Deadly Edits Mysteries
Mikki Lincoln, freelance editor
Book One: Crime & Punctuation
also available in trade paperback, e-book, audiobook and large print formats
When retired schoolteacher Mikki Lincoln returns to her old home town after fifty years away, she expects to find some changes. What she doesn't anticipate is murder.
Set in the fictional village of Lenape Hollow, located in the very real Sullivan County Catskills region of New York State, the story brings past and present together as Mikki, while launching a new career as a freelance editor, tries to decide if an old enemy is guilty of a heinous crime. If she's innocent, then who did kill a young woman whose only offense was writing a really bad crime novel?
from Kirkus: "The signature cozy style of Dunnett's Liss MacCrimmon series translated easily to this editorially focused new venture."
Publishers Weekly calls it an "entertaining series launch" and says "Appealing supporting characters include Mikki's loyal and resourceful friend, Darlene Uberman, and the ever gossipy patrons of the local cafe. Cozy fans will be pleased."
Book Two: Clause & Effect
also available in e-book, audiobook and large print formats
In this second book in the series, as the village of Lenape Hollow gears up for its quasquibicentennial, retired schoolteacher turned "book doctor" Mikki Lincoln is tapped to update and edit the historical pageant that was presented at the bicentennial celebration twenty-five years earlier. What starts out as a simple task quickly turns complicated when the mummified body of the pageant's original author is discovered behind the bricked up fireplace in the historical society's headquarters. In a case like this, it isn't possible to separate the revising from the sleuthing. Once again aided by her mobility-challenged friend Darlene, Mikki attempts to solve an old murder, uncovering secrets several people in the community would just as soon have kept under wraps. The question is: which one is desperate enough to try to take Mikki herself out of the equation?
Publishers Weekly says "cozy fans are in for a real treat."
Booklist says "this cozy is distinguished by its smart sixty-something protagonist and an engaging supporting cast of her longtime friends and acquaintances."
Book Three: A Fatal Fiction
also available in e-book, large print, and audiobook formats
Seventy-year-old Mikki's newest job is editing eighty-five-year-old Sunny Feldman's memoir about growing up at her family's resort hotel in the Borscht Belt. The hotel, on the outskirts of Lenape Hollow, is now in ruins, but when local entrepreneur and all-around pain-in-the-neck Greg Onslow starts demolishing the remaining buildings, he unleashes a whole lot of trouble for everyone. Mikki, as always, is caught right in the middle, and that's before her overprotective nephew shows up to check on "poor old Aunt Mikki."
"Mikki Lincoln, a savvy older woman, is sure to appeal to cozy fans." (Publishers Weekly)
Book Four: Murder, She Edited
available in hardcover, audiobook, and e-book formats
Mikki unexpectedly inherits an abandoned farm in the countryside near Lenape Hollow. but it comes with a condition. She has to find, edit, and publish several diaries left behind by a previous owner. Simple, right? It should be . . . except that someone seems to be trying to stop her.
A stalker complicates Mikki's efforts to find the missing diaries. Is she just a fan of Mikki's old friend, a famous author of romance novels? Or does she have something more sinister in mind than correcting a few typos?
With a little help from her friends and her faithful cat, Calpurnia, Mikki sets out to unravel a mystery that has its roots in her own childhood.
"A charming and resourceful seventy-something heroine, family relationships, friendship, plot twists, and an editing and proofreading frame will please cozy fans." (Booklist)
"Don't let this one slip by. It's a 'must read' for cozy fans." (WonderWomenSixty.com)
"This lively page turner is perfect for all mystery lovers with its solid narrative, a quirky side story, a 60-plus-year-old whodunit, and dialogue sure to thrill the grammar and punctuation perfectionist . . . Then there's Mikki, a character beyond compare and an absolute delight . . . a thoroughly captivating read. (Mystery Scene)
READ KAITLYN'S BLOGS
ABOUT WRITING THE "DEADLY EDITS" SERIES
About Crime & Punctuation:
About Clause & Effect:
About A Fatal Fiction:
About Murder, She Edited:
And for a podcast of a chat about my books and writing in general, you can go to The Cozy Sleuth
Other essays (originally written as blogs at MaineCrimeWriters.com) about writing the books in this series can be found in my collection of essays, I Kill People For A Living (w/a Kathy Lynn Emerson). You can find out more about this book here