The Secret Obituary Writer

by Amy Martinsen

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like if obituaries told the truth? The people of a small town in Montana don’t have to wonder because they have Lizzy Langston, the secret obituary writer for the local newspaper. With information she receives at an anonymous email address, she produces mostly humorous, sometimes poignant, but always truthful obituaries that magically appear between sections A and B of the morning paper.

When several cryptic emails question the official details of a man’s death, Lizzy elicits the help of handsome detective Jackson Clark. Together, they travel halfway around the world to search for answers . . . and maybe even find love along the way.

With mystery, romance, and a hefty helping of humor, The Secret Obituary Writer will keep you entertained until the very last page

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PublishedWalnut Springs 2016
Size5.5 x 8.5

About the Author

Amy Martinsen

Amy Martinsen received a bachelor of arts in English education from Arizona State University, and a master of arts in English from Northern Arizona University. She wrote the novels Changing Worlds (2015) and The Secret Obituary Writer (2016), both of which were published by Walnut Springs Press. The Secret Obituary Writer was nominated for a 2016 Whitney Award. In 2017, a popular blogger selected Amy as one of the Top Ten LDS Authors You Need to Read. Amy brings a variety of insights to her writing, including a marriage of over three decades, raising five children, and serving in many Church leadership positions. In addition, she is the author of the short story “Lilly’s Photograph” (Moose Enterprise, 2002), and “The Tower of Babel and the Teaching of Grammar: Writing Instruction for a New Century,” published in the September 2000 English Journal. Readers can learn more about Amy and her books at

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The Secret Obituary Writer
By , Submitted on 2018-02-15

I loved this book! So unique and clever with a wonderful romance, mystery, and plenty of humor! And The Secret Obituary Writer is also clean and free of lurid sex scenes or foul language. Amy Martinsen weaves a thoroughly enjoyable tale unlike any other I have read. I was drawn at once into the story and had a hard time putting it down. I love that Lizzy and Detective Jackson Clark travel across the globe looking for answers to the mystery that presents itself. Ms. Martinsen kept me turning pages to the very end. I am eagerly anticipating her next book. May I also add that her first book, Changing Worlds, is also a great page-turner! I remember reading it even while I cooked dinner because I could not put it down.

By , Submitted on 2016-07-25

Loved this book. Couldn't put down ! The obituaries are hilarious ! Wish someone would write a great obituary like these for me!

Go on a great adventure with Lizzy
By , Submitted on 2016-06-27

A fun and fast read with mystery, history, intrigue, and a touch of romance. Go on a great adventure with this must read novel.

Great Book!
By , Submitted on 2016-06-25

I completely loved this book! It really has it all. The characters are so lifelike! The romance kept me wanting more. And, the historical ties gave it just the right amount of substance. The young and old alike will love this book!

By , Submitted on 2016-06-10

If you're looking for humor, romance, and some clever plot twists--without the trash-- check out Amy Martinsen's The Secret Obituary Writer, full of small-town charm and fun! Hanging out with Lizzy Langston is a riot as she encounters the best and the funniest of her Cutlip townsfolk alongside handsome and enigmatic Jackson Clark. With some surprisingly heartrending moments, the story even takes us overseas to solve a decades-old mystery about a member of the Cutlip community. Most poignant though is the interwoven theme that our life experiences make us who we are--and to embrace it!

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