Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1) - Patricia McLinn

Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1)

By Patricia McLinn

  • Release Date: 2015-07-03
  • Genre: Cozy
Score: 4.5
From 920 Ratings


Divorce a husband, lose a career …grapple with a murder.

TV journalist Elizabeth “E.M.” Danniher will tell you she committed two sins — she didn’t stay young, and she made an enemy of a powerful news executive — her ex. She used to break national news. Now her top story as the “Helping Out!” reporter at dinky KWMT-TV in Sherman, Wyoming is getting a defective toaster repaired. 

Tough, funny and determined, Elizabeth wrestles with isolation, keeping a professional edge, and an evolving self-image. Is Wyoming — the land of cattle, cowboys, tumbleweeds, and fewer than six people per square mile — her new home or a road to permanent obscurity?

Soon she’s in a battle of wills with ex-football player turned journalist Mike Paycik, who sees her as a handy rung on his career ladder. And there’s the matter of a deputy sheriff—missing or murdered? Elizabeth finds herself investigating at the insistence of a girl who’s set on proving her father’s innocence. Not that enigmatic rancher Thomas Burrell makes investigating easy.

But Elizabeth won’t fade to black without a fight, no matter how final some might want to make her Sign Off. 

Don’t miss any of Elizabeth’s Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures in: 
Sign Off
Left Hanging
Shoot First
Last Ditch
Look Live
Back Story
Cold Open
Hot Roll 
Reaction Shot (2020)

What people are saying about Sign Off:

“This is one of those books that you want to stop everything to read while hoping it never ends.
“Sign Off is a brisk, enthralling page-turner” – P.B. Ryan, bestselling author
“Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery, plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page.” – Emilie Richards, USA Today bestselling author
That was fun.”
“Be prepared for lots of twist and turns.”
I read it in one sitting. I hadn't planned it that way, but just couldn't stop.”
“The characters were a mix of funny, sad, and quirky and were totally believable. There was just enough humor to lighten the story, but not to disrespect the seriousness of crime.”

What readers are saying about the Caught Dead in Wyoming series:
“McLinn's mysteries set in Wyoming are addictive. The writing is excellent, the twists and turns keep the brain engaged, and Elizabeth's wry commentary keeps a smile on my face.”
“E.M.’s internal monologues are sharp, snappy and often hilarious.”
"A terrific series with a western flair.  . . . Great characters that you would want as your friends. Smart, funny, but not perfect."

More cozy mystery from Patricia McLinn:

Secret Sleuth series
Death on the Diversion
Death on Torrid Avenue
Death on Beguiling Way
Death on Covert Circle (2020)

If you like mystery with a bit of romance and humor, try: also

Proof of Innocence 
Price of Innocence (2020)

Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (includes scenes in fictional Sherman, Wyoming, and cameos from Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)


  • Twists and turns

    By Dkirkha
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lots of misdirection. Enough action to keep the story moving along. Delightful.
  • Finally! A book that isn’t sex, violence or cursing-filled

    By CoriLyons
    This author is coming along in the John Grisham style of just telling the story without the unnecessary embellishments of sex, violence or cursing. Though there were a few times I couldn’t remember who the characters were, overall the book was better than a cut above most that get 5 stars.
  • Sign Off

    By Jennie the Jewel
    Had me fooled until the last pages! Good characters, a storyline that kept moving, and me wondering which guy will she end up with? I will continue with the series!
  • Sign In

    By joancates44
    usually when i read a mystery i can see the guilty person a long way from the end but this time i was surprised . but in the end it made sense who was the real murderer was! excellent read. i could not stop till the end .
  • Sign off

    By forest danncer
    Carefully crafted characters wonderfully written clues thru the reading were fun to evaluate .I was truly thrilled with the skillful creative writing, First class .As a rural gal her descriptions of country living and thoughts were creatively accurate and beautifully crafted . I am excited to read the next book I’m hooked !
  • Sign off

    By peony 744
    Well written, great plot. I enjoyed this book very much.
  • Sign Off(Caugh Dead In Wyoming,Book 1)

    By Diamond of the Rockies
    This was a twisting ,turning story but full of surprises and good characters and well put together. I Highly recommend .
  • Loved This Book

    By Mobius24
    Very enjoyable read. Had to read the rest before writing this review. Funny, sad, characters you either love or hate and murder without the gore. Loved it.
  • Sign Off

    By MOM(mom of a Marine)
    Wonderful, fun, unexpected mystery! And the ending was... sweet!
  • Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1)

    By Spaghetti & Meatballs
    Oh my, what a web we weave! Great story, characters and I loved her humor. Don’t miss this one. It is a keeper for sure.