Title: Crime & Punctuation
Author: Kaitlyn Dunnett
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Page Count: 304
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
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 . . .
Crime & Punctuation by Kaitlyn Dunnett is the first book in the new cozy Deadly Edits mystery series. The main character in this series is Mikki Lincoln who is in her sixties and starting over in her life after her husband’s passing.
Mikki and her husband had lived in a remote area taking care of their land themselves for years but after losing her husband Mikki felt it was time to find an easier place to spend her retirement years. As if it were fate at the very time she began to feel out her options Mikki ran across an ad for her old childhood home in the Catskills being for sale and bought it sight unseen.
Now after the move Mikki finds the house she left over forty years ago needs a little more work than she ever could have imagined on her retirement funds so Mikki starts a side business as a freelance editor. With a website up and running Tiffany Scott finds Mikki and requests her services for her manuscript. After negotiating terms Mikki sets to work but before she knows it a policeman is at her door informing her of Tiffany’s death. What at first looks like an accident Mikki thinks may be more after reading what Tiffany had written in her book.
Having once read another cozy by Kaitlyn Dunnett and really enjoying it I have been meaning to read more of her work so when seeing a brand new series I knew this was a must try. Imagine my excitement when easily becoming engaged and really enjoying this book. Full of all of those little quirky cozy things I love I flew right through the pages of Crime & Punctuation.
What really won me over with this one was the fact not only the lead seemed realistic but those around her and her frisky feline. While Mikki is an older character she still had plenty of energy to investigate but nothing over the top that she didn’t also feel her age and her cat, Cal, had a few incidents that cat loves will probably relate to. The mystery unraveled at a nice pace with plenty of suspicion to go around so in the end I’d definitely recommend checking out this new series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
KAITLYN DUNNETT grew up in the Borscht Belt of New York state, otherwise known as the Sullivan County Catskills, the area she writes about in the Deadly Edits mysteries. These days, Kaitlyn lives in the mountains of western Maine with her husband and cats and can be reached through her website at http://www.kaitlyndunnett.com.