Divorce a husband, lose a career …grapple with a murder.
TV journalist Elizabeth “E.M.” Danniher will tell you she committed two sins — she didn’t stay young, and she made an enemy of a powerful news executive — her ex. She used to break national news. Now her top story as the “Helping Out!” reporter at dinky KWMT-TV in Sherman, Wyoming is getting a defective toaster repaired.
Tough, funny and determined, Elizabeth wrestles with isolation, keeping a professional edge, and an evolving self-image. Is Wyoming — the land of cattle, cowboys, tumbleweeds, and fewer than six people per square mile — her new home or a road to permanent obscurity?
Soon she’s in a battle of wills with ex-football player turned journalist Mike Paycik, who sees her as a handy rung on his career ladder. And there’s the matter of a deputy sheriff—missing or murdered? Elizabeth finds herself investigating at the insistence of a girl who’s set on proving her father’s innocence. Not that enigmatic rancher Thomas Burrell makes investigating easy.
But Elizabeth won’t fade to black without a fight, no matter how final some might want to make her Sign Off.
Don’t miss any of Elizabeth’s Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures in:
Cross Talk (2022)
What people are saying about Sign Off:
“This is one of those books that you want to stop everything to read while hoping it never ends.”
“Sign Off is a brisk, enthralling page-turner” – P.B. Ryan, bestselling author
“Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery, plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page.” – Emilie Richards, USA Today bestselling author
“That was fun.”
“Be prepared for lots of twist and turns.”
“I read it in one sitting. I hadn't planned it that way, but just couldn't stop.”
“The characters were a mix of funny, sad, and quirky and were totally believable. There was just enough humor to lighten the story, but not to disrespect the seriousness of crime.”
What readers are saying about the Caught Dead in Wyoming series:
“McLinn's mysteries set in Wyoming are addictive. The writing is excellent, the twists and turns keep the brain engaged, and Elizabeth's wry commentary keeps a smile on my face.”
“E.M.’s internal monologues are sharp, snappy and often hilarious.”
"A terrific series with a western flair. . . . Great characters that you would want as your friends. Smart, funny, but not perfect."
More cozy mystery from Patricia McLinn:
Secret Sleuth series
Death on the Diversion
Death on Torrid Avenue
Death on Beguiling Way
Death on Covert Circle
Death on Shady Bridge
Death on Carrion Lane
If you like mystery with a bit of romance and humor, try:
The Innocence Trilogy
Proof of Innocence
Price of Innocence
Premise of Innocence
Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (includes cameos from Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn spent more than 20 years as an editor at the Washington Post after newspaper stints in Rockford, Ill., and Charlotte, N.C. She received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University.
McLinn is the author of nearly 60 published novels, which are cited by readers and reviewers for wit and vivid characterization. Her books include mysteries, romantic suspense, contemporary romances and women’s fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards.
Now living in Northern Kentucky, McLinn loves to hear from readers through her website and social media.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first installment in Patricia McLinn’s Caught Dead in Wyoming series finds gutsy, likeable protagonist Elizabeth E.M. Danniher knee-deep in mystery just when she thought her days as an investigative journalist were over. Danniher’s marriage is over too, but McLinn doesn’t overplay the romantic angle—Sign Off is largely a whodunit. With an intriguing, slow-burning plot, a quirky ensemble of small-town characters and a missing deputy sheriff so reviled there’s no shortage of suspects, the story had us hooked.
Small town intrigue
Frightening what people in power think they can get away with. A bit of a slow start on this one but it built into a great story. Couldn’t put it down for the last half at all. Thought I’d had it all figured out and it appeared I was right but no, I wasn’t. I love when it’s hard to guess the ending. Well worth reading. I will be downloading the next instalment today.
Fun book. Middle aged news anchor shipped to rural station fights to prove herself.
Great story and the cast of characters kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning. I just had to find out who the murder was. I’m looking for to the next book!