Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1)

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

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

If you like mystery with a bit of romance and humor, try:

Proof of Innocence 
Price of Innocence

Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (includes scenes in fictional Sherman, Wyoming, and 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 more than 50 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.

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

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- Sign Off4 star

Very 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

- Sign Off4 star

Engaging 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!

- Sign off5 star

Kept guessing till the end.

- Sign Off5 star

Great mystery!!!!! Never did figure it out!!!!

- Keep my interest5 star

I’m not a big reader but once I started I couldn’t put this book down. Keep my interest and keep me guessing till the very end.

- Twists and turns5 star

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lots of misdirection. Enough action to keep the story moving along. Delightful.

- Finally! A book that isn’t sex, violence or cursing-filled5 star

This 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.

- Sign Off5 star

Had 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!

- Sign In5 star

usually 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 .

- Sign off5 star

Carefully 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 !

- Sign off5 star

Well written, great plot. I enjoyed this book very much.

- Sign Off(Caugh Dead In Wyoming,Book 1)5 star

This was a twisting ,turning story but full of surprises and good characters and well put together. I Highly recommend .

- Loved This Book5 star

Very 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.

- Sign Off5 star

Wonderful, fun, unexpected mystery! And the ending was... sweet!

- Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1)5 star

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.

- Caught dead in Wyoming5 star

A smart witty page turner, I love the characters and will be reading the next I the series

- Sign Off5 star

I 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.

- Is this set in the past?4 star

What was confusing was in addition to so many M names , girlfriends, etc., was the lack of modern technology. No computers? No cell phones?

- Caught Dead In Wyoming5 star

A well written, page turning who-done-it with just enough humor to keep you off balance. Fun and entertaining!

- Great Book.Humor and Murder. Fantastic!5 star

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.

- Sign off5 star

Great fun read just when you think you have the mystery solved the story takes you down another path. A very enjoyable read

- Hard for me to get into3 star

Several 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.

- Sign Off4 star

Best 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.

- Sign Off4 star

Good 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!

- Sign Off5 star

Great read enjoyed characters. Thanks k.

- Turned out to be great!5 star

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!

- Sign off5 star

A must read, fast paced and exciting!!!!

- Great story5 star

A 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!

- Caught Dead in Wyoming5 star

Great 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

- Sign Off5 star

I 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.

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- Sign off4 star

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!

- A great story5 star

I enjoyed this book a lot.

- Page turner4 star

It 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.

- Sign Off (caught dead in Wyoming book 1)5 star

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!

- Interesting read4 star

While 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!!

- Sign Off5 star

Great read didn't stop til finished will read this Author again

- Sign off5 star

Thoroughly 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.

- Great Story4 star

Well written , good pace and very good story. A page turner.

- Sign Off5 star

It was the witty style that got me in, and I was hooked. Couldn't put the book down.

- Kept me guessing.4 star

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

- Sign Off4 star

Fast moving and interesting story line. Good solid characters.

- Sign Off5 star

Well written with an extremely well thought out plot. A throughly enjoyable read.

- Fun to read4 star

Fast moving in the main, lots of humour balances sadness, yet takes time to develope characters as it should in the first of a series.

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- Good One5 star

I really enjoyed this book.

- Sign Off5 star

Grea fast read. Enjoyed the twists and turns. Looking forward to others in the series.

- Sign off5 star

This is a really intriguing book with many twists and turns! This book held my interests throughout! Enjoyed the ending! Thank you for this "free" book!

- I loved this book5 star

Could not put it down. Just the right mix of character development and mystery. Throw in some funny observations and I am looking to read the next book. Well done.

- Sign Off4 star

Nice read. Good flow, nice suspense, nice twist. Reminds us all that we should stop and think about truth versus fact.

- Review5 star

Loved it!!!

- Sign off5 star

Loved it's couldn't put it down

- Really good stuff!5 star

This series opener has the earmarks of truly gifted writer. Strong characters, great landscape and logical conclusions. Going on to read the next one.

- Gripping Until The End5 star

Excellent mystery! I loved the entire story! There was a hint of romance, lots of mystery and action. Shadow played an important role. Elizabeth and Mike make an excellent team. I was close to figuring it out but E.M's logic caught me as well in the end. Remember the questions you don't ask are important. Read and enjoy! I am looking for another to read with the same main characters.

- Sign On4 star

A great read in the tradition of putting off daily chores and staying up way too late to read this book!!

- Sign Off5 star

I love to read and was so happy with this iBook. The grammar and punctuation were great. It was a book that was very entertaining. Thank you for such a good, clean read! I will check for more by this author!

- Undecided but...3 star

Most definitely not on par with Janet Evanovich. Not even close.

- Caught Dead in Wyoming Book 13 star

Was hard to keep all the characters straight during the first half of the book.

- Diane'smother reading her epad.5 star

I usually guess the ending, bringing Lincoln in wasn't fair but loved it! Enjoyed your characters and glad you are keeping them at work. Now onward To the next one. Now to explain to daughter. She does know I was born with a book in my hand. Is the Post still on Pa Ave? Fran R

- Sign off5 star

Great book, cannot wait to read the next book in the series!!!!

- Great book!5 star

I really enjoyed this book! Quick and easy read. Very clean and kept me wanting to read more. I will be getting the rest of this series.

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