By Dellyn Burke, Historic Gardens Coordinator at Old World Wisconsin
From the Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series
by Kathleen Ernst
Are you dreaming of spring? Here in Wisconsin, it's still distant. If you're a gardener like me, though, you've probably started planning.
For me, planning gardens is more than a pleasant winter pastime. I'm responsible for all of the gardens at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor ethnic museum with over fifty restored buildings. The exhibits include ten working farms and a number of village homes and business. That's a whole lot of gardens.
|Fossebrekke Cabin, Old World Wisconsin.|
|Some of the heirloom varieties of produce grown at the historic site.|
That's hard to even think about. I'll leave the investigation to him---and to my friend Chloe Ellefson, collections curator, who has a definite knack for puzzling through complicated situations and getting at the truth.
After all, something as fundamental and healing as gardening couldn't have anything to do with my sister's death...could it?
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Kathleen Ernst is the author of thirty-six books, including the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries, mysteries for young readers, historical fiction, and two nonfiction books. Before becoming a full time writer she worked as a curator at Old World Wisconsin.
To learn more about the award-winning Chloe Ellefson series---including the latest, Mining For Justice, see Kathleen's website.
Kathleen is celebrating the series with an eight-month-long retrospective, and it's The Heirloom Murders month! Stop by her blog to learn more about the book, and watch her Facebook Author Page for a Giveaway.