Cover Reveal: The Finder of Lost Things

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, today writing as Kathy. You’d think, after having over sixty books traditionally published in various genres and under various names, that I’d have hit just about every genre there is. But no—my October 6th release from Level Best Books, The Finder of Lost Things, is a first for me in that it’s a standalone historical mystery. And here, for the first time, is a look at the gorgeous cover the folks at Level Best Books have provided for it.

I’ve written historical mystery series in the past, and standalones, but I’ve never before combined the two. That said, I’m back in familiar territory with this one, writing about England in the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth. The Finder of Lost Things is set in the winter of 1590/1 and the protagonist/heroine/sleuth, Blanche Wainfleet, is on a quest.

Blanche and her two older sisters recently learned that their youngest sibling, Alison, died under mysterious circumstances. Since there is reason to suspect foul play, Blanche, whose husband is conveniently traveling on the Continent, takes it upon herself to find out what really happened to Alison. She contrives to have herself committed to the prison in Colchester Castle, where Alison died after being arrested during a raid on a Catholic household. It was illegal, you see, to hear Mass in England in the 1590s, and those who recused themselves from attending services of the Church of England (called recusants) were also heavily fined.

real stairs in Colchester Castle (they wouldn’t have had the railing in Tudor times)

Blanche has excellent powers of observation and she has always had an uncanny ability to find lost objects. When she infiltrates first the prison and then the household where her sister was employed as a gentlewoman’s companion, those traits don’t always work in her favor. Despite her careful planning, aided by her sisters and their husbands, Blanche ends up on her own, forced to live by her wits and call on strengths she didn’t know she had. If she isn’t careful, she’ll find out, first hand, how Alison ended up dead.

I was able to explore some interesting parts of Elizabethan life in The Finder of Lost Things, including various superstitions about witchcraft, possession by demons, and exorcism, and the religious divide that still existed decades after Henry VIII broke with Rome to found the Anglican church.

The Finder of Lost Things will be available for preorder shortly. The release date is October 6 and it will come out in two formats, trade paperback (priced at $16.95) and e-book ($5.99). I don’t have author copies yet, but keep watching this blog for opportunities to win a copy when I do. If you comment on this post, your name will automatically be entered in that future drawing.

With the publication of The Finder of Lost Things, Kathy Lynn Emerson has had sixty-three books traditionally published under several names. She won the Agatha Award and was an Anthony and Macavity finalist for best mystery nonfiction of 2008 for How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries and was an Agatha Award finalist in 2015 in the best mystery short story category. She was the Malice Domestic Guest of Honor in 2014. In addition to writing under her own name, she currently she pens the contemporary “Deadly Edits” series as Kaitlyn Dunnett. She maintains websites at and A third, at A Who’s Who of Tudor Women, contains over 2000 mini-biographies of sixteenth-century Englishwomen.

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13 Responses to Cover Reveal: The Finder of Lost Things

  1. Sounds fascinating. I’m adding it to my TBR list.

  2. maggierobinsonwriter says:

    What a gorgeous cover! Love the time period and can’t wait!

  3. Alice says:

    Because I enjoy reading both historical fiction and mysteries, this is definely on my TBR list; I look forward to it.

  4. Jane Nelson says:

    Kathy, what exciting news! Blanche sounds like a very interesting character (and she shares my grandmother’s name!). I can’t wait to read this.

  5. itslorrie says:

    I am really looking forward to reading this Kathy and I agree that the cover is gorgeous! It will be the perfect escape in October from our worries. Thanks for entering me in the drawing to win a copy.

  6. Julianne Spreng says:

    All this freaking divide over religious beliefs makes me crazy. It all boils down to power and control. The monstrous things done in the name of religion are legion. I can’t wait to read your take on this. Thanks, Kathy.

    • kaitlynkathy says:

      You’re welcome. It was interesting to write this one, and it’s considerably darker than most of my novels, but there IS a happy ending.

  7. crys101497 says:

    This looks very interesting and about my favorite period–the Elizabethan Era. I was a history major in college and this is right up my alley. This is definitely going on my TBR pile. Will get on Amazon and sign up for the preorder. Thanks for this post.

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