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Kathy Lynn Emerson writes in several different genres
and under several different names,

including Kate Emerson and Kaitlyn Dunnett.
As Kathy Lynn Emerson she is best known

for historical mysteries, including the

Face Down Mystery Series
featuring sixteenth-century gentlewoman,
herbalist, and sleuth, Susanna, Lady Appleton,
the Diana Spaulding 1888 Quartet,

and her Agatha-award-winning nonfiction,

How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries.

She has also written children’s books and romance novels





set in England in the 1580s





Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe

available now in hardcover and for Kindle and Nook

first in a new series featuring Mistress Rosamond Jaffrey, Elizabethan sleuth and spy


Murder in the Merchant’s Hall

Book Two in the series, in stores later this year


Mistress Jaffrey is Rosamond Appleton, illegitimate daughter of Lady Appleton’s late, unlamented husband, Sir Robert. Now she’s all grown up, married, and ready to solve crimes on her own. She was raised by Susanna Appleton, but she inherited some of the worst traits of both her parents. At sixteen, she made an impulsive runaway marriage, wedding her childhood playmate, Rob Jaffrey, once known as “Mole” and the son of Lady Appleton’s steward and housekeeper, Mark and Jennet Jaffrey. Rosamond got what she wanted, control of her fortune, but now she’s wed to Rob for life. There is no divorce in Elizabeth Tudor’s England.


In Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe, Rosamond is shocked to learn her husband, from whom she has been estranged for some time, may be in danger. To help keep him safe, she is willing to go undercover as an intelligence gatherer for the Crown. Why not, when both her father and her stepfather did their share of spying when they were young? But when another agent is murdered, Rosamond must add crime-solving to her other responsibilities. With action that moves from the English court of Queen Elizabeth the First to the Russia of Tsar Ivan the Terrible, Mistress Jaffrey’s first outing is a unique combination of spy thriller and cozy historical mystery.


Murder in the Merchant’s Hall will continue the story, and Book Three, as yet untitled, is in the works.

If you’ve never met Rosamond before, here are two links to introduce you. For her appearance, as a girl, in Chapter One of Face Down Beside St. Anne’s Well, click here and for the short story, “Any Means Short of Murder,” which first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, click here and learn how she and Rob ended up married and dealing with a murder all on the same day.



For the real story behind the fictional one, click here


For a bibliography of sources used in writing Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe, click here



Here’s what the reviewers have to say about Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe:


Kirkus Reviews calls this “a diverting series . . . with lots of twists and turns and Tudor tidbits.”


Publisher’s Weekly describes Rosamond as “high-spirited, educated, and independent” and praises the way I draw on my “solid knowledge of the period to evoke vividly daily life in late 16th-century England.”


Booklist praises “first-rate storytelling, eye-opening details of the politics and customs of the time, a taut and riveting plot, unexpected humor, and a charming and admirable heroine.”


Library Journal calls Rosamond “a feisty, fiercely independent, and very likeable protagonist.”


Historical Novels Review says Rosamond is “brave yet vulnerable” and “portrayed as a genuine woman of the era.”


Kathy Lynn Emerson’s other titles include

Mysteries, Nonfiction, Romances, and Children’s Books




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Kate’s pages also host the updated and expanded version of Kathy’s

Wives and Daughters: The Women of Tudor England

to read about over 2000 sixteenth century women, click here:

A Who's Who of Tudor Women

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(and if you’re interested in other local and family history, including backstory for the Diana Spaulding series

this link will take you to Kathy’s Genealogy Page )

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A Note from Kathy: I answer all emails as soon as I am able. If your email bounces or if you have not received a reply within a day or two, please try again. Most of the time email works well, but sometimes the cyberspace gremlins gobble up messages. On occasion, some servers don’t like to talk to each other. Unless I am out of town at a conference or convention, you should hear from me promptly.