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Patricia McLinn

Death on Riddle Road PRE-ORDER

Death on Riddle Road PRE-ORDER


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The dreaded words: “We have to talk.”


Sleuth-with-a-big secret Sheila Mackey says that to Teague O’Donnell just before this book starts. Will she spill all her hidden background to the guy she’s dating? It’s even more complicated since he’s a detective-once-more, working for the local sheriff’s department as an investigator – not good for secrets.


And what about her sleuthing partner, Clara? Is it time to let her in on all of Sheila’s secrets? But what if Clara says anything at their favorite hangout spot -- the dog park, with Gracie, Lulu, and Murphy. The dogs will hold their tongues, but not the humans. One slip there and it’s all over North Bend County.


Ah, but Sheila’s not the only one with secrets. Or surprises.


Especially not when secrets, surprises, complicated relationships, partners on the outs, and – of course – dog play draw Sheila and Clara into investigating a murder.



“Beautifully combined LOL humour with twist and turn mystery."


If you’re new to the Secret sleuth mystery series, don’t miss the start, with a dead body on a transatlantic cruise in Death on the Diversion. In Death on Torrid Avenue and later books, accidental investigator Sheila returns to dry land in the Midwest, where mysteries abound in her new Kentucky home.


"This is one of the best mystery books I've read in a very long time!”

"Murder and laughs. Can't wait for more."


Secret Sleuth series

Death on the Diversion
Death on Torrid Avenue
Death on Beguiling Way
Death on Covert Circle
Death on Shady Bridge
Death on Carrion Lane
Death on ZigZag Trail
Death on Puzzle Place
Death on Riddle Road


What readers say about the Secret Sleuth series

"If you haven't discovered Patricia McLinn yet, you are in for a treat. I have not found a book of hers that I didn't enjoy . . . Check it out!" -5*

"The trifecta: Funny, Clever and Clean! " -5*

"This series meets my criteria for twists, turns, and who-done-its easily. Patricia McLinn does not disappoint with her sharp characters and enough secrets to cover everything. If you like a good, clean mystery, do yourself a favor and read these!" -5*

"Has Agatha Christie and Poirot in the garb of two fascinating ladies. A definite read for mystery lovers." -5*

"I so thoroughly enjoy this series and author that when a new book arrives, I drop everything to start reading." -5*

"Delightful, fun read . . . A good dose of humor." -5*

"Great series. McLinn's Secret Sleuth series has the same winning components of her Caught Dead in Wyoming series: a likable central character, well developed setting, fun supporting cast, and a great story. McLinn writes intelligent cozies." -5*

"If you like a clever mystery, with lots of insider dog humor don't miss this series. " -5*

Looking for more mystery while you wait for Secret Sleuth books?

Caught Dead in Wyoming series

Sign Off
Left Off
Shoot First
Last Ditch
Look Live
Back Story
Cold Open
Hot Roll
Reaction Shot
Body Brace
Cross Talk
Air Ready
Holiday Bullets
Cue Up
Head Room


The Innocence Trilogy

Proof of Innocence
Price of Innocence
Premise of Innocence