Death on the Diversion (Secret Sleuth cozy mystery series, Book 1)

· Secret Sleuth Book 1 · Craig Place Books
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Final resting place? Deck chair.

Death on the Diversion is the start of a new cozy mystery series with humor from a USA Today bestselling author.

Sheila Mackey has a secret. To the world, she’s author of a blockbuster book. Her wily great-aunt, the actual author, orchestrated this mutually beneficial masquerade. Now the aunt’s retiring and Sheila must draft Act Two of her own life. This cruise is supposed to be the perfect time to do that.

Crossing the Atlantic on the Diversion, Sheila finds a dead body on deck.

She realizes she knows a whole lot more about the interactions of the victim and suspects than the ship’s officials do. She’s drawn into sleuthing, but finds herself hampered by a well-meaning but overprotective would-be Doctor Watson.

This murder mystery with humor is the first book in a new series, Secret Sleuth. In later books, amateur sleuth Sheila returns to dry land in the Midwest, where mysteries abound in her new small-town home.

If you like mysteries about the inner world of writers, set among the insular cruise ship community, where even the sleuth has secrets she’s hiding (and a dog to come in book two), then you’ll love award-winning Patricia McLinn’s newest whodunit with humor.

Get on board to sail away with crime, clues and memorable characters.

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On the spectrum of McLinn's mystery novels, the Caught Dead in Wyoming cozy series is in the middle, The Innocence Trilogy is edgier (and has more romance), and Secret Sleuth is a bit less edgy.

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

Death on ZigZag Trail (2022)

Death on the Diversion ”is such an enjoyable story, reminiscent of Agatha Christie's style, with a good study of human nature and plenty of humor. Great start to a new series!” – 5-star review 

Death on Torrid Avenue “is told with a lot of humor and the characters are good company. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and am looking forward to the next story.” – 5-star review 

More cozy mystery from Patricia McLinn:

Caught Dead in Wyoming western mystery series

Sign Off

Left Hanging

Shoot First

Last Ditch

Look Live

Back Story

Cold Open

Hot Roll

Reaction Shot

Body Brace

Cross Talk (2022)

"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 bestselling author 

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


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 (romantic suspense)

Bardville, Wyoming series (romance with a little mystery)

A Stranger in the Family

A Stranger to Love

The Rancher Meets His Match

Secret Sleuth series: female sleuth, amateur detective, traditional mystery, mystery with humor, mysteries with humor humorous, mystery with dog (to come in later books); krimis, kriminalromane

57 reviews
Elaine Dayton
September 12, 2020
This was a highly enjoyable, well written cozy mystery. The characters were different from your standard fare. I didn't guess who did it, I often do. It was a true surprise. The main character had a unique back story. This is the first in a new series. I've read other books by this author & have yet to be disappointed. Please give it a read.
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Lkaterie Neal
June 4, 2020
Death On The Diversion was an intriguing story with so many twists to the plot! Loved the style of writing and characters..even kinda funny.
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Darshana Singh
January 25, 2021
I love this book!!(and hey, I really mean it). It's a story of Sheila who to the world is a famous author to some novels her aunt has written so far but which is a secret to everyone else. Now her aunt decided that she will stop writing that novels and Sheila has no idea what holds in her future. But the murder on the cruise gives a hope to her of her capability of being an eavesdropper catching voices which the wind carries that eventually helps her to solve the murder. I finished the book in two reads. You will be loving it by the end. It was really difficult to guess who was the killer. Try if you can guess the right one !
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About the author

Patricia McLinn is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly 60 published novels cited by readers and reviewers for wit and vivid characterization. Her books include mysteries, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical romance and women’s fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards.

She has spoken about writing from London to Melbourne, Australia, to Washington, D.C., including being a guest speaker at the Smithsonian.

McLinn spent more than 20 years as an editor at The Washington Post after stints as a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.) and assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.). She received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University.

Now living in Northern Kentucky, McLinn loves to hear from readers through her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

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