“A stunning debut for the author’s first adult mystery.”

—Victoria Thompson, Bestselling author of Murder on Bedford Street

“… a riveting portrait of a female police officer on the trail of a killer and in search of herself.”

—Ellen Birkett Morris, Award-winning author of Lost Girls

About Missed Cue

When ballerina Lydia Miseau dies onstage in the final dress rehearsal of Romeo and Juliet, homicide detective Caitlin O’Connor is flummoxed. Her investigation uncovers several people who had reasons to kill the ballerina. But the autopsy reveals no apparent cause of death. If she was murdered, who did it, and how?

About the Author

I’m addicted to reading and writing novels—not to mention chocolate, romance, and my husband’s cooking. Spoiler Alert about my bio: It’s not about how I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Instead…


Praise for Missed Cue

“You'll be rooting for whip-smart detective Caitlin O'Connor as she searches for the killer of a star ballerina… A stunning debut for the author's first adult mystery.”

–Victoria Thompson, Bestselling author of Murder on Bedford Street

"... Lynn Slaughter doesn't miss any cues in this gritty mystery featuring a smart, ambitious, and emotionally flawed detective investigating the suspicious death of a...  dancer. Set in the world Slaughter knows well, Missed Cue will keep you on your toes..."


– Valerie (V. M.) Burns, Agatha, Anthony, Edgar, and Next Generation Award Finalist

“With Missed Cue… Lynn Slaughter offers a riveting portrait of a female police officer on the trail of a killer and in search of herself …an exciting read full of insight and suspense.” 

– Ellen Birkett Morris, Award-winning author of
Lost Girls

“…Well written and tightly plotted, Missed Cue is a showstopper.”

–Lori Robbins, Award winning author of the On Pointe and Master Class mystery series

“Homicide Detective Caitlin O'Conner has a very full dance card: a murdered ballerina, a tango with a lover and a partner trying to tap dance around his problems. Missed Cue is a compelling story of a tough but vulnerable woman as she navigates her complicated life.”

–E.M. Munsch, author of the Dash Hammond series, the latest being A Haunting at Marianwood

“…Lynn's seamless storytelling carries the reader right into the action, and she keeps us guessing as we meet all of her colorful and interesting characters. You should definitely pick up this book, but just be warned, you might not want to put it down!”

—Connie Bergstein Dow, author of Tap and Rap, Move and Groove, and other books about dance




“...Readers will root for Samantha, trapped and brave and facing a terrifying fate.
Outstanding story!"

—Caroline B. Cooney, internationally renowned author of more than 90 YA novels, including The Girl on the Milk Carton

Also By Lynn


Latest Author Interview by Lynn

Embracing the World of Indie Publishing: A Guest Essay by Debut Thriller Author Nannette Potter

Contemporary authors have a variety of publishing options, and I’m delighted to welcome Nannette Potter to my blog today as she celebrates the release of her debut thriller, PIERCE THE DARKNESS, and discusses her decision to pursue publishing as an Indie author. Below is Nannette’s guest essay, her bio, a description of PIERCE THE…

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Lynn's Latest Project

When Noelle’s mom disappears and her clothing turns up on a deserted beach, the police call the case a “probable suicide.” But no body has been recovered, and Noelle is convinced her mom would never have killed herself. She’s determined to find out what really happened. MISSING MOM is also the story of Savannah, a young woman who made a daring escape from an abusive marriage nearly two decades earlier.

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Thrilled to share that DEADLY SETUP is a finalist for the Imadjinn Award for best young adult novel, the M&M Chanticleer International Book Awards, and the Book Excellence Awards, as well as a silver medalist from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards!

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More Confessions by An Anxious Writer

I can’t decide which makes me feel more anxious—receiving accolades for my work, or heavy doses of rejection and harsh criticism. I was reminded of my ability to make myself miserable either way this past week. In the accolades department, I learned that my novel, DEADLY SETUP, received  the NYC Book Big…

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