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

Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming mystery series, Book 1)

By Patricia McLinn

  • Release Date: 2015-07-03
  • Genre: Cozy
Score: 4
From 1,959 Ratings


Divorce a husband, disrupt 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
Air Ready
Holiday Bullets
Cue Up

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 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
Death on ZigZag Trail
Death on Puzzle Place

The Innocence Trilogy
Proof of Innocence 
Price of Innocence
Premise of Innocence

About the Author
Patricia McLinn is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 60 published novels cited by readers and reviewers for wit and vivid characterization. Her books include mysteries, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical romance, and women’s fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards.
She has spoken about writing from London to Melbourne, Australia, to Washington, D.C., including being a guest speaker at the Smithsonian.
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.
Now living in Kentucky, McLinn loves to hear from readers through her website and social media.


  • Added a new author to my favorites!

    By Airfoilranger
    She kept the audience baffled right to the end in this twisting, turning ride to the truth. I will surely be seeking more of her work in the near future. And you should, too!
  • Really very enjoyable

    By Justasaying
    The writing style suits me very well! It was the most enjoyable part of reading this story. Solid characters, not too easily figured out and many surprises but the style of the author, to me, was the most enjoyable part. Great read
  • Great story!

    By hueyslots
    Patricia molded her characters with flair and charm! Excellent read!
  • Twisty in all the right ways

    By Mom4xintx
    Really enjoyed reading! Twists and turns kept me glued to my screen. Already bought the next in the series!
  • I couldn’t put it down ! It really kept me guessing …

    By Cimemanwifi5
    I really enjoyed this book. My first by this author, and it will not be the last! If you think you know whodunnit then you will probably be as surprised as I was at the conclusion of this book. It was nice, for a change, to read a novel like this one and not already have the end all figured out when there are at least 3 chapters left. Very well done!!
  • Loved everything about this book.

    By Squidgymom
    I have read some really bad iBooks lately, so it was a nice surprise to read one I really liked. Great characters, interesting murder mystery I didn’t figure out until near the end, which made me stay up late at night to read yet one more chapter. I will definitely read more of this series or others by this author!
  • 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!