Patricia McLinn
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Patricia McLinn

Patricia McLinn's books have put her name on bestseller lists and her journalism career took her to the Washington Post for 20-mumble-mumble years. But it all started with secrets.

She learned to read at a tender age as a matter of self-preservation, because older siblings spelled words to keep secrets from her. Once Patricia discovered that the magic of written words allowed her to know people she hadn't met and experience places she hadn't visited, she was hooked.

She wanted to be a novelist from then on, though there was a detour. She received a BA in English Composition from Northwestern University. (Have you ever seen a job posting for an English Composition major? No. And you never will.) With her parents holding out for more practical pursuits, she added a masters in journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in her fourth year. (Two degrees for the price of one! It was the precursor of a career in coupon-clipping.)

Not willing to be too practical, she became a sportswriter at a time when women doing that was quite rare, starting at the Rockford (Ill.) Register-Star and becoming assistant sports editor at the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer before moving on to the Washington Post.

But the dream of writing fiction kept calling. And journalism proved an excellent training ground, with enduring lessons in clarity, dialogue, research, drama, deadlines, conflict. Plus, it provided lots of characters. Lots and lots of characters.

Patricia has published more than 40 novels, with the characters for many more impatiently tapping their feet in the waiting room. Her books often include dry humor in exploring the resilience of people - whether in murder mysteries, romance, or women's fiction.

For more on Patricia's books -- as well as on her hopeful-gardening, dog-loving, book-collecting, old movie-watching ways -- join her readers list at www.PatriciaMcLinn.com/signups

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Best Sellers

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    • Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 1
    • By: Patricia McLinn
    • Narrated by: Jane McLaughlin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    Elizabeth goes back on the crime beat, trying to unravel the mystery of the missing deputy and track down a killer who intends to make sure she doesn't live to go Live At Five....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Book

    • By Classic Lit Fan on 03-22-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Shoot First

    • Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 3
    • By: Patricia McLinn
    • Narrated by: Jane McLaughlin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Death hits close to home for Elizabeth “E. M.” Danniher - or, rather, close to Hovel, as she's dubbed her decrepit rental house in rustic Sherman, Wyoming. Her elderly neighbor has killed a man apparently after her Western artifacts....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Being from Wy I could relate to this book-loved it

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-19

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Left Hanging (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 2)

    • By: Patricia McLinn
    • Narrated by: Jane McLaughlin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    A rodeo producer dead in the bull pen. Accident or murder....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm really enjoying this series

    • By Dawn on 04-12-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • My Heart Remembers

    • Wyoming Wildflowers - Book 3
    • By: Patricia McLinn
    • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Lisa Currick was once as bright and open as the sunny Bur Marigold wildflower of her native Wyoming....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shane and Lisa

    • By Eileen McCall on 03-27-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Almost a Bride

    • Wyoming Wildflowers, Book 1
    • By: Patricia McLinn
    • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    Matty's up to something - Dave knows that much. Just as he knows that Matty needs help, so of course he'll provide it....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • not way I was expecting

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Wyoming Wildflowers

    • The Beginning
    • By: Patricia McLinn
    • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    What could have been a momentary encounter sparks desire - and more. But can there be anything but heartbreak ahead when they have only days before their dreams pull them apart? Find out....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A sweet romance!

    • By SparkysGirl18 on 07-04-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Games

    • By: Patricia McLinn
    • Narrated by: Trevor Algatt
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    From the pomp of opening ceremonies to the good-byes of closing ceremonies, join three women whose lives are about to change during the Winter Olympics....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Games ... Olympics from the Competitors view

    • By Anne Blyth on 12-27-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Match Made in Wyoming

    • Wyoming Wildflowers, Book 2
    • By: Patricia McLinn
    • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    When fire ravages Wyoming land, fireweed is among the first plants to return, brightening a blighted area with the joy of its blooms....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By Erin Lewis on 01-17-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Jack's Heart

    • Wyoming Wildflowers, Book 4
    • By: Patricia McLinn
    • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Valerie Trimarco is very pregnant, very lost, very alone, and very stuck in a Wyoming snow storm. Her car is jammed in a Wyoming ditch....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jack and Val

    • By Eileen McCall on 03-31-17

    Regular price: $19.95

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