Cold Open (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 7)

Caught Dead in Wyoming

Book 7
Craig Place Books
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Open House to Murder

Elizabeth 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. KWMT colleagues Mike, Diana and Jennifer, and rancher Tom, 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…


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


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

Reaction Shot

Body Brace (2021)

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!”


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

Death on Shady Bridge

Death on Carrion Lane


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

The Innocence Trilogy

Proof of Innocence

Price of Innocence

Premise of Innocence


Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (includes cameos from Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)

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More by Patricia McLinn

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1880s Wyoming territory --

As strong as the ranch she runs, widow Rachel Terhune has one dream—to fulfill the legacy she inherited from her father. Hiring Nick Dusaq has nothing to do with the fierce pull between them and everything to do with saving her land.

The solitary cowboy recognizes a kindred heart scarred by cruelty. He would ride away – he should ride away – if only her ranch didn’t need him so damned badly. Her ranch — not the widow woman like none he’s encountered before — is the only need he’ll let himself consider.

Passion as powerful as the harsh beauty of the land around them bonds Rachel, the widow woman devoting every bit of her strength and courage to holding onto her Wyoming Territory ranch, and Nick, the loner cowhand with dreams of his own.

Yes, they have passion. But does it hold the promise of healing and love or the destruction of dreams?

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 “A strong woman, a dark tormented man, and a love as fierce and irresistible as the Wyoming wind." ~ Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author

“One of the most entertaining and interesting western historicals I’ve read in a long time.” ~ Cathy Sova, The Romance Reader

"A moving confirmation of the healing power of love" --Romantic Times

"Incredibly powerful" ... "An unforgettable read" ... "The characters are so real you come to know them personally. It's a book you won't want to end." -- 5-star reviews

"Wow!... a romance that sizzles!...Powerful love story... Excellent!" -- Rendezvous

"Splendid!" -- Bell, Book and Candle


Another western historical romance from Patricia McLinn:

Courting a Cowboy

* Or get both Courting a Cowboy and Widow Woman in the boxed set To Love a Cowboy 


Contemporary romance set in Wyoming by Patricia:

Wyoming Wildflowers series

A Place Called Home trilogy

Bardville, Wyoming trilogy

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

Reaction Shot

Body Brace


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 also like cozier mysteries, try Patricia's Secret Sleuth series:

Death on the Diversion

Death on Torrid Avenue

Death on Beguiling Way

Death on Covert Circle

Death on Shady Bridge



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

Proof of Innocence

Price of Innocence


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

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Publisher
Craig Place Books
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Published on
Aug 23, 2018
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Pages
330
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ISBN
9781944126254
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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