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Th 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 JournalWhile 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 SceneKathleen Ernst wraps history with mystery in a fresh and compelling read Jane Kirkpatrick New York Times bestselling author. 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 relationship with Roelke McKenna a hometown cop Her hope of spending a pleasant and productive week in peaceful natural surroundings is crushed when she finds a dead body wrapped in a fishing gillnet on her very first day thereIn this cozy mystery there are lots of nature scenes on Rock Island and lots of details about camping Chloe does not have running water at the lighthouse electricity or an indoor privy She eats simple meals munches berries drinks instant coffee and sleeps in a sleeping bag She goes on hikes and takes the Karfi back and forth to Washington Island where there are resources for her research It s the 1980s so there are no cell phones and no pay phones at all on Rock Island a remote state park that also does not permit motor vehicles There s another researcher there Brenda Noakes an archaeologist who teaches in Escanaba Michigan She is researching the small fishing village that was a part of Rock Island the last resident left sometime in the 1890sThe author relays an historic story about the fishing village which she tells in alternating chapters with the 1980s story It too has a murder mystery These parts of the novel are enjoyable and seem better written the characters are natural and their reactions less awkwardly described Chloe s character has to grow on you She seems abrupt commenting to herself that people are enchantment busters that intrude on her romantic musings about Rock Island Chloe will exclaim yahoo a few times during the novel which just doesn t feel natural There are awkward phrasings in the contemporary story that don t appear in the historic 1800s story such as Chloe thinking that she can wiggle the second murder into the conversation or when a thought wiggled into Chloe s beleaguered brain Sometimes the phrasing isn t even understandable such as when Chloe refers to some urban boo hoos Transitions between chapters can also be uite awkward An example is when one chapter ends with once she got all revved up about something she sometimes did stupid things and the beginning line of the very next chapter is Chloe tried to convince herself that she wasn t doing something stupid Chloe finds out early on that the locals refer to Washington Island and Rock Island simply as Washington or Rock in conversation so she adopts this phrasing too It may be an authentic fact but I found it strange in reading dialogue and interior monologues that use this eg on Rock Another concept that seems a bit too forced is that Chloe has a developing sixth sense about the past which makes her hear things or feel evil from time to timeStill the mystery had an intriguing resolution and the well written historic tale really added a rich dimension to the story line I almost wished that the historic tale was developed as its own novel I d recommend this book to those that enjoy descriptions of nature camping and reading books with characters in the research biz Also if you have visited Rock Island you will enjoy the natural setting and many authentic details about Rock The Essential Jim Brickman, Vol. 4 (Piano/Vocal/Chords) 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 Teddy 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 Calling Me Home place where she works Old World Wisconsin and drama in her The Taint of Lovecraft private life with an undefined romantic relationship with Roelke McKenna a hometown cop Her hope of spending a Mr. Francis Wife pleasant and The Shadow People productive week in The Aliens Mate (Warriors of Luxiria, peaceful natural surroundings is crushed when she finds a dead body wrapped in a fishing gillnet on her very first day thereIn this cozy mystery there are lots of nature scenes on Rock Island and lots of details about camping Chloe does not have running water at the lighthouse electricity or an indoor Degrees of Elevation privy She eats simple meals munches berries drinks instant coffee and sleeps in a sleeping bag She goes on hikes and takes the Karfi back and forth to Washington Island where there are resources for her research It s the 1980s so there are no cell Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels phones and no The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook pay Vietnam Perkasie phones at all on Rock Island a remote state A Proper Hellhound: A Montague & Strong Detective Story park that also does not Losing Strength and Dexterity permit motor vehicles There s another researcher there Brenda Noakes an archaeologist who teaches in Escanaba Michigan She is researching the small fishing village that was a Afghanistan part of Rock Island the last resident left sometime in the 1890sThe author relays an historic story about the fishing village which she tells in alternating chapters with the 1980s story It too has a murder mystery These The Black Sheeps Secret Child parts of the novel are enjoyable and seem better written the characters are natural and their reactions less awkwardly described Chloe s character has to grow on you She seems abrupt commenting to herself that The Billionaires Desire people are enchantment busters that intrude on her romantic musings about Rock Island Chloe will exclaim yahoo a few times during the novel which just doesn t feel natural There are awkward After the Flood phrasings in the contemporary story that don t appear in the historic 1800s story such as Chloe thinking that she can wiggle the second murder into the conversation or when a thought wiggled into Chloe s beleaguered brain Sometimes the Trust in Tomorrow phrasing isn t even understandable such as when Chloe refers to some urban boo hoos Transitions between chapters can also be uite awkward An example is when one chapter ends with once she got all revved up about something she sometimes did stupid things and the beginning line of the very next chapter is Chloe tried to convince herself that she wasn t doing something stupid Chloe finds out early on that the locals refer to Washington Island and Rock Island simply as Washington or Rock in conversation so she adopts this Manga: Pure Soldier OTOMAIDEN 4 (English Edition): Strategy of Demonic Vassal Part 1 phrasing too It may be an authentic fact but I found it strange in reading dialogue and interior monologues that use this eg on Rock Another concept that seems a bit too forced is that Chloe has a developing sixth sense about the After the Flood past which makes her hear things or feel evil from time to timeStill the mystery had an intriguing resolution and the well written historic tale really added a rich dimension to the story line I almost wished that the historic tale was developed as its own novel I d recommend this book to those that enjoy descriptions of nature camping and reading books with characters in the research biz Also if you have visited Rock Island you will enjoy the natural setting and many authentic details about Rock

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Ut will the link between the past and present turn out to be a beacon of hope or a portent of doomPraise Winner of the Lovey Award for Best TraditionalAmateur Sleuth MysteryChloe's third combines a good mystery with some interesting historical information on a niche subject Kirkus ReviewsFramed 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 BooklistA haunted island makes for fun escape reading Ernst's third amateur sleu. 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 facilitiesNow we jump back in time to 1869 and meet Ragna Anderson and her husband Anders They are Danish immigrants on making a new home and life on Rock Island He and Ragna s two brothers are fisherman and she is a fishing net maker Trouble arises with another immigrant this one Irish When Ragna stops Dugan from hitting a child and accidentally pushes him into the lake water he becomes her sworn enemySettled in her temporary uarters Chloe starts to study the history of the lighthouse But as the days progress she realizes that someone is watching her every move Then she stumbles across a dead body Is this murder and the disappearance of Dugan in the 1800 s tied togetherI really enjoyed reading this third book in a series of eight I am going back to read the first two and the rest of the series I highly recommend this series for anyone who enjoys cozies that blend past timelines together The writing flows smoothly the characters are very uniue and believable and the historical background adds even to the twisted murder plots

Kathleen Ernst ½ 9 review

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 tranuility 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 B. 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 tranuility 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 CircleThe idyllic place loses its luster though when a dead woman washes ashore below the lighthouse Now in addition to researching the time periods and the caretakers of the lighthouse she will try to find the answers to the many uestions about the dead woman as well The women in history that lived on Rock Island were strong and resilient but all had their own set of problems and strife Could the woman Chloe found have a link to the women of the past Chloe has a feeling she does She just needs to follow the clues and uncover the mysteryDollycas s ThoughtsI have uickly learned one thing about the mysteries written by Kathleen Ernst Once you start reading them you just can t stop So I have learned to plan accordingly The afternoon spent reading this story was pure joyKathleen has a way of mixing historic times and places with bold characters to create wonderful mysteries They are smart well crafted and captivating The new characters we meet on Rock Island are full rich and defined Ernst takes us from 1982 back to the 1860s seamlessly We get to know the history of the island and the lighthouse and the changes and effects of the fishing regulations The people who were there on the island then and how they got there and why some left when others stayed How the past effects the present and the future I know these books are thoroughly researched and sometimes the best way to learn history is through fictional stories That is how it has always been back through time Storytellers are the historians that teach in ways easy to understand Kathleen Ernst is a gifted storyteller and educatorI have said before about Kathleen books and it holds true in The Light Keeper s Legacy this is not your ordinary cozy it is so much Everyone will enjoy this story I recommend it highly If you haven t read the first two installments you can start with this one but I guarantee you will want to read them all

  • Paperback
  • 360
  • The Light Keeper's Legacy
  • Kathleen Ernst
  • English
  • 18 August 2018
  • 9780738733074

About the Author: 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 historyI 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



10 thoughts on “The Light Keeper's Legacy

  1. says:

    This is the third book in the Chloe Ellefson mystery series and so far I liked this one the bestI loved learning about Rock Island It makes me want to visit there somedayI also loved how just about every other chapter was the story of two wom

  2. says:

    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 i

  3. says:

    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 tranuility 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

  4. says:

    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 se

  5. says:

    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 w

  6. says:

    Chloe Ellefson is a museum curator that travels to Rock Island State Park to consult on a lighthouse restoration project This story

  7. says:

    I selected this book while touring a lighthouse in Door County While the background presented in the book is interesting the storyline is complicated Not the easiest read to follow

  8. says:

    This is the third book in the series I enjoyed this installment a lot than the last one Found both the modern and the historic mystery really good

  9. says:

    Chloe Ellefson is a special collections professional who is spending a week at the historic Pottawatomie lighthouse on Rock Island to research

  10. says:

    First Line This trip of yours is a very bad idea Roelke said soberlyIt'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 Roc

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