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Sign Off (The Caught Dead in Wyoming Series) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia McLinn
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What readers are saying: "Great characters" "Just enough humor" "Twists and turns" "Smart and witty" "Couldn't put it down" "That was fun!"

    The last time anyone in Cottonwood County, Wyoming saw Sheriff's Deputy Foster Redus, he was bloody, cussing, and driving his pimped-out pickup into the November darkness. A week before Christmas, rancher Thomas David Burrell was arrested for the assault and charged with the deputy's murder, since neither Redus nor his truck had been seen since the Monday after Thanksgiving.
     The prosecutor later set Burrell free due to insufficient evidence, but with the whole county still suspecting him of the crime, his ex-wife refused to let their daughter visit him anymore.
     "You've got to prove my Daddy didn't kill anybody," second grader Tamantha Burrell tells KWMT-TV's consumer affairs reporter, New York transplant Elizabeth Daniher.
     "Now wait a minute . . . " the startled journalist begins.
     "You're the 'Helping Out' lady," Tamantha insists. "You have to help me."
      Until a few months ago, Elizabeth "E.M." Daniher investigated high crimes and national cases. Now, a messy divorce from her network-TV-exec husband, combined with her no-longer-quite-perky-enough sex appeal, has banished her to Wyoming, where she has to fulfill the remainder of her contract. She handles the "Helping Out" segment at Sherman, Wyoming's only news station. Her latest assignment: assisting an elderly woman who wants her faulty toaster replaced.
     But Tamantha needs her, and so Elizabeth goes back on the crime beat, trying to unravel the mystery of the missing deputy and track down a killer who intends to make sure she doesn't live to go Live At Five with the scoop.


Product Details

  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611941601
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (July 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008UCR1F2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,009 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new series May 25, 2013
By DIANE J
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was a little wary about buying the book, I don't generally but much mystery/suspense. However, when I realized the book was by Patricia McLinn (I have really enjoyed her books in the past), I decided to give it a chance. I really enjoyed it. I read it in one sitting. I hadn't planned it that way, but just couldn't stop once I was in the middle. The characters really made me care about them. I can hardly wait for the next one in the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sign off May 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is better-quality than many small-town mysteries. A deputy who vanishes in his pickup truck amid Wyoming mountains and a TV reporter who used to be an investigative journalist are at the core of the tale. Deputy Foster Redus, who had a way with the ladies but didn't respect them, was last seen after Thanksgiving but is still missing when Elizabeth Danniher arrives at Sherman's small TV station in April. Elizabeth had been working in NY but has been demoted since her divorce until she sorts out her life. Then a determined young girl asks her for help, despite the fact that the help she gives is officially limited to consumer affairs.

Tamanda Burrell thinks her father is unfairly blamed for the deputy's disappearance - he has lost business and friends, and will lose joint custody of Tamanda if his ex-wife has her way. Redus had been seeing Tamanda's mother, giving Burrell motive. Only a brusque investigation was carried out by the sheriff and Elizabeth has to wonder why the local law enforcement wasn't more interested in finding one of their own. Aided by Mike, a younger reporter who wants mentoring, she hones her rusty investigative skills and interviews everyone in town. Mike's aunt who works in the sheriff's office is a source of unofficial gossip and Deputy Alvarez is also helpful, but the more influential citizens generally stymie the reporters. The women Redus had been with somehow each believe he was coming back for them, though resentful of his other conquests. Then Redus's truck and body are found pushed off a mountain road, and matters take a more sinister turn.

The setting is excellently described, from the struggle to make ranches pay to the mineral resources, the artery-clogging food and long empty sweeping vistas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super new Series! May 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Patricia McLinn in her newest series: Caught Dead in Wyoming has captured the essence of a rural town in the boondocks of that state. The plot is interestingly different, the characters have a 'real' feel to them. I like everything about this book. The fast pace, the 'no holds barred' conversations, the up-front revelations of what is happening. There are many stories out there, but the

trick is in the telling...the expertise of the teller...the inherent pulse beat of a truly professional writer and that is what we have here.

The unwinding (tick-tock) of the plot is done in such a way as to make the reader feel as though they themselves are right there and McLinn serves us well in that it is not a rushed conclusion; all our questions are answered and the case is wrapped up with style and acuity.

What we have here is a clear case of writing brilliance and as Book 1 in this new series, I predict a home run for P. A. McLinn and I will follow the game every step of the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a winner of a book; first in the series! July 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of those books that you want to stop everything to read while hoping it never ends. E.M. Danniher makes a compelling protagonist who is easy to root for and even easier to believe in. But it's the secondary characters that make the story larger than life. Mike Paycik as a side kick who has his own reasons for digging deeper into a deputy's disappearance; Tamantha Burrell, a little girl who won't give up and her daddy, Thomas David Burrell, a good man trying to do the right thing and getting sucked deeper and deeper into being set up for murder. The mystery is complex enough to keep you guessing till the end but it's the world of the story that keeps you reading - loved Penny, the checkout clerk who knows everyone's business and then some; Aunt Gee who isn't afraid of calling foul on her boss, the County's sheriff and even Mrs Parens, the retired school teacher who cares deeply about her students and her community years after she has stopped teaching. An A+ read! Very excited to start reading the next in the series and to hoping this series lasts forever!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sign Off April 4, 2013
By Arlena
Format:Kindle Edition
Author: P.A. McLinn
Published by: Bell Bridge Books
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5

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"Sign Off" by P.A. McLinn was a good mystery and the first in a new series by this author. Being a former reporter the author really knows the in and outs of hunting for a story and you will find her stories very interesting and engaging. This novel really held on the the mystery until the very end of the read where you will be kept guessing making this a 'Hallmark' of a good mystery from Sherman, WY. There were several characters in "Sign Off" but one that stood out for me was E.M. Danniher (Elizabeth) sold the show...for she was a wonderful ...being so "smart, witty, dedicated to the truth and sardonic." Now, what was "Sign Off" about... we find Elizabeth Danniher with Mike Paycik(another reporter) are looking into the disappearance of Deputy Foster Redus...Where was he when he disappeared? Was foul play in this picture? This is where I will say you must pick up "Sign Off" to see what all comes out of the "investigation that exposes corruption, dirty politics, and secrets that might drive a person to kill to keep them hidden." Be prepared for lots of twist and turns so say tuned because it call comes out in the end.

"Sign Off" was not only a entertaining story with a good storyline and group of well developed characters but a story with a good intriguing mystery and if that is what you are looking for I would recommend this book to you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great story
For me the story was hard to follow in the beginning. Well the names of the characters were, but I kept reading and really enjoyed the book even though I stumbled in the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Havasudeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong heroine, good mystery, and great setting
Enjoyed this first book in a new series. Love the Wyoming setting and the heroine. I look forward to the next Caught Dead in Wyoming book.
Published 2 months ago by Lucy M. Kubash
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Caught Dead in Wyoming series
I love the Caught Dead in Wyoming series. I can't wait for the next one. One of my favorite books so far.
Published 2 months ago by CHERYL WILLIAMS
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Published 2 months ago by Svetlana Raytburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I want more of this series. Great reads
Published 3 months ago by Wendy L. Ferree
5.0 out of 5 stars Sign Off
Really enjoyed this thriller. Lots of intrigue, twists and turns, and a hint of romance ahead. Looking forward to the next book.
Published 4 months ago by Marlo Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed reading it
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me up way past my bedtime!
This is a fast paced story with twists and turns you don't anticipate. Elizabeth, Diana, Mike and Tom are all people you are pleased to know. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patti Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid story
I liked Sign Off by Patricia McLinn. Ms. McLinn has written a solid, complex story with characters that have depth and complexity of their own. Read more
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Less than a year ago, E. M. Danniher had been an internationally known TV journalist for a major New York station and had been married for many years to a top executive for the... Read more
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More About the Author

I write because people heal. And those are the people who fascinate me.

They heal from pinpricks and catastrophes. They heal seamlessly or with scars, hidden or visible. They heal in as many ways as there are things to heal from, then multiplied by the number of individuals there are in this world.

As a journalist, I witnessed moments of "injury" and frequently found myself asking "How does someone get past that?" - whether "that" was pinprick or catastrophe. That question is also at the heart of my stories. What my characters are healing from frequently falls into the realm of wounds most of us carry. That makes the healing no less fascinating and no less admirable than if a character has troubles few of us will ever encounter. (I am piling on with one character right now, and it's starting to make me feel a little guilty.)

I find people often heal from doses of humor, honesty, and being pushed into situations they've been trying to avoid. Since few people will push themselves into situations they've been avoiding (wg), the characters need friends, family, and community willing to push. So my stories have a lot of those elements.
That's why I'm most pleased that my readers say my books blend "laughter and tears" with characters who "live and breathe." I don't have the most focused writing career - contemporary romance, mystery, women's fiction, historical romance, nonfiction - but those elements unite my 30+ titles.

Some say my stories have happy endings. I like to think of each story as being the process of the main characters getting themselves to a point where they can have a happy beginning. Because they've done a lot of healing.

If you enjoy stories about characters learning, growing, and healing, with some humor, sometimes some mystery, and frequently romance, I hope you'll try my books.

For more on what's coming up with my writing, you can sign up for my newsletter at my website:
http://www.PatriciaMcLinn.com

And if you truly want to know about my childhood, education, and journalism career, click on "Meet Patricia" at the website.

Enjoy your reading!

Patricia

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