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Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming mystery series, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"While the mystery itself is twisty-turny and thoroughly engaging, it's the smart and witty writing that I loved the best." - Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestseller
"Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery, plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page." - Emilie Richards, USA Today bestselling author
"Sign Off is a brisk, enthralling page-turner" - P.B. Ryan, bestselling author
About the Author
- ASIN : B010W3GM9W
- Publisher : Craig Place Books (July 2, 2015)
- Publication date : July 2, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 4145 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 234 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,422 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Use of profanity shows a sad lack of vocabulary by an author.
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.
I was sadly disappointed with that lie. I expected to laugh out loud at then funny hijinx as I do with the Stephanie Plum series. There were no funny hijinx. I expected to blush at the flirting, but alas, there was none.
Not what the cover promised, not what I was expecting, a bit disappointed.
"Oh, him. That's who some people said my Daddy killed. They're wrong."
"Your mother agrees with the people saying that."
"Nobody listens to her. Daddy didn't kill him. You prove that. That's what you promised on TV."
I shook my head. "No. That's not what I promise. I promise to look into problems. Some problems can't be fixed, and some get fixed but in a way you don't like. That might happen, Tamantha. Because I'm not talking to people to help your Daddy, I'm doing it to find the truth. If your Daddy's involved - my finding out the truth could get him put in jail."
She stared for a long moment. "You find out the truth." She granted permission like Queen Isabella giving Columbus the okay to find the New World. "You talk to my Daddy and you'll know. He didn't kill that man."
Sheriff Deputy Foster Redus, man about town, especially with the women, is missing and has been missing for some time. The 'person of interest' in his missing is Thomas David Burrell. It seems that Redus came to see Burrell just before his disappearance and the meeting turned into a few fists flying. Was he dead or did he just run away? According to a couple of his women friends, he wouldn't just run off without one of them, each claiming to be the one he would choose to take along. His wife, who had filed for divorce papers, stopped the process, apparently believing him to be dead. And the sheriff is hell bent on blaming Burrell for his disappearance and most likely death, but without a body he had to drop all charges and just make his life as impossible as he possibly could.
Now the solving of the mystery it's up to Reporter E. (Elizabeth) M. Danniher, who's show 'Helping Out', was seen by Burrell's daughter Tamantha and convinced her that she could prove her Daddy's innocence.
I read a lot of books but have to say this one really baffled me. From the beginning, I had no idea who would cause Redus' disappearance. It wasn't due to there being no suspects, but because there were so many. Normally, at least by halfway through a book, I have an idea as to who and why. Not with this book! It took me to the end and I must say I was a little surprised.
If you like a good murder mystery, don't miss out on this one. I'm actually hooked on this series of books and can't wait to read Book 2 Left Hanging. Author Patricia McLinn does have what it takes to keep my interest in a book.
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She does some preliminary investigations, with the aid of a handsome sports reporter, Mike Paycik; and gets very interested and involved with the unwinding story. It covers murder and mayhem, and they have to do their research in their own time, the station won't allow their involvement. It is a very twisty story, solved partially by the actions of a spider!
Well worth reading.
In addition to the well-constructed story author Patricia McLinn introduces a wealth of characters and she skilfully develops them as credible in themselves and in their relationships. Elizabeth accepts the request of a young girl to help prove her father’s innocence yet the father seems uninterested in his own reputation. She teams with a would-be journalist seeking to advance his career, and together they attempt to right wrongs and to discover truths. In taking on lawmen and lawyers they identify plenty of suspects including the deputy sheriff’s partner, an ex-wife, a sheriff, a judge, an attorney and others, with a convoluted set of motives. From characters displaying a range of flaws as well as qualities Elizabeth also takes on risks and puts herself in danger. ‘Sign Off’ is compellingly complex – and it deserves a 5-star rating.