THE WEAVER'S REVENGE
CHLOE ELLEFSON MYSTERY #11

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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 enduring 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 will soon be released in Kindle and Adobe EPUB3 ebook formats. 

   
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What Others Are Saying

Photo of Jim Kurtti Honorary Finnish Consul Upper Peninsula Michigan

Jim Kurtti
Director, Finnish American Heritage Center 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."
 
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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>>

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

 
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>>
  
The Weaver's Revenge by Kathleen Ernst front cover image. Available for Pre-Order!

"My new publisher has listed The Weaver’s Revenge, the 11th Chloe Ellefson Mystery, for pre-order! If this title isn’t listed yet at your favorite independent bookstore, it should be soon. 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>>
 
   
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Author's Note

As the Chloe Ellefson Mystery series has progressed, I’ve often featured large or well-known historic sites as settings. This time, I’m delighted to celebrate a small site: The Hanka Homestead Finnish
Museum in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The first time I visited, I knew curator Chloe would love the site as much as I do. This wonderful historic farm has a great story to tell about the Finnish American experience in the Upper Midwest.

Photo of author Kathleen Ernst at the Hanka Finish Homestead root cellar taken by Mr Ernst.

Equally important, however, is the story of how this museum came to be. The site
was saved from ruin and restored by volunteers in the 1980s—and maintained and interpreted by volunteers since then.

I have recorded some of the sights and impressions I experienced visiting the homestead while researching the book. I invite you to click on the image below to begin this 7-minute 'no spoilers' tour.

The Weaver’s Revenge provides a peek at the work of transforming abandoned property into a museum. It is, in part, a tribute to the unsung heros at the Hanka Homestead—and at the thousands of other historic sites across the country.

I hope you enjoy!

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People

In the early years of the 20th century, life was difficult for anyone in rural Finland who did not own land. Agricultural innovations, as well as political and economic factors, left many farm laborers
without work—and their families starving.

In The Weaver’s Revenge, you’ll meet Laina and Matti, a young Finnish couple with no good options. Matti’s desperate decision to immigrate to America only exacerbates Laina’s struggles in Finland, and later in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Photo by A.O. Väisänen 1914 Museoviraston Kuvakokoelmat.

Most of the destitute Finns dreamed of owning their own farmland. To earn the money, thousands of immigrant men worked in the peninsula's copper mines.

Those who acquired farms usually faced acres of stumps that had been left by the timber companies. The labor needed to clear this land for planting was brutal, the challenges were daunting.

The Finns, however, persevered. They had sisu—a cultural trait reflecting tenacity, inner strength, and determination. Today, Michigan is home to more Americans of Finnish heritage than any other state.

Places

The Weaver's Revenge is primarily set at the Hanka Homestead, a real historic site in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Hanka Finnish Homestead location on Google map of North America.

The Past

Like all my Chloe mysteries, this story is rooted in historical events, and celebrates folklore—the knowledge passed from one tradition bearer to the next.

One of those traditions is the weaving of rag rugs. As a group, Finnish weavers have been the most successful at continuously maintaining this art form. Rag rugs were economical and practical. Some were also works of art.

Photo by Mr Ernst of handmade Finnish shoes and a woven rag rug.

Working at the loom allowed weavers to contribute to household finances, indulge in creative expression, and escape stress and worry. I tried to capture the cultural importance of weaving for so many (mostly) women by making it the core of my character Laina’s identity.

And More

Watch this space for additional information about the eleventh Chloe Ellefson mystery.

Where To Buy This Book

The Weaver's Revenge can be pre-ordered now from the following vendors as a trade paperback, for shipment on May 15, 2021.

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

eBook copies of this story will be released for download starting on May 22, 2021.

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