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History – and murder – repeat

Sheila and Clara grapple with the mystery of ZigZag Jane – a Jane Doe from a century ago, found in a cemetery on ZigZag Trail. One devoted family now hopes Sheila and Clara can find ZigZag Jane’s real identity after all this time. And that’s only the beginning of the challenge for the pair . . . Book 7 of the Secret Sleuth series, Death on ZigZag Trail, is out now, and you can pre-order Book 8, Death on Puzzle Place

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New romance for you

A new series has added to my catalog: The Wyoming Marriage Association. Characters you love from my other Wyoming romance series join forces to bring together people they hope will find love and happiness as they have. You can now buy the first book in the series, First Date: Divorce, and pre-order the second title, Second Start: Family, which is coming in 2023. Expect love, romance, humor and a little mystery.

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When Sheila met Elizabeth

Before the Murders places Sheila (from Secret Sleuth) and Elizabeth (Caught Dead in Wyoming) in a historic London hotel months before Sheila boarded the Diversion and Elizabeth wound up in Wyoming. Sheila and Kit team up with Elizabeth to unravel a non-murderous mystery. Read this exclusive novella for free by joining Patricia’s ReadHeads and receive free, twice monthly newsletters.

Meet Patricia McLinn


Wondering what unites 60-plus books of mystery, romance, women’s fiction? My readers–Patricia’s ReadHeads–say it’s strong characters you’d like to know, touches of dry humor, smart plots, connected stories, and settings that make you want to move in. 

Explore the site to find excerpts, reviews, covers for my books – I hope something suits you. Check out Extras for Readers and Extras for Writers, along with a News section (former journalist here) and my Blog.

Give my Authors Love Readers podcast a try. It’s conversations between authors about how and why we create our stories, asking questions readers want to know. Fascinating for readers, a goldmine for aspiring authors.

Happy reading and listening! And feel free to read more about me here.

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