Saturday, September 17, 2016

My Boss Is Driving Me Crazy...

by Chloe Ellefson

of the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites Mysteries

by Kathleen Ernst







I'm not a complete idiot. But my boss seems to think I am. Has that ever happened to you? Frankly, it's maddening.

I work as a curator at Old World Wisconsin, a large historic site where over fifty historic structures have been restored and brought back to life by interpreters in period clothing. It's a wonderful place.


The Kvaale Farm, home to Norwegian immigrants.
The site is busy every day, but we occasionally have special events too. When my colleague Byron asked me to help plan and pull off the site's first Civil War reenactment, I was happy to agree. Byron and I were excited about the chance to focus on homefront activities.

The Sanford Farm, in the Yankee area.
We have three farms that have been restored to the Civil War era, and a Crossroads Village---perfect for talking about things like recruitment, women's relief activities, and the draft.

The Four Mile Inn--perfect for a recruitment rally.
We were making plans when Ralph Petty, site director, announced he wanted to do a battle reenactment instead. Now, I love a good battle reenactment as much as anyone. But we have a rare opportunity to focus on social themes. Why not take advantage of it?  So Byron and I are forging ahead despite Petty's threats of dismissal if our program is not an unequivocal (i.e., financial) success.

Byron and I are committed to the event. But plans got derailed when an unidentified reenactor was found dead at the 1860 German farm.

The Schulz Farm, where the poor man died.
Now I'm trying to help the cops, trying to make plans for the reenactment, trying to supervise my new hyper-shy intern, trying to complete the make-work project Petty dumped on me as punishment for not agreeing with his perspective, and hoping I can get through the event without getting fired or finding any more dead reenactors.

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GIVEAWAY!  Leave a comment below and you'll be in the running to win a signed and personalized copy of A Memory of Muskets.  The giveaway ends at midnight on September 19th.  Please include your email (ex., Jane.Doe -at- JaneDoe.com) so I can contact the winner.


A Memory of Muskets, the 7th Chloe Ellefson Mystery, will launch on October 8.

To learn more about this award-winning series, visit Kathleen Ernst's website.






173 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the chance.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  2. i would love to win thank you debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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  3. i would love to win thank you debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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  4. I am a big fan of this series, particularly the road trips to Decorah and the Cities. I can't wait for the new one, Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. My pleasure! And I'm so glad you're enjoying the series. :>)

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  5. I love history and would love to win! lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. History (obviously) is one of my passions too. Good luck!

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  6. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance!
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  7. Sounds like a great read. Will have to put on my to read list. Rhonda Lee leer618@yahoo.com

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  8. Thanks for this fascinating feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. You're entered!

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  9. This book interests me very much. What an interesting post. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. this would be a new series for me. Sounds interesting.
    I enjoy historical related themes. thanks.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Mary! Sounds like we share some interests.

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  11. Oh this should be a great read. When young, hubby was part of a civil war calvary group. Don't know that they did battle reenactments, but they held bivouacs, dressed in authentic costumes, carried sabers, rode, and trained.
    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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    1. Donna, as you know, it can be an engrossing hobby. I was active for about a decade, and had some amazing experiences. Like any other hobby group, there's a lot of diversity, which can provide great fodder for a mystery writer! ;>)

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  12. I have read and loved your Chloe books and can't wait to read this one. cookielady881@yahoo.com

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    1. Always nice to hear from you, Cheryl! I hope you enjoy the next one too. I loved having a chance to reveal some of Roelke's family history this time.

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  13. This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance
    lhxp73@yahoo.com

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  14. I'm retired now, so I fortunately don't have to worry about that boss thing! We went to a reenactment once and it was fascinating. And growing up many trips to New Salem, Illinois with its recreations of the time Abraham Lincoln was there. Sounds like a good read, thanks fro the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. I'm glad you're out from under all bosses' thumbs. :>) I haven't been to New Salem for many years, and now I've got it on my mental list! One of the fun things about writing this series is how many wonderful historic places there are to explore...

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  15. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win! awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  16. Thank you for visiting and sharing and the chance to win. Awesome series! Another one I hope continues. You get to know characters like they are friends and look forward to finding out what's new with them.

    Bec
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  17. Would love to win a signed copy. Love this series. Planning a trip to Old World next summer to see it in person. Heidi.peterson11@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Heidi! I'm delighted you're planning a trip. It's a special place.

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  18. I enjoyed the pictures from Chloe -- it sounds like she certainly has her hands full trying to keep everyone happy. I would love to read A Memory of Muskets and appreciate the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Fingers crossed!

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  19. I love the pictures of all these old buildings. Thanks for the chance. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Jana, the early planners managed to save some remarkable examples of early ethnic architecture. Even now I love to go and just walk the grounds, soaking it in.

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  20. SO want to read this
    Woofmew@aol.com

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  21. "A Memory of Muskets" sounds like a great read! I love historical fiction and would enjoy reading.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Dianne, it sounds like we have some things in common. I loved historical fiction as a child, and that really set me on the path I'm following today.

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  22. This is a new series for me.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  23. Thank you for this chance. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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    1. Readers make it possible to do what I love, and I'm grateful!

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  24. You're in good company, Chloe; many years ago I had a boss much like Ralph. Thankfully I never found any dead bodies - though it wouldn't have surprised me to learn he had some buried in his back yard.

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    1. (Snicker) I think we all, sooner or later, have a Ralph Petty in our lives.

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  25. I would love to read this book! Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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  26. I'm really enjoying this series---I'd love to win this one.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. So glad you're enjoying it! Fingers crossed...

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  27. I am currently working my way through this series. I am enjoying it. Thank you for the chance to win the newest edition. bookaunt at outlook dot com

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  28. Looks like a terrific book. Definitely want to read it. Thanks for the giveaway. choirlady27@hotmail.com

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  29. It all sounds fantastic.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  30. Sounds do intriguing can't wait! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  31. Would love to win. I am a big fan! Mjirsch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I'm so happy to have discovered this wonderful series, thanks in part to a program at the Mukwonago (WI) Library on April 11, 2015. Kathleen gave a fascinating presentation and I was able to have the first five books very graciously signed by Kathleen. I moved to Wisconsin in June of 2014 and have thoroughly enjoyed learning about WI history through Chloe's mysteries.

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    1. Cheryl, I'm delighted that they've helped introduce Wisconsin to you. I'm a transplant too, and have been discovering great places and stories for over 30 years now. Hope to get back to Mukwonago some day!

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  33. Excited for another Chloe book! judy at gwd dot org

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  34. This series sounds very interesting. And I love history of old buildings. Thanks for telling us about a series I had never heard of before.
    ninaatmyhouse at yahoo dot com

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  35. I was at the first civil war encampment at Old World

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    1. Yikes, really? Very cool! The site has sure come a long way since the way-back days. I love looking at old pictures and being reminded of how raw the site once was.

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  36. I Love your Books and can connect with Chloe and feel I am there and I love History and Antiques (addiction is Reading LOL ) bjbcrab@yahoo.com

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    1. Betty, I love hearing that you can connect with Chloe, and that the books transport you there. Thank you!

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  37. Looking forward to reading. Thanks for the opportunity to win. ftdlynn - at - gmail.com

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  38. Love your stories. Can't wait to see what awaits Chloe and Roelke next.
    Vfiedler@att.net

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    1. Oh, thank you! And I'm already hard at work on their next adventure.

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  39. I enjoy mysteries with a historical tie. Thanks for the opportunity to win. dbahn (at)iw(dot)net.

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    1. We have some things in common, obviously! Thanks for dropping by.

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  40. I love historical mysteries and this is a new series to me. I would love to win this book! chettysmom@yahoo.com

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  41. Kathleen, thank you for the intriguing plot lines and fascinating characters you always create for our enjoyment.
    kjstach@ymail.com

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    1. Thank you, Kat. I love writing these books, and all my lovely readers make that possible!

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  42. Would love to have a signed copy, can't wait to read
    smm3@bex.net

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  43. Chloe, hang tough! You have the right idea!!
    I look forward to reading more of your efforts.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I love these mysteries and would love to win a copy of this one. Ktsmeow4@aol.com

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    1. Fingers crossed, Kathleen! Very happy to hear you enjoy the Chloe series.

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  45. I just returned from a week long trip as a volunteer with veterans to Gettysburg and Washington D.C. This really puts me in the mood to read your new book so I can tell Vesterheim visitors about it!

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    1. Hi Sandy - ooh, perfect! That sounds like a special trip. Glad the timing works so well for you! (And a friend of mine said she was visiting Vesterheim and a very nice lady (sounds like you, but I know it also could have been others) in the gift shop recommended my books. Thank you as always for your support!

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    2. It's hard not to get excited when I tell others about your books!

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  46. I always look forward to a new book in the series coming out and going to your book talks! kvanhandel@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Kris! I just put together a new show, too. I won't be at Middleton library this fall, but hope to cross paths again sooner or later.

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  47. Anxiously waiing to read a Memory of Muskets. Hope to get to one of your events.

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    1. Thanks, LynMarie. I'd love to see you at an event! Connecting on FB is great, but nothing's better that in-person.

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  48. It took me a long time to figure out that I am paid for my time at work whether I agree or not. Love the series and look forward to the new book. Kmgillan55@gmail.com

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    1. I'm not sure I ever learned that lesson...perhaps why I work for myself now. :>)

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  49. This looks like a great book...I like civil war stories.. vickiela3@hotmail.com

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  50. Your photos are great! I'd love to win this book! Thanks for the chance! lindaherold999@gmail.com

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  51. This series is new to me and looks great. Thanks for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks for throwing your name in the hat. Hope you give the series a try!

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  52. I have enjoyed this series.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. I hope you also enjoy Chloe and Roelke's next adventure, Libby!

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  53. Great blog, we all understand trouble with the boss!
    Terell dot Byrd @ Hotmail.com

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    1. Terrell, that does seem to be a universal, does it?

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  54. Sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for the opportunity! DALubbert (at) hotmail (dot) (c0m)

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  55. Memory of Muskets sounds fascinating. I love your blog post today. At this time I'm not employed,
    but I can remember those days when a boss or fellow co-worker assumed they knew more than anyone else
    on the job. I got to the point where I would listen and then after they left I'd chuckle to myself.
    Somehow I survived those days. My fingers are crossed that I might win this book. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. Sounds like you handled things without losing your cool. Thanks for commenting!

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  56. Love-love-love this series!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  57. Can hardly wait for this, Kathleen!

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    1. Largely set at one of our favorite farms. :>)

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  58. My book club can't wait for this next book in the series! Thanks Kathleen.
    Robin at orng_blsms@yahoo.com

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    1. That's wonderful! Love knowing that your book group will be sharing it. Thank you.

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  59. I would love a copy of your book. I have read all of them so far

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  60. I am loving this series and this book sounds wonderful.
    mjhopper(at)cox(dot)net

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    1. Mary Jane, I'm so happy to hear that you're enjoying the series. Your name is in the hat for the next installment!

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  61. Love these mystery books, Thanks for this generous chance. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  62. This looks really good, love the photos and the info too. I am taken back to when I dated a Civil War reenactor. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the fellowship. I would love to read your new book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Kay, I was a reenactor for about 10 years, and loved it. It's an interesting hobby, isn't it?

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  63. Thanks so much for this chance to win. This book sounds so exciting.
    marlene.ezell@gmail.com

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  64. this looks like a great book, I am excited to read it. Thank you for the giveaway. Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  65. Would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  66. My daughter introduced me to this series. I introduced her to historical fiction when she was a little girl...and we both love this genre! Thanks for the chance to win. tnjirsch@gmail.com

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    1. Tom, I learned to love history and historic places when I was little too, largely due to historical fiction. Your comment made me smile.

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  67. why the long wait, and so fsr i haven't been able to order from my library ! hope soon,i want to be the first to order it !

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    1. Hi John - I've been having a Chloe book come out every fall, so actually publication is right on schedule. However, I do know that some library systems for whatever reason take a lo-o-ong time to get books into the system. Hope it comes in soon!

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  68. Cannot wait! This is a fantastic series that I hope goes on for a very long time!

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  69. The book sounds great! And I love the title! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  70. As with every other, I can't wait to read this one!

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  71. Enjoyed your blog! I look forward to starting this series! I've always enjoyed reading anything pertaining to history. I retired 11 years ago from teaching to rock grandbabies and read! :)Thank you for the chance to win one of your books. trishparker2@yahoo.com

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    1. Babies and books--sounds like a good combination to me. Glad you enjoyed the blog!

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  72. I have been part of several civil war reinacting events and they are GREAT fun! Can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win. j.marshall730@yahoo.com

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    1. Janet, I hope this brings back some good memories!

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  73. I'm so looking forward to your newest story! Thank you for writing this series! Winning a copy would be icing on the cake. I will share it with my Daughters of Norway Lodge either way. Thank you for the chance. Barb PV at bpattow04@aol.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Barb. I hope all my Norwegian-American friends forgive this foray into German heritage. ;>)

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  74. My wife and I have enjoyed many reenactments over the years on our yearly vacations. They've even had them on Staten Island in NY. That's just over the bridge from where we live in Brooklyn. I'd love to be the lucky winner of this book and share it with our family. Many of whom prowl through my rather large home library looking for reading material.

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    1. Love the image of family prowling through a large home library. Heck, I love the image of a large home library period!

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  75. I would love to win this book!
    gaylek@ec.rr.com

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  76. Always on the lookout for a good read, thank you from robin at mizz_robin_d@yahoo.com

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  77. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance.
    cochrandcr@gmail.com

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  78. This sounds like an amazing book!!! I would love to read it!!!love books like this!

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  79. I love this series! it is refreshing to see someone solve a mystery without a cell phone etc! Can't wait to read this! - Kim k.lowebreiner@gmail.com

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    1. I'm very glad you're enjoying the series! And I don't miss having to use technology in the books. :>)

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  80. Sounds like a great read. But I love anything history and civil war. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    1. We obviously have some interests in common!

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  81. Wow, this sounds like a lot of fun. Funny, I wasn't totally sure if you were speaking in character or yourself for a while...ha! One more cup of coffee please! konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Marci - Chloe and I do have a lot in common... But I'm my own boss, so that was her. :>)

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  82. Love this series and cannot wait for the next!! Great for history lovers and mystery lovers alike!
    michelleh@topag.net

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoy the series! I love writing it.

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  83. Just the thing (a new book to read) while laid up after surgery :) crossing my fingers!

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    1. I hope your recovery goes quickly and smoothly!

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  84. This book combines 3 of my favorite things - Old World Wisconsin, Civil War reenacting and this book series. I can't wait to read this book! Thank you for the opportunity! peggywrightphotography@gmail.com

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    1. We obviously have a lot in common! Good luck.

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  85. This looks like a good book for the fall season...vickiela3@hotmail.com

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  86. Congratulations to Patricia Parker, giveaway winner! Thanks so much to all who entered.

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