- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Craig Place Books (July 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939215471
- ISBN-13: 978-1939215475
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,119 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sign Off (Caught Dead In Wyoming, Book 1) Paperback – July 3, 2015
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About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s novels—cited by reviewers for warmth, wit and vivid characterization – have won numerous regional and national awards and been on national bestseller lists. In addition to her romance and women’s fiction books, Patricia is the author of the Caught Dead in Wyoming mystery series, which adds a touch of humor and romance to figuring out whodunit. Patricia received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University. She was a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.), assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.) and—for 20-plus years—an editor at the Washington Post. She has spoken about writing from Melbourne, Australia to Washington, D.C., including being a guest-speaker at the Smithsonian Institution. She is now living in Northern Kentucky, and writing full-time. Patricia loves to hear from readers through her website, Facebook and Twitter.
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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.