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

Patricia McLinn
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Book Description

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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,333 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
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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4 of 4 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


"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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun read
A good story with lots of twists and turns in the plot! It was hard to put down! Read it, you'll enjoy it!
Published 6 days ago by Randi Lansford
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!
Loved this book. It kept me engaged and entertained all the way through. The characters and dialogue were so very believable. Fun read - well worth it!
Published 1 month ago by Carlene
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story
It's hard to imagine a better book! It keep me glued to it until I finished.the story. I highly recommend it!
Published 1 month ago by czech1940
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing story line and delivery
Told in the first person, this story unfolds as a mystery for the heroine, as well as a personal journey. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phyllis Deal
4.0 out of 5 stars Sign Off (The caught dead in Wyoming Mystery Series)
This was an interesting and fun trip through a small town in Wyoming. The characters described were very true to life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patsy Finster
5.0 out of 5 stars sign Off
I have a new favorite author! Good story line, very believable and like able characters. Hope there are more about them.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Cotter
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Escapism Reading
Easy, quick read with likable characters. Slightly predictable mystery but still highly enjoyable for those wishing to escape into a book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Texas Lady
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable beginning to a new series
This is much better than three stars but not quite a four star book. I received a copy from the author who asked me for an honest review. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. C. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars that was fun
Can't wait to read next book. Good fast reading with intricate plot. Thank you patricia mclinn. Keep'em comin'…you are great!
Published 4 months ago by Mary P. Bochiechio
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The book moved at wonderful pace. Enjoyed how she wrapped everything up at the end. Will read more of her books.
Published 5 months ago by Donna Rosenberg
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More About the Author

I'm most proud that my readers say my books blend "laughter and tears" with characters who "live and breathe." Those elements, along with a dash of humor, unite my 30+ romance, women's fiction, and mystery titles. I'm especially grateful to my readers for multiple visits to the USA Today list in 2013.

I had a great childhood, though I ran away from home - heading for Hollywood. Alas, Dairy Queen came before the train station, depleting my capital and preventing my becoming the only Oscar-winning screenwriter under 10. Instead, I received BA & MSJ degrees at Northwestern, then became a sportswriter. That training in dialogue, character, motivation, conflict shows in Winter Olympic-set romance THE GAMES, "a gold-medal winner."

Journalism took me from Rockford, Ill., to Charlotte, N.C., then 20+ years editing at the Washington Post. Journalism shows up in my mystery series, "Caught Dead in Wyoming," starting with SIGN OFF and LEFT HANGING. Elizabeth Margaret Danniher's high-flying TV news reporter career crash-lands in tiny KWMT in Sherman, Wyoming. As she tries to find her way in a new life, she is drawn into mysteries...and into the lives of 2 very different men.

I'm now in Northern Kentucky, writing full-time. You'll find me at, and hanging around social media, especially Twitter and Facebook - feel free to tell me to get back to writing.

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