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Last Ditch, Hardback Edition (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 4)

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Water can keep you alive …

A man in a wheelchair goes missing in rough country in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming. 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 western 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.

Readers react to Last Ditch:

"I have enjoyed this series and this book is no exception.... What a great read. Interesting with a twisting plot and gasp, no sex. It can be done." -- 5-star review

"This is a very well written, totally engaging mystery with characters that are very believable. I highly recommend all four books in the series. I've learned a lot about Wyoming in the process of being thoroughly entertained." -- 5-star review

"Throughout all four books, I've just been on this great ride and I'm so not ready for it to end. The writing is tight and it weaves a wonderful tapestry of modern life in the West." -- 5-star review

"Danniher's thought processes in connecting the dots are amazing!" -- 5-star review

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!”

Don’t miss any of the Caught Dead in Wyoming series

by USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn

Murder, Mysteries, Humor, a Hint of Romance


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The Caught Dead in Wyoming Series

"Hoping this series lasts forever!"


Twisty, smart mysteries solved by a believable cast of characters, along with dry humor, dog fur, and hints of romance. TV journalist Elizabeth Margaret Danniher starts off as an exile in Wyoming, at a crossroads in her life. Who knew good friends, a remarkable little girl, and a few dead bodies could make all the difference.


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