Professional obituary writer Winter Snow is worried.

She has discovered that she might be the next target of a murderer who has secrets to hide…

Secrets that she has begun to unravel.

What if the next obituary written turns out to be her own?

A debut mystery

Coming February 20, 2024

About Gerri

Gerri Lewis started her career as a freelance writer and has published over 1,600 features, news stories, obituaries, and columns. Along with her novels, she continues to write features for 068 Magazine. Her cover stories appear regularly and her HOW WE MET column was a popular staple of the magazine for many years. Her accolades include feature-writing awards from the New England Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, among others. Gerri lives with her husband in her hometown of Ridgefield, Connecticut, the setting for her obituary writer mystery, The Last Word.

Gerri Lewis
Photo Credit: David Golumbic
EA Photography
“Lewis has created a fun, playful world—despite a murder—that many cozy readers will love to return to.”
—First Clue

“A fast-paced caper… Lewis has created a witty and eminently likable sleuth.”
—Annelise Ryan, USA Today bestselling author 

“A delightful debut that drips with charm and intrigue. Gerri Lewis brings obituary writing to life!”
—Brad Parks, international bestselling author

“A fun, pacy mystery starring an unflappable heroine. I loved every absorbing word of The Last Word and can’t wait for more Deadly Deadlines books!”
—Alicia Bessette, bestselling author



August 29-September 3
Bouchercon Mystery Writers Convention
San Diego, CA


Tentative Date: February 15
Launch Party: Books on the Common
A sweet time to enjoy a Deadly Deadlines mystery!
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