A Rodeo Producer, Dead in the Bull Pen. Accident or Murder?
Elizabeth Danniher, until recently a top-flight national TV journalist, is regaining her footing after a dizzying demotion to tiny-and entirely foreign to her-Sherman, Wyoming. But her equilibrium faces a major challenge. The apparently accidental death -- under the hooves of rodeo bulls -- of a rodeo producer preparing for Sherman's annual Fourth of July Rodeo catches the attention of Elizabeth and her KWMT-TV colleague Michael Paycik. Not only is it a major story about the region's biggest event, but it's being outrageously mishandled by the station's egocentric anchor.
As Elizabeth and Michael dig, area rancher Thomas Burrell joins the investigation, providing background on suspects - and there are plenty because the victim had many enemies. But Tom has divided loyalties, so Elizabeth doubts his commitment to finding the truth no matter what. Not to mention that both Mike and Tom show an interest in her ... they might be okay with working together in a peculiar triangle, but the points of this geometry is starting to get under her skin.
... From the tip of the rodeo queen's tiara, to "agricultural byproducts" ground into the arena dust, TV reporter Elizabeth "E.M." Danniher receives a murderous introduction to the world of rodeo.
Don't miss any of Caught Dead in Wyoming:
What people are saying about LEFT HANGING:
"I started laughing on the first page and continued laughing until the end."
"Loving the world of Cottonwood County, Wyoming!"
"The dialogue was so well written that I could easily imagine the innuendo, tone of voice and facial expression of each character."
What people are saying about the CAUGHT DEAD IN WYOMING series:
"E. M.'s internal monologues are sharp, snappy and often hilarious."
"Hoping this series lasts forever!"
"McLinn has created in E. M. a female protagonist who is flawed but likable, never silly or cartoonish, and definitely not made of cardboard."
"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
If you like Patricia’s mysteries, try her romantic suspense:
Proof of Innocence (set in Virginia)
Price of Innocence
Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (which includes scenes in fictional Sherman, Wyoming, and cameos from Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)
About the Author
In addition to her romance and women's fiction books, Patricia is the author of the Caught Dead in Wyoming mystery series, which adds a touch of humor and romance to figuring out whodunit.
Patricia received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University. She was a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.), assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.) and-for 20-plus years-an editor at the Washington Post. She has spoken about writing from Melbourne, Australia to Washington, D.C., including being a guest-speaker at the Smithsonian Institution.
She is now living in Northern Kentucky, and writing full-time. Patricia loves to hear from readers through her website, Facebook and Twitter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A 270 page very well-written mystery book and second in series of the TV reporter and her crew stepping in to do follow-up on a bull trampling rodeo accident in their Wyoming town....... or is it? Humor, angst, drama, and deception. Some rough language and sexual references.
This is becoming a series I look forward to following Solid storytelling, interesting characters, intriguing mystery without being gory. This second book was as enjoyable as the first. I liked the mystery, as well as the revisiting of characters I am enjoying getting to know, particularly Diana, Aunt Gee, Mrs. Parens, Shadow the dog, and Wyoming's scariest little girl, Tamantha Burrell. I am not a fan of love triangle story-lines and am hoping this one gets wrapped up quickly. I am more interested in the mysteries than that part of the story, although I do like the characters of both Tom and Mike. I like the character development of Elizabeth as she puts her life back together after her divorce, despite the culture shock. I also feel that the reaction of rural westerners to perceived easterners' arrogance was spot-on. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series and hope there are many more to come.
Left Hanging by Patricia McLinn Caught Dead in Wyoming Series Book Two Elizabeth Margaret Danniher has a five month contract left with the network. She was sent to the small town of Sherman in Wyoming. Quite a step down from New York and Washington DC, but she's making the best of it. In fact, she's already made quite the splash. She cleared a man of murder...by the order of his young daughter for her to do so...and cleaned out some no-accounts in the justice system. She is all for justice. Even when she looks at people as suspects...and finds it very unwelcome. In the end, she's made some good friends and perhaps a few enemies. But, she found the truth. So, when the Fourth of July Rodeo is all set to hit town and there's a death...she doesn't sit back and accept it as an accident without lifting every stone...or bale of hay...to find the truth. I love this series and all the secondary characters. There's a lot of humor while on the hunt for justice. **Language
I've read the entire series except the one that's not out yet. The characters are real, full of individuality and personality. I like that each book the main people have the same purpose and the secondary characters continue to support the main people. I am not a great writer but Patricia is. Thanks for a great series. I sure hope there continues to be more.
"Left Hanging" is good storytelling, with interesting characters. Patricia McLinn writes an intriguing mystery rich with details. The second book in the Caught Dead in Wyoming Series was as enjoyable as the first. Enjoyed the cowboy/rodeo theme mystery, and revisiting the cast of characters in her new town. On gthe 3rd one now!