Breaking news: Storm clouds at the station
Every TV news viewer has seen the side effects of too much cross talk: a live debate devolves into chaos, an interviewer and her subject don't connect on key questions and answers, a news anchor's flow is disrupted by missed signals.
Sometimes it makes for good TV, other times it just leads to a train wreck.
Changes are afoot in the KWMT-TV newsroom, the missing presence of sports hero Mike Paycik and the blossoming of aide Jennifer Lawton, the resilience of persistent consumer advocate/investigative reporter Elizabeth "E.M." Danniher, and the simmering resentment of egotistical news anchor Thurston Fine. The team of amateur sleuths working with Elizabeth, which includes ace videographer Diana Stendahl, is evolving, too, looping in KWMT producer Audrey Adams.
Not surprisingly, supermarket cashier Penny Czylinski, who bags all the town's best gossip and knows a thing or two about cross talk, is the first to perceive dark clouds on the horizon not only in their small-town Sherman, Wyoming, but also in the KWMT newsroom itself. Because something big is coming, and it involves murder, and it's closing in on KWMT.
Cross Talk, Book 11 of the Caught Dead in Wyoming series, is a smart, surprising, fast-paced cozy mystery with humor. If you like quirky characters, hints of romance and twists you won't see coming, then you'll love USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's page-turner.
Don't miss any of Elizabeth Danniher's Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures:
"While the mystery itself is twisty-turny and thoroughly engaging, it's the smart and witty writing that I loved the best." – Diane Chamberlain, bestselling author
"Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery, plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page." -- Emilie Richards, USA Today bestselling author
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."
"There's a real love for wide-open spaces in McLinn's writing, and it's a pleasure to visit the world she so beautifully creates. Can't wait for the next book(s)!"
"McLinn has created in E.M. a female protagonist who is flawed but likable, never silly or cartoonish, and definitely not made of cardboard."
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 (2022)
If you like Patricia's mysteries, try her romantic suspense:
The Innocence Trilogy
Proof of Innocence
Price of Innocence
Premise of Innocence (2022)
Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (includes Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)