Death on the Prairie (Chloe Ellefson Mystery, #6) by Kathleen Ernst

Death on the Prairie (Chloe Ellefson Mystery, #6)

Chloe Ellefson and her sister, Kari, have long dreamed of visiting each historic site dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder. When Chloe takes custody of a quilt once owned by the beloved author, the sisters set out on the trip of a lifetime, hoping to prove that Wilder stitched it herself.But death strikes as the journey begins, and trouble stalks their fellow travelers. Among the "Little House" devotees are academic critics, greedy collectors, and o...

Details Death on the Prairie (Chloe Ellefson Mystery, #6)

TitleDeath on the Prairie (Chloe Ellefson Mystery, #6)
Release DateOct 8th, 2015
GenreMystery, Fiction, Historical

Reviews Death on the Prairie (Chloe Ellefson Mystery, #6)

  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    Against all odds, I have enjoyed all the previous books in this series about Chloe Ellefson, a curator at a Wisconsin museum of the immigrant cultures that settled the area from Northern Europe. My familiarity with the Midwest is almost as nonexistent as my knowledge of Norwegian and German immigrant culture. And yet I find myself looking forward to each new story about these genealogically obsessed midwesterners. Chloe's boyfriend, Roelke, is a ...
  • Trish
    From the moment I first heard about Death on the Prairie, I was eager to read this book. I am a lifelong Laura Ingalls Wilder fan - primarily the books, although I did enjoy the tv series as well. (I know the tv series took liberties, but I still enjoyed it, primarily because of the warm characterization of the Ingalls family.) I have to admit that I chuckled at the conversation in a book that included the line "Are you a book person, a TV person...
    Dollycas’s Thoughts If you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder you know there subsets to the fan base. The group that loves both the books and the television show, those that love the books but not the television show, those that loved the show but probably never read the books. Chloe Ellefson and her sister, Kari are in the book loving group. A friend has just given Chloe a quilt that supposedly made by Little House author to authenticate. The t...
  • Brianna
    3.5 This is a very fun summer read. Nothing too ground breaking here, I mostly(or only) picked it up because the mystery revolves around the historical sites of Laura Ingalls Wilder whose books I loved growing up. I haven't read any of the other books in the series but it didn't spoil the read for me. I recommend this if you are in the mood for a light cozy mystery.
  • QNPoohBear
    Chloe Ellefson is excited to speak at the Laura Ingalls Wilder symposium. As curator of a living history museum, she understands that though fiction, the Little House books described the exact historical processes of daily life on a farm: milking cows, churning butter, sewing, etc. Knowing how much Laura Ingalls Wilder means to Chloe, Miss Lila, a family friend, shows her a quilt said to have belonged to Laura. If Chloe can prove it, she'll be be...
    1970-01-01 on the PrairieChloe Ellefson Mystery, Book #6By Kathleen ErnstISBN 9780738744704Author’s website: www.kathleenernst.comBrought to you by OBS Reviewer JeanieSynopsis: Chloe Ellefson and her sister, Kari, have long dreamed of visiting each historic site dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder. When Chloe takes custody of a quilt once owned by the beloved author, the sisters set out on the trip of a lifetime...
  • Marian H.
    This is my favorite Chloe mystery so far. Flawless as a mystery book, plus now I want to read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books!
  • Nicole Overmoyer
    Holy toboggans!That's sort of the catch phrase for Kathleen Ernst's DEATH ON THE PRAIRIE, you see. Chloe Ellefson - the main character - never says it but goodness does her boyfriend Roelke McKenna seem to think toboggans are right up there with the Holy Grail.It's not a bad summary of the story either.Chloe is a recently returned expat historian/curator, and that occupation combined with the Laura Ingalls Wilder hook, well, hooked me, who consid...
  • Denise Zendel
    Chloe Ellefson, a curator at Old World Wisconsin, is gifted with a quilt that possibly belonged to her most favorite author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Chloe and her sister, Kari, both “Little House” devotees, end up traveling together to retrace Laura’s route west and to participate in a Laura Ingalls Wilder symposium. Chloe’s fondest dream is to prove Laura made the quilt, but as a museum employee, she knows she must be cautious. Plus, she s...
  • Patricia
    I like this series. I have camped in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest near Eagle, though I have never been to Old World Wisconsin. I should have. I like the 2 main characters, Chloe and Roelke. I have never read any of the Little House books nor watched the TV series. I did not know anything to speak of about Laura Ingles Wilder. (I had 2 boys) Still I found the book interesting. I am almost thinking of reading them now. Humm, maybe. Ther...
  • LuAnn
    Who quotes from the first few pages of a book? I do, dang it! Because I can totally understand the feelings engendered in someone (Chloe) who works for a historical society in Wisconsin, even the hint of a possibility of someday touching something belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder!What's kind of sad is that until well after the television show, I had no idea that Laura was a real person! I might have heard of the books, but probably thought it wa...
  • Laura Reading
    Being a Wisconsin native, familiar both with Old World Wisconsin and the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and historical sites, I wanted to take my time and enjoy every aspect of this book.Chloe and her sister Kari reminded me of my relationship with my sister, the two of us actually being a Laura and Mary pair. We even have some Norwegian blood.I loved the terms used for fans of the Little House book series including Laura Lookers.I was fascinated by ...
  • Elizabeth (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
    Death on the Prairie gives readers not only an intricate mystery with interesting premise, lovers of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House Books will be thrilled with the setting as sisters Chloe and Kari tour the homes of the Wilder family and bodies start piling up. Historian Chloe Ellefson has some experience with mysteries, as her policeman boyfriend Roelke can attest. Taking the quilt she has recently inherited seems like a simple enough...
  • Jenn Estepp
    2 1/2.I just don't know, guys. I have such a complicated relationship with this series. On one hand, I don't actually think that it's very good. The characters routinely bug the crap out of me (mostly for being so sanctimonious and convinced of their own rightness in any situation, but there's other stuff too) and they're are historical anachronisms all over the place and I'm not convinced they should set in the 1980s anyway. On the other hand, I...
  • Jane Healy
    Author Kathleen Ernst has woven another interesting story around historical facts in this newest Chole Ellefson mystery. This one was especially fun for me, as it centers around Laura Ingalls Wilder sites that I have visited. Chloe's neighbor brings her a quilt thought to have belonged to or even stitched by Laura Ingalls Wilder with the request that Chole check out its authenticity. When the neighbor dies unexpectedly, Chloe needs answers for th...
  • Patricia Nickols
    I liked this book. Not only could I relate to the search for the real story of Laura Ingalls Wilder and get into the whodunnit aspect of the book but also the emotional relationship between Chloe and Kari. Following the recent death of our mother, my sisters and I are trying to re-establish relationships with each other without her and it is not always easy. I could really relate to their struggle to understand each other as adult women. And as l...
  • Cheryl
    Chloe and her sister loved the Little house on the prairie books and pretended they were Laura and Mary as children so when Chloe is asked to speak at a convention she asks her sister to go with her and see everywhere that Laura had lived. Chloe has a quilt that may have been made by Laura that she takes with her. Both sisters have personal problems that are overshadowed by all the dangers that happen. One thing didn't seem real in the story , as...
  • Merry Lu
    Kathleen Ernst has once again delivered us to both the recent and not so recent pasts in a way that captures both our imaginations and our hearts. "Death on the Prairie" reunites Ernst's readers with the loveable Chloe Ellefson as she takes us back further in time to our beloved Laura Ingalls Wilder and her "little House" books, weaving their stories together masterfully.
  • Nancy
    Speaking both as a Chloe fan and as someone who enjoyed the Little House books as a child, I enjoyed this story. The many references to the Laura Ingalls Wilder books may make me want to revisit them someday!
  • John Nondorf
    The best Chloe Ellefson mystery to date! This one will have special appeal for fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  • Cathy
    I love this series but this book was extra special because of the focus on Laura Ingalls Wilder. Now I want to re-read all the Little House books!
  • Lisa
    If you grew up reading the Little House books this cozy mystery is for you. I recommend reading "A Wilder Rose" by Susan Wittig Albert before you read this book.
  • amaya
    3 stars, but deserving of the round-up to 4 _________This is the second Chloe Ellefson Mystery I've read; the first, « Tradition of Deceit », is not the start of the series but happens to be in my possession (reviewed here on Goodreads, also) and served as a sort of CEM 'Gateway Drug'.As mentioned in my other review, I've been hoping to read « A Memory of Muskets »; the copy wasn't available, and I realised that this book comes between the tw...
  • Sue
    Kathleen Ernst first came on my radar when I became our school district's librarian. After teaching secondary students for 15 years, I had to quickly catch up on children's literature, which I had not studied much since college. Of course, I had kept up with my own kids' taste in kid lit. In those first months as librarian, I really immersed myself in all the levels and genres. With fourth graders expanding their reading to include more genres - ...
  • Carolyn
    I'm sure I gave this book a high rating because it is (mostly) set in Wisconsin, my home state, and well, Laura Ingalls Wilder is a childhood hero of mine. Learning some bits of history about her along the way was so enjoyable.Are there plot holes? Oh yes. Were the murders/meyhem along the way conveniently tied up by characters the author creates? Well sure. But all I cared about was following the Ellefson sisters, Kari and (Ingrid) Chloe, on the...
  • Laura
    Death on the Prairie is a perfect novel to take with you on a road trip to see the Laura Ingalls Wilder sites in South Dakota.Chloe Ellefson is a curator at Old World Wisconsin. A family friend asks for her help to determine where to donate a family heirloom – a quilt from Laura Ingalls Wilder. Chloe decides to take the quilt on a road trip to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Symposium in de Smet, South Dakota that she has been invited to speak. She in...
  • Debi Emerson
    This was a re-read for me.Like so many others, I fell in love with the "Little House" books as a child and re-read them often. Coincidentally, I was just finishing my most recent re-read when this book was published. I loved it: loved the mystery & loved the history.One of the many things I love about Ms. Ernst's books are that they usually inspire me to seek out more information about each book's topic. This was no exception. After reading it, I...
  • Claudia Cheyne
    Chloe takes custody of a quilt once possibly owned by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She promised the elderly woman who entrusted it to her that she would find a suitable home for it after verifying its' authenticity. Chloe and her sister Kari embark on a trip to homes and historic sites pertaining to the Little House on the Prairie books. They had read the entire series and pretended to be Laura and Mary as little girls. Murder, a sudden death, threats a...
  • Joyce
    I'm a huge fan of Kathleen Ernst's series based on Wisconsin's Old World Wisconsin site and of the Midwest connection to historical places and people that curator Chloe Ellefson gets involved in researching. This book is one of the best of the series... I mean who doesn't like Laura Ingalls Wilder or the Little House books? The entire journey visiting every Ingalls site from Wisconsin to Missouri fascinated me, and this time the mystery took a ba...
    Another Great ReadI've never read any of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books, but after this intriguing story I intend to read them all as I wait for Kathleen Ernst's next novel to be published (I read the last two out of order!)Ernst is a compelling writer and spins a great yarn. I look forward to many more adventures with Chloe and Roelke!