Kathleen Ernst
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Kathleen Ernst

Emmy Award-winner writer Kathleen Ernst is the bestselling author of thirty-seven published mysteries, historical fiction, and non-fiction history books for adults and young readers.

Kathleen's newest adult book is "The Lacemaker's Secret," her ninth Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery from Midnight Ink. Here is what one professional review organization says about it.

"In this heartfelt tale of labor and love, Ernst produces one of her most winning combinations of historical evocation and clever mystery." --Kirkus Reviews

The Chloe mysteries are available in trade paperback, large print, Kindle and other ebook formats, as well as audiobooks from Amazon and Audible.

Kathleen's newest American Girl children's historical adventure is "Gunpowder and Tea Cakes," the first new book in years about Felicity and her experiences during the American Revolution. This is Kathleen's twentieth book for American Girl. It is available from Amazon as a paperback and in the "Felicity 3-Book Boxed Set" with two books by Felicity's creator Valerie Tripp.

Over the years Kathleen's work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy, a Society of Midland Authors Children's Fiction Award, a LOVEY Best Traditional Mystery Award, and nominations for the Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie mystery awards. To date, readers have purchased over 1.7 million audio, ebook, and printed copies of her books.

Kathleen has a Masters Degree in History Education and Writing from Antioch University, where her self-designed program focused on non-traditional methods of teaching and learning history, with a special emphasis on historical fiction.

She earned an Emmy while working for Wisconsin Public Television. Before that Kathleen spent over a decade as a Curator at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin's Old World Wisconsin outdoor history museum, a job that provided great material for her novels.

Kathleen lives in Wisconsin with her husband Scott (AKA "Mr. Ernst"). Some of her greatest pleasures include gardening, learning folk crafts, researching new books, and hearing from readers. She maintains an extensive website, kathleenernst.com, as well as an author's page on Facebook, facebook.com/kathleenernst.author, and blog, sitesandstories.wordpress.com.

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Best Sellers

    • The Light Keeper's Legacy

    • Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series, Book 3
    • By: Kathleen Ernst
    • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Solitude at last! Museum curator Chloe Ellefson jumps at the chance to spend time on Wisconsin's Rock Island, a state park with no electricity or roads....

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Old World Murder

    • Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series, Book 1
    • By: Kathleen Ernst
    • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Trying to leave painful memories behind her, Chloe Ellefson is making a fresh start. She's the new collections curator at Old World Wisconsin....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Surprisingly Good

    • By Beatrice on 05-21-17

    Regular price: $30.09

    • The Heirloom Murders

    • Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series, Book 2
    • By: Kathleen Ernst
    • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    As collections curator for Old World Wisconsin, Chloe Ellefson delights in losing herself in antiques and folk traditions - and forgetting her messy love life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Local names

    • By Wendy on 09-26-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Betrayal at Cross Creek

    • American Girl History Mysteries
    • By: Kathleen Ernst
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Having fled the turmoil of Scotland, Elspeth Monro is learning to love her life in 1775 North Carolina....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great little historical mystery

    • By N on 07-18-07

    Regular price: $16.95

    • Trouble at Fort LaPointe

    • An American Girl History Mystery
    • By: Kathleen Ernst
    • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    In order for Suzette's papa to stay with his Ojibwe family year round, he must win the fur-trapping competition at Fort LaPointe Island in Lake Superior....

    Regular price: $19.80

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