The Light Keeper's Legacy

The Light Keeper s Legacy Past and Present Collide Beyond Death s DoorSolitude at last Museum curator Chloe Ellefson leaps at the opportunity to be a consultant for the historic lighthouse restoration project on Rock Island a

  • Title: The Light Keeper's Legacy
  • Author: Kathleen Ernst
  • ISBN: 9780738733074
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • Past and Present Collide Beyond Death s DoorSolitude at last Museum curator Chloe Ellefson leaps at the opportunity to be a consultant for the historic lighthouse restoration project on Rock Island, a state park in Wisconsin s scenic Door County Hoping to leave her personal and professional problems at home, Chloe s tranquility is suddenly spoiled when a dead woman washePast and Present Collide Beyond Death s DoorSolitude at last Museum curator Chloe Ellefson leaps at the opportunity to be a consultant for the historic lighthouse restoration project on Rock Island, a state park in Wisconsin s scenic Door County Hoping to leave her personal and professional problems at home, Chloe s tranquility is suddenly spoiled when a dead woman washes ashore Determined to find answers behind the mystery, Chloe dives into research about the island s history and discovers the amazing, resilient women who once lived there But will the link between the past and present turn out to be a beacon of hope or a portent of doom Praise Winner of the Lovey Award for Best Traditional Amateur Sleuth Mystery Chloe s third combines a good mystery with some interesting historical information on a niche subject Kirkus Reviews Framed by the history of lighthouses and their keepers and the story of fishery disputes through time, the multiple plots move easily across the intertwined past and present Booklist A haunted island makes for fun escape reading Ernst s third amateur sleuth cozy is just the ticket for lighthouse fans and genealogy buffs Deftly flipping back and forth in time in alternating chapters, the author builds up two mystery cases and cleverly weaves them back together Library Journal While the mystery elements of this books are very good, what really elevates it are the historical tidbits of the real life Pottawatomie Lighthouse and the surrounding fishing village Mystery Scene Kathleen Ernst wraps history with mystery in a fresh and compelling read Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author

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    Kathleen Ernst

    I grew up in Maryland, in a house full of books Both of my parents were avid readers, thank goodness Before we traveled to a new area, my librarian mom used to bring home historical novels set in that place It was a great way to get excited about history.I began writing stories when I was maybe 10 or 11 At 15 I wrote my first novel I sold my first novel to a publisher 20 years later Writing was my hobby, so during those two decades I just kept practicing, reading, writing some What a thrill to finally hold my first book in my hand Still, I write because I enjoy the process at least most of the time.For years I wrote while working at other day jobs I spent 12 years working at a huge historic site, which was a perfect spot for someone interested in historical fiction I also developed and scripted instructional videos for public television Finally, though, it got to be too much to juggle I now write full time, and consider myself enormously fortunate to do something I love.

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    • I have found another excellent mystery writer in Kathleen Ernst. It took me a few chapters to get hooked on this story but once I did, it was hard to put it down. Chloe is a museum curator with a knack for finding death bodies. My initial draw to this book was the Lighthouse theme. This one on Lake Michigan and is located in a park that is only accessible by boat. The story bounces from present day to the 1800's view point of people who lived on the island. This helped to understand what Chloe w [...]

    • Museum curator Chloe Ellefson leaps at the opportunity to be a consultant for the historical lighthouse restoration project on Rock Island. She needs a little time to herself and the tranquility of the Door County state park seems perfect. She will be able to sort through her personal and professionals problems while she attacks the assignment given to her by RISC, the Rock Island Support Circle.The idyllic place loses its luster though when a dead woman washes ashore below the lighthouse. Now i [...]

    • This is the third book in the Chloe Ellefson mystery series and so far, I liked this one the best.I loved learning about Rock Island! It makes me want to visit there someday.I also loved how just about every other chapter was the story of two women on the island during the 1870's-1910. Emily Betts and Ragna Anderson's stories are very important connections to the present stories.Of course Chloe can't go anywhere without finding a dead body or two!I liked Chloe's character best in this book. The [...]

    • I'd love to give this 6 stars! I loved this book and am enjoying the series. I could not put this book down. The plot was amazing. I loved flipping back and forth between what happened in the past vs what was going on in real time. The series is set in the 1980s and there are no cell phones or computers to help the sleuth and I find that so refreshing. For those who like historical fiction with their cozy - this series is highly recommended!

    • A fascinating read that will keep you turning the pages while trying to figure out an old and a new murder! The year is 1982 and Chloe Ellefson is a collections curator at Old World Wisconsin. She is currently on loan to another state agency filling in as a guest curator at the lighthouse on Rock Island State Park in Door County, Wisconsin. She will be camping in the lighthouse with no electricity, running water or any other modern facilities.Now we jump back in time to 1869 and meet Ragna Ander [...]

    • First Line: "This trip of yours is a very bad idea," Roelke said soberly.It's 1982, and against her boyfriend Roelke McKenna's better judgment, Chloe Ellefson loads her Pinto (including the copy of A Is for Alibi that Roelke gave her) and heads for Rock Island State Park off the coast of Wisconsin in Lake Michigan. Her expertise as a collections curator is needed by the folks who want to bring Pottawatomie Lighthouse back to life for all its visitors.It's good that she's needed elsewhere because [...]

    • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)

      (Oct 14, 2019 - 06:06 AM)

      I can't remember why I read the first book in this mystery series about a curator at an open air history museum in Wisconsin. It takes place in 1982, the main character is a tightly wound 32 year old woman just off a bad relationship, and she's taken a job in a new town to make a fresh start. The romantic interest is a tightly wound cop on the local small town police force. That book was Old World Murder. I have no particular interest in Wisconsin or its history, and I've been to one open air mu [...]

    • I picked this up at a tiny bookstore on Washington Island because I love getting books on vacation by local authors. Turns out, the author lives in Middleton so she's more local in regards to my apartment than Door County. No matter, the mystery takes place on Rock Island which is a mile off the tip of Washington Island and the main character is a curator so I was still well satisfied as far as learning some history of the place I'd just been.The writing and story were surprisingly good! Now tha [...]

    • I've read the first two books in this series and this third book did not disappoint. I was pulled into the story right away and read it in less than a week. I probably would have finished it sooner, but most of my spare time right now is going toward a different project. The author has a wonderful way of weaving two stories into one book and when you are done reading the book you see how they tie together. It's an interesting way to learn a piece of history of Wisconsin as well.The main characte [...]

    • History and mystery is a good combination that Kathleen Ernst does a nice job of in “The Light Keeper's Legacy”, and her message of preserving all aspects of history, from all viewpoints is important.Alternate chapters go back in time to the 1800s, telling the stories of the inhabitants of Rock Island; tidbits of the the keepers lives of Pottawatomie Lighthouse and the surrounding fishing village. Curator Chloe Ellefson is happy to be loaned out to investigate an old lighthouse, until her tr [...]

    • So glad that I went to that book chat a month ago and discovered this author. I enjoy these books and am beginning to really like the characters and their chemistry. As I've stated before, I think the deepest reason I like the books is due to the fact that Wisconsin is the setting of them and I find it intriguing. I don't like history much, but I don't mind a little Wisconsin based history apparently. The main annoying thing is that Chloe is a bit of a feminist, which is all fine and dandy for h [...]

    • First sentence: "This trip of yours is a very bad idea," Roelke said soberly. Chloe Ellefson sighed. "You sound as if I'm disappearing into some trackless wilderness. Rock Island is a state park, for God's sake." Premise/plot: Chloe Ellefson is taking a few weeks off from her regular job as a museum curator at Old World Wisconsin; she will spend a few weeks working as a consultant on a historic lighthouse project. Things are off to a rocky start, however, for it isn't long before she discovers a [...]

    • Chloe Ellefson is grateful to be sent on a special assignment on Rocky Island. She will have a week to consult with the committee working on restoring the island’s historic lighthouse. Chloe also plans to use that time alone in Door County to think about Roelke and whether or not she wants a relationship with him. Within hours of arriving on the island Chloe’s plans for peace are ruined by the discovery of a dead woman on the beach. She soon becomes consumed with who the woman is and how she [...]

    • I really liked how this book got away from Old World, and explored the different historic places in Wisconsin. I loved the lighthouse theme, and the fishing villages. I also really liked how the author explained herself in some of the facts. She seems well researched, and even explained how she was wrong, along with why she made the changes. I especially loved the end, but I won't say anything more for spoilers.

    • Having visited Washington Island and Rock Island, I found this book to be an interesting read. Good characters and accurate description of the area. Add to your list especially if you have visited this area of Wisconsin.

    • I really enjoyed this book! I liked learning more about Rock and Washington Islands and the weaving of historical fiction into the story. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.

    • A fun read especially for those who know Rock Island and Washington Island

    • I enjoy this series very much. I will definitely look for book #4. Someday I will travel to Rock Island State Park.

    • Chloe Ellefson is a special collections professional who is spending a week at the historic Pottawatomie lighthouse on Rock Island to research furnishings for the RISC (Rock Island Support Circle). This group of dedicated volunteers is in the process of restoring the lighthouse with the hope that it will soon be open for visitors. Chloe looks forward to leaving behind some drama at the place where she works, Old World Wisconsin and drama in her private life, with an undefined romantic relationsh [...]

    • I really enjoyed the flashback story in this one at least as much as the "modern" story.

    • Not first in the series, so I'll have to go back and start from the beginning since I enjoyed this book and the main character Chloe. She is independent and spunky, although she jumps to conclusions prematurely. As collections curator, she is on loan as a consultant to the lighthouse society in Door County to help plan in their restoration of the Rock Island Lighthouse. Just about on the heels of her arrival, she discovers a dead woman tangled up in a net along the shore, and thus the mystery be [...]

    • Karen morsecode

      (Oct 14, 2019 - 06:06 AM)

      Chloe Ellefson, curator of collections for Old World Wisconsin, is hoping for a respite from her overcomplicated work and personal life when she accepts a week-long consulting gig at another Wisconsin historic site.  Rock Island State Park's rustic charm is just the thing Chloe needs to unwind.  But, when she discovers a dead body on her first night on the island, it's clear that Chloe has more to worry about than just preparing a furnishing plan for the site's historic lighthouse. The Light K [...]

    • Jeannie and Louis Rigod

      (Oct 14, 2019 - 06:06 AM)

      Book Three in this excellent series 'A Chloe Ellefson Mystery' finds out historian and museum curator, Chloe Ellefson working as a consultant for the 'historic lighthouse restoration project on Rock Island, Wisconsin.' The restoration of the lighthouse has finally reached the point where they need Chloe's expertise in furnishing and telling of the lives of the historic edifice. Although, Chloe hasn't yet put a decade to focus upon, she finds herself drawn to a photograph of a former wife and ass [...]

    • Chloe Ellefson, curator of collections for Old World Wisconsin, is asked to be a consultant for a possible restoration project for Pottawatomie Lighthouse in Rock Island, Wisconsin. Still unsure of her feelings for Officer Roelke McKenna and frustrated by her boss's constant meddling, Chloe jumps at the chance for week-long solitude at the lighthouse. Just as Chloe arrives, however, she finds a woman's corpse washed ashore. Chloe soon finds herself determined, especially when a second woman is f [...]

    • Lucy Saint-smith

      (Oct 14, 2019 - 06:06 AM)

      It isn't often that I write a review without having finished the book, but I found this book tedious, and having stopped reading it over the summer I have decided not to bother going back to it.It is a mystery book with two parallel sections - one in the 1980s and one in the 19th century. The main character in the 1980s is a curator, hired to put together a display in a lighthouse in North America. She is quite annoying and her methodology is questionable (I say this as someone with a background [...]

    • Having walked the same steps of the antagonist, Chloe Ellefson, I too have sensed the calling of stories left untold. The history of Rock Island and the Pottawatomi light hold secrets left behind by those that fished the waters and tended the light; challenges, rules and regulations, traditions, hopes and dreams. Ernst elegantly weaves these secrets through the past and present with such visualization that one can almost smell the woodsmoke from the little cottages that dotted the shores of the [...]

    • Well, this book has a little bit of everything - present day mystery, historical mystery, and just a little bit of ESP, so I labeled it with paranormal. :)Chloe goes to Rock Island to stay at a lighthouse for a week to study it's history. As she becomes enmeshed in the history, the author runs a parallel story that takes place in the late 1800's, giving the book two mysteries unfolding throughout the course of the book.The writing is excellent, and I found myself pulled into the past story line [...]

    • Curator Chloe Ellefson is lent to a project on Rock Island where a volunteer group wants to rehab a lighthouse on a state park. She encounters few people on the quiet island, but does find a drowned woman. Even that does not deter Chloe, who longs for solitude and the chance to think about her life. But both her work and thought are disturbed by her growing perception that something strange happened among the fishermen who lived on the island in the 1880's, and by the discovery of another body. [...]

    • Set on Rock Island, off the coast of Wisconsin on Lake Michigan, this novel (part of a series involving museum curator Chloe Ellefson?) successfully weaves mysteries of the early 1980’s to those of 100+ years ago. The reader will learn much about the painstaking research of the museum curator (and the need for extensive funding to support it) along with the commitment and work of those responsible for conserving land and natural resources. The stories, skillfully told, of the early immigrants [...]

    • I read this book in preparation for a vacation trip to Washington and Rock Islands in Door County, and it was enjoyable to recognize specific places that I have visited there in the past, as well as to imagine the historical lives that were lived long ago. Modern day historian Chloe Ellefson leaves a job at Old World Wisconsin (in Kettle Moraine) to do some investigation on Rock Island for a group that is restoring the lighthouse. Chloe's method of investigation involves immersing herself into a [...]

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