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This is a mistake, Chloe thought as she parked her car in the secret spot along the wooded entrance drive to Old World Wisconsin.

Thus begins the eleventh mystery in the award-winning Chloe series, the thirty-ninth published book by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst.

The Chloe novels combine history and mystery with a little romance. They are written for adults and mature teens who enjoy reading stories without explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or gore.

This page offers a rich mix of background information about the people, places, and the past that went into making The Weaver's Revenge.

Story Description

This book features dual historical timelines, skillfully woven together. The modern one, set in 1984, features Chloe and her husband Roelke. The other takes place from 1915-1923 and focuses on the lives of Finnish immigrants Laina and Matti.

A Killer Weaves a Deadly Blend
of Betrayal and Revenge that
Threatens Chloe's Workand Life.

When offered a rare opportunity to help develop a fledgling historic site dedicated to Finnish American history and heritage, museum curator Chloe Ellefson journeys to the remote Northwoods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In addition to the consultant job, she’s on a personal quest to learn about the tradition of rag rug weaving.

Encountering a dead body upon arrival, however, immediately puts her goals in jeopardy.

Although suspicion soon falls on her new colleagues, Chloe is determined to persevere...even if it means ignoring the advice of her new husband, police officer Roelke McKenna. Can she identify the killer and complete her mission, or will all her dreams unravel?

The Weaver's Revenge includes photos of historic objects and places mentioned in the story, plus a locations map and cast of characters.

This story is now available as a 398-page trade paperback and Kindle.


What Others Are Saying

Photo of Jim Kurtti Honorary Finnish Consul Upper Peninsula Michigan Jim Kurtti
Director, Finnish American Heritage Center (ret.) Honorary Finnish Consul Upper Peninsula Michigan

"The Weaver’s Revenge transports readers along the dirt roads, bucolic hayfields, and musty forests of Michigan’s sparsely populated Upper Peninsula with the insight of a true Finnish-American Yooper.

Kathleen leads us through kitchen doors entering familiar, comfortable spaces; places suffused in freshly brewed coffee and cardamom.

One should feel welcomed and at ease, but murder, suspicion and terror leap from behind every spruce and slips beneath the sauna door."

Photo of Alan C. Pape. Photographer unknown. Alan C. Pape
Founding member, Hanka Homestead Museum
Former Restoration Chief, Old World Wisconsin

"It is hard to put any of Kathleen’s books down once you get started. Her ability to spin a complex yarn using old world people, different time periods, places and artifacts is an amazing delight."

About the Author

Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst writes award-winning mysteries, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction for adults and young readers.

Her work has earned numerous honors, including two lifetime writing achievement awards, an Emmy for educational television, and an Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie mystery award nominations.

To date nearly 1.8 million audio, ebook, and print copies of Kathleen's thirty-nine published books have been purchased. more>>



Related Blog Posts

Enjoy Kathleen's insights about her stories, characters, and settings. Additional posts will be added below over time.

Photo of The Hanka Homestead Finnish Museum near Baraga Michigan. Hanka Homestead Tour Logistics

"I’ve had some questions about carpooling and lodging relevant to the special Hanka Homestead Finnish Museum Tour on Saturday, August 21. This evocative historic site is the setting for the...." more>>
Partial image of painting by Albert Edelfelt in the Finnish National Gallery. Widow of the Grasses

"That’s what some people in Finland called a woman left behind when her husband immigrated to America. Sadly, it was not uncommon for desperate poverty to force families to separate." more>>
Photo of Alan Pape helping restore the Hanka Homestead in 1983. Hanka Homestead Event!

"Would you like to explore the historic site featured in my 11th Chloe Ellefson Mystery, The Weaver’s Revenge? I’m delighted to announce a special event for readers! more>>
Weaver Kaarina Passila at Finnish Root Loom Root Looms - Part 1

"Chloe was transfixed by the unique weaving apparatus dominating the space. “I love your loom!” she breathed. Unlike other antique looms she’d..." more>>

Finnish root loom at Iron County Historical Museum in Hurley WI Root Looms - Part 2

"If you’d like to learn more about root looms and rug weaving, I highly recommend a visit to The Iron County Historical Society Museum in Hurley, Wisconsin." more>>
Photo of a Finnish woven rag rug at the National Museum of Finland. Finnish Rag Rugs

"Most Chloe Ellefson mysteries celebrate a folk art relevant for the featured ethnic group. When I chose to focus on Finnish immigrants in the 11th book, I wanted to spotlight the tradition of...." more>>
Photo by Kathleen Ernst of Hanka Homestead near Pelkie in Upper Peninsular of Michigan 2020 Why the Hanka Homestead?

"Whenever I write a new Chloe Ellefson Mystery, I have the fun of choosing a new historic site or museum to feature in the book. The Hanka Homestead Finnish Museum.... more>>

Where To Buy This Book

You can order Fiddling With Fate in trade paperback and large print formats from indie bookstores and large booksellers.

Author signed and personalized trade paperback copies can be also requested directly from me by clicking HERE.

NOTE: Due to a change in publishers, eBook copies are not currently available, but will be re-republished.

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