Shoot First (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 3)

Shoot First (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 3)

by Patricia McLinn


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A Killing to Keep Old Wyoming Secrets and Treasures

Death hits close to home for Elizabeth “E.M.” Danniher – or, rather, close to the Hovel, as she’s dubbed her decrepit rental house. Her elderly neighbor kills a man apparently robbing her of Western artifacts. As a former top-flight national TV reporter, Elizabeth knows self-defense might satisfy the legal system, yet leave her neighbor in danger. Doing what she does best – asking questions – Elizabeth sidesteps her boss and a nosy, jealous anchorman to inquire into an eccentric and mysterious western billionaire, an ambitious curator, rival collectors, family feuds and Cottonwood County's Wild West crimes of a century ago.

Digging deeper into these western murder mysteries, Elizabeth relies on her team of friends who are proving their investigative chops. Before this is over, Elizabeth will need every one of them – and the stray dog she's adopted – as her questions push someone to decide, that no matter who shot first, Elizabeth should die now.

Don't miss Elizabeth "E.M." Danniher's other adventures in

Sign Off

Left Hanging

Last Ditch

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Back Story

Cold Open

Hot Roll

"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 has created in E.M. a female protagonist who is flawed but likable, never silly or cartoonish, and definitely not made of cardboard.”

"I love the whole series Caught Dead in Wyoming. The writing is witty and sharp; the story is gripping; and the characters are so realistic. Even the supporting characters are fully defined and interesting. What I didn’t expect was a renewed appreciation given by this “inside” view of the world of journalism. With all the current focus on Fake News, I loved being reminded of how vital news people are to our society. E.M. Danniher changes her community and certain individuals – for the better – due to her dogged pursuit of truth and justice."

"I confess to being addicted to this series and characters. I LIKE them. I wish they were real."

“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."

“Hoping this series lasts forever!”

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

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939215352
Publisher: 564 Craig
Publication date: 07/03/2014
Series: Caught Dead in Wyoming Series , #3
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 687,311
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Patricia 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.

McLinn is the author of more than 45 published novels, which are cited by readers and reviewers for wit and vivid characterization. Her books include mysteries, contemporary western romances, contemporary romances elsewhere in the world, historical romances, and women's fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards.

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

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Shoot First 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Judith_Arnold More than 1 year ago
Each book in Patricia McLinn's "Caught Dead In Wyoming" series is better than the last. Like the first two books, SHOOT FIRST offers a twisty, intriguing plot that keeps the reader guessing until the very end. The book's added appeal lies in our growing familiarity with the protagonist--TV journalist Elizabeth Danniher, who once saw her position as a consumer-affairs reporter at a tiny local television station in remote Sherman, Wyoming as a demotion but is gradually coming to consider it a blessing--as well as the cast of characters who surround her: sports reporter Mike Paycik, Danniher's other colleagues and rivals at the TV station, rancher Tom Burell, retired schoolteacher Mrs. Parens, Aunt Gee, the guys in the sheriff's department, the motormouth gossip Penny at the Sherman Supermarket, and of course Danniher's moody dog. McLinn also introduces some wonderful new characters, adds a missing house, and spices the story with wit and humor. Once again, she's left me eagerly awaiting the next book in this delightful series.
Jutzie 9 months ago
Shoot First by Patricia McLinn Caught Dead in Wyoming Series Book Three Elizabeth “E.M” Danniher doesn't intentionally go out to solve cases before the police...well, maybe she does keep a few things from them. In the short time she's in Sherman, Wyoming to fulfill her “sentence” for the network...she's definitely finding herself in the middle of trouble. This time, things end up in smoke. People are definitely not who you think and there never seems to be a person you can really write-off as not being on the suspect list. I love this series. There's plenty of humor, a couple of men who would love to have some romance, great secondary characters, and of course, a unique dog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great fun, great characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 300 page very well-written mystery book and third in series of the TV reporter for Consumer affairs at the Sherman, Wyoming station. Everything is getting boringly back to normal from the rodeo escapade then a police scanner report says there has been a homicide in her neighborhood. She will help her elderly neighbor find the cause of the break in no matter how much she protests she can take care of herself.......... A little adult language and some kissing.