Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1)Patricia McLinn

Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1)

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Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1) by Patricia McLinn Book Summary

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: 
Sign Off
Left Hanging
Shoot First
Last Ditch
Look Live
Back Story
Cold Open
Hot Roll 
Reaction Shot
Body Brace
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.

Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1) (Patricia McLinn) Book Reviews

Loved this book!This is the first book by this author, I have read. I loved it. I found it hard to put down. After all my years reading, I can’t believe I missed her books. This book has everything. A good mystery with humor, some twists, and just the right amount of detail. Looks like I have a lot more reading ahead to be able to catch up with this series..Score: 5/5

Caught Dead in WyomingGreat book, it was very enjoyable and I like the way the Author give you the story This is my first time to read from Her and I like very much her style Thank you Paquita Alvarez.Score: 5/5

Sign off (caught in the dead)I liked the momentum and the red herrings. I’d recommend as a good read..Score: 5/5

GREAT storyI don’t usually read murder mysteries, but am so glad I picked this one up. Great characters, detailed plot, not easy to figure out ahead of time. Definitely a “fun read”. I’ll be looking for more from this author..Score: 5/5

Caught Dead in Wyoming SeriesAs a crime buff/armchair detective/police procedural/forensics type reader, who enjoys really getting inside a story being told, I’m happy to have found this series; the plot, scenery, characters and atmosphere are detailed enough and entertaining with light humour, plus interesting to hold my attention. Really well done and enjoyable..Score: 5/5

Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1)Oh my, what a web we weave! Great story, characters and I loved her humor. Don’t miss this one. It is a keeper for sure..Score: 5/5

Sign OffEngaging characters, realistic conversations and a fast pace,I felt like I was right there in Wyoming following E.M. Danniher and Mike Paycik as they broke the rules to solve a murder (or two!) And the best...when I finished the read all too quickly, I found there are more in the series to read! Perfect for social isolation!.Score: 4/5

Thoroughly enjoyedIt was a very entertaining book. Had some laughs as well as a good story. Will continue on with the series..Score: 5/5

Sign OffVery well written with good charafters. Only one part was unbelievable, the three men in the office with the reporter and camera. Otherwise it was a great book. Thanks g.Score: 4/5

Turned out to be great!I wasn’t impressed when I first started Sign Off. There were so many characters who were all interrelated in some way. I opted to give it a chance. It all became very interesting, including the characters. The descriptions of a spider web or a rocky road were all like seeing it. The story line was good, after the confusing start. But the end was the best!.Score: 5/5

Twists and turnsThoroughly enjoyed this book. Lots of misdirection. Enough action to keep the story moving along. Delightful..Score: 5/5

Great read!From the first page, I had instant appreciation for her writing style. The story was interesting and there were great details and descriptions to paint the characters. I can’t wait to read more of her books!.Score: 5/5

Caught dead in WyomingA smart witty page turner, I love the characters and will be reading the next I the series.Score: 5/5

Sign OffHad me fooled until the last pages! Good characters, a storyline that kept moving, and me wondering which guy will she end up with? I will continue with the series!.Score: 5/5

Sign offGreat fun read just when you think you have the mystery solved the story takes you down another path. A very enjoyable read.Score: 5/5

Sign offCarefully crafted characters wonderfully written clues thru the reading were fun to evaluate .I was truly thrilled with the skillful creative writing, First class .As a rural gal her descriptions of country living and thoughts were creatively accurate and beautifully crafted . I am excited to read the next book I’m hooked !.Score: 5/5

Sign OffI really enjoyed reading this. I've been in Wyoming and could appreciate the descriptive drives through the mountainous roads and drop offs. I also enjoyed the twists and turns this took with all the possibilities before finally giving us the solution..Score: 5/5

Sign OffWhen you can’t stop reading because you want to know what happens next, then you know it’s a good story. Plus the added benefit of a mysterious dog..Score: 5/5

Sign InUsually when i read a mystery i can see the guilty person a long way from the end but this time i was surprised . but in the end it made sense who was the real murderer was! excellent read. i could not stop till the end ..Score: 5/5

Sign OffOverall the book was good. The first of the book was fairly boring. I almost, but did not, stopped reading because of how boring the book was. However, around the half way mark the book took off. It was a pleasure to read and left me for more..Score: 4/5

Great Read!I absolutely loved this book....murder, mystery with just a hint of romance. Great characters with lots of depth. I can't wait to read another book in this series. Bravo Ms. McLin, bravo!!.Score: 5/5

Sign Off (Caught Dead In Wyoming Book 1)Great story! I enjoyed reading this book about reporters, politicians and law enforcement officers. A good mix of characters made this a good mystery with a great ending!.Score: 5/5

Sign OffExcellent. Couldn't put it down..Score: 5/5

Awesome bookI normally stay within one genre but as I’ve been trying to broaden my writing style I decided to read a mystery. I couldn’t put it down. Absolutely loved it. Thank you!.Score: 5/5

Sign OffBest mystery I've read in awhile. Lately I haven't finished mysteries because I figured it out half way & the writing style was blah &I was tired of all the mistakes in grammar & spelling. This was witty & the authors style, especially, in the beginning, painted pictures in my imagination..Score: 4/5

Sign offWell written, great plot. I enjoyed this book very much..Score: 5/5

Sign OffSign Off (Caught Dead in Wy, Book 1) was an entertaining read. There was plenty of suspense and humor making it hard to put down. The characters were believable and interesting. I have enjoyed Wyoming novels about horses, game wardens, and sheriffs. Now a small town TV station is bringing a new perspective to crime solving. I can tell the author has some knowledge about Wyoming including the beautiful sunrises and sunsets and of course the wind. I look forward to many more hours of entertaining reading of Wyoming style catching the bad guys or gals..Score: 5/5

Sign OffI throughly enjoyed this book, the characters were intriguing and fun to get to know. I like her style and ability to keep me interested and thinking I figured out who the killer was at least twice! Looking forward to reading to next book in this series..Score: 5/5

Is this set in the past?What was confusing was in addition to so many M names , girlfriends, etc., was the lack of modern technology. No computers? No cell phones?.Score: 4/5

Great book & brilliant writingThe story was terrific with twists and turns. I truly enjoy this authors quick-witted and clever writing style. Looking forward to reading more books!.Score: 5/5

Finally! A book that isn’t sex, violence or cursing-filledThis author is coming along in the John Grisham style of just telling the story without the unnecessary embellishments of sex, violence or cursing. Though there were a few times I couldn’t remember who the characters were, overall the book was better than a cut above most that get 5 stars..Score: 5/5

Sign Off(Caugh Dead In Wyoming,Book 1)This was a twisting ,turning story but full of surprises and good characters and well put together. I Highly recommend ..Score: 5/5

WyomingI’m an 84 year old woman who loves mysteries and I live in Wyoming and I love the book can’t wait to read more thank you another thing Wyoming has been great to me.Score: 5/5

Sign OffGreat read enjoyed characters. Thanks k..Score: 5/5

Fooled!I had 2 books to read & I thought, I’ve never heard of this author, but I love modern Westerns! So here I am 2 days later writing a review. As I just said, 2 days later, I’m hurrying this review so I can start the next book in this series. Not an easy read because of the twists & turns of the investigation, but also the numerous characters you have to keep track of in each chapter. I was fooled right down to the end! No I won’t say, “Who Done It!!” That’s for you to figure out!.Score: 5/5

Caught Dead In WyomingA well written, page turning who-done-it with just enough humor to keep you off balance. Fun and entertaining!.Score: 5/5

CaughtDead inWyomingOkay, it was a little town in Wyoming and the title hooked me. It lost me during the buildup but I continued to tough it out. I thought I would enjoy the results and the ending. I'm truly lost. Not my kind of reading I suppose. Who was on her doorstep and kissed her? Sonja Stover Bracey.Score: 2/5

Hard for me to get intoSeveral times I almost gave up on this book. I just couldn’t get into it until about the last third of it. I had to read and reread sentences. There were too many characters, and it was hard to keep them straight, but then it became more interesting. I don't know what changed. Maybe it was that the author finally gave us a body, and with that it seemed to be better written. I stuck it out, and I'm glad I did, but I probably won't read the next in the series..Score: 3/5

Sign OffGood story, enough twists to keep you guessing and wanting to keep reading. I had trouble putting this down during the last few chapters. I want more!.Score: 4/5

Great Book.Humor and Murder. Fantastic!This book is lots of fun and extremely well-written. As I read books by various authors, I discover that there are some that I really enjoy, including Connelly, Sanderson, and now McLinn..Score: 5/5

Sign OffWonderful, fun, unexpected mystery! And the ending was... sweet!.Score: 5/5

Sign OffWhat a combination; romance - almost and with whom, mystery, some exciting action. That covers a lot of genres and well done. I got this book as a freebie and it lingered in my overstocked list of books to read. I am glad I finally read it. It is genuinely entertaining..Score: 4/5

Sign offA great writer. She. Frames and words her sentences beautifully. Her way of writing is refreshing. It is almost a clean read making it unique in a way that doesn’t follow the crowd yet grabs your attention and never lets you down. You’re continually trying to solve the mystery and never expecting the next twist. Thank you for the Great Read!!!!.Score: 5/5

Sign offA must read, fast paced and exciting!!!!.Score: 5/5

Sign OffGreat mystery!!!!! Never did figure it out!!!!.Score: 5/5

Loved This BookVery enjoyable read. Had to read the rest before writing this review. Funny, sad, characters you either love or hate and murder without the gore. Loved it..Score: 5/5

Good bookI read the last 400 or so pages in an afternoon, an enjoyable read without the all too common lazy expository ending. Like Evanovich’s stephanie plum series in quality of story and writing, but without the sex.Score: 4/5

Good readLoved the story and characters!.Score: 5/5

Sign offKept guessing till the end..Score: 5/5

Great storyA little hard to keep the characters straight at first. However, it was a wonderful, intriguing story with many twists and turns. Keeps you reading and wondering till the end. Loved it!.Score: 5/5

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Sign offGreat 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!.Score: 4/5

Sign Off (caught dead in Wyoming book 1)Great story! Kept me guessing, enjoyed the twists and turns and loved the character, Danny’s, personality and sense of humour. Can’t wait to read more books written by Patricia McLinn!.Score: 5/5

A great storyI enjoyed this book a lot..Score: 5/5

Interesting readWhile it took me a little while to get used to the way she wrote, about a quarter way through I couldn't let the book be. Just HAD to find out who done it!!.Score: 4/5

Small town intrigueFrightening 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..Score: 4/5

Page turnerIt took a bit to get into this book. I stuck with it, & enjoyed the story. It was full of suspense, Elizabeth didn’t back away from the danger..Score: 4/5

Sign offThoroughly enjoyed this book. The story as told by a journalist involved more than just a murder mystery, a good read and not too information on gory details of the murder..Score: 5/5

Sign OffFun book. Middle aged news anchor shipped to rural station fights to prove herself..Score: 4/5

Sign OffGreat read didn't stop til finished will read this Author again.Score: 5/5

Great StoryWell written , good pace and very good story. A page turner..Score: 4/5

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Twists and turnsGreat story, great characters. Twists and turns right up to the end. Witty and well paced. Will be reading her again..Score: 4/5

Sign OffIt was the witty style that got me in, and I was hooked. Couldn't put the book down..Score: 5/5

Kept me guessing.Enjoyed this book. I thought I had worked out who did it early in the book and there were so many different clues and directions that it kept me guessing right till the end. The characters were well developed and loved the way they interacted. Recommend it and look forward to more adventure of Elizabeth and crew.Score: 4/5

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Should be at least ten starsLoved this book it is a must read.Score: 5/5

Fun to readFast moving in the main, lots of humour balances sadness, yet takes time to develope characters as it should in the first of a series..Score: 4/5

Sign OffWell written with an extremely well thought out plot. A throughly enjoyable read..Score: 5/5

Sign OffFast moving and interesting story line. Good solid characters..Score: 4/5

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