Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1)

Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1) 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 aboutSign 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, enthrallingpage-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 humorto lighten the story, but not to disrespect the seriousness of crime.”

What readers are saying about theCaught Dead in Wyomingseries:
“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.

Book Reviews


Good read5 star

Loved the story and characters!55


Thoroughly enjoyed5 star

It was a very entertaining book. Had some laughs as well as a good story. Will continue on with the series.55


Sign off (caught in the dead)5 star

I liked the momentum and the red herrings. I’d recommend as a good read.55


Sign Off4 star

I enjoyed this book. It was captivating and entertaining. The characters were interesting and the mystery kept me reading. It was refreshingly clean.45


Caught Dead in Wyoming Series5 star

As 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.55

Gidgit Smith

Sign off5 star

A 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!!!!55


Loved this book!5 star

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.55

retire reader

Sign Off4 star

Overall 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.45


Sign Off (Caught Dead In Wyoming Book 1)5 star

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!55


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 g45

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