Death on the Diversion (Secret Sleuth, Book 1) - Patricia McLinn

Death on the Diversion (Secret Sleuth, Book 1)

By Patricia McLinn

  • Release Date: 2018-12-13
  • Genre: Cozy
Score: 4
From 262 Ratings


Final resting place? Deck chair.
Death on the Diversion is the start of a 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 home in small-town Kentucky.
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 new 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 Avenue
Death on Beguiling Way
Death on Covert Circle
Death on Shady Bridge

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
Reaction Shot

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

"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

Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (romantic suspense; includes 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
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn spent more than 20 years as an editor at the Washington Post after stints as a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.) and assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.). She received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University.

McLinn is the author of more than 50 published novels, which are cited by readers and reviewers for wit and vivid characterization. Her books include mysteries, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical romance and women’s fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards. 

She has spoken about writing from Melbourne, Australia, to Washington, D.C., including being a guest-speaker at the Smithsonian Institution.

McLinn, who lives in northern Kentucky, loves to hear from readers through her website, Facebook and Twitter.


  • Death on Diversion

    By L'oiseu noir
    Sometimes the next set of books by the same author leaves me like I had lost a best friend like I did with Patricia McLinn’s characters in Dead in Wyoming. I became very bonded with those characters. However , Ms. McLinn has made the characters come alive in this book as she did the others. Being so realistic with the main characters, and those with whom she invited into the story, make the story come alive. Wonderful read.
  • Death on the Diversion

    By Lfenlock
    I read murder mysteries all the time but I just couldn’t get into the funny parts. Hate to admit it, but gruesome works for me.
  • Death on the Diversion

    By Annoyed for now.
    Long, but enjoyable. Details reminded me of our cruising.
  • Kept me guessing

    By slapstickgum
    First book I've read by this author, looking forward to more of her books. It was a bit confusing at the beginning because there are a lot of characters in the book and some of their relationships were complicated. I enjoyed the humor and the twists in the lot. Well written and very enjoyable.