Kaitlyn Dunnett comes to the blog today with the first in a new mystery series, Deadly Edits. Please read on for my review of
Crime & Punctuation
Whoever thought that being an editor could be hazardous to your life? Time consuming, occasionally frustrating, and with the inability to shut off that little voice that causes you to explain to harried civil service workers that they need a comma or apostrophe, or take note of the Oxford comma. Such is the new life of Mikki (Michelle) Lincoln, returning to her childhood home (and town) after the death of her husband left her at loose ends. Her high school reunion notice provided the perfect opportunity, and when her childhood home was for sale – she jumped at the chance, sight unseen. Of course, in the intervening half-century, the town has changed, and the house has aged – and mounting repair bills mean this retired English teacher has to find work, and find it fast, if she doesn’t want to be bankrupted by a money pit.
After biting the bullet and getting her business started – a knock at the door brings a client – a first for her (and most editors), with an historic mystery suspense, loosely based on a series of mob-style killings. The author is a young girl from the small New York town, married well, and granddaughter of Mikki’s nemesis from school. The early chapters were promising, and Mikki takes on the client – setting a meeting with her the following week. Not many days later, the local police arrive at Mikki’s, her business card in an evidence baggie, it’s obvious that the card was soaking wet – laundered perhaps? But no, the young author is dead, and the fun now begins.
I adored Mikki – at 60-something, she’s still dealing with the loss of her husband and her tendency to isolate herself because, (as she says) as an only child she was both self-sufficient and comfortable finding her own amusement. Coming back isn’t all bad, however, her best friend Darlene, has some ‘background’ information that piques Mikki’s curiosity, a proposed development of an amusement park to draw tourists, a rather curious series of main street businesses being bought out or closed, and plenty of threats from break-ins to warnings, being chased by a truck, and her ever-constant curiosity, as well as some ‘townie’ knowledge that would evade most incomers, Mikki has plenty to think on, and no real acceptance for her questions. Several twists, turns and plenty of potential suspects kept me wondering, right along with Mikki, and the final reveal at the end was perfection. Coming home was never so full of adventure!
Title: Crime & Punctuation
Author: Kaitlyn Dunnett
Series: Deadly Edits #1
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Setting: American, Small Town
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 29 May, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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After splurging to buy her childhood home in the Catskills, recently widowed Mikki Lincoln emerges from retirement as a freelance editor. With her ability to spot details that others fail to see, it's not long before Mikki earns clients--and realizes that the village of Lenape Hollow isn't the thriving tourist destination it was decades ago. Not with a murderer on the loose . . .
When perky novice writer Tiffany Scott knocks at her door holding a towering manuscript, Mikki expects another debut novel plagued by typos and sloppy prose. Instead, she finds a murder mystery ripped from the headlines of Lenape Hollow's not-too-distant past. The opening scene is a graphic page-turner, but it sends a real chill down Mikki's spine after the young author turns up dead just like the victim in her story . . .
Mikki refuses to believe that Tiffany's death was accidental, and suspicions of foul play solidify as she uncovers a strange inconsistency in the manuscript and a possible motive in the notes. Then there's Tiffany's grandmother and husband, who aren't exactly on friendly terms over the local area's planned rejuvenation efforts . . .
Unable to convince police that they are focused on the wrong suspect, Mikki must rely on her keen eyes to catch the truth hidden in Lenape Hollow. As she gets closer to cracking the case, only one person takes Mikki's investigation seriously--the cunning killer who will do anything to make this chapter of her life come to a very abrupt ending . . .
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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