Sign Off (Caught Dead In Wyoming, Book 1)

Sign Off (Caught Dead In Wyoming, Book 1)

by Patricia McLinn


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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 refund for a defective toaster.

Tough, funny and determined, Elizabeth wrestles with isolation, keeping a professional edge, and an evolving self-image. Is Wyoming - the land of cattle, cowboys and tumbleweeds - 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 Tom 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.

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What people are saying about SIGN OFF :

"While the mystery itself is twisty-turny and thoroughly engaging, it’s the smart and witty writing that I loved the best.” – Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestseller

"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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939215475
Publisher: 564 Craig
Publication date: 07/03/2015
Series: Caught Dead in Wyoming Series , #1
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 352,314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(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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Sign Off 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun little mystery that several times made me laugh out loud. The characters had some depth and I loved the main character's sarcasm. Kept my interest throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 220 page very well-written free mystery of a top east coast political TV reporter sent to a small Wyoming station to finish her contract when her divorce from her producer husband gets vindictive. Personalities clash and her stint as a Consumer reporter is even regarded with jealousy and innuendo. Then a small girl's demand that she save her Daddy from a murder......... What will a few questions matter? And so starts an interesting, amusing, ironic, and convoluted tale in a small western town.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pace, characters, and mystery certainly kept me interested the entire time. I will read more of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun to read book. The characters run the gamut from a precocious eight-year-old to an egotistical politician to a white-haired retired schoolteacher who can remember everything about several generations of her students. The mystery is finally solved and now that we've become so well-acquainted with most of the inhabitants of small-town Sherman,WY, we're ready for the next mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing right to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have given it a higher rating except some of the characters were ripped off of idiotic TV characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to follow all the players and the plot with so many side comments , background, descriptions thoughts and actions. Eventually, I just skipped some in order to get on with the story.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Suspense and witty humor meet in Wyoming. Who knew catching a murderer could be so fun.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Good development of characters! Kept in suspense the hole time. Looking forward to reading more of the series
Anonymous 5 months ago
Will keep you guessing all the way through.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Fast paced and full of many twists and turns. Really enjoyed this book Ms.McLinn and can see I want to read more of your work.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Although, Left hanging, is a good term for the ending! ,"..then HE kissed me”? Smart! Makes me want to run out and grab the next book!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Enjoyed this slightly irrelevant, slightly romance mystery book. It had plenty of twists and turns. Characters and plot were well developed. Read it you will enjoy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed!
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Made me want to keep reading. Couldn’t guess who did it until the reveal. Great mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are for the most part interesting and lovable. The plot is great with a story that pulls you in and keeps you guessing. The book was a nice to read with no overly annoying grammar issues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an okay read. Tough to get through the first part and keep the characters straight. It didn't really hold my interest until the second half. I wouldn't pay for it, but if you can get it for free, it's worthy it.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very distracting
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onmtntime More than 1 year ago
I love a well written book and I also love a mystery that has a surprise ending. I will definitely read more of Ms. McLinns books. Witty, fun, snarky, smart female lead... loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Little time developing story and characters picked up and really develped for climatic murder myster
buckskinapp More than 1 year ago
Love this author. I've read 3 of her books so far and plan to read the rest. The characters and way of writing make these books a great read and a real page turner. Can't wait to read more.