Cross Talk (Caught Dead in Wyoming western mystery series, Book 11‪)‬

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Publisher Description

Prime Suspect: The most annoying man in Sherman, Wyoming

That’s right, Thurston Fine, the egotistical anchor at KWMT-TV is the first person deputies want to talk to when his self-described biggest fan is found dead. 

What’s Elizabeth Margaret Danniher to do? The station’s in an uproar, heading for a train wreck, and desperately needs her experience and leadership. At the same time, here’s an intriguing puzzle right in front of her … which might free or condemn her greatest enemy.

In TV news, cross talk between the anchor and reporter is supposed to elicit new and interesting information. But Thurston’s version twists the tale into a corkscrew. And his simmering resentment could bring danger to Elizabeth.

Facing a true test of their resilience, Elizabeth’s crew – Diana, Jennifer, Mike, and Tom – must resolve mysteries swirling around KWMT-TV for years. But will that reveal what’s behind the death of Thurston’s biggest – only? – fan?

Even amid the mayhem, the complex yearnings among the trio of more-than-friends take important steps toward resolution. The stage is nearly set.

Family, friends, enemies mix together with a dose of a historical scam in a case of Cross Talk.

Sleuth along with Elizabeth in the fan favorite Caught Dead in Wyoming series of smart, surprising, fast-paced, cozy mysteries 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. Get Cross Talk today!

Don't miss any of Elizabeth Danniher's Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures:

Sign Off Left Hanging

Shoot First

Last Ditch

Look Live

Back Story

Cold Open

Hot Roll

Reaction Shot

Body Brace

Cross Talk

Air Ready

"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:

“Terrific cast of characters”

“Cannot wait for the next installment”

“Pleasure to visit the world she creates”

“Don’t miss this series”

“Witty and totally entertaining”

“If you like mysteries and smart articulate people who can also collaborate, this is a great series. If you can look at a small town as a pressure cooker … this is also for you. Finally, while this does let you escape into another world, it does so in a thoughtful and sometimes hilarious way. And we can all use that.”

“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.”

“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.”


Oops. Some reviewers are concerned that the Caught Dead in Wyoming mystery series is ending.

Not yet!

In fact, if readers want more, I expect it to continue past Air Ready (Book 12), which will be out in April 2023. What I do promise, is that Air Ready will answer the Tom or Mike/Mike or Tom question.

I’ve always said there would be at least twelve books. Beyond that it depends on people dying in mysterious circumstances in Cottonwood County, Wyoming, Elizabeth & Company’s penchant for investigating, and you all – the readers!

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

Death on ZigZag Trail

If you like Patricia’s mysteries, try her romantic suspense:

The Innocence Trilogy

Proof of Innocence 

Price of Innocence

Premise of Innocence

Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (includes Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)

About the Author

Patricia McLinn is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly 60 published novels cited by readers and reviewers for wit and vivid characterization. Her books include mysteries, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical romance and women’s fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards.

She has spoken about writing from London, to Melbourne, Australia, to Washington, D.C., including being a guest-speaker at the Smithsonian.

McLinn spent more than 20 years as an editor at The Washington Post after stints as a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.) and assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.). She received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University.

Now living in Northern Kentucky, McLinn loves to hear from readers through her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

Mysteries & Thrillers
May 11
Craig Place Books
Patricia McLinn

Customer Reviews

Farm Jem ,

Genuine happiness & horror.

Another great visit with the real & interesting characters both young & old & variety of occupations. Patricia McLinn blends a terrific mix of her people & their happiness along side the horrors of tragic death. Thanks.

math wizard ,

Truth Comes Out

When you read this book many things will come out about Les, Thurston and the news station. There are so many plots and twists that you will find it hard to put the book down! The romance part of Elizabeth, Tom and Mike is touch upon.
The murder covers a young lady who becomes a bit obsessed with Thurston but her death opens up a lot of past secrets and some people with run and hide.
The next book will be very interesting and there are hints of possible things happening. If you love this series you will not want to miss this next book coming out after you finish book 11.

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