Book review: Crime and Punctuation

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Crime & Punctuation, Kaitlyn Dunnett
Thanks to NetGalley and to Kensington Books for an advance copy of Crime & Punctuation by Kaitlyn Dunnett. This was the first in a new series, Deadly Edits.

The story follows the main character Mikki after her return to her childhood home having been recently widowed. She’s set herself up as a freelance editor, but a crime drops into her lap, as so often is the case. I really loved this whole idea and looked forward to starting a new cosy series.

I felt there was too much exposition and back-story before any of it became relevant. It might have stayed with me better had the past been revealed in smaller chunks as and when it became pertinent to the current story. It was a little slow for me, not very pacy, and I’m afraid a bit obvious who did it – I did hope it would be someone else once I realised who it was, but it was not to be.

I also disliked the main character correcting my grammar for me. I was reading a book for pleasure, not writing a dissertation.

Saying that, I did enjoy the setting and the characters, including the cat. And I’ll look out for number two in the series. It was a nice, easy read.