About the Author...
Kathleen Ernst is a social historian, educator, and bestselling author. Kathleen’s thirty-eight traditionally published books encompass mysteries, historical fiction, and non-fiction for adults and young readers. Her children’s mysteries include ten books for American Girl. Currently she writes the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries for adults about a museum curator whose knowledge of the past helps solve contemporary crimes.
Honors for Kathleen’s work include four Agatha nominations, one Edgar nomination, a Lovey Award for Best Traditional Mystery, the American Heritage Women in the Arts Recognition Award for Literature from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a Major Achievement Award from the Council For Wisconsin Writers, the Sterling North Legacy Award for Children’s Literature, and an Emmy Award for Children’s Instructional Programming.
Kathleen lives in Middleton, Wisconsin, with her husband Scott (AKA “Mr. Ernst”) and feline muse Eliza Jane. Although Kathleen has called the Badger State home for nearly four decades, she grew up in Maryland, in a family that considered books as fundamental to life as food and water. She started writing as a child and never stopped. Today, she finds researching books as much fun as writing them, and loves meeting and hearing from readers most of all.
About the Books...
The Hanneke Bauer Mysteries
Lies of Omission (2021)
The Solace of Stars (2023)
News and Reviews...
Lies of Omission
“In her debut Hanneke Bauer mystery, author Kathleen Ernst takes readers straight into the perils of being a German immigrant in 1855 Wisconsin…. This well-researched and compellingly told tale is a must-read for any fan of nineteenth-century American historical fiction and historical mystery devotees of any era.”
-Edith Maxwell, Agatha Award winning author of the Quaker Midwife Mysteries
The Solace of Stars
“Another well-crafted work with authentic characters, remarkable attention to detail in terms of setting and descriptions, compelling plot, and “the unexpected usefulness of a curious woman!” — Chuck Werth, Author and Documentary Video Maker
Praise for Kathleen’s mysteries:
“Entertaining... Greed, passion, skill, and luck all figure in this surprise-filled outing.” – Publishers Weekly
“Ernst keeps getting better with each entry in this fascinating series.” – Library Journal
"I was captivated by this novel. Ernst holds all the story threads in her hands lightly, providing the right doses of suspense, danger, and mystery in the right amounts at the right times.” ― Mystery Scene Magazine
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