Death on the Diversion (Secret Sleuth, 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 brand-new cozy mystery series from a USA Today bestselling author.

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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 Dr. 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, Proof of Innocence is edgier (and has more romance), and Secret Sleuth is a bit less edgy.

  

Secret Sleuth series

Death on the Diversion

Death on Torrid Ave.

Look for more Secret Sleuth mysteries to come!

Death on Beguiling Way

Death on Covert Circle

 

More cozy mystery from Patricia McLinn:

Caught Dead in Wyoming

Sign Off

Left Hanging

Shoot First

Last Ditch

Look Live

Back Story

Cold Open

Hot Roll (2019)

"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:

Proof of Innocence

Price of Innocence (2019)


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

 

Bardville, Wyoming series (romance with a little mystery)

A Stranger in the Family

A Stranger to Love

The Rancher Meets His Match

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One of their own becomes a target…

Hot Roll is a broadcast term. It can simply mean cutting away from an interview to "b-roll" (scene-setting or explanatory footage) or it can mean the adrenaline-pumping drama of broadcast live from a bureau or TV truck because there’s no time to do anything else.

The horrible news that Jennifer’s dear friend has died starts TV reporter Elizabeth Danniher, with friends Mike, Tom and Diana plus the rest of the Caught Dead in Wyoming crew, on an investigation that moves faster -- and closer to them -- than any of them could ever expect. One of their own becomes a target and they race time and a murderer before this Hot Roll burns them all. 

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Hot Roll, Book 8 of the Caught Dead in Wyoming series, is a smart, surprising, fast-paced cozy mystery with humor. If you like quirky characters, hints of romance and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s page-turner.

"While the mystery itself is twisty-turny and thoroughly engaging, it's the smart and witty writing that I loved the best." – Diane Chamberlain, bestselling author

"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

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."

“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)!”

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


More cozy mystery from Patricia McLinn:

Secret Sleuth series

Death on the Diversion
Death on Torrid Ave. 
Death on Beguiling Way (2019)
Death on Covert Circle (2020)

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

Proof of Innocence
Price of Innocence (2019)

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

Far Hills Ranch has bound the Susland family for nearly a century and a half. For just as long, there’s been a legend that the ranch and its family are cursed. Now, says the legend, the current generation is the last with a chance to break the curse.

Colonel John Griffin Jr. is the best kind of military man. He's a good and honorable soldier who's determined to protect Ellyn Sinclair at all costs – especially from himself.

Once, he’d rejected a young Ellyn’s advances, because he could not give her the life she deserved. Instead, Grif stood up as best man when Ellyn married his best friend. He became a member of the family, a safe friend to her, the godfather of her children.

But Ellyn is a widow now, back in Far Hills, Wyoming, living on his family's ranch there with her two young children, and struggling as a single parent to give her children what they need. No matter what it costs him, Grif will do his duty – help Ellyn and her children, while ignoring that he has never stopped wanting her.

The Army's sending him back to the western life he knew as a boy, the world of cowboys and cattle on Far Hills Ranch ... and back to the love he knew as a boy. But how can Grif even dream of second chances at love, when they should have no chance at all.

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 “A beautiful, emotional story that cuts right through the reader's heart.” -- Rendezvous

“A touching and believable love story.” -- Romance Journal

“Characters and a story that will stay with you long after you read the last page and the book is resting comfortably on your keeper shelf.” -- Writers Club Romance Group

"Grif is a hero of the most wonderful kind" -- Road to Romance

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Grif’s adventures in At the Heart’s Command, by USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn, form the second book in the contemporary western romance series A Place Called Home. Along with the temptation to turn his relationship with Ellyn from friends to lovers, he wrestles with the next element of the family curse. Can this military hero help free Far Hills Ranch?

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Read all of the A Place Called Home series!

Lost and Found Groom

At the Heart’s Command

Hidden in a Heartbeat

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Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s A Place Called Home stories:

“Great romance. Page turner.”

“Very intense in places, both with love and adventure.”

“I enjoyed the love story but more I loved each and every character’s personal story told just right! Some suspense, heartbreak and mystery!”

 “So different from other romance novels…amazing.”

“Terrific book. This is the first book I read by this author and I will definitely read her others.”

“This was very good. READ, READ!!!

“If you love emotional stories with complex characters, especially strong heroines and heart-stopping heroes, don't miss this!”

 “Just the right balance of romance, action and mystery.”

“As always with Patricia McLinn's books, this is well written and heartfelt .. . her books never disappoint.”

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Want to know more about the recent lives and loves of the family and friends of Far Hills Ranch? Grif and Ellyn harbor an Army veteran and Wyoming rancher who's in a royal predicament in The Forgotten Prince, Book 7 of Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series.

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Craig Place Books
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Published on
Dec 13, 2018
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Pages
280
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ISBN
9781944126377
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English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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Paws for murder

Far from the publishing world that once defined her, Sheila Mackey has found a new life, a new home, and a new love. The love has four legs, a plumey tail, and a lot of fur.  Meet Gracie the rescue collie. Too smart for her own good – certainly too smart for Sheila’s good, when Gracie discovers a dead body during a dog park gambol.

Especially since Sheila delves into mysteries surrounding this dead body ... only to discover the new guy at the Torrid Avenue dog park is a barely retired cop. Not good for an amateur sleuth with a big secret of her own that she intends to keep. She’s not exactly who she says she is. At least, she’s not who she pretended to be for 15 years.

Will Sheila untangle the murder mystery before her secrets are untied, exposing her previous identity to her new small-town neighbors?

And will Gracie ever learn the “Quiet!” command?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

This whodunit with humor is the second book in USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s new cozy mystery series, Secret Sleuth, which begins with a murder on a transatlantic cruise in Death on the Diversion. In Death on Torrid Ave. and later books, accidental investigator Sheila Mackey returns to dry land in the Midwest, where mysteries abound in her new small-town home.

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

Secret Sleuth series

Death on the Diversion

Death on Torrid Ave. 

Look for more Secret Sleuth mysteries to come!

Death on Beguiling Way

Death on Covert Circle

 

 

More cozy mystery from Patricia McLinn:

Caught Dead in Wyoming

Sign Off

Left Hanging

Shoot First

Last Ditch

Look Live

Back Story

Cold Open

Hot Roll (2019)

 

"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:

Proof of Innocence

Price of Innocence (2019)

 

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

 

Bardville, Wyoming series (romance with a little mystery)

A Stranger in the Family

A Stranger to Love

The Rancher Meets His Match

 

Paws for murder

Far from the publishing world that once defined her, Sheila Mackey has found a new life, a new home, and a new love. The love has four legs, a plumey tail, and a lot of fur.  Meet Gracie the rescue collie. Too smart for her own good – certainly too smart for Sheila’s good, when Gracie discovers a dead body during a dog park gambol.

Especially since Sheila delves into mysteries surrounding this dead body ... only to discover the new guy at the Torrid Avenue dog park is a barely retired cop. Not good for an amateur sleuth with a big secret of her own that she intends to keep. She’s not exactly who she says she is. At least, she’s not who she pretended to be for 15 years.

Will Sheila untangle the murder mystery before her secrets are untied, exposing her previous identity to her new small-town neighbors?

And will Gracie ever learn the “Quiet!” command?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

This whodunit with humor is the second book in USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s new cozy mystery series, Secret Sleuth, which begins with a murder on a transatlantic cruise in Death on the Diversion. In Death on Torrid Ave. and later books, accidental investigator Sheila Mackey returns to dry land in the Midwest, where mysteries abound in her new small-town home.

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

Secret Sleuth series

Death on the Diversion

Death on Torrid Ave. 

Look for more Secret Sleuth mysteries to come!

Death on Beguiling Way

Death on Covert Circle

 

 

More cozy mystery from Patricia McLinn:

Caught Dead in Wyoming

Sign Off

Left Hanging

Shoot First

Last Ditch

Look Live

Back Story

Cold Open

Hot Roll (2019)

 

"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:

Proof of Innocence

Price of Innocence (2019)

 

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

 

Bardville, Wyoming series (romance with a little mystery)

A Stranger in the Family

A Stranger to Love

The Rancher Meets His Match

 

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)
Water Can Keep You Alive …

A man in a wheelchair goes missing in rough country in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming. Reporter and amateur sleuth Elizabeth “E.M.” Danniher and KWMT-TV colleague Mike Paycik immediately join the search organized by local rancher Tom Burrell. But soon they’re on a search of a different kind – a search for the truth.

It takes them deep into the intricacies of the community served by the Red Sail Ditch – the irrigation system that could make a ranch viable or worthless. They find rivalries, cooperation, antagonisms, inter-dependencies, and motives for murder.

... Or Get You Killed.


Don’t miss Elizabeth Danniher’s other Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures in:

Sign Off

Left Hanging

Shoot First

Last Ditch

Look Live

Back Story

Cold Open

Hot Roll (2019)


What people are saying about LAST DITCH:

"Full of mystery, human interest, a teasing romance and a lot of great characters from the series, and some new ones!"

“Another engaging murder mystery by McLinn. She injects humor at just the right times, keeping it always interesting and light, and with always a surprising ending!”

“Weaves a wonderful tapestry of modern life in the west.”

“All kinds of twists on so many levels.”

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.”

 “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.”

 “While the mystery itself is twisty-turny and thoroughly engaging, it's the smart and witty writing that I loved the best.” – Diane Chamberlain, bestselling author


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)

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