Kathy Lynn Emerson Books in Order

The Kathy Lynn Emerson books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Kathy Lynn Emerson books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Susanna, Lady Appleton Books

Face Down in the Marrow-Bone Pie

Kathy Lynn Emerson 1997
Left alone to handle the uproar following the poisoning murder of the steward, Lady Susanna Appleton, an expert herbalist, seeks to identify what killed the steward while unmasking the killer. Reprint. Read More

Face Down Upon an Herbal

Kathy Lynn Emerson 1998
Having written the definitive book on herbal poisons, Susanna, Lady Appleton, knows she must find the link between her herbal and the man who was found dead reading it before it is too late. By the author of Face Down in the Marrow-Bone Pie. Reprint. Read More

Face Down Among the Winchester Geese

Kathy Lynn Emerson 1999
Lady Susanna Appleton would be content to tend to the medicinal herbs in the garden of her London townhouse, but a mysterious murder prompts her to investigate and reveals that even her own husband is not above suspicion, in a mystery set in Elizabethan England. Reprint. Read More

Face Down Beneath the Eleanor Cross

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2000
Amateur sleuth and Elizabethan herbalist Susanna, Lady Appleton, is forced into a race against time when she is accused of killing her husband, Robert, and must find the killer before it is too late. Reprint. Read More

Face Down Under the Wych Elm

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2000
Elizabethan herbalist Susanna, Lady Appleton, must root out a killer when two women are accused of witchcraft while the real killer, an expert in poisons, remains free to strike again. Reprint. Read More

Face Down Before Rebel Hooves

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2001

The moment her friend Sir Walter Pendennis comes to call carrying his wife's crimson cloak over one arm, Susanna senses something terrible has happened - and she's not mistaken. Sir Walter's wife Eleanor, has been trampled by runaway horses, and her dying confession reveals that she has been involved in a plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots.

Since the lady's co-conspirators have no idea she is dead, Walter proposes a daring plan: Susanna will impersonate his late wife and take her place among the traitors. Now, caught in a web of treachery, deceit, and double-crosses, where there is a turncoat in the shadows who knows more than she does.

..and who will stop at nothing to silence her forever..

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Face Down Across the Western Sea

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2002

Anxious to prove England's claim on the New World, Queen Elizabeth has charged Sir Walter Pendennis, seasoned spy and diplomat, with the top-secret mission. Walter gathers a team of scholars at his Cornwall estate, and calls upon his dear friend Susanna, Lady Appleton, to assist.

Susanna is an expert herbalist with a quick mind and wise ways-and Walter has long carried a flame for her. When Walter's wife appears uninvited at Priory House, she sets about extinguishing that flame. Meanwhile, Susanna and Walter find that troubling discrepancies have surfaced among sailors' accounts of the land beyond the Western Sea.

Their research becomes intrigue when an eyewitness account turns up missing and a scholar is found dead in his study. Is the murder the work of an academic rival? A jealous lover? A Spanish spy? Scholarly trickery and New World scandal come to light as Susanna's sleuthing skills are put to the test.

Face Down Across the Western Sea is a potent concoction, brimming with the qualities that have made the Susanna, Lady Appleton, series a favorite among mystery lovers: rich period detail, first-rate suspense, and at the center of it all, Susanna-a headstrong and beguiling heroine.

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Murders and Other Confusions

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2004

MURDERS MOST FOUL (And Other Execrable Crimes) Susanna, Lady Appleton was a gentlewoman, a herbalist (author of A Cautionary Herbal, being a compendium of plants harmful to the health) – and an expert crime-solver during the reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I, Queens of England during the turbulent 16th century.

It was a time when religious differences were fought with the sword and the torture chamber, and an ardent Protestant could be burned at the stake for heresy under the rule Mary and an fervent Catholic could be executed for treason under the rule of Elizabeth.

In these eleven stories (five of which are previously unpublished), Susanna investigates a body found in a dovecote, death by Devil’s Turnips, the woman whose babies always died by being "overlaid," the use of a Neck Verse to save a condemned prisoner’s life, the mysterious tavern sign of a woolsack, and other cases full of the color and danger of the 16th century.

New introduction and historical notes to each story by the author, and a checklist of Kathy Lynn Emerson’s novels and stories. Cover painting by Linda Weatherly S. Cover design by Deborah Miller.

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Face Down Below the Banqueting House

Last, First 2005
Shortly before a royal visit to Leigh Abbey, the home of sixteenth-century sleuth Susanna Appleton, a man dies in a fall from a banqueting house. Is his death part of some treasonous plot against Elizabeth Tudor? Or is it merely murder? Read More

Face Down Beside St. Anne's Well

Last, First 2006
Are the nude spies lolling in the ancient Roman communal baths of Elizabethan England plotting the return of Mary Queen of Scots? Once again Susanna, Lady Appleton, encounters murder and treason, and only she can unravel the crimes in the intriguing year of 1575. Read More

Face Down O'er the Border

Last, First 2007
The year is 1557. Mary Queen of Scots is a prisoner in England, and Scotland is in upheaval. Does this political unrest tie in with a murder involving Susanna Appletons friend Catherine, who has disappeared in the company of a notorious spy, and is now under suspicion of treason? Read More

Publication Order of Treasured Tales Books

Love Thy Neighbor

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1997
While he is fascinated by Linnea Bryan, Marshall Austin also reviles her for being the daughter of the woman who destroyed his parents' marriage and launches a campaign to have her ejected from the neighborhood--and from his heart. Original. Read More

Your Wish is My Command

Bancroft, Stephanie 1998

Now he could have anyone he desired, but would she be his dream come true?When a quick rub of an old brass teapot set off a tremor that reduced his antiques store to a shambles, Ladden Sanderson groaned.  At least the exotic carpet he'd rescued from the estate sale would intrigue designer Jasmine Crowne, but what he really wanted was the lady herself!  Jasmine felt a rush of sensual awareness in the dusty shop, but why, after three years of friendship, was she restless to feel Ladden's hands on her body now?  Could it be magic?Weaving a delectable romance spiced with mystery and fantasy, Stephanie Bancroft provides a push in the right direction to help a man win the woman he's always wanted!  Years of yearning hadn't brought the pretty temptress any closer to his arms, but once a generous genie gave him a hand, could he capture her heart and soul?

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Publication Order of Diana Spaulding Books

Deadlier than the Pen

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2004

In 1888, the murder of two female journalists in the New York City prompts newly widowed journalist Diana Spaulding to investigate the handsome horror author Damon Bathory in this large-print historical mystery. Although her growing affection for Bathory makes her increasingly reluctant to pursue him, Spaulding is spurred on by her cigar-chomping boss Horatio Foxe in an adventure that pits her against a deranged artist, a matriarch with a bloodthirsty sense of humor, and a traveling acting troupe of egotistical men and jealous women.

Written against the background of New York City during the height of yellow journalism, the novel brings to life not only the fast-paced murder mystery that Spaulding investigates, but also the day-to-day realities and hardships of the gilded age.

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Fatal as a Fallen Woman

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2005

Reporter Diana Spaulding leaves for Denver after hearing that her mother has been accused of murdering her gold-baron father in this wry historical novel. Upon arriving in the Mile-High City, Spaulding must brave opium dens, snooty Denver society, and a crafty murderer to save her mother—all against a backdrop of brothels, immigrant railroad workers, and nouveau-riche gold miners that are almost as engaging as the plot itself.

Late-19th-century Denver is explored with precise historical detail as Spaulding uncovers the plot that threatens her mother's life.  

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No Mortal Reason

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2007

In her thirty-third published novel, the third mystery in this critically acclaimed series featuring "girl-reporter" Diana Spaulding, Kathy Lynn Emerson explores her own roots in rural New York with the aid of her grandfather's diaries. 1888 - When Diana and her fiancee Dr Ben Northcote journey to Sullivan Country, New York, they discover Diana's long-lost relative embroiled in a speculator's crazy scheme to turn the family hotel into the next Saratoga Springs.

Then an excavation figs up a skeleton, and Diana must exercise her reporter's nose to clear her Uncle Howd of a ten-year old murder, enhanced by a cast of colourful humans and an aggressive nanny goat.

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Lethal Legend

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2008

Diana's wedding preparations are interrupted when her fiance Ben receives an urgent plea for help from a reclusive childhood friend in the final volume of this mystery series. Working on a secretive archeological dig on Graham Somener's island off the coast of Maine, a team of men have all been poisoned.

When one is murdered in a diving accident and Graham refuses to call the police, Diana and Ben fear he may have fallen under the spell of a confidence woman posing as an archeologist from the Peabody Museum. Their investigations threaten Ben’s friendship and imperil Diana’s life before the conundrum is finally solved.

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Publication Order of Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries Books

Kilt Dead

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2007

As a professional Scottish dancer, Liss MacCrimmon has performed strathsprays and reels, jigs and Highland flings until a knee injury cuts her career short. Returning to her hometown of Moosetookalook, Maine, she decides to help her aunt run her Scottish emporium.

Liss hasn't been in Moosetookalook in over ten years, but the quaint little town, nestled in the hilly terrain of western Maine, looks exactly as she remembers it. But then her bliss soon turns to dread when she finds the dead body of her aunt's nosy neighbor, Amanda Norris, under a bolt of Flower of Scotland fabric in the stock room.

And if things weren't bad enough, the state police hone in on Liss as the prime suspect.Now Liss will have to do some fancy footwork to prove she's innocent while avoiding becoming the killer's next victim. . ."A blithe and bonny mystery from Kaitlyn Dunnett! Cozy mystery readers should pour a cuppa and settle down to savor the flavor of the Highlands, the wee dram of Scottish folklore and the small town skullduggery that season this clever debut.

"--Nancy Martin, author of the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries"Strong local color and a surprise ending will make this a hit with the cozy crowd."--Publishers Weekly"A nice little debut with enough local color and romance to make a congenial addition to the cozy ranks.

"--Kirkus Reviews

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Scone Cold Dead

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2008

After a knee injury forces professional Scottish dancer, Liss MacCrimmon to give up her life of performing strathspreys, reels, jigs and Highland flings she returns to her hometown of Moosetookalook, Maine, where she runs a Scottish Emporium. With one solved murder case under her dance belt, Liss has no idea she's about to spiral into another.

. .Liss still misses the life of a professional dancer with Strathspey, the Scottish dance company she belonged to. So she arranges a reception for the troupe when they're on tour, complete with a Scottish theme that includes a new spin on the classic Scottish Scone.

Liss soon realizes that life in the group isn't all happy jigs and fancy stepping. Victor Owens, the company manager, has been making life miserable for everyone. But she has no idea how miserable until Victor bites into one of Liss's prized cocktail scones, collapses and dies.

When the police set their sights on Liss and her best friends, it's up to Liss to find out whodunit before this culinary killer makes an encore. . .

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A Wee Christmas Homicide

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2009

Tis the season to be jolly, but in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is in short supply due to a snowless winter that's keeping skiers and shoppers at a distance. Fortunately, Liss MacCrimmon of the Scottish Emporium has a plan. . .Liss's brainstorm focuses on Tiny Teddies, the new "hot" toy of the season.

Every store across the country is out of stock--except a few wee establishments in good ol' Moosetookalook. The first sign of something amiss occurs when the last Tiny Teddy is summarily executed: shot through the heart in the display window of greedy toy store owner Gavin Thorne.

But the Teddy's demise is just a precursor to the eerily similar murder of Gavin himself. . .Now, with the Twelve (or, in Scots terms, the Daft) Days of Christmas rapidly approaching, Liss has a plate full of things worse than haggis to contend with, starting with a stockroom packed with poultry (don't ask), and ending with a killer who'd like to see Liss's goose well and fully cooked.

. ."A picturesque location, a bit of romance, some suspense, and a cast of appealingly quirky characters." --Booklist"The blend of romance and cozy mystery will please lovers of all things Scottish."--Kirkus Reviews "Perfect for the holiday season."--Romantic Times

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The Corpse Wore Tartan

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2010

Can there be such a thing as too many men in kilts? Normally Liss MacCrimmon, proprietor of Moosetookalook, Maine's one and only Scottish Emporium, would say no. But that's before one of them turns out to be murderous. . .The bagpipes are blaring at Moosetookalook's finest hotel, reopened just in time to host an annual celebration of Scotland's most beloved poet.

But when the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society arrives on the scene, they bring more than a hunger for haggis and a passion for plaid. The quarrelsome group harbors their share of long held grudges, and the animosity only grows as the whiskey flows.

Then a fierce blizzard hits, trapping everyone--angry Scotsmen, hapless hotel staff, and Liss herself--indoors. It isn't long before a body is discovered face down in a storage room, covered in tartan--and blood. Now Liss will have to work fast to solve this crime before another body goes as cold as the snowstorm keeping her cooped up with a killer.

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Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2011

Liss MacCrimmon, purveyor of all things plaid at the Moosetookalook Scottish Emporium in Maine, can't wait to cozy up to the town's first annual mystery book conference. The outlook seems very bonnie indeed for all the local businesses, including her fiancé's family-owned hotel.

But when a reviewer with a grudge takes a swan dive off a scenic lookout, Liss discovers the crime scene bonanza a bit too real. With a conference full of potential suspects--from a famous actress-turned-bestselling author to her power-broker agent, to an overextended events coordinator with plenty to hide--it will take a killer instinct to figure out which writer belongs in the true crime section.

. .before the murderer pens The End for another innocent victim.Praise for the Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries!"Enjoyable. . .vivid descriptions of Maine during mud season and a quirky cast of characters lift this cozy." --Publishers Weekly on Scone Cold Dead"High-kicking fun with characters as colorful as the tartans.

. .a delightful new series." --Dorothy Cannell on Kilt Dead

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Bagpipes, Brides and Homicides

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2012

Thanks to the Western Maine Highland Games, Moosetookalook, Maine, has never seen so many bare legs walking its streets. But instead of wondering who'll win the hammer throw, everyone's asking who got kilt. Especially Liss MacCrimmon, purveyor of the town's Scottish Emporium, since it's also her wedding weekend.

And nothing scotches up nuptial bliss like a dead body. But who'd go medieval on a professor, no matter how nutty? As much as Liss tries to keep her fingers out of the sleuthing cake, she finds herself again dead center of a Moosetookalook murder mystery.

If Liss doesn't solve this one, and quick, she might never say "I do," let alone "'til death do us part.""Filled with gems of Scottish history and culture, this intelligent entry will appeal to newcomers and established fans alike." --Publishers Weekly

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Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2013

Liss MacCrimmon's Scottish Emporium is thrilled to be organizing Moosetookalok, Maine's, Halloween fundraiser. But the abandoned Chadwick mansion might be too perfect a setting for a creepy old haunted house, especially when a very real-looking body with puncture-marks on the neck is added to the decorations.

Asking who kilt the deceased brings up everyone from the undead to real estate agents to horror writers. But Liss had better watch her back, because the killer is much closer then she thinks!"Cozy fans are in for a Halloween treat." --Publishers Weekly

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Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2014

Business is booming at the Scottish Emporium in Moosetookalook, Maine, and Liss MacCrimmon Ruskin couldn't be happier--or busier. A romantic getaway at a rustic Christmas tree farm is just what she needs. But the property's mysterious past has her feeling less than merry.

. .Liss is surprised when an old friend from high school asks her to spend a week at the Christmas tree farm she recently inherited from a great-uncle. Realizing it would be the perfect chance for her and her husband Dan to get away from work, Liss happily accepts the offer and packs her bags for the tiny town of New Boston.

Upon their arrival, Liss and Dan are greeted by a ramshackle farmhouse and unfriendly townsfolk. It's hardly the idyllic vacation locale they'd hoped for, especially when needling neighbors start raising questions about the farm's dark history. Who was the man whose body was found neatly netted in a shipment of Scotch pine? Why did the owner vanish into thin air? And why are the trees growing so close together, forming a maze more twisted than a Celtic knot? The rumors pile up faster than snowdrifts in a blizzard, and as Liss starts un-wrapping the truth, she discovers something even more scandalous than murder hiding beneath the town's humdrum façade.

When a series of "accidents" strikes the farm, she'll have to spring into action faster than a Highland Fling to find the killer who's been lurking among the pines--before she ends up in a pine box herself. . .Praise for Kaitlyn Dunnett and her Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries!Vampires, Bones, And Treacle Scones"Spooky.

. .Cozy fans are in for a Halloween treat." --Publishers WeeklyBagpipes, Brides, And Homicides"Fans of Scottish lore or bookstore mysteries like Lorna Barrett's and Carolyn Hart's will enjoy this one." --BooklistScotched"A satisfying entry in the series.

" --Booklist"This well-plotted novel provides pure entertainment." --RT Book ReviewsA Wee Christmas Homicide"The blend of romance and cozy mystery will please lovers of all things Scottish." --Kirkus ReviewsScone Cold Dead"Enjoyable. . .vivid descriptions of Maine during mud season and a quirky cast of characters lift this cozy.

" --Publishers WeeklyKilt Dead"If you have an affinity for all things Scottish, this is the book for you." --Deadly Pleasures

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The Scottie Barked At Midnight

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2015

Spring is just a few weeks away, but winter is still digging its claws into Moosetookalook, Maine. With business at the Scottish Emporium frozen up, Liss MacCrimmon is cautiously optimistic when a twist of fate lands her on a reality competition show—until the contest gets a little too cutthroat .

. .While driving on an icy road one night, Liss swerves her car when something darts out in front of it. The Scottish terrier she finds shivering in the snow turns out to be a reality TV star. But when the pooch’s owner is murdered, her daughter asks Liss to take her place on the reality show.

Before Liss can tell her she’s barking up the wrong tree, she finds herself ensnarled in the strange world of reality competitions and hot on the trail of a deadly competitor. And just as she starts pawing at the truth, Liss realizes she could be next on the murderer’s list .

. .“Full of local color, suspicious characters, and adorable fur-babies. What's not to like?” —Kirkus Reviews

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Kilt at the Highland Games

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2017

It’s July in Moosetookalook, Maine, and Scottish Emporium proprietress Liss MacCrimmon Ruskin is prepping her wares for the annual Western Maine Highland Games. But when a suspicious fire leads to the disappearance of an entire family, and the sound of gunshots on the opening day of the Celtic festival leads to a dead body, Liss races to nab an elusive killer.

Unable to shake the feeling that new victims are being targeted around town, she’ll need to act swiftly, because when it comes to this kind of game, somebody has to lose . . .   “Full of local color, suspicious characters, and adorable fur-babies.

What's not to like?” —Kirkus Reviews on The Scottie Barked at Midnight

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X Marks the Scot

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2017

The old Chadwick mansion on the edge of Moosetookalook, Maine, has been shrouded in mystery for generations—until Scottish Emporium owner Liss MacCrimmon uncovers a forgotten family secret. But she never imagined that a little curiosity would lead her into such deadly territory .

. .   While perusing auction items from the Chadwick estate, Liss purchases a painting of a bagpiper to add to her collection. Her interest shifts from art to sleuthing upon a strange discovery—what appears to be a treasure map tucked behind the canvas.

She’s even more intrigued when she links the scroll to an early Chadwick who smuggled goods across the Canadian border.   So during a business trip to Canada, Liss arranges a meeting with an archivist in hopes of pinning down the truth about the map and the Chadwick bloodline.

Before her quest moves forward, however, she finds the archivist’s murdered body at a local genealogical society. One thing is certain—Liss isn’t alone on this treasure hunt . . .   Liss returns to Moosetookalook, terrified that the killer may have followed her home.

With her life in real peril and the map at risk of being stolen, she launches into full-scale investigation mode. But as she deciphers clues and inches toward the dangerous culprit, Liss quickly realizes she’s only a step away from ending up like the Chadwick clan—permanently wiped out.

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Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2018

“An enjoyable cozy from start to finish.” —Publishers WeeklyWhile Liss MacCrimmon preps the Scottish Emporium for November’s inevitable shopping rush, other local businesses aren’t half as lucky. When her father-in-law decides to entice childless couples desperate for a holiday away from family to his rustic hotel, the unusual marketing tactic has everyone in Moosetookalook, Maine, in an uproar.

Liss dismisses the bad publicity as being totally “overkilt”—until angry mobs fill the streets, the troublemaker who started it all turns up dead, and her loved ones are suspected of murder. It’s up to Liss to digest a slew of unsettling clues and catch the real killer before everything she’s ever been thankful for vanishes before her eyes.

  “Full of local color, suspicious characters, and adorable fur-babies. What's not to like?” —Kirkus Reviews on The Scottie Barked at Midnight

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A View to a Kilt

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2020

A series of blizzards have kept tourists away from Moosetookalook, Maine, and shoppers out of Liss MacCrimmon’s Scottish Emporium. But as warmer weather brings promises of tartan sales and new faces, melting snow reveals cold-blooded murder . . .   Liss has suddenly found herself in charge of the March Madness Mud Season Sale, a town-wide celebration created to boost the local economy during the slushy weeks of early spring.

With businesses ailing after a rough winter, the pressure is on to make this year’s effort the can’t-miss-event of the season. But before Liss can get her hands dirty, her husband makes a horrifying discovery. There’s a dead man on their property, and he didn't die of natural causes .

. .   Stunned by the murder mystery developing in her own backyard, Liss receives another shock. The victim is identified as Charlie MacCrimmon, an uncle believed to have died eleven years before Liss was born. No one has seen or heard from Charlie since he went off to fight in Vietnam.

What secrets could he have been hiding for so many years, and who would want to kill a man long thought to be dead?   Enlisting the help of her family, Liss uncovers more questions than answers as she delves into her uncle’s murky past. One thing is clear—before he met his end, Uncle Charlie was desperately trying to warn her about something sinister.

And unless Liss can soon track down a maniacal criminal as elusive as the Loch Ness Monster, she just might be the next MacCrimmon to disappear . . .

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Publication Order of Secrets of the Tudor Court Books

The Pleasure Palace

Emerson, Kate 2009

Basing her gripping tale on the life of the real Jane Popyncourt, gifted author Kate Emerson brings the Tudor monarchs, their family, and their courtiers to brilliant life in this vibrant novel.Beautiful. Seductive. Innocent. Jane Popyncourt was brought to the court as a child to be ward of the king and a companion to his daughters—the princesses Margaret and Mary.

With no money of her own, Jane could not hope for a powerful marriage, or perhaps even marriage at all. But as she grows into a lovely young woman, she still receives flattering attention from the virile young men flocking to serve the handsome new king, Henry VIII, who has recently married Catherine of Aragon.

Then a dashing French prisoner of war, cousin to the king of France, is brought to London, and Jane finds she cannot help giving some of her heart—and more—to a man she can never marry. But the Tudor court is filled with dangers as well as seductions, and there are mysteries surrounding Jane’s birth that have made her deadly enemies.

Can she cultivate her beauty and her amorous wiles to guide her along a perilous path and bring her at last to happiness?

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Between Two Queens

Emerson, Kate 2009


Nan Bassett hopes that an appointment at the court of King Henry VIII will bring her a grand marriage. But soon after she becomes a maid of honor to Queen Jane, the queen dies in childbirth. As the court plunges into mourning, Nan sets her sights on the greatest match in the land.

..for the king has noticed her. After all, it wouldn't be the first time King Henry has chosen to wed a maid of honor. And in newly Protestant England, where plots to restore the old religion abound, Nan may be the only one who can reassure a suspicious king of her family's loyalty.

But the favor of a king can be dangerous and chancy, not just for Nan, but for her family as well...and passionate Nan is guarding a secret, one that could put her future -- and her life -- in grave jeopardy should anyone discover the truth. Based on the life of the real Anne Bassett and her family, and drawing extensively from letters and diaries of the time, Between Two Queens is an enthralling picture of the dangers and delights of England's most passionate era.

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By Royal Decree

Emerson, Kate 2010

AS TEMPESTUOUS AS THE TUDOR MONARCHS THEMSELVES, THE SECRETS OF THE TUDOR COURT SERIES HAS BEEN CALLED “RIVETING” (BOOKLIST) AND “WELL DRAWN” (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY). Charming. Desirable. Forbidden. Brought to court with other eligible young noblewomen by the decree of King Henry VIII, lovely Elizabeth “Bess” Brooke realizes for the first time that beauty can be hazardous.

Although Bess has no desire to wed the aging king, she and her family would have little choice if Henry’s eye were to fall on her. And other dangers exist as well, for Bess has caught the interest of dashing courtier Will Parr. Bess finds Will’s kisses as sweet as honey, but marriage between them may be impossible.

Will is a divorced man, and remarriage is still prohibited. Bess and Will must hope that the king can be persuaded to issue a royal decree allowing Will to marry again . . . but to achieve their goal, the lovers will need royal favor. Amid the swirling alliances of royalty and nobles, Bess and Will perform a dangerous dance of palace intrigue and pulse-pounding passions.

Brought to glowing life by the talented Kate Emerson, and seen through the eyes of a beautiful young noblewoman, By Royal Decree illuminates the lives of beautiful young courtiers in and out of the rich and compelling drama of the Tudor court.

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At the King's Pleasure

Emerson, Kate 2011

The fourth novel in Kate Emerson’s well-reviewed series set in Tudor England—based on a real life member of the royal court of Henry VIII. Following the acclaimed By Royal Decree, Pleasure Palace, and Between Two Queens, Kate Emerson again plucks a real figure from history in this lushly detailed tale featuring Lady Anne Stafford—who is torn between her husband and another man.

History remembers Lady Anne Stafford as the woman who cheated on her husband with both King Henry VIII and his companion, Sir William Compton. Lady Anne was indeed in love with two men at the same time….but the king wasn’t one of them. Lady Anne’s complex and heart-wrenching romantic relationships are at the core of this riveting tale that masterfully blends romance, drama, and historical detail as only Kate Emerson can.

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The King's Damsel

Emerson, Kate 2012

In the fifth novel in Kate Emerson’s highly acclaimed Secrets of the Tudor Court series, a young gentlewoman catches King Henry the Eighth’s roving eye.Handmaid. Spy. Mistress. Anxious to secure his own success at the glittering court of Henry VIII, heiress Tamsin Lodge’s ambitious guardian obtains her a position as maid of honor to young Princess Mary Tudor.

Tamsin soon comes to love the neglected child, but in the Tudor court, not even a princess is secure. Mary’s father is besotted with the lovely Anne Boleyn, and the girl’s future has grown perilous. Plotting to be Mary’s eyes and ears, Tamsin joins Anne’s service, but the handsome silk worker who is her co-conspirator may be her undoing.

While marriage with a merchant is unthinkable, she cannot resist Rafe Pinckney’s embraces. When Tamsin also attracts the lusty Henry, she must choose between loyalty and desire. . . . With Anne’s jealousy growing dangerous, can Tamsin survive the schemes and seductions that surround her?

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Royal Inheritance

Emerson, Kate 2013

This new novel in the “wonderfully absorbing” (Library Journal) Secrets of the Tudor Court series, features a tailor’s daughter who suspects she is an illegitimate offspring of King Henry VIII.Audrey Malte is illegitimate, though her beloved father—tailor to King Henry VIII—prefers to call her “merry-begot,” saying there was much joy in her making.

Then Audrey visits the royal court with her father, and the whispers start about Audrey’s distinctive Tudor-red hair and the kindness that the king shows her. Did dashing Henry perhaps ask Malte to raise a royal love child? The king’s favor, however, brings Audrey constraint as well as opportunity.

Though she holds tender feelings for her handsome music tutor, John Harington, the king is pressuring her to marry into the family of treacherous, land-hungry Sir Richard Southwell. Audrey determines to learn the truth about her birth at last. The answer may give her the freedom to give her heart as she chooses .

. . or it could ensnare her deeper in an enemy’s ruthless scheme.

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Publication Order of Mistress Jaffrey Books

Murder in the Queen's Wardrobe

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2015

A female spymaster will face mortal danger to protect her husband and her queen. . . London, 1582: Mistress Rosamond Jaffrey, a talented and well-educated woman of independent means, is recruited by Queen Elizabeth I’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, to be lady-in-waiting to Lady Mary, a cousin of the queen.

With her talent in languages and knowledge of ciphers and codes, she will be integral to the spymaster as an intelligence gatherer, being able to get close to Lady Mary just at the time when she is being courted by Russia’s Ivan the Terrible. However, there are some nobles at court who will do anything they can to thwart such an alliance; and Rosamond soon realises the extent of the danger, when a prominent official is murdered and then an attempt is made on both her and Lady Mary’s lives.

In her quest to protect her ward – and her estranged husband – Rosamond must put herself in mortal peril.

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Murder in the Merchant's Hall

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2015

The intriguing new mystery featuring Tudor sleuth, Mistress Rosamond Jaffrey.When Lina Walkenden is found clutching a bloody knife over the dead body of her brother-in-law and guardian, there’s only one person she can turn to for help: her childhood friend Rosamond Jaffrey.

Rosamond vows to do all she can to prove Lina’s innocence, but when it transpires Lina was being forced into a marriage against her will and was instead besotted by her fiance’s charming yet unscrupulous nephew, her motives for murder seem overwhelming.

In desperation, Rosamond seeks out the help of the Queen’s spymaster himself, Sir Francis Walsingham – but when she overhears a conversation at the French Embassy, it seems Lina’s plight is irrelevant in the face of potential treason. Rosamond must do all she can to save her friend – and keep herself and her family safe from a desperate killer.

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Murder in a Cornish Alehouse

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2017

Mistress Rosamond Jaffrey is summoned to Cornwall and finds herself embroiled in an investigation involving smugglers, piracy – and rumours of treason. June, 1584. On hearing news of the sudden death of her stepfather, Sir Walter Pendennis, Rosamond Jaffrey must leave London for Cornwall to look after the interests of her young half-brother and try to mend her strained relationship with their mother.

However, on arriving in Cornwall, Rosamond makes the shocking discovery that Sir Walter was in fact murdered – and reluctantly she agrees to work with an agent of the queen’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, in order to unmask the killer. Rosamond’s investigations will lead her into a dangerous maelstrom of smuggling, piracy – and rumours of treason.

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Publication Order of Deadly Edits Books

Crime & Punctuation

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2018

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 . . .

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Clause & Effect

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2019

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 .

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A Fatal Fiction

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2020

Freelance book editor Mikki Lincoln knows the makings of a well-written story. But she’ll need to choose her words wisely when a new assignment introduces a deadly plot twist . . .   Forgotten on the outskirts of quaint Lenape Hollow, Feldman’s Catskill Resort Hotel has outlasted its heyday as a popular tourist destination and now awaits demolition.

But once Mikki is hired to edit a revealing memoir by Sunny Feldman, the last living relative of its original owners, the doomed resort quickly ends up back in the spotlight . . .   Unfortunately, everyone’s attention shifts to Mikki when a body is discovered at the demolition site.

Seen arguing with deceptive entrepreneur Greg Onslow right before his shocking death, the editor has no choice but to spell out exactly why she isn’t guilty of murdering him . . .   Mikki’s dash for answers brings Greg’s shady dealings into focus, along with an unsettling list of potential culprits.

As false leads and dead ends force her to revise theories on who really did it, can Mikki judge fact from fiction before the investigation reaches a terrifying conclusion?

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Murder, She Edited

Dunnett, Kaitlyn 2021

As the hesitant new owner of a rundown property outside of sleepy Lenape Hollow, New York, freelance editor Mikki Lincoln must get her facts straight about an old murder on the premises--before the killer returns to meet the next deadline!When Mikki inherits a nearby farm from a woman she hasn't seen in two decades, the unexpected arrangement comes with a big catch: forgotten diaries hidden in the neglected house must be recovered, edited, and published across the internet within one month.

The lonely locale is like an untouched time capsule from the 1950s, and it was left behind for good reasonWhile searching for the mysterious memoirs and clues about the former owners, Mikki discovers that the once peaceful place was punctuated by an unsolved homicide and other rumored crimes.

Worse, suspicious activity in the creepy, dilapidated barn suggests it really hasn't been abandoned at all... In a remote farmhouse with only her observant calico cat, Calpurnia, keeping her company, Mikki must swiftly crack an eerie cold case from the past and stop a clever culprit from leaving red markups on anything other than pages of revised copy.


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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Julia's Mending

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1987
In 1887, when her missionary parents have gone to China without her, snobbish twelve-year-old Julia is sent to a farm in upstate New York where she breaks a leg, and while it mends, she learns to love and accept her country cousins and heal her anger Read More

Cloud Castles

Kaitlyn Gorton 1989

This is a great "who-dun-it." The heroine inherits land and a house in an isolated area from an unknown relative. She is a writer and a teacher who decides to live in the house so that she can have privacy to write and escape from a teaching job that has been nothing but trouble for her.

All she wants is privacy but someone wants to harm her or scare her off. She is found in a wrecked car on the side of the road by the local lawman (the hero) and taken to a local clinic. She has been drugged and has a container of pills on her. The lawman waits for her to wake up and starts interigating her thinking she was taking tranquilizers and driving.

She remembers being run off the road by teenage boys and them being in her car. She also thinks she was drugged at the cafe in her new town via her coffee. The lawman has a hard time believing her but he helps her as she is now a citizen in his jurisdiction.

She is a mystery to him and she finds herself with more than one mystery to solve. As he tries to uncover the mysteries and help her, he finds intrigue and love right under his nose. This is a fun rainy day read.

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The Mystery of the Missing Bagpipes

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1991
While at a bagpipe camp on an isolated Maine estate--where her father is attending a bagpipe school run by an eccentric millionaire--Kim must solve a mystery involving a stolen set of valuable, antique bagpipes Read More

Winter Tapestry

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1991
When English exile Sir Anthony Shelby is murdered in Strasbourg, his daughter Cordell must accept the protection of marriage to his friend Roger Allington in order to return home to the dubious safety of Mary Tudor's England, where both are caught up in the plots around the Queen's sister Elizabeth Read More

Echoes and Illusions

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1993
A woman is content with her quiet life in Maine--her marriage and her thriving needlecraft business--until frightening dreams of a forgotten past shatter her peace. Original. Read More


Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1993
Fleeing danger, London-born Ellen Allyn sails to New England, accompanied by Jamie Mainwaring, a handsome young adventurer who helps her brave the savage, unexplored New World. Original. Read More

Unquiet Hearts

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1994
Years after she and her mother had been sent away from Catsholme Manor under mysterious circumstances, Thomasine Strangeways returns and is reunited with her childhood friend, Nick Carrier, now a brooding and bitter widower. Original. Read More

The Green Rose

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1994
A beautiful young widow has nothing to bargain with except herself when her late husband's trading vessel The Green Rose does not return, but her mock betrothal to Sir Grey Neville soon blossoms into love. Original. Read More

Hearth, Home and Hope / The Rapunzel Trap

Kaitlyn Gorton 1995
Hearth, Home And Hope by Kaitlyn Gorton released on Dec 23, 1994 is available now for purchase. Read More

Separated Sisters / Family Lies

Kaitlyn Gorton 1997
Separated Sisters by Kaitlyn Gorton released on Jan 24, 1997 is available now for purchase. Read More

Sleepwalking Beauty

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1997
When bodyguard Duncan Glendower agrees to protect the sleepwalking Andrea Lauderdale, he has no idea that it also means protecting her from himself, and Andrea must decide if she can face the terror of her past to welcome the love of a hero Read More

Relative Strangers

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1997
Against her will, Corrie Ballantyne is drawn to the tall, dark, and handsome apparition of a hotel owner and finds herself in the middle of a great hotel's secrets and an ancient feud. Original. Read More

That Special Smile

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1998

He ravished her senses and savored her with every touch and taste....Russ Tandy was still the handsome heartthrob she remembered, but Tory Grenville had to remind herself she wasn't the skinny, tongue-tied class brain any longer! Pleased when Russ asked her to chaperon his daughter through a local beauty pageant, she agreed to help, but teaming with Russ felt a little too close for comfort! Could a woman who'd never been lucky at love win the ultimate prize in the arms of a dreamboat dad?   With delicious humor and memorable heat, Kathy Lynn Emerson offers the irresistible promise that you can go home again--and maybe make a few high school dreams come true! She'd always wanted to be swept off her feet, especially if Russ did the honors, but could the man who'd captured her heart years before finally be hers for keeps?

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Tried and True

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1998

"I'll be happy in any century, as long as I'm with you. . . ."Grant Bradley was eager to stir up interest in his living history center, but getting talk-show host Vanessa Dare to film at the center for a week--in costume--was probably asking for trouble! Nessa surprised the rugged professor by accepting his invitation to the Victorian farmhouse, but nothing had prepared him for the desire that sizzled between them.

Caught between dark memories and sweet hunger, could this potent partnership be their destiny?As riveting as the pages of a secret diary, Kathy Lynn Emerson's delectable story of love's mysteries and history's magic is utterly romantic! He'd drawn a thoroughly modern woman into a dream world of time past, but could the sultry seductress who challenged all his expectations be the soul mate he'd cherish forever and a day?

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Sight Unseen / E-Mail Order Bride

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1998

His words had won her, heart and soul, but who was this man she'd agreed to wed?Chase Forster listed plenty of good reasons to marry Leslie Baynton--her intelligence, their common interests, the understanding and compassion she showed him, a virtual stranger--but did the lady really want to be his e-mail-order bride? Falling for a man she'd never met was a little bit crazy, but as soon as she heard his warm, deep voice, Leslie traded logic for an instant family.

  Wooed by computer and full of hope, she ran to his arms--but would their sudden marriage work?Brimming with intriguing possibilities and more than a few surprises, Kathy Lynn Emerson's latest novel plumbs the pleasures of courtship and the intricacies of a merrily modern marriage! He thought he knew her better than any woman he'd ever met, but when a tender caress taught him volumes about his bride, could he be certain it was love?

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Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2001

Kristy Russell, a high school senior, sets out to discover why Sonny, the boy she’s crazy about, has rejected her. Her quest involves her in plans for a Project Graduation party and a school-wide production of The Music Man. And her ultimate decision about herself and Sonny ends up putting her in danger.

Romantic suspense for young adults by Kathy Lynn Emerson; originally published by Belgrave House

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Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Different Times, Different Crimes

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2017

Times may change, but crime remains the same! Award-winning author Kathy Lynn Emerson has penned thirteen thrilling tales -- from medieval England to modern New England -- guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat! "A baker's dozen mysteries, delectable stories ranging from Elizabethan England to contemporary New England, every one intriguing, literate, and enriched by nicely observed details.

For those who are Emerson's fans already, and for those who will be as soon as they finish this book." --Lillian Stewart Carl, author of the Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron series "Mix mischief with murder from medieval to modern times and you have Kathy Lynn Emerson’s marvelous new collection.

A must-read for historical mystery lovers!" -- Barb Goffman, Agatha and Macavity award-winning author of Don't Get Mad, Get Even

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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Wives and Daughters: The Women of Sixteenth Century England

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1984

Sixteeth-century England was scarcely a paradise for anyone by modern standards, and women in particular had few rights. At birth their fate was in hands of their fathers and after marriage everything they had belonged to their husbands. Yet in large numbers sixteenth-century women managed to work around these disadvantages and achieve personal success, even personal wealth.

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Making Headlines: A Biography of Nellie Bly

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1984
A profile of Nellie Bly, the woman journalist of the late nineteenth century, reveals her adventurous life--which even included a trip around the world in seventy-two days Read More

The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 1996
Fifteenth- and sixteenth-century English life is examined, detailing government, family life, modes of travel, housing, and more Read More

How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries: The Art and Adventure of Sleuthing Through the Past

Emerson, Kathy Lynn 2008

Emerson, author of the Lady Appleton and Diana Spaulding mystery series, turns her hand to how it’s done in this useful guide to writing historical crime fiction. Drawing on her own works and those of her fellow historical-mystery writers (Kerry Greenwood, Alan Gordon, Carola Dunn, and others), she lays out, in commonsense sequence, the stages of planning and writing a historical mystery.

Chapters on choosing setting and character, research, crafting a plot, and selling your book offer much of the same information as similar chapters in other how-to books for mystery writers, but the information is nicely tailored for this particular genre.

The core of the book is Emerson’s personal take on writing and selling historical mysteries, but it also includes contributions from over forty other historical mystery writers ―practical advice, anecdotes, and suggestions for research―and input from assorted editors, booksellers, and reviewers.

For both historical mystery writers and readers.

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