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Death on the Diversion (Secret Sleuth, Book 1)

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Final resting place? Deck chair

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 Doctor Watson. 

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 newest whodunit with humor.

"A totally unique protagonist - witty, grounded, human. An intriguing crime venue. I hope there are many more in this series." -- Amazon 5-star review

On the spectrum of McLinn's mystery novels, the Caught Dead in Wyoming cozy series is in the middle, The Innocence Trilogy is edgier (and has more romance), and Secret Sleuth is a bit less edgy.

Reactions to Death on the Diversion:
"[Death on the Diversion] is such an enjoyable story, reminiscent of Agatha Christie's style, with a good study of human nature and plenty of humor. Great start to a new series!” – 5-star review

"Laughed out loud ... great mystery, too. So many would be villains who could've done it. I like a mystery that keeps me guessing. Great story and looking forward to more in the series." -- Nook 5-star review

"Promising start to a new cozy mystery series. I enjoyed the excellent characterization, interesting plot, and intriguing setting on a luxury liner." -- Amazon 5-star review

"Vivid characters and a bit of a twist make this a fun start to a new series." -- Amazon 5-star review

"I'm a huge fan ... and take great delight in Patricia McLinn's attention to detail, writing style, plot and characterization." -- Amazon 5-star review

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