Latest News from Kathy Lynn Emerson


News for March 2016

Okay, here’s the thing. Since I finally went on Facebook last fall, I’ve been trying to post something there daily. It’s definitely the place where any news about me and my books will appear first. As a result, this news page (and the news pages under the other two names I use) have become redundant. So here’s what I suggest to anyone interested in finding out what I’m up to lately: whether or not you are signed up with Facebook, if you click on this link to my Kaitlyn Dunnett author page, you will be able to read anything I post there. Go on. Give it a try. And the added advantage is that, if you are on Facebook yourself, you can post comments, like the author page, and even share a post to another timeline. See you there!


News for December 2015

I honestly don’t know what happened to November, but here it is December. Murder in the Merchant’s Hall is out in the U.S. in hardcover and ebook formats (for Kindle and Nook, anyway; sadly, not yet as an iBook). Our Christmas tree farm is open, leaving me little time for writing, but I am still blogging and doing guest blogs. To see where to find these, please click here

In my other identity, as Kaitlyn Dunnett, the contemporary mystery, The Scottie Barked at Midnight is now available. And, under that name, I am now on Facebook, where I also post about books written as Kathy. Here’s the link to find me there:  Likes are much appreciated.


News for October 2015

For those of you on Goodreads, I’ll be doing a giveaway of two signed copies of the hardcover of Murder in the Merchant’s Hall. The giveaway will run from October 26-November 9. Winners will receive their copies about two weeks before the official December 1 release date in the US. If you can’t wait, the book is already out in the UK and can be ordered through Amazon UK, Book Depository, and other British online stores. The ebook comes out to coincide with the US publication date.

In other news, I am now on Facebook, but under my pseudonym, Kaitlyn Dunnett. You can find my author page, which will also have news of books written as Kathy, at  “Likes” are much appreciated.


News for September 2015

As Kathy Lynn Emerson, Kate Emerson, and Kaitlyn Dunnett, I will be making two library appearances this month. The first, in Brunswick, Maine is part of their annual series of talks by Maine mystery writers. I’ll be there on Tuesday, September 8th, from 7-8 in the evening, to talk and sign books. At the end of the month, I’ll be heading for my old home town of Liberty, New York for my 50th high school reunion and will also be doing a “chat with the author” session and signing at the Liberty Public Library. That’s set for 2-3 PM on Saturday, September 26th.


The first Mistress Jaffrey mystery, Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe, is now out in trade paperback in the U.S. and in large print in the U.K.


If you are on Goodreads, you can enter a giveaway for advance reading copies of the next Liss MacCrimmon adventure, The Scottie Barked at Midnight. The giveaway is at and runs until September 14th . Good luck. There are ten copies available and the winners are drawn at random by the good folks at Goodreads.


Meanwhile, I’m hard at work on the third Mistress Jaffrey mystery, this one set mostly in Cornwall. The manuscript isn’t due on my editor’s desk until next June, so I am taking my time, making sure I get all the details right. The biggest challenge so far? In Cornwall in the 16th century, many of the Cornish people objected to being told what to do by a government that was largely based in London. One way of expressing their feelings was to pretend they did not speak English. Fortunately, Rosamond Jaffrey lived in Cornwall for several years during her girlhood and since she is good a picking up languages, she can translate. I, however, do not possess that same skill. I’m trying to get across the flavor of the language without including long passages, if for no other reason that the more Cornish phrases I include the more likely it is that I will get something wrong. There has been a great resurgence in Cornish as a spoken language during the last decade. Believe me, if I make mistakes, someone will be sure to tell me about it!


News for August 2015

8/1/15: I finished out July with another group event, this time in Lincolnville Beach, Maine for the Beyond the Sea Book Festival. Fellow writer Kate Flora took the pictures. The first shows me arriving with my husband, carrying a box of books, and being greeted by bookstore owner and festival host Nanette Gionfriddo. In the second I’m shown with Lea Wait, Barb Ross, and Katherine Hall Page. And in the third that’s fellow historical mystery writers Mary Lawrence, whose book (The Alchemist’s Daughter) is set about forty years earlier than mine, at the end of the reign of Henry the Eighth.

In other news, if you live in England you’ll be able to purchase the second book in the Mistress Jaffrey series later this month. Murder in the Merchant’s Hall comes out in the UK on August 28. In news closer to home, the October issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine contains my story “The Cunning Woman” and will be available on August 11. This is the second adventure of Old Mother Malyn and her granddaughter Joan and is set in Bermondsey in 1571.


News for mid-July 2015

7/14/15: This is a busy month for appearances—lots of group events. Below are some photos from the ones I’ve attended so far this month. The first is at the 4th of July celebrations in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, showing me with fellow Severn House author Dorothy Cannell.

Below are photos taken at Books in Boothbay. The first shows me with fellow Maine Crime Writers Lea Wait and Kate Flora and was taken by Lynn Plourde.

And here are Lea, Kate, and I with Jessie Crockett, who is currently working on an historical mystery set in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

If we look a little glassy-eyed, this last shot was taken at the end of a very long, very hot afternoon in a building with no air conditioning. Even in the heat, it’s a great annual event, held at the historic Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine.


News for early July 2015


Yes, those are pictures from a workshop in rapier and dagger fighting. I was fortunate enough to attend this three-hour session at the recent Historical Novel Society North American Conference in Denver. Instructor David Blixt took participants through the basics, with lots of practical advice for writing sword fights into our fiction. Then anyone who wanted to took a turn practicing with the weapons. I was pretty clumsy myself, but I can see my characters getting plenty of use out of the information in this session. Knives such as the one Rosamond Jaffrey secrets on her person weren’t covered in the workshop, but I had a chance to ask questions afterward and received a few useful hints on how she should proceed. When I start writing the third book in the series (as yet untitled) I have a feeling there will be several scenes involving bladed weapons.

In other news, July is a much busier than usual month for me on the promotion front. I’ll be participating in three group events on three out of the four weekends. First up is the 4th of July celebration in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, where I’ll be at a “Meet the Maine Authors” table with Dorothy Cannell, John Clark, Kelly McClymer, Maureen Milliken, and Lea Wait. Then, on the 11th from 1-4 PM, it’s Books in Boothbay, an annual gathering of authors at the Boothbay Railway Village, and on the 25th I’ll be in Lincolnville Beach for the Beyond the Sea Maine Book Festival. We have overlapping times for that one, so I get to spend a little time with a good many old friends, including but not limited to Dorothy Cannell, Kate Flora, Tess Gerritsen, Barb Ross, and Lea Wait.    

Look for photos to pop up here and at our group blog at Maine Crime Writers


An Update on Publication Dates

5/24/15: Here’s the latest information on publication dates for the Mistress Jaffrey Mysteries from Severn House.

Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe, trade paperback (already available in hardcover and for Kindle and Nook)

                           available August 1, 2015 in the U.K.

                           available September 1, 2015 in the U.S. ($17.95)


Murder in the Merchant’s Hall, hardcover

                           available August 28, 2015 in the U.K.

                           available December 1, 2015 in the U.S. ($28.95)

                           usually the ebook comes out at the same time as U.S. hardcover publication


third book in the series, as yet untitled and not yet written

                           hardcover will probably be published in late 2016 or early 2017

News for May 2015

5/7/15: I’m back home after Malice Domestic and more or less caught up on sleep, so it’s past time for adding to the news page. I had a wonderful time. A recap can be found at Maine Crime Writers blog. I was there as both Kathy Lynn Emerson (historical mysteries) and Kaitlyn Dunnett (the Liss MacCrimmon series set in Moosetookalook, Maine) and as both writer and reader. I’m as much a fan girl as anyone else there when it comes to meeting and talking to writers whose work I admire. I’ve been fortunate over the years in that some of them have also become friends.

In other Kathy news, the second of the Mistress Jaffrey Mysteries is now in the hands of my new editor, Faith Black, who will be sending me her notes shortly. Overlapping with that, I had sent in a couple of ideas for a third entry in that series and had started working on a story in which Rosamond goes undercover in prison to solve a murder. To tell you the truth, it wasn’t going all that well. I’d already realized that I needed to step back and do some serious research into a couple of aspects of the plot before I could move ahead. Then serendipity struck. It seems my publisher at Severn House would actually prefer to have me write the other story I suggested first. It involves a trip to Cornwall (where Rosamond’s birth mother lives with her husband) and—wait for it!—pirates. I think it’s going to be fun to write. And—serendipity again—I just happen to know someone who is an expert on all things to do with pirates.

As for Kaitlyn, the tenth entry in the Liss MacCrimmon series, Kilt at the Highland Games, is due September 1st. It has been “resting” for a month or so, which means I can start the next revision any time. After that, my beta reader will take a look, followed by at least one more revision before it’s ready to go in to my editor. The key for me is always leaving a loooong stretch in between revisions, so that I can approach each one with enough perspective to spot what needs to be fixed.

May is going to be a busy month!  


News for April 2015

This is the month when writers come out of their caves and venture forth to gatherings of like-minded folk. First up for me is Maine Crime Wave on April 11, followed by Malice Domestic at the end of the month. I’m a finalist for the best traditional mystery short story Agatha Award for my story "The Blessing Witch" and will be on a panel with the other finalists on Saturday morning, May 2.

Other than that, I am (as always) busy writing. I’ve just finished the first (of many) revision of the tenth Liss MacCrimmon Mystery (Kilt at the Highland Games) w/a Kaitlyn Dunnett. That one won’t be out until late 2016. Coming up in the fall of 2015 is the ninth in the series, The Scottie Barked at Midnight. As Kathy Lynn Emerson, I’ve turned in the second Mistress Jaffrey Mystery. The working title was Murder in the Mercery and it has been mentioned under that title in several blogs and reviews, but it will be published as Murder at the Merchant’s Hall. While waiting for my editor’s notes, I’m getting started on the next in the series. For the foreseeable future, it will be known only as Rosamond #3, since I have yet to come up with a title I like.

I’ve neglected the “What I’m Reading” section of this news page for the last couple of months, so here’s the latest there:

on my iPad in Kindle: Dana Cameron, Hellbender

in mass market paperback: Carola Dunn, Requiem for a Mezzo

in trade paperback: Alison Weir, Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

on audiocassettes in my car: Jayne Castle, Zinnia


News for March 2015

3/1/15: First off, Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe is now available for your Kindle or Nook as well as in hardcover. Yea! And I’ll be visiting at Dru's Book Musings on March 3 to talk about a day in the life of Rosamond Jaffrey, my sixteenth-century sleuth. Come by and comment and be entered in a drawing for a hardcover copy of the book. By the way, since a frequent criticism of historical novels in all genres is that the heroines are “too modern” to be believable, I’ve written a blog at Maine Crime Writers called “Women Could and Women Did” to back up some of the choices I made.


In other news, the short story nominees for this year’s Agatha award have launched a blog tour. Links to read all five stories can be found at the Malice Domestic website. Just click on “Awards” and scroll down to the short story category. As for the blogs, here’s the schedule:

February 20 at Criminal Minds

March 6 at Wicked Cozy Authors

March 17 at Writers Who Kill

April 20 at The Stiletto Gang

There will also be another April blog at Maine Crime Writers but I don’t have a firm date yet. Stay tuned.


News for February 2015—Agatha Award Nomination

2/1/15: Great news to start the month. Agatha award finalists have been announced and my short story “The Blessing Witch” is among them. The Agatha awards for traditional mysteries are presented every year at the Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda, Maryland. I won one back in 2009 for my 2008 nonfiction book, How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries. “The Blessing Witch” is a story set in England in 1570 but it is not part of my Face Down series. The protagonists are Old Mother Malyn, the title character, and her granddaughter and apprentice, Joan. The story was published in a collection titled Rogue Wave (Best New England Crime Stories 2015, although it actually came out in November of 2014) from Level Best Books. If you’d like to read the story, follow this link: "The Blessing Witch"

News for January 2015

1/6/15: Happy New Year, everyone. I’ve spent the last few days sorting stats from 2014 and getting things organized for taxes. Now it’s time to start writing (as Kaitlyn Dunnett) the next Liss MacCrimmon mystery, number ten in the series. I don’t talk much about works in progress, but I will say that it starts with a startling event involving a long-time resident of Moosetookalook, Maine. These first few pages will be revised numerous times before I’m satisfied, since they carry the burden of capturing reader interest. I can visualize what happens perfectly. Finding exactly the right words to paint that same picture for readers? That’s the tricky part.

In other news, Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe will be out soon in the U.S. Since I now have a few author copies of the UK edition, I’m offering three of them as giveaways at Goodreads. You can enter to win at

The giveaway will run from January 12th until the 26th. You will have to register with Goodreads in order to enter. While you’re there, come on over and check out my Kathy Lynn Emerson page.

I had time over the holidays to do quite a bit of reading but now there are four (count them, four) new books out today that are on my TBR pile. As of this date, here’s what I’m reading:

On my iPad in iBooks: Sarah Graves’s Winter at the Door (one of the new ones, by a fellow Maine Crime Writer)

On my iPad in Kindle: Marcia Talley’s Dead Man Dancing

On audiocassettes in my car: Dorothy Cannell’s How to Murder Your Mother-in-Law

And in the video department, I’m still binge-watching Murdoch Mysteries which is loosely based on Maureen Jennings’ excellent series about a Toronto (Canada) police detective during the reign of Queen Victoria. I’m nearly at the end of Season Six. Season Eight is the current one, running here in Maine on the Ovation Channel as The Artful Detective.



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