fans program in the afternoon were awesome. The evening conversation about the Chloe Ellefson mysteries kept going until the library closed and we had to leave. Thanks to all who came, and to the library for making it all possible!

Posted March 28, 2018.



The Light Keeper's Legacy - Giveaway Winners!

  8 Chloe Ellefson Mysteries 8 Months 8 Giveaway March 2018 Winners graphic. The lucky winners of Kathleen's third monthly Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Giveaway are CHERIE GRAHAM, KATHY LARABELL, and CAROL MOORE. Each will receive a free, author signed and personalized, trade paperback of The Light Keeper's Legacy, the third book in this award-winning series. Stay tuned for a giveaway of the fourth book in late April!

Posted March 22, 2018.



Advance Notice - Salem WI

  Color photo of the Salem Community Library in Sale, Wisconsin. Tuesday, March 27th, Kathleen will be at the Salem Community Library presenting her American Girl Fans program at 3:30 PM—and her Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program for adults at 6:30 PM. These hour-long illustrated events are free and open to the public. The library is requiring prior registration for both programs; call (262) 843-3348. more>>

Posted March 21, 2018.



March Giveaway - The Light Keeper's Legacy

  The Light Keeper's Legacy Giveaway graphic March 2018. This month Kathleen is giving away trade paperback copies of the third book in her Chloe Ellefson mystery series:  The Light Keeper's Legacy. To enter, leave a comment on the giveaway posts on her Facebook Author page or Sites And Stories blog before 11:59 PM (Central US time), Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Only one entry per person, please. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced this Thursday. Good luck!

Posted March 20, 2018.



Advance Notice - Children's Lit Conference

  Write On, Door County logo. Write On, Door County is sponsoring WRITING ON THE DOOR: Chlidren's Literature Conference in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on the weekend of April 6-8, 2018. Kathleen has been invited to conduct a workshop entitled The Craft And Art of Children's Historical Fiction from 10:30 to 11:30 AM, Friday, April 6th. more>>

Posted March 18, 2018.



Ragna's Tale

  Painting of a 19th Century Danish woman repairing fishing nets. Artist unknown. Ragna (pronounced Ron-yah) writes: "I didn't expect to become one of the best net makers on Rock Island. To my surprise, I did. Everyone says so. I need only three days to make a gillnet, five feet by one hundred twenty. I charge a dollar each and no one complains. "A thing of beauty," Anders declares each time I hand him a new net..." more>>

Posted March 17, 2018 on the Killer Characters blog.



Six Time Winner

  Constant Contact 2017 All Star Award logo. Kathleen was just named a 2017 All Star Award Winner for email effectiveness by Constant Contact, which provides email marketing services to 5M small businesses and non-profits. This is the sixth consecutive year she has earned this honor. Less than five percent of Constant Contact customers are multi-year All Star Award recipients. 

Posted March 15, 2018.



Great American Girls in Darlington

  Author Kathleen Ernst doing her American Girl Fans program at the Johnson Public Library in Darlington, Wisconsin on March 13, 2018. Kathleen got to spend some time yesterday afternoon with a wonderful group of girls who attended her American Girl Fans program during the 'dress up and bring your dolls' tea party held by the wonderful folks at the Johnson Public Library in Darlington, WI. Thanks to all who attended, including those at her Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program that evening!

Posted March 14, 2018.



Researching The Light Keeper's Legacy

  Docents at Pottawatomie Lighthouse, Rock Island, Wisconsin. Photo by Kay Klubertanz. "This article explores examples of how technical research and photographic documentation were used to help Kathleen write the award-winning third book in her Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series. The Light Keeper's Legacy (TLL) takes place in two time periods:  A modern one in September 1982 featuring Chloe and police officer Roelke McKenna; and an historical thread stretching from 1869 to 1906. more>>

Posted March 13, 2018 on the Sites And Stories blog.



Advance Notice - Darlington WI

  Johnson Public Library logo, Darlington, WI. This Tuesday, March 13th, Kathleen will be at the Johnson Public Library in Darlington presenting her American Girl Fans program as part of the library's American Girl Tea Party starting at 4 PM—and her Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program for adults at 7:00 PM. These hour-long illustrated events are free and open to the public. The library is requiring prior registration for the American Girls/Tea Party event; call (608) 776-4171. more>>

Posted March 8, 2018.



100 More Likes

  Facebook 3900 Likes graphic. Kathleen's Facebook Author page reached a new milestone yesterday when it surpassed 3,900 page Likes. Kathleen welcomes the latest one hundred new reader fans! more>>

Posted March 8, 2018.



The Light Keeper's Legacy - A Retrospective

  Docent Scott "Mr. Ernst" Meeker at the Pottawatomie Lighthouse, Rock Island State Park, Door County, Wisconsin. "When publisher Midnight Ink picked up the first book in the Chloe Ellefson Mystery series, Old World Murder, I was given a two-book contract. After turning in the second book I wrote a proposal for two more, starting with a book set at Pottawatomie Lighthouse in Rock Island State Park, Wisconsin. (Rock Island is off the tip of Door County in Lake Michigan, and it takes two ferries and a mile walk to reach the lighthouse..." more>>

Posted March 6, 2018 on the Sites And Stories blog.



March is The Light Keeper's Legacy Month

  Partial front cover of The Light Keeper's Legacy, the third Chloe Ellefson historic sites mystery book by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books. Welcome to the third month in Kathleen's 8 Books in 8 Months Retrospective, during which the focus will be on The Light Keeper's Legacy, the third book in her Chloe Ellefson historic sites mystery series. In addition to giving away copies of the book, Kathleen will pen a retrospective about the story on her Sites And Stories blog, and Mr. Ernst will also post an article there about things they turned up while researching the book. Stay tuned!

Posted March 1, 2018.



Exploring Your Heritage: A Writing Sampler Weekend

  Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum logo.

This weekend Kathleen is at one of her favorite places, the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA. She is teaching a writing class—covering poetry, memoir, fiction, and creative non-fiction—to help participants capture memories or explore their unique family, ethnic group, or community heritage. more>>

Posted March 1, 2018.



The Heirloom Murders - Giveaway Winners!

  8 Chloe Books February Giveaway Winners of The Heirloom Murders mystery. The lucky winners of Kathleen's second monthly Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Giveaway are AGNES FLAMEN, ELAINE KLINGBEIL, and JOHN NONDORF. Each will receive a free, author signed and personalized, trade paperback of The Heirloom Murders, the second book in this award-winning series. Stay tuned for a giveaway of the third book in late March!

Posted March 1, 2018.



Edgerton WI Hosts Kathleen

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst with two Chloe Ellefson fans at the Edgerton WI Public Library Feb. 28, 2018. Kathleen visited the Edgerton Public Library yesterday, where she presented her American Girl Fans and Chloe Ellefson Mysteries programs. Between the adorable little girls excited about reading her AG books, and the adults who are love the Chloe series, Kathleen enjoyed her time in Edgerton. 

Posted February 28, 2018.



February Giveaway - The Heirloom Murders

  8 Chloe Books February Giveaway of The Heirloom Murders mystery. This month Kathleen is giving away trade paperback copies of the second book in her Chloe Ellefson mystery series:  The Heirloom Murders. To enter, leave a comment on the giveaway posts on her Facebook Author page or Sites And Stories blog before 11:59 PM (Central US time), Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Only one entry per person, please. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced this Thursday. Good luck!

Posted February 27, 2018.



250 Days in Top 1% of US Book Sales

  Partial front cover of the American Girl Felicity 3-Book Boxed Set. Kathleen's newest American Girl Book, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, is also included in the Felicity 3-Book Boxed Set, which has now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of two hundred fifty days! Source: NPD BookScanmore>>

Posted February 25, 2018.



Mystery Scene Magazine

  Partial front cover of Mystery Scene Magazine Issue 153. See Kathleen's half-page 4-color ad for her 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, which can be found on page 13 of the newly released 153rd issue of Mystery Scene Magazine -- "the oldest, largest, and most authoritative guide to the crime fiction genre."

Posted February 25, 2018.



Wonderful Audiences in Muskego

  Photo of the American Girl Fans program by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst on February 24, 2018 at the Muskego Wisconsin Public Library. The patrons, Friends, and staff of the Muskego Public Library gave Kathleen a wonderful welcome yesterday. The kids and parents at her American Girl Fans program were delightfully attentive and asked great questions. As did the adults at her Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program. Thank you all!

Posted February 25, 2018.



Advance Notice - Edgerton WI

  Edgerton Wisconsin Public Library logo. This Wednesday the 28th Kathleen will be at the Edgerton Public Library presenting her American Girl Fans program at 4 PM and Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program at 6:30 PM. Both of these hour-long illustrated events are free and open to the public, thanks to the Friends of the Edgerton Public Library. more>>

Posted February 23, 2018.



Warm Welcome in Muscoda

  Photo of audience at the February 21, 2018 Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program by author Kathleen Ernst at the public library in Muscoda, WI. It was a cold Wisconsin evening, but Kathleen and Mr. Ernst received a warm welcome from the crowd that assembled yesterday for her Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program at the wonderful new public library in Muscoda. In addition to local patrons, readers came from Avoca, Boscobel, Gays Mills, and Richland Center. It was a joy to meet them all.

Posted February 22, 2018.



Advance Notice - Muskego WI 

  Muskego WI Public Library logo. This Saturday the 24th Kathleen will be at the Muskego Public Library presenting her American Girl Fans program at 11 AM and Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program at 2 PM. Both of these hour-long illustrated events are free and open to the public, thanks to the Friends of the Muskego Public Library. more>>

Posted February 21, 2018.



Researching The Heirloom Murders

  Sasso's Bar in Eagle, Wisconsin. "Mr. Ernst here. This month the focus is on things interesting and indicative that turned up while researching The Heirloom Murders, the second book in the Chloe Ellefson mystery series. Some of the following made it into the book. Other things influenced the story. And some things below are included merely to reflect the times. Kathleen and I hope you find them interesting too." more>>

Posted February 20, 2018.



Advance Notice - Muscoda WI

  Muscoda Wisconsin Public Library logo. Kathleen will present her Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program this coming Wednesday, February 21st, at the Public Library in Muscoda, WI. This hour-long illustrated presentation starts at 6 PM and is free and open to the public, thanks to the library. Afterwards Kathleen will answer audience questions, award door prizes, and sign books (copies of which will be available for purchase). more>>

Posted February 15, 2018.



New Chloe 9 in Top 1% for 9 Days Straight

Chloe Ellefson mystery #9 partial front cover image. Beginning last week when Kathleen revealed details of her ninth Chloe Ellefson mystery, pre-orders have rocketed it into the Top 1% of of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for nine days straight. Source: NPD BookScan. more>>

Posted February 14, 2018.


The Heirloom Murders - A Retrospective

  Partial image of the book cover of "The Heirloom Murders" by Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books. In this month's look back at the second mystery in the now eight-book series, Kathleen explores the conflicts she created between Chloe, Roelke, and Chloe's Swiss ex-boyfriend Markus; how she forced Roelke to confront his desires to be a good cop versus wanting to take revenge against a killer; and what the popularity of the elderly couple Johann and Frieda Frietag taught her about writing minor characters. more>>

Posted February 13, 2018.



MFJ Discussion Guide - Now Available

  Partial image of the Mining For Justice, Chloe Ellefson mystery #8, book cover. Written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books 2017. Kathleen has created a Discussion Guide for her 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery. You can download a free PDF copy from her Mining For Justice page or by clicking HERE.

Posted February 10, 2018.



Writing Retreat

  Stylized Snow on bare branches "Gone Writing" graphic by Scott Meeker. Now that Kathleen has sent the manuscript of The Lace Maker's Secret to her publisher—and publicly revealed details about the story (see the news item below)—she has departed for a week-long writing retreat at Write On, Door County. Kathleen intends to use the time to begin planning how she will research and write the tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery!

Posted February 7, 2018.



Chloe Mystery #9 - Revealed

  Chloe Ellefson mystery #9 partial front cover image. Today is Kathleen's first public reveal of key details about the next book in her award-winning Chloe Ellefson historic sites mystery series! Check it out on her blog. more>>

Posted February 6, 2018.



A Conversation with Kathleen Ernst

  Write On, Door County logo. This April 4-6 Kathleen will be a presenter at Write On, Door County’s Writing on the Door: Children’s Literature Conference weekend. In preparation for that event Write On’s Maggie Peterman interviewed Kathleen about her childhood experiences, the writers who influenced her, and more. Read their conversation by clicking HERE

Posted February 2, 2018.



February is The Heirloom Murders Month

  Partial image of the book cover of "The Heirloom Murders" by Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books. Welcome to the second month in Kathleen's 8 Books in 8 Months Retrospective! The spotlight now pivots to the second book in the award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery series:  The Heirloom Murders. Stay tuned for Kathleen's blog post reflecting back seven years about the early days of Chloe and Roelke's relationship, and Mr. Ernst's post about the research that went into the story. Plus copies of the book will be given giveaway! 

Posted February 1, 2018.



Up Again

  3800 Facebook Likes graphic by Scott Meeker. Kathleen's Facebook Author page reached yet another new milestone yesterday when it surpassed 3,800 page Likes. Kathleen welcomes her hundred newest fans! more>>

Posted February 1, 2018.



Old World Murder - Giveaway Winners!

  Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Giveaway Winners graphic by Scott Meeker. The lucky winners of Kathleen's first monthly Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Giveaway are SHARON BUTERA, SANDRA REDFORD GRISWOLD, and MARYJEAN SAMER. Each will receive a free, author signed and personalized, trade paperback of Old World Murder, the first book in this award-winning series. Stay tuned for a giveaway of the second book in late February!

Posted February 1, 2018.



125 Days in Top 1% of US Book Sales

  Partial image of the Mining For Justice, Chloe Ellefson mystery #8, book cover. Written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books 2017. Kathleen's newest Chloe Ellefson adult mystery, Mining For Justice, has now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of one hundred twenty-five days. Source: NPD BookScanmore>>

Posted January 30, 2018.



January Giveaway - Old World Murder

  8 Chloe Ellefson Mysteries in 8 Monthly Giveaways logo for Old World Murder. For each of the next 8 months Kathleen is giving away trade paperback copies of her 8 Chloe Ellefson mysteries, starting now with the first book in the series: Old World Murder. To enter this month’s giveaway, just leave a comment on the giveaway posts on her Facebook Author page or Sites And Stories blog before 11:59 PM (Central US time), Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Only one entry per person, please. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced this Thursday. Good luck everybody!

Posted January 30, 2018.



Lake Mills - 2 Programs & A Potluck

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst at the Lake Mills WI Public Library. Photo by Scott Meeker.

Kathleen sends a big thanks to all who came to the L.D. Fargo Public Library in Lake Mills WI last week for her Chloe Ellefson and Pioneer Foodways programs. And thanks for the delightful potluck between the programs. It was a warm welcome on a chilly night!

Posted January 28, 2018.



Researching Old World Murder

  Partial front book cover of the first Chloe Ellefson mystery book, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst and published by Midnight Ink Books. Continuing this month's look back at the first in the now 8-book Chloe Effefson series, Kathleen's "Partner in Crime" (AKA Mr. Ernst) has written about the historical research that brings to life the ‘people, places, and the past’ in Old World Murder—including some of the interesting odds & ends that they uncovered along the way. more>>

Posted January 27, 2018.



Large Print Version Released

  Mining For Justice - A Chloe Ellefson mystery, Large Print format book cover. The 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, is now available in a large print hardcover library binding. Order it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite independent bookseller (find the nearest "indie" by searching IndieBound).

Posted January 18, 2018.



Advance Notice - Lake Mills WI

  Logo of the L.D. Fargo Public Library in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. On Wednesday, January 24th, Kathleen will present two programs at the L.D. Fargo Public Library in Lake Mills. At 4 PM she'll talk about her Wisconsin-based mystery series featuring Chloe Ellefson. At 6:30 PM she will present her Asparagus and Barley Groats:  Wisconsin's Pioneer Foodways program, based on her non-fiction history book A Settler’s Year:  Pioneer Life Through the Seasons. In between there will be a potluck meal. These events are free and open to the public, thanks to the library's Friends group. more>>

Posted January 17, 2018.


Old World Murder - A Retrospective

  Partial front book cover of the first Chloe Ellefson mystery book, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst and published by Midnight Ink Books. As part of this month's look back at the first mystery in the now eight-book series, Kathleen has written an article reflecting on how her two main characters, Chloe and Roelke, have grown as individuals and a couple since the first book was published 8 years ago. more>>

Posted January 16, 2018.



And They Keep on Coming

  Facebook page 3700 Likes graphic. Kathleen's Facebook Author page reached a new milestone yesterday when it surpassed 3,700 page Likes. Kathleen welcomes the latest one hundred new reader fans! more>>

Posted January 11, 2018.



Winter Newsletter - Looking Forward, Looking Back

  Winter 2018 newsletter of Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. "As the new year begins I find myself reflecting on the wonderful sense of community I feel with my readers. We share a bond based on our love of good stories, history, and special places. And to my delight, some of have also come to consider the characters in my books as members of their family. One of our community..." more>>

Posted January 10, 2018.


Chloe Ellefson on Pinterest

  Pinterest logo. If you enjoy Pinterest, the popular image-collecting website, you can now explore Chloe Ellefson-related boards and pins about the series, each book, and Old World Wisconsin! Lots of images are up, but it's still a work in progress. more>>

Posted January 9, 2018.



Chloe Makes Top 10 Bestsellers List - Twice

  Top 10 Mystery 2017 Bestsellers at Mystery To Me bookstore. The popular Mystery To Me bookstore in Madison, WI has announced their store's 2017 bestselling mysteries, featuring two of Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson books!

1. Mining For Justice - Kathleen Ernst
2. Sulfur Springs - William Kent Krueger
3. Old World Murder - Kathleen Ernst
4. House of Unexpected Sisters - Alexander McCall Smith
5. Alice Network - Kate Quinn
6. Fallout - Sara Paretsky
7. Iron Lake - William Kent Krueger
8. Drifter - Nick Petrie
9. Glass Houses - Louise Penny
10. Painted Queen - Elizabeth Peters & Joan Hess

Posted January 7, 2018.


January is Old World Murder Month

  Partial front book cover of the first Chloe Ellefson mystery book, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst and published by Midnight Ink Books. Welcome to the first month in Kathleen's 8 Books in 8 Months Retrospective, during which the focus will be on the first book in the Chloe Ellefson mystery series: Old World Murder. Kathleen will reflect back on how Chloe and Roelke have grown as individuals and a couple over the last 8 years, and Mr. Ernst will write about some of the historical facts unearthed when researching the story. And copies of the book will be given away! 

Posted January 1, 2018.