Cold Open (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 7)

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Open House to Murder

Elizabeth Margaret “E.M.” Danniher finds house hunting in Cottonwood County, Wyoming difficult, but deadly? That she never expected. In television, a cold open rolls before the credits, pitching the viewer into the news story. That’s how Elizabeth and her cohorts feel after she finds a body in a house for sale.

A victim with a hidden history, few suspects, and the sheriff’s department not happy having Elizabeth as the closest thing they have to a witness. Mike, Diana, Tom and the rest jump in to dig in.

Elizabeth has her own problems, including a trip back east to wrest her belongings from storage and the clutches of her ex. And the question of whether the cold will ever end…

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 Cold Open is Book 7 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's Caught Dead in Wyoming cozy mystery series.  If you like quirky characters, hints of romance, and twists you won't see coming, then you'll love this page-turner.

"Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery, plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page."  -- Emilie Richards, USA Today bestselling author

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Don't miss any of Elizabeth Danniher's Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures:

Sign Off
Left Hanging
Shoot First
Last Ditch
Look Live
Back Story
Cold Open
Hot Roll (2019)


What readers are saying about the Caught Dead in Wyoming series:

“McLinn has created in E.M. a female protagonist who is flawed but likable, never silly or cartoonish, and definitely not made of cardboard.”

"I love the whole series Caught Dead in Wyoming. The writing is witty and sharp; the story is gripping; and the characters are so realistic. Even the supporting characters are fully defined and interesting. What I didn’t expect was a renewed appreciation given by this “inside” view of the world of journalism. With all the current focus on Fake News, I loved being reminded of how vital news people are to our society. E.M. Danniher changes her community and certain individuals –  for the better – due to her dogged pursuit of truth and justice."

"I confess to being addicted to this series and characters. I LIKE them. I wish they were real."

“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."

“Hoping this series lasts forever!”


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

Proof of Innocence (set in Virginia)
Price of Innocence (2019)

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

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Seasons in a Small Town: Winter

The past might be cold, but it’s familiar for Anne. And the future? That might be as gray as a mid-winter Illinois sky. She’s desperately trying to hold on to the family farm owned by her late husband’s great uncle. With Uncle Everett disabled and her new to farming, loans are impossible to get.

Between the farm and the bookkeeping she does for businesses in town, she’s working to exhaustion. And she’s not good at asking for help. Never has been.

Then here comes Quince.

As an executive of the high-tech company bringing operations to Drago, Illinois – and driving up land prices and taxes – he represents part of the problem. But that doesn’t mean Anne can afford to turn down his rent money when Uncle Everett lines him up as a boarder. And – just what she needs -- the two of them hit it off like an old-fashioned comedy team.

Quince is a warm front moving fast through her home and her life, promising spring even when all around is frozen. His quick humor and easygoing ways reach deep into the coldest part of Anne’s troubled heart.

But she realizes that behind that front, Quince, too, has icy demons.

Can Anne save not only this farm she loves, but also herself … and Quince?

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Warm Front, Book 4 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's Seasons in a Small Town series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Roxanne St. Clair and Jill Shalvis.

Praise for the Seasons in a Small Town series:

“You laugh, you angst, you maybe shed a couple tears or two, and at the end of it you move immediately onto the next book because -- unlike teenage Zeke -- you don't want to get away, all you want to do is go back.”

“I can only hope there is another installment with this small town as its setting.”

“Strong characters with enough faults to make them human and real” yet “The other characters in Drago all add to the story rather than taking attention from the main action.”

“McLinn delivers a fun, engaging, and emotionally complicated romance.”

“Poignant, heart warming”  . . .  “Funny and heart-wrenching at the same time” . . . “Passionate and sensual without being distasteful or vulgar.”

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s Seasons in a Small Town series now!

Book 1 (Spring): What Are Friends For?

Book 2 (Summer): The Right Brother

Book 3 (Autumn): Falling for Her, 2nd edition

Book 4 (Winter): Warm Front, new in May

If you like Patricia’s small-town romance stories, try her Marry Me series today!

Book 1: Wedding of the Century

Book 2: The Unexpected Wedding Guest

Book 3: A Most Unlikely Wedding

Book 4: Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

“Ordinary, and yet unforgettable, characters in an endearing story readers will treasure.” – 5-Star Amazon Review

 

Close Friends, a Secret Crush

It was his sister’s wedding, but Max Trevetti’s eyes weren’t focused on the bride.

Growing up in small-town Tobias, Wisconsin, Max helped raise his little sister Annette, and was a surrogate big brother to her best friend, Suzanna Grant. Suz always had a secret crush on her best friend's brother, but she would never have thought Max actually saw her as more than a friend.

Except now Max can’t keep his eyes off of her. That stunning red dress. Her smile.

When the wedding celebration leads to unexpected passion, neither knows what happens next … especially when they’re constantly thrown together trying to save historic Bliss House for eccentric, meddling Miss Trudi.

Was it just a fling, or will this wedding plant the seed for their own?

* * * * * * * *

The Unexpected Wedding Guest, Book 2 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's Marry Me series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Roxanne St. Clair, and Jill Shalvis.

 

Praise for The Unexpected Wedding Guest:

“McLinn delivers a wonderful romance. … I hope she never stops writing them.”  -- 5-Star Amazon Review

“An unexpected treasure … This romance is a nice ‘escape read’!” --  5-Star Amazon Review

“A heart-warming tale.” – 5-Star Amazon Review


Praise for the Marry Me series:

“With her two latest books set in a perfectly realized and perfectly charming small town, McLinn has created two beautifully written, richly emotional love stories that are a joy to read.” – John Charles, American Library Association

“Gifted Patricia McLinn has written another wonderful series filled with emotion and romance.” -- CataRomance Reviews

“McLinn has done a marvelous job creating the stories in this series.” -- Fresh Fiction

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s Marry Me series today!

Wedding of the Century

The Unexpected Wedding Guest

A Most Unlikely Wedding

Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

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Craig Place Books
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Aug 23, 2018
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9781944126254
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English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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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 Danniher's Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures:

Sign Off
Left Hanging
Shoot First
Last Ditch
Look Live
Back Story
Cold Open

Hot Roll (2019)

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 people 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."

“Hoping this series lasts forever!”


If you like Patricia’s mysteries, try her romantic suspense:

Proof of Innocence

Price of Innocence, coming in 2019

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

A CHRISTMAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

One look, a passionate love . . . and then they part . . . Forever?

Before the bestselling and award-winning Wyoming Wildflowers saga began, there was another love story, one that laid the foundation for all those that came after. A love between a cowboy and an unexpected woman. A love at first sight ...

Ed Currick’s and Donna Roberts’ worlds couldn’t have been any more different – a rancher from Wyoming and an up-and-coming Broadway musical actress on a national tour. What could have been a momentary encounter sparks desire . . . and more. But can there be anything but heartbreak ahead when they have only days before their dreams pull them apart? 

Celebrate the holidays with the opposites-attract romance between a cowboy and a stage actress as they find their hearts’ desires among the trees, the lights, the music and the magic of the merry Christmas season. Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning is the emotional, fun bonus prequel to USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's acclaimed Wyoming Wildflowers contemporary romance series.

"Funny, entertaining, and full of surprises"..."Warms your heart"... "Joy"..."Wonderful love story"

Read Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning before you start the rest of the series or after you finish the other Wyoming Wildflowers … but be sure to read it!

~~~

 Get all the blooms in the Wyoming Wildflowers series!

 Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (Snowberry) – A Prequel 

*Almost a Bride (Indian Paintbrush) 

*Match Made in Wyoming (Fireweed) 

*My Heart Remembers (Bur Marigold) 

-- A New World (prequel to Jack’s Heart)

Jack’s Heart (Yellow Monkeyflower)

-- Rodeo Nights (prequel to Where Love Lives)

Where Love Lives (Threadleaf Phacelia)

A Cowboy Wedding 


* Wyoming Wildflowers Trilogy Boxed Set (3 Books in 1)

Buy the entire Wyoming Wildflowers collection (Books 1-6, plus prequels) for one great price .... Wyoming Wildflowers: The Collection 

 ~~~

 Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s Wyoming Wildflowers stories:

“Each one was totally different, characters were unique and totally believable!! Enjoy!!!

“Amazing and touching story.”

 “If you love to laugh; love to cry; or love to laugh and cry at the same time, then you'll definitely want to read Almost a Bride.”

“Smart, stubborn and irresistible.” 

“… So enjoyable I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.”

 “Excellent book! I read it straight in one whole day. Recommend it to anyone!” 

 “Delightful!”

 “Nothing short of heart consuming and thrilling. I've loved every one and feel like I know the people personally. I can't wait for the next installment."

A Killing to Keep Old Wyoming Secrets and Treasures

Death hits close to home for Elizabeth "E.M." Danniher – or, rather, close to the Hovel, as she's dubbed her decrepit rental house. Her elderly neighbor kills a man apparently robbing her of Western artifacts. As a former top-flight national TV reporter, Elizabeth knows self-defense might satisfy the legal system, yet leave her neighbor in danger. Doing what she does best – asking questions – Elizabeth sidesteps her boss and a nosy, jealous anchorman to inquire into an eccentric and mysterious western billionaire, an ambitious curator, rival collectors, family feuds and Cottonwood County's Wild West crimes of a century ago. 

Digging deeper into these western murder mysteries, Elizabeth relies on her team of friends who are proving their investigative chops. Before this is over, Elizabeth will need every one of them – and the stray dog she's adopted – as her questions push someone to decide, that no matter who shot first, Elizabeth should die now.

Don't miss Elizabeth Danniher's other adventures in western crime-solving with a dash of humor in:

Sign Off
Left Hanging
Shoot First
Last Ditch
Look Live
Back Story
Cold Open
Hot Roll, coming in 2019

Readers praise Shoot First:

“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.”

"Beautifully written with delightful twists and turns in language." 

"So many mysteries to solve: a missing house from the 1800s, gold from a train robbery, a shooting, where to dig, a fire, will she/won't she . . . Who knew collecting old west memorabilia could be so exciting?"  


What readers are saying about the CAUGHT DEAD IN WYOMING series:

“There's a real love for wide-open spaces in McLinn's writing, and it's a pleasure to visit the world she so beautifully creates. Can't wait for the next book(s)!”

“E.M.’s internal monologues are sharp, snappy and often hilarious.”

“Hoping this series lasts forever!”

“McLinn has created in E.M. a female protagonist who is flawed but likable, never silly or cartoonish, and definitely not made of cardboard.”

"A terrific series with a western flair. , , , , Great characters that you would want as your friends. Smart, funny, but not perfect."


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

Proof of Innocence (set in Virginia)
Price of Innocence (2019)

Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (which includes scenes in fictional Sherman, Wyoming, and cameos from Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)
 You are cordially invited ... 

to join the celebration as college friends embark on the greatest education of all -- falling in love. 

The Wedding Series 
Book 1 - Prelude to a Wedding 
Book 2 - Wedding Party 
Book 3 - Grady's Wedding 

The free spirit: Paul Monroe 
Book 1 - Prelude to a Wedding 

Charming Paul Monroe has the Peter Pan thing down pat. As an antique toy appraiser, even his work involves play. Which is fine, unless your job is to keep his Chicago business running smoothly . . . and all that charm -- and sexiness -- is aimed at you. 

Organization and reliability are Bette Wharton's hallmarks. She handles the toughest clients with aplomb, until Paul provides a challenge that goes way beyond the office. She has a plan and a timetable. How can she let herself fall for Mr. Live-for-the-Moment when all he offers is Love-for-the-Moment? 

The best man: Michael Dickinson 
Book 2 - Wedding Party 

Michael Dickinson is delighted to be best man at his friend's wedding - but there's one complication. Tris Donlin is a bridesmaid. He's wanted her for longer than he cares to remember, but to her, he's just good old Michael - college pal, confidant, best buddy ... Would a few days of wedding celebration let him finally get her out of his system once and for all? 

Her cousin Paul's wedding party has Tris's head and heart full of memories of college days with him, Michael and their friend Grady. Grady was her college crush and Michael was her buddy. Now that they're all grown up, my how things have changed. 

She's certain she's found the best man for her . . . if only she can convince him. 

The last bachelor: Grady Roberts 
Book 3 - Grady's Wedding 

Grady Roberts has never been the marrying kind - and he still isn't. But after watching his best friends walk down the aisle and start families, flipping through his little black book and ordering take-out for one suddenly seems boring ...and lonely. Yet the one woman who intrigues him keeps him at arm's length. 

Leslie Craig is human. She feels the full effect of handsome, intelligent, wealthy, successful Grady's attraction . . . and his loneliness. It's the last element that snags her heart. She's developed a knack for helping people with problems and sorrows without ever revealing her own. Can she do that for Grady?

Praise for The Wedding Series:

“A wonderful series that will make you laugh and cry. Each page is filled with love that will eventually come to the people who so need it. A must read!” – 5-star review

"Perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ... Heart-warming." – 5-star review

“Fun and serious all at the same time. Love how the friends intertwine and add new along the way. It was refreshing to read the different stories and having them all come together. Really enjoyed this series!” – 5-star review

“Full of warmth, understanding of human nature, and great characters. They are connected, following the lives of college friends, and by the time you are finished, you feel as if you are a part of their extended circle. A dash of sex here, but not to the point that it overshadows the well thought out storylines. Definitely a feel good experience.” -- 5-star review

"Great love stories!  … Must read all books in the series! … I laughed and cried! Must read.” – From 5-star reviews

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today!

Prelude to a Wedding*  

Wedding Party*  

Grady’s Wedding* 

The Runaway Bride

The Christmas Princess

     Hoops (prequel to The Surprise Princess)  

The Surprise Princess  

     Not a Family Man (prequel to The Forgotten Prince) 

The Forgotten Prince 

Boxed Sets

*The Wedding Series Trilogy (Books 1-3)

The Wedding Series Box Set Two: The Runaway Bride and The Christmas Princess

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