Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1) - Patricia McLinn

Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1)

By Patricia McLinn

  • Release Date: 2015-07-03
  • Genre: Cozy
Score: 4
From 1,849 Ratings


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 about Sign 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, 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.”

What readers are saying about the Caught Dead in Wyoming series:
“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.


  • Great read!

    By My monkey brain
    From the first page, I had instant appreciation for her writing style. The story was interesting and there were great details and descriptions to paint the characters. I can’t wait to read more of her books!
  • Wyoming

    By Mckiddie
    I’m an 84 year old woman who loves mysteries and I live in Wyoming and I love the book can’t wait to read more thank you another thing Wyoming has been great to me
  • Sign Off

    By River Quest
    When you can’t stop reading because you want to know what happens next, then you know it’s a good story. Plus the added benefit of a mysterious dog.
  • Good read

    By Jlr1217
    Loved the story and characters!
  • Thoroughly enjoyed

    By Katie5562
    It was a very entertaining book. Had some laughs as well as a good story. Will continue on with the series.
  • Sign off (caught in the dead)

    By readingnw
    I liked the momentum and the red herrings. I’d recommend as a good read.
  • Caught Dead in Wyoming Series

    By teamharrdawn
    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.
  • Sign off

    By Gidgit Smith
    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!!!!
  • Loved this book!

    By EBCee
    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.
  • Sign Off

    By retire reader
    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.