Thursday, July 02, 2020

A Fatal Fiction by Kaitlyn Dunnett

First Line: Most people wouldn't consider successfully filling the gas tank in their own car an accomplishment, but I'm not most people.

Freelance book editor Mikki Lincoln has been hired  to edit Sunny Feldman's revealing memoir about life at Feldman's Catskill Resort Hotel, once a popular tourist destination and now destined for the wrecking ball. Mikki is an easy-going woman who seldom loses her temper, but real estate entrepreneur Greg Onslow causes her to have a meltdown that is captured on video.

With everyone able to press "replay" and watch Mikki threatening Onslow over and over, it's no wonder that she becomes the prime suspect when Onslow's body is found at the demolition site of the old resort.

As Mikki scrambles to prove her innocence, she uncovers Onslow's shady dealings as well as a long list of potential killers. Is Mikki going to be able to separate fact from fiction before her time runs out?

Even though this third installment of Dunnett's Deadly Edits cozy series feels a bit flat, I still enjoyed it-- and that's primarily due to the main character, Mikki Lincoln. Her deceased husband described her as a BMW-- Big Maine Woman-- and this seventy-something freelance book editor with her hearing aids and glasses is one sharp observer with a voice that draws me right into the story.

A lot of humor is provided when Mikki is sent a "bodyguard" to keep her safe while she tries to find Onslow's killer, and I did enjoy learning nuggets of history about the Borscht Belt in the Catskills. But that's not all A Fatal Fiction has. It also has a strong mystery that took me some time to figure out.

If you're in the mood for a light-hearted mystery with an older (and wiser) sleuth, A Fatal Fiction is the book for you. If you're a newcomer to the series, start with the first one, Crime & Punctuation. You're going to have some fun.

A Fatal Fiction by Kaitlyn Dunnett
eISBN: 9781496726889
Kensington Books © 2020
eBook, 288 pages

Cozy Mystery, #3 Deadly Edits mystery
Rating: B
Source: Net Galley


  1. It sounds like fun.
    And Sara Paretsky's Dead Land is one book I reluctantly finished. Will miss V.I. Warshawski, her dogs and her friends until the next book.

    1. I have several series that I feel the same way about, Kathy.

  2. To be fair, where I come from nobody fills their own gas tank, there is a clerk that does it for you. So theres that.

  3. Mikki sounds like a great protagonist, Cathy. It's so nice to find main characters who aren't young, 'hot,' etc.. She sounds like she has an interesting personality, too. I like the premise, too.

  4. Is it funny?

    We all have favorite series and characters. And I have to open Susie Steiner's new Book, "Remain Silent". Very sad news: She has brain cancer and has had surgery and chemotherapy. I read on her Twitter last night that she said she's two days from her 49th birthday and is dying. It is so sad from so many viewpoints. She's so young and has children and is a terrifically talented woman.

    1. I'd say that it's light-hearted and can provoke smiles. I don't remember laughing out loud at anything.

      I think it was last week that I posted a link to an article Steiner wrote about her health. It is very sad.

  5. I like older characters too. I think I identify more with them! Thanks for this review.


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