Kathy Lynn Emerson

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Kathy Lynn Emerson is an American writer of historical and mystery novels and non-fiction. She also uses the pseudonyms Kaitlyn Dunnett and Kate Emerson.


Emerson writes historical mysteries as Kathy Lynn Emerson, historical fiction set in royal courts as Kate Emerson, and contemporary mystery books as Kaitlyn Dunnett. Her book How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries was nominated for two industry awards and won the 2008 Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction.

Emerson was born [1] and grew up in New York state. [2] After graduating from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, she continued for graduate school at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. [1] She also taught at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, Virginia. [1] She now lives on a Christmas tree farm in Wilton, Maine, [3] with her husband and three cats. [4]

Mysteries as Kaitlyn Dunnett

As Kaitlyn Dunnett, [5] she writes the Liss MacCrimmon Mystery Series, published by Kensington Books. [6] These are: [7]

Historical fiction as Kate Emerson

As Kate Emerson, she writes historical non-mystery fiction set in the 16th century. The Secrets of the Tudor Court series comprises: [7]

Historical mysteries as Kathy Lynn Emerson

She writes historical mysteries as Kathy Lynn Emerson. [5]

The Face Down Mysteries feature Susanna, Lady Appleton, a 16th-century gentlewoman, herbalist, and sleuth. In chronological order, they are: [7]

The Diana Spaulding 1888 Mysteries [7] or Diana Spaulding 1888 Quartet [5] feature a journalist from late 19th-century America. [3] In chronological order, they are: [7]

Other titles as Kathy Lynn Emerson

Emerson has written a number of other fiction titles. These include: [7]

She also has three book-length nonfiction titles:


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