THE WEAVER'S REVENGE
CHLOE ELLEFSON MYSTERY #11
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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.
This book features dual historical timelines, skillfully woven tgether. The modern one, set in 1984, features Chloe and the love of her life, Roelke McKenna. The other takes place from 1???-1??? and focuses on the lives of newly-weds Laina and the love of her life, Matti, as circumstances in Finland drive to immigrate to America.
A Killer Weaves a Deadly Blend
of Betrayal and Revenge that
Threatens Chloe's Work—and 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.
Available as a 398-page trade paperback as well as for Kindle, Nook, and other ebook apps and devices.
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What Others Are Saying
One should feel welcomed and at ease, but murder, suspicion and terror leap from behind every spruce and slips beneath the sauna door."
|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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"History and mystery come together in the precise way I expect when I pick up a book by Kathleen.
The characters we are introduced to in this story are so interesting and believable. I quickly became invested in their lives. The author has plotted out a tightly woven mystery full of twists and turns. The ending ended up totally taking me by surprise.
This is the 11th book in this series and I have loved every one of them."
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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 forty 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.
|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>>
|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>>
|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>>
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|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>>
|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>>
|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>>
|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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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.
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. You are invited 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!
Questions to help spark
a group conversation.
In the early years of the 20th century, life was difficult for anyone in rural Finland who did not own land. Agricultural innovations, and other political and economic factors, left many farm laborers
without work—and their families starving.
In The Weaver’s Revenge, you’ll meet Matti and Laina, 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.
Most of the destitute Finns dreamed of owning their own farmland. To earn money, thousands of immigrant men worked in the peninsula's copper mines.
Those who acquired farms usually faced acres of stumps that had been clear cut by timber companies. The labor needed to clear the stumps for planting was brutal, the challenges 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.
Some scenes in The Weaver's Revenge are set in real places, especially at the Hanka Homestead in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Like all my Chloe mysteries, this story is rooted in historical events. It also 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.
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.
Mr. Ernst will create a slideshow of some of my favorite things from the story. Once finished, you will be able to click on any image to view a larger version, complete with detailed descriptions for each image.
Watch this space for additional information about the eleventh Chloe Ellefson mystery.
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