Title: Clause & Effect
Author: Kaitlyn Dunnett
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Page Count: 288
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
As a professional editor, Mikki Lincoln is used to crimes against the English language. As an amateur sleuth, she’s finding catching criminals a lot more dangerous than catching typos . . .
Nestled in the picturesque Catskills, the village of Lenape Hollow prepares to celebrate the 225th anniversary of its founding. Freelance book editor Mikki Lincoln has been drafted to update and correct the script, left over from the town’s bicentennial, which is housed at the historical society.
The building is being renovated for the first time since that last celebration. But when construction reveals a shocking discovery—human remains walled up in a fireplace—Mikki shifts focus from cold-reading to solving a cold case.
Just as her investigation seems to have hit a brick wall, a new murder rattles the townspeople. Clearly, someone is hiding a few skeletons in the closet. Now Mikki will need to go off script to make a connection between the bicentennial bones and the current homicide. But if this book editor isn’t careful, she may be the next one sentenced to death . . .
Clause & Effect by Kaitlyn Dunnett is the second book in the cozy Deadly Edits mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries each book of this series has it’s own self contained mystery to solve so each can be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. However, for those that read in order there is some character development carrying over book to book. t
In the first book of the Deadly Edits series readers were introduced to the main character of this series, 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 so when she caught an ad for her childhood home in the Catskills she bought it sight unseen.
When Mikki found her new home needed more work than she expected she decided she would start up a side business to help with her finances. Since the move Mikki has been working as a freelance editor and settling into her new life making some new/and old friends. When the village of Lenape Hollow prepares to celebrate the 225th anniversary everyone looks to Mikki for help with the town play but as things are being set up a body is found in the walls of an old fireplace and Mikki starts looking into the cold case.
The Deadly Edits mystery series is one that I have found to be full of the quirky and cute fun that I enjoy in a cozy. Despite her age Mikki still is quite active although not so much so that it’s unbelievable with reminders she is an older leading lady. With plenty of suspicion all around this was another solid installment of the series leaving me looking forward to the next.
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.