Thursday, April 30, 2020

Book Review: SIGN OFF Caught Dead in Wyoming Mystery Series Book #1 by Patricia McLinn


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 might see her as a handy rung on his career ladder or a romantic partner or both. 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 for an amateur sleuth.

But Elizabeth won’t fade to black without a fight, no matter how final some might want to make her SIGN OFF.


Danny, an investigative reporter, is exiled to a TV station to do a soft show where she helps neighbors address problems - problems like how to get money back when the purchased item is faulty. Not exactly what she's used to, but she hasn't figure out what her next career move should be. Then a little girl, Tamantha, asks her to help her father, a man accused of murder and then released. Her instincts kick in, and with some prodding by the hot shot ex-football player, she gets to know the people involved and a lot more about Wyoming. 

I like Danny aka E. M. Danniher. She's smart, sassy, and curious. She also has misgivings, and some insecurities.  Mike is also likable and loyal. In his own way, even the would-be bad guy, Tom Burrell, has his good points. The story is well-paced. Danny (and Mike) have to deal with obstacles at every turn, with a little help from a friend of two.  Can't miss with this one if you like a cozy mystery, with a bit of humor and romance.


Don’t miss any of the Caught Dead in Wyoming series by USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn:

Murder, Mysteries, Humor, a Hint of Romance

Sign Off
Left Hanging
Shoot First
Last Ditch
Look Live
Back Story
Cold Open
Hot Roll
Reaction Shot

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