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Hot Roll, Hardback Edition (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 8)

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One of their own becomes a target…

A voice on the phone says Jennifer’s best friend has tragically died in a fall at a national park. Her certainty that it was no accident 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.

They’ve barely had time to catch their breath since the events of Cold Open and now one of their own becomes a target as they race time and a murderer before this Hot Roll burns them all.

In TV news, "hot roll" can simply mean cutting away from an interview to "b-roll" (scene-setting footage) … or it can mean the adrenaline-pumping drama of broadcasting live because there’s no time to do anything else. Mix in murder, a little humor, a trace of romance, and you’re on your way with the Caught Dead in Wyoming sleuths for another great adventure.

Readers react to Hot Roll:

McLinn "fills her books with distinguishable characters, humor and quite complicated mysteries. Her prose reads easily and maintains a brisk tempo. ... If smart storytelling coupled with believable characters and intelligent humor works for you, I highly recommend your starting this series with book one [and] working your way through to the latest book in the series." -- Amazon 5-star review

"I love these books - the characters are like good friends! The stories are fun and unpredictable, the writing is clever and I’m sorry when there no more pages left to read. I do not read a lot of fiction, but these move to the top of my book pile as soon as they are released." -- Amazon 5-star review

"This series has me hooked! The character development over several books has been amazing. The local color and setting is refreshing. The plot twists and turns keep me turning the pages. This is a great series and Hot Roll is a great book. Highly recommended!" -- Amazon 5-star review

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.”

"I have read all of the Caught Dead in Wyoming series. ... McLinn has been able to make each book unique while keeping the characters and situations new and unusual. This is for you Ms. McLinn. You get 100 on this series. While I have never lived in Wyoming, I have crossed the Rockies there many times. You have made them real to me again." -- Apple 5-star review

"The characters, especially the main, recurring ones, are exceptionally well drawn, consistent and interesting. The stories are fascinating and Ms. McLinn understands what it’s like to be in TV news and a reporter who investigates things. And she clearly knows what it’s like to come from a big city and wind up in a much smaller community. I spent more than 40 years in the news business, most of it in print but also working in television and reading this series has been an absolute delight." -- Amazon 5-star review

“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)!”

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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