News From Kate Emerson


News for September 2015

As Kathy Lynn Emerson, Kate Emerson, and Kaitlyn Dunnett, I will be making two library appearances this month. The first, in Brunswick, Maine is part of their annual series of talks by Maine mystery writers. I’ll be there on Tuesday, September 8th, from 7-8 in the evening, to talk and sign books. At the end of the month, I’ll be heading for my old home town of Liberty, New York for my 50th high school reunion and will also be doing a “chat with the author” session and signing at the Liberty Public Library. That’s set for 2-3 PM on Saturday, September 26th.


The first Mistress Jaffrey mystery, Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe, is now out in trade paperback in the U.S. and in large print in the U.K.


If you are on Goodreads, you can enter a giveaway for advance reading copies of the next Liss MacCrimmon adventure, The Scottie Barked at Midnight. The giveaway is at and runs until September 14th . Good luck. There are ten copies available and the winners are drawn at random by the good folks at Goodreads.


Meanwhile, I’m hard at work on the third Mistress Jaffrey mystery, this one set mostly in Cornwall. The manuscript isn’t due on my editor’s desk until next June, so I am taking my time, making sure I get all the details right. The biggest challenge so far? In Cornwall in the 16th century, many of the Cornish people objected to being told what to do by a government that was largely based in London. One way of expressing their feelings was to pretend they did not speak English. Fortunately, Rosamond Jaffrey lived in Cornwall for several years during her girlhood and since she is good a picking up languages, she can translate. I, however, do not possess that same skill. I’m trying to get across the flavor of the language without including long passages, if for no other reason that the more Cornish phrases I include the more likely it is that I will get something wrong. There has been a great resurgence in Cornish as a spoken language during the last decade. Believe me, if I make mistakes, someone will be sure to tell me about it!


News for August 2015

8/1/15: Readers in the U.K. should now be able to find the trade paperback edition of the first Mistress Jaffrey thriller, Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe (w/a Kathy Lynn Emerson) in stores. The second book in the series, Murder in the Merchant’s Hall will be available in hardcover in the U.K. on August 28th. For more information about these books and what else I’m up to, please visit and

News for July 2015


Yes, those are pictures from a workshop in rapier and dagger fighting. I was fortunate enough to attend this three-hour session at the recent Historical Novel Society North American Conference in Denver. Instructor David Blixt took participants through the basics, with lots of practical advice for writing sword fights into our fiction. Then anyone who wanted to took a turn practicing with the weapons. I was pretty clumsy myself, but I can see my characters getting plenty of use out of the information in this session. Knives such as the one Rosamond Jaffrey secrets on her person weren’t covered in the workshop, but I had a chance to ask questions afterward and received a few useful hints on how she should proceed. When I start writing the third book in the series (as yet untitled) I have a feeling there will be several scenes involving bladed weapons.

In other news, July is a much busier than usual month for me on the promotion front. I’ll be participating in three group events on three out of the four weekends. First up is the 4th of July celebration in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, where I’ll be at a “Meet the Maine Authors” table with Dorothy Cannell, John Clark, Kelly McClymer, Maureen Milliken, and Lea Wait. Then, on the 11th from 1-4 PM, it’s Books in Boothbay, an annual gathering of authors at the Boothbay Railway Village, and on the 25th I’ll be in Lincolnville Beach for the Beyond the Sea Maine Book Festival. We have overlapping times for that one, so I get to spend a little time with a good many old friends, including but not limited to Dorothy Cannell, Kate Flora, Tess Gerritsen, Barb Ross, and Lea Wait.    

Look for photos to pop up here and at our group blog at Maine Crime Writers



6/21/15: One of the most fascinating things about the study of history is how fast the “facts” can change. Not that history itself is any different—it’s just that every time someone makes a new discovery, or connects events that were previously not linked together, our perception of what happened in the past undergoes a shift. We see things in a new way. Possibilities open up. Suppositions become facts or are disproved. Thanks to diligent research by a descendant of Hester Harington, several new documents have come to light about Audrey Malte’s daughter, proving that she not only married and had children, but lived to a ripe old age. Here is my updated biography of Hester from A Who’s Who of Tudor Women:



Hester Harington was the daughter of John Harington of Stepney (1525-July 1, 1582) and Audrey Malte (d.c.1556). See the entry under ETHELREDA, AUDREY or ESTHER MALTE for more details on Hester's mother. The date of her birth is uncertain. 1554 has been suggested, but as her mother was in service to Princess Elizabeth in that year, it seems less likely to me than an earlier date. Most records also suggest that no one knows what happened to Hester after about 1568. Recent research by a descendant of the Stubbs family, however, has turned up evidence that Hester Heringtonn married William Stubbs (d.1630) in St. Clement Danes, London, on January 17, 1574. Anne Stubbs was baptized there on January 9, 1575 and Harrington Stubbs on June 14, 1578. They also had a daughter named Susan. A connection between the Maltes, the Haringtons, and Hester Stubbs comes through property records for the manor of Watchfield in Shrivenham, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire). It was granted to John Malte in 1541, belonged to Audrey Malte in 1546, was in the possession of John and Audrey Harington in 1556, and of John and Hester Harington in 1568. In 1593, it belonged to William and Hester Stubbs and in 1631 to Hester Stubbs, widow. Hester lived at Watchfield until her death in 1639. Further evidence of the identification comes from the arms on the tomb of Anne Stubbs Codrington in Bristol Cathedral where the arms of the Stubbs family are quartered with those of the Harington family and from a court case in which Sir John Harington, son of John Harington by his second wife, is identified as the brother-in-law of William Stubbs. Hester left a will, probated in 1639, in which she describes herself as of Watchfield in the County of Berks, widowe, being very aged and weake in body. Possible portrait: now lost but described as a child holding a book.


If you’re interested in more information about Hester and other members of her family, her descendant blogs at


News for June 2015

6/1/15: As you have probably been able to tell, I am not writing any new books under the pseudonym Kate Emerson. Using my own name, however, I’m still firmly based in the sixteenth century. The trade paperback reprint of Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe, first in the Mistress Jaffrey Mysteries, set in the 1580s, will be available in the UK in August and in the US in September. The second book in the series, Murder in the Merchant’s Hall, will be published in hardcover in the UK at the end of August and be out on the first of December in the U.S.  Here’s the gorgeous cover.

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News for May 2015

5/7/15: I’m back home after Malice Domestic and more or less caught up on sleep, so it’s past time for adding to the news page. I had a wonderful time. A recap can be found at Maine Crime Writers blog. I was there as both Kathy Lynn Emerson (historical mysteries) and Kaitlyn Dunnett (the Liss MacCrimmon series set in Moosetookalook, Maine) and as both writer and reader. I’m as much a fan girl as anyone else there when it comes to meeting and talking to writers whose work I admire. I’ve been fortunate over the years in that some of them have also become friends.

In other Kathy news, the second of the Mistress Jaffrey Mysteries is now in the hands of my new editor, Faith Black, who will be sending me her notes shortly. Overlapping with that, I had sent in a couple of ideas for a third entry in that series and had started working on a story in which Rosamond goes undercover in prison to solve a murder. To tell you the truth, it wasn’t going all that well. I’d already realized that I needed to step back and do some serious research into a couple of aspects of the plot before I could move ahead. Then serendipity struck. It seems my publisher at Severn House would actually prefer to have me write the other story I suggested first. It involves a trip to Cornwall (where Rosamond’s birth mother lives with her husband) and—wait for it!—pirates. I think it’s going to be fun to write. And—serendipity again—I just happen to know someone who is an expert on all things to do with pirates.

As for Kaitlyn, the tenth entry in the Liss MacCrimmon series, Kilt at the Highland Games, is due September 1st. It has been “resting” for a month or so, which means I can start the next revision any time. After that, my beta reader will take a look, followed by at least one more revision before it’s ready to go in to my editor. The key for me is always leaving a loooong stretch in between revisions, so that I can approach each one with enough perspective to spot what needs to be fixed.

May is going to be a busy month!  


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