Book 5 in the award-winning historical Chloe Ellefson Mystery series
Curator and occasional sleuth Chloe Ellefson is off to Minneapolis to help her friend Ariel with a monumental task. Ariel must write a proposal for a controversial and expensive restoration project: convert an abandoned flour mill, currently used as shelter by homeless people, into a museum. When a dead body is found stuffed into a grain chute, Chloe's attention turns from milling to murder.
Back in Milwaukee, Chloe's love interest Roelke has been slammed with the news that a fellow officer was shot and killed while on duty. Sifting through clues from both past and present, Chloe and Roelke discover dangerous secrets that put their lives—and their trust in each other—at risk.
"Ernst keeps getting better with each entry in this fascinating series."—Library Journal
"Everybody has secrets in this action-filled cozy."—Publishers Weekly
"All in all, a very enjoyable reading experience."—Mystery Scene
"A page-turner with a clever surprise ending."—G.M. Malliet, Agatha Award-winning author of The St. Just and Max Tudor Mystery Series
"[A] haunting tale of two murders...This is more than a mystery. It is a plush journey into cultural time and place."—Jill Florence Lackey, PhD, author of Milwaukee's Old South Side and American Ethnic Practices in the Twenty-First Century
In Ernst's exciting fifth Chloe Ellefson mystery set in 1980s Wisconsin (after 2013's Heritage of Darkness), Chloe, who's a curator at a living history museum, goes to Minneapolis to help her friend Ariel Grzegorczyk develop plans to revitalize the abandoned Washburn A Mill, the original home of General Mills, only to find a professor's body hidden inside. Meanwhile in Milwaukee, Chloe's cop boyfriend, Roelke McKenna, looks into the murder of his closest friend, Rick Almirez. Roelke's obsessive search for the culprit provides most of the book's power, as well as the tension, after he learns that a cop was involved in the killing. The history of Polish immigrants figures in both cases. Everybody has secrets in this action-filled cozy, including the female mill workers whose lives are chronicled in flashbacks to the early days of the mill.