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Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I believe this is Patricia McLinns' ' first attempt at mystery writing and the first book in the series. It wasn't a bad start, nor a spectacular start. It was a start; however, and the series has promise. The switch from romance to mystery had to be jarring, and McLinn started rough, then gained her feet.
The plot wasn't bad or good, just familiar. It takes a mystery writer a bit more time to create a style and complicated plots for a readership of mystery fans that already have favorites. From writing romance, McLinn has the goods on relating feelings and the the backstory to explain them. The rough start, in my view, came from expecting a successful NY reporter to fall so far emotionally damaged, because of a divorce, and have the reader buy into it. I had problems with that; she had risen to the top. That sort of success doesn't come from wimpy women. It made me dislike her in the beginning. It seemed, too, a romance was trying to start, but it didn't fit this first book. That threw me off, also.
It wasn't until she began to truly investigate that the book started to come together and my interest was engaged. If one is to write mystery, the mystery must come first. Love interests need to be tangential to the mystery. In my opinion, the attempt at romance in this first book, should have been left out. A reintroduction of a character can occur in the next book and take off from there.
I don't have any quibble with the writing. It was better in the second half, but I think that is when the author found her mystery voice and confidence returned. It showed in the writing.
I think McLinn will improve with this genre and find her full mystery voice. That is why this is rated this a three. She needs to grow and this rating gives her room to do so. You won't be hurt reading this book, but may enjoy watching this author grow as she adds to the series.
This is a straight up mystery story. Rated PG because it's probably not for elementary age children, but it's certainly appropriate for middle school up.
No violence described in depth - it's a murder mystery so of course there's been some violence.
No strong language.
The main character is starting new job at a TV station in nowheresville Wyoming having been ousted from her previous high profile job in the big city. Leaving her previous job is entangled with a messy divorce, so it's not incompetence that has landed her in a small town in a low-population state.
Plot: a well-known resident with honeys all around town is found dead in his car off a rarely-traveled road. Of course, as these stories go, all the evidence seems to point to one person as being the perpetrator, but our heroine doesn't think it all adds up. The investigating proceeds. Others might guess whodunit, but I certainly did not.
Another reviewer criticized the writing as being too much like Ms. McLinn's romance novels. I'm not a romance novel reader, and can say that I encountered nothing goopy along those lines.
Read for the pleasure of the mystery to be solved.