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Clause & Effect

(Deadly Edits #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  59 reviews

Nestled in the picturesque Catskills, the village of Lenape Hollow is in full bustle as it prepares to celebrate the 225th anniversary of its founding. Freelance book editor Mikki Lincoln has been drafted to update and correct the pageant script, left over from the town's bicentennial and housed at the historical society, currently under renovation.
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Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Dawn Michelle
I didn't guess who the murderer was and that is one of the best things I can say about this book.
I still am not a fan of the MC and I am still unsure why and all the "mean girl" crap that goes on in this [and the previous one] book just about drives me insane. These women are in the 70's and are WAY past this kind of demeaning behavior.
There were plenty of red herrings, but all that leads to is a story that just takes way too long to wrap up. I could have done with about 50 less pages of this
Mick Jagger is 75!

While remodeling a historical library a body is found hidden behind a wall. That's the plot.
Mikki Lincoln a 70 year old widowed former English teacher now a part time book editor, part time detective, hunting for answers is not my kind of book. The going was slow and the side plots were not interesting.
Harry Bosch is in his 60's. Mick Jagger is 75 and still rocks! Betty White is 97 and still funny!
So age had nothing to do with the review. Mikki isn't as interesting as Harry,
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Deadly Edits and a new author for me. I will definitely read this author again. Mikki Lincoln has purchased the house in Lenape Hollow where she grew up. She needed a job to pay for repairs she became an editor and has a number of clients. Mikki, a member of the historical board for the celebration of the 225th founding of the town is present when a wall collapsed at the Society headquarters and body wrap in plastic is exposed. Mikki and up directing the pageant. She ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was happy to go back to Lenape Hollow for another visit with Mikki and her friends. This mystery was quite a bit different from the first one, and I have to say that I actually liked the first one better. This one just didn't seem like it was as involved and didn't have as many suspects as before. It wasn't quite as exciting until it was close to the end, and Mikki had to survive against the killer. I do love Mikki's character and her job, but I was a bit disillusioned with this particular ...more
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Mikki Lincoln finds herself reluctantly tasked with editing and basically rewriting the script for the play the was performed 25 years ago at the town’s bicentennial celebration so it can be performed for the Quasquicentennial this year. The problem is the old script is kept at the historical society and can’t be checked out. Mikki is forced to work in the archives room while construction on the building continues so it can be completed before the celebration.

While the
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for the chance to read this book!

What a charming sleuth Mikki makes! In this one book we learn a fair bit about Mikki and her childhood, as well as her friends and almost enemies. She is delving into a cold case, but we learn about her as wellin the process. I loved how everything tied together, and it had to for a crime that happened over 25 years earlier. All it takes are the right questions to the wrong people for someone to slip up and reveal
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book editor Mikki has been roped into writing the play for the 225th anniversary of the town. She looks at the play written 25 years ago and can’t use much of it. The historical society is being remodeled and a body falls out of the wall when they try to unblock the old fireplace. With little help from the police she figure out who the body was and sets out to figure out who did it. A family secret and a new cousin add to the story.
3.5 stars
After Book #1 in the series, Clause & Effect is a bit of a disappointment. The writing is just as good, the characters are as engaging, and the premise of a play at a town festival is fun. The disappointment comes with the very noticeable absence of the grammar and literary references that made the first book so much fun. Also, the scenes leading to the reveal were predictable and fairly stock material for a cozy mystery. In all, the book is decent, but not amazing.
Clause & Effect is the second installment in A Deadly Edits Mystery series. It can be read as a standalone if you have not had time to read Crime & Punctuation. I like that Mikki Lincoln is a mature main character (70 years old). She is a retired English teacher who now lives in the home where she grew up with her cat, Calpurnia. I think the name of her proofreading and editing business is clever (The Write Right Wright). We learn a little more about her friend, Darlene Uberman and her ...more
RO G'ma
Clause & Effect is the second book in Kaitlyn Dunnett’s Deadly Edits series. This is an entertaining mystery with a great cast of well-developed characters. The book starts out slow, but the pace does pick up. There are some and twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.

Mikki Lincoln is a recently widowed, retired English teacher, who decided it was time to make a change in her life, so she bought her childhood home in Lenape Hollow, New York, which she hasn’t seen since she was
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Senior citizen Mikki Lincoln has settle back into the town where she grew up, Lenape Hollow in the Catskills. A widow and retired English teacher, she's reinvented herself as an editor, taking on the freelance work of correcting other people's grammar.

When the town celebrates the 225th anniversary of its founding, they ask Mikki to update and correct a script left over from the 200th anniversary.

While Mikki is at the historical society, where the building is being renovated, a wall comes down,
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clause And Effects is the second book in the Deadly Edits Mystery series.

I’m really enjoying visiting with residents of Lenape Hollow and especially Mikki Lincoln. Most all seem to be salt of the earth folks who watch out for each other.

Mikki Lincoln, a 60-something retired English teacher has returned to her hometown and has bought the home she grew up in. The house needs updating and she decided to start a freelance book editing business to supplement her retirement income. The community wants
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad series but not an exceptional one. When I saw this book available for request from Netgalley, I purchased the first one to get a feel for the series. The premise is great: Mikki Lincoln, a 60ish retired teacher purchases her childhood home, opens an editing business to make extra money, and finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. As a librarian and former English teacher, I enjoyed the references to grammar and punctuation and word choice and I appreciate an older ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jeanie

Clause and Effect
Deadly Edits, Book #2
By Kaitlyn Dunnett
ISBN 9781496712578
Author Website: kaitlyndunnett(.)com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie


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
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
“Clause and Effect” earns 5/5 Suspicious Scripts...Engaging Fun!

Typos might be within Mikki’s skill set as an freelance book editor, but investigating murder just might her talent. Engaging fun! Kaitlyn Dunnett has penned a very entertaining second book in her Deadly Edits series. With a clever mystery incorporating a recently uncovered cold case and then a current one adds to an engaging dramatic layer to the mystery. Also including an exploration of the town’s interesting past, wonderful
Cathy Cole
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mikki Lincoln moved away from Lenape Hollow, got married, raised a family, and lost her husband. Now, years later, she's moved back, and she's constantly learning how her hometown has changed while she was gone. Mikki may be sixtysomething and wear hearing aids and glasses, but she seldom misses a trick when it comes to grammar or murder. I really enjoy this character, although I certainly didn't enjoy how everyone forced her into dealing with that script for the play. As you know, when you get ...more
This is book 2 in a series but it thankfully read well alone.

Anyway, the book follows Mikki, a 70 something year old book editor tasked with editing a pageant script for her small towns historical society. While at the historical society human remains are found during a renovation and a murder mystery emerges.

Cute book. I wouldn’t consider Cozy mysteries one of my favourite genres as it tends to spiral into the unbelievable (a 70 something year old solving a murder that had nothing to do with
After her husband died, Mikki Lincoln didn't want to stay in Maine. She discovered that her childhood home was for sale and immediately moved back. Her current pension can't support both her and her home repairs so she is taking on work editing. But she has also been roped in to helping the hamlet put on their 225th anniversary celebration complete with updating the play used at the 200th. But something is amiss. The original play used the wrong story. And then there's the body found wrapped in ...more
E. Parker
I keep hoping for a good series in the 'cozy'genre, and this almost made it. I very much enjoyed the first book's discussion of the Oxford comma, and hoped for a similar editorial aside in this one. I mean, let's face it, it's not going to be the plot that pulls anybody in. The main character, Mikki Lincoln, is simply annoying. She's a self-righteous prig who just wants to see 'justice done', and can't keep her nose out of murder investigations. However did Lenape Hollow manage before she moved ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obs
I really liked this delightful, intriguing mystery! I must admit it is intimidating to write a review about a professional editor since my grammar leaves a bit to be desired! Mikki, the retired English teacher who now has a full-time editing business, is someone I hope to see more of in the future, as well as her best friend from high school, Darlene.

After the death of her beloved husband, Mikki returned to Lenape Hollow where she grew up. She was even able to purchase the home she grew up in,
Miki Lincoln lived in Maine until the death of her husband. Staying in Maine as a widow, facing her retirement alone isn't to her liking. When she finds out that the house she lived in for the first 17 years of her life has come up for sale she decides how to spend her golden years. She buys the house and returns to Lenape Hollow, in the Catskills. In the first mystery of the series she has discovered that her childhood home may just turn out to be a bit of a money pit and her retirement funds ...more
The Cozy Review
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: Deadly Edits - Book 2
Author: Kaitlyn Dunnett
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Literary
Publisher: Kensington Books
Page Count: 288
Publishing Date: June 25, 2019

Clause & Effect by Kaitlyn Dunnett is the second book in the cozy book series “Deadly Edits, published by Kensington Books. This is fast becoming a favorite series. Only two books into this cozy book series and fans are already making it a must read. This book is articulate, edited well and plot driven with great characters and beautiful
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Mikki Lincoln knows words. As a freelance editor, she helps writers get their pieces ready for publication. It’s only in her spare time that she snoops around, asking people about murder. But with her town, Lenape Hollow, having its 225th anniversary, there’s not as much time for playing Miss Marple. Especially since they want to put on a play that the town did for their 200th celebration, and it needs a lot of editing help. As someone who grew up in Lenape Hollow, Mikki wants the celebration to ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
I have read the previous book in the series and enjoyed the series very much.. Clause & Effect by Kaitlyn Dunnett is the 2nd book in Deadly Edits mystery series. Each book can be read as a stand alone if you have not read the first in series. I highly recommend this series . Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My opinions are my own. What I appreciate about this series is the protagonist and many of the charcters are seniors and written as smart, contributing ...more
Susan Johnston
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here: We like MIkki. Momma, being of a certain age, can certainly empathize with her. She is a smart literate capable lady from the early Baby Boom. She works as a book editor but is pressured into helping her small town celebrate it’s 225th anniversary. She is asked to update a script last used at the Bicentennial but a quick look tells her the original will need to be scrapped and rewritten. She is in the local HIstorical Society when renovations reveal a terrible secret. ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free digital copy of Clause & Effect from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

Clause & Effect is book 2 in the A Deadly Edits Mystery Series. Mikki Lincoln is running a book editing service from her recently purchased home to supplement her retirement income and pay for the upkeep and repairs needed on the new house. The house is somewhat of a homecoming for her as it is the house she spent her first 17 years in and by buying it and moving back she has managed to
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mikki Lincoln bought her childhood home to spend her golden years where she started out. Little did she know she would be coerced into rewriting the town’s bicentennial play to accommodate their 225th anniversary. As Mikki is working at the local historical society during some construction, she is witness to a body being found as some repairs are being made.

While the murder occurred while Mikki was gone from Lenape Hollow, she knows many of the main suspects and helps to identify the victim.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AUTHOR Dunnett, Kaitlyn
TITLE Clause & Effect
DATE READ 11/11/19
FIRST SENTENCE "Oh, no. You're not roping me into this." Neither my best friend from high school nor my oldest enemy paid a bit of attention.
GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF Cozy Mystery/2019/Kensington/274 pgs
CHALLENGE Good Re ads 2019 Reading Goal 184/111;
TIME/PLACE Present/Catskills NY
CHARACTERS Mikki Lincoln/free-lance editor
COMMENTS 2nd entry in the deadly edits
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the covers of these books! Mikki Lincoln is getting more involved with the people in the town of Lenape Hollow, re-connecting with old friends. She has been recruited to help rewrite the script for a play for the 225th celebration of the founding of the town. The play was written for the bicentennial and needs to be updated. She is introduced to several new people including the mayor and the director of the historical society while working on this project. I enjoyed learning more about ...more
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Kaitlyn Dunnett is a pseudonym used by Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of the Mistress Jaffrey Mysteries, the Face Down Mysteries featuring Susanna Appleton, 16th century gentlewoman, herbalist, and sleuth, the Diana Spaulding 1888 Quartet, and the award-winning How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries, plus an assortment of other books.

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