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Kaitlyn Dunnett Books In Order

Publication Order of Susanna, Lady Appleton Books

Face Down in the Marrow-Bone Pie (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Face Down Upon an Herbal (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Face Down Among the Winchester Geese (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Face Down Beneath the Eleanor Cross (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Face Down Under the Wych Elm (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Face Down Before Rebel Hooves (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Face Down Across the Western Sea (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Face Down Below the Banqueting House (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Face Down Besides St. Anne's Well (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Face Down O'er the Border (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Susanna, Lady Appleton Collections

Murders and Other Confusions (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dear America Books

Love Thy Neighbor (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Diana Spaulding Books

Deadlier Than the Pen (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fatal as a Fallen Woman (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Mortal Reason (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lethal Legend (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Liss MacCrimmon Books

Kilt Dead (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scone Cold Dead (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Wee Christmas Homicide (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Corpse Wore Tartan (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scotched (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bagpipes, Brides and Homicides (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ho-Ho-Homicide (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scottie Barked at Midnight (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kilt at the Highland Games (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
X Marks the Scot (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Secrets Of The Tudor Court Books

The Pleasure Palace (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Between Two Queens (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
By Royal Decree (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At the King's Pleasure (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The King's Damsel (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mistress Jaffrey Books

Murder in the Queen's Wardrobe (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in The Merchant's Hall (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in a Cornish Alehouse (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Mystery of Hilliard's Castle (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Julia's Mending (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cloud Castles (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Missing Bagpipes (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winter Tapestry (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Echoes and Illusions (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Firebrand (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unquiet Hearts (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Rose (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hearth, Home and Hope (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Separated Sisters (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleepwalking Beauty (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Relative Strangers (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sight Unseen (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tried and True (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
E-Mail Order Bride (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Family Lies (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rapunzel Trap (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Someday (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Royal Inheritance (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Wives and Daughters: The Women of Sixteenth Century England (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Making Headlines: A Biography of Nellie Bly (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries: The Art and Adventure of Sleuthing Through the Past (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Kaitlyn Dunnett is a mystery author best known for the Liss MacCrimmon mystery series. The books follow the exploits of an amateur sleuth solving crimes in Moosetookalook, Maine


Kaitlyn Dunnett is a pen name used by Kathy Lynn Emerson to write cozy mysteries. Kathy is a widely diverse author whose decision to use pseudonyms is justified by the many genres in which she operates.

Under her real name, Kathy is well known for her historical mysteries and romances. She has also dabbled in nonfiction. A lesser-known pseudonym is Kaitlyn Gorton which the author used to write contemporary romance for Silhouette.

With Kate Emerson, the author tends to focus on stories revolving around the Tudors. Only with the Kaitlyn Dunnett pen name has Kathy written contemporary cozy mysteries.

The author went the route of using pen names because she did not want to confuse her readers with the various genres in which she was writing her stories. Kaitlyn is a native of New York State.

It’s where she was born. It is also where she spent most of her childhood. The author eventually went to Lewiston in Maine where she attended and graduated from Bates College. The author also had an opportunity to study at Old Dominion University.

She went into teaching and enjoyed a stint at Tidewater Community College in Virginia. Kaitlyn Dunnett has since settled down in Maine. She has a husband and more cats than she knows what to do with.

The couple had quite the passion for music, with Kaitlyn taking up the bass drum while her husband obsessed over his bagpipes. But once her books gained momentum, she had little choice but to give up on the bass drum.

+Literary Career

Kaitlyn Dunnett has been writing since she was a child. While other children were content to play house with their dolls, Kaitlyn saw fit to write newspapers for them.

Kaitlyn is a history buff. She loves immersing herself in stories set in the Regency and Victorian eras and the books she has written about that era as Kathy Lynn Emerson prove as much.

But before Kaitlyn began obsessing over Tudor fiction, she was buried in cozy mysteries. The author grew up following the likes of Charlotte MacLeod, Joan Hess, and Dorothy Cannell.

And even though her first attempts at writing and publishing revolved around the historical and romance genres, her passion for cozy mysteries never faded and she eventually came back around to the genre after her curiosity for historical fiction had finally begun to wane.

Kaitlyn Dunnett has been writing for so long that she would be hard-pressed to even remember how she got into the publishing game. The author knows she didn’t have an agent at the time.

It was by her own efforts that she sold her first book. Over the last several years of writing and publishing, Kaitlyn has maintained a relationship with the only two agents she has ever had.

Even though the author has found some success in self-publishing, she almost always comes back to traditional publishing, mostly because she doesn’t always have the time and the patience for the rigors of indie publishing.

Kaitlyn has little patience for people who keep asking her about her secret to writing and succeeding as a publisher. Her only advice for aspiring authors is for them to get up and write.

There is no secret. Kaitlyn personally gets most of her writing done first thing in the morning. She knows just how complicated the day can get. So she makes writing the first thing she gets done in the morning before she touches a book or the newspapers or checks email or even watches Television.

The author doesn’t have a particular word count goal. She just keeps writing until she has something significant on paper. The fact that Kaitlyn is a pantser rather than a plotter might explain why she doesn’t always stick to a particular daily word count goal.

The author likes to make things up as she goes. She isn’t averse to prior planning but she doesn’t bother with detailed outlines of her stories. She prefers to let her characters and their plots evolve as she writes.

While Kaitlyn Dunnett wouldn’t mind seeing her cozy mysteries receive movie adaptations, she has no real interest in being involved. This is mostly because the author’s vision of her books is a little vague in her head.

She cannot visualize her characters with any measure of detail and she would be happy to let the producers do as they wish so long as they do not stray too far from the spirit of her works.

+Kilt Dead

Liss MacCrimmon was the sort of Scottish dancer you remembered. When she started jigging and reeling there was no stopping her. But then an injury ended her career and forced her to go to Moosetookalook, her hometown in Maine.

Liss wasn’t looking for trouble. In fact, helping aunt at the Scottish emporium should have guaranteed peace and quiet. Her aunt doesn’t give her much time to settle before she runs off to Scotland, leaving Liss in charge.

When her aunt’s friend turns up dead soon after, Liss knows there’s trouble looming over the horizon. Catching up with old friends and neighbors takes a backseat as Liss puts her mind to the task of solving the murder.

And luckily for Liss, she has a former classmate by the names of Dan Ruskin to help her out. Together, they realize that their little town has more buried secrets than one might initially assume from its quaint façade.

+Scone Cold Dead

Liss might have solved the murder of her aunt’s nosy neighbor but she doesn’t expect to get mired in any further deaths. Liss just wants to reminisce about her glory days as a Scottish dancer.

When Liss arranges a reception for her old dance group, she doesn’t expect them to be in such a sour mood. And it’s all the fault of Victor Owens. Liss figured that the manager was making the rest of the troupe miserable.

But she didn’t realize how bad things were until Owens tasted one of her scones and died. Now the police think Liss might have had something to do with the murder.

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