Release Date: May 29, 2018
Series: Deadly Edits
Mikki Lincoln is recently widowed and has purchased her childhood home in Lenape Hollow, New York. After relocating from Maine, Mikki sets up a freelance editing company to supplement her retirement income. Mikki is excited to get a new client right away, a young woman named Tiffany Scott. However, after she drops off her historical crime fiction manuscript for review, Tiffany is found dead, and the police are investigating to figure out if Tiffany’s death was an accident, suicide, or murder. Even though Mikki only met Tiffany once, she is determined to find out if Tiffany was murdered, and if so, who the killer is.
Mikki’s job of freelance editor makes an interesting premise for a cozy mystery series. I enjoyed the two pages of grammar hints at the end of the book to support Mikki’s love for the English language. I like that Mikki is a strong, intelligent, and mature character. Mikki has integrity and even sticks up for her long-time nemesis Ronnie, who has never been nice to her, is falsely accused of murder. Mikki’s renewed friendship with her high school friend, Darlene, is enjoyable and realistic. Darlene is often confined to a wheelchair because of severe arthritis, but that doesn’t stop her getting involved in the investigation. The two women support each other, joke around with each other, and work together to get clues about the cause of Tiffany’s death. It’s fun to see the two friends reconnect after Mikki’s long absence living in Maine.
The book is interesting, and Tiffany’s manuscript plays a role in the crime in an unexpected way. A questionable development project in the book also plays a role, providing a few different suspects as a potential killer. I became engaged in the story from the very beginning and was eager to find out what really happened to Tiffany. I’ve read a few of the Liss MacCrimmon books by this author and think she has a winner with this new series. Crime and Punctuation will appeal to readers of this author’s other series as well as fans of Ellery Adams. I like Dunnett’s new book and hope there will be other books in the series.