Friday, August 28, 2015

Calling the Dead by Marilyn Meredtih

Anyone who has read many of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series knows that Tempe is often visited by spirits. This began when she called back the dead to find out the truth about a murder and suicide in Calling the Dead. 

From that time on, Tempe has had regular visits from the dead or other spirits in nearly every book

In Spirit Shapes, it's not only ghosts but also evil spirits who confront Tempe in a very haunted house.

A different kind of spirits greet Tempe in this story about a movie being made on the Bear Creek Indian reservation.

In the latest, Not as it Seems, ghostly visitations abound when Tempe visits Morro Bay and becomes involved in a murder investigation.

All the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries, are avaiable in various formats direction from the online bookstores, by ordering through a physical book store, or visiting the publisher:

Marilyn Meredith

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Last Two Free Days for No Bells

When I was planning No Bells I went to my police buddies and asked for a funny vice crime.

And boy, did I get one. When you read NO BELLS you can't miss it--and it was perfect for this book. 

As usual, Officer Gordon Butler is sent to tackle the strangest crimes. Besides the one I mentioned above, he also has to tackle a trespassing seagull.

In case you didn't know, Rocky Bluff, the setting of these mysteries is a small beach town between Santa Barbara and Ventura. It is also a fictional town with a fictional police department. You won't find either one if you travel down 101. 

However, it has some resemblances to other small beach towns in the nearby areas. Though because it's between two big tourist attractions, it doesn't  receive much attention or tourist dollars. 

I hope you'll try NO BELLS--free on Kindle only today and tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

One of my Favorite Characters--The Hairy Man

The Hairy Man, similar to Big Foot, is legendary on the Tule River Indian Reservation. Many sightings have been documented. In a rock cave on the reservation there's a pictograph of the Hairy Man, his wife and child.

The Hairy Man makes his first appearance in Dispel the Mist. On the cover is a depiction much like it looks on the rock wall--except there he's 8 foot tall!

and of course on Amazon.

He also is mentioned in Invisible Path.

River Spirits is he latest book where the Hairy Man shows up.

Because the Hairy Man is such an important part of the Tule River Indian Reservation, of course he needs to be an important part of the Bear Creek Indian Reservation too.

If you haven't already, you might enjoy reading about this mythical (or not) legend.

Marilyn Meredith

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Gift to You on My Birthday

Yes, that's right, from today, August 24 through August 28th, NO BELLS will be free on Kindle!

Officer Gordon Butler is a hard-luck guy. Things just never go right for him, but he's won the heart of many of my readers.

In NO BELLS Gordon meets the woman of his dreams but she's a murder suspect.

If you haven't met Officer Butler yet, this is a good way to get acquainted.

And if you've never read a Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, you might start here.

F.M. aka Marilyn Meredith

This is a great way to wish me a Happy Birthday!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Another of my Favorites: Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits is high on my list of favorites in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries.

Not only are there many kindred spirits in the book, I met a kindred spirit who was the inspiration for this book. Junie Mattice, a Tolowa Indian, who hosted a book signing for me, told me all about the history of the Tolowa people, and became an instant friend. She has such a strong personality, I created two characters based on her in the Crescent City part of the book.

Junie is no longer with us, but her spirit certainly lingers on. 

Besides the history of the Tolowa, some of which is included in Kindred Spirits, she also told me about her knowledge and experiences with Big Foot. (This led me to learning more about the Big Foot legend and a similar character who lives on the Tule River Reservation, the Hairy Man. I'll write about him in the next blog post.)

When the book came out, I had a wonderful book launch at a bed and breakfast in Crescent City. Junie and I both spoke at the event, and we signed books side by side. We also did an event together at the Crescent City Library.

My life was enriched by this wonderful woman and I can truly callher a kindred spirit.

This is one of the books where Tempe travels to real places in order to solve a mystery: Crescent City CA and Santa Barbara, CA.

Kindred Spirits is available in all the usual places as well as from the publisher in many formats.

Marilyn Meredith

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Which Book is Your Favorite? by Marilyn Meredith

When I have my book on display, readers often ask me this question as a way to decide which of my books they should purchase.

That question is much like asking a mother which of her children is her favorte.

Frankly, I don't have a favorite. For the next few days I'll write about some of the books in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, and what I like about each one.

Today, I'll write about Bears With Us.

First, I really love this cover!

Right now, we're in the middle of a drought here in the foothills of the Sierra, which means we've had several fires around us--and the wildlife has come down to find water and food. And among this wildlife, of course are bears.

Neighbors have reported bear scat on their patios. One scared woman posted that she had a mama bear and two cubs roaming around her house and was afraid to come out. Trash cans have been overturned. Yes, the bears are with us again.

Some of that was going on while I was writing Bears With Us, but the real impetus came from my grandson who at the time was an Aspen CO policeman and spent a great deal of time chasing bears out of people's homes.

I also had just learned about an interesting form of Alzheimer's, Lewy Body Dementia.

I managed to come up with a plot using both topics--and had a lot of fun doing it.

So, if you haven't read, Bears With Us yet, hop on over to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to get a copy--available in print or as an e-book.

And for all the different formats, head on over to the publisher's site: 

--Marilyn Meredith

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

It Won't be Long Now

Not as it Seems, the latest in my Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries will soon be available.

Exactly when, I don't know yet, but things are moving along as they should be. My best guess is sometime before the end of this month.

I did something different with this book. It's not set in the Sierra. Tempe and her husband Hutch have gone to Morro Bay to participate in their son, Blair's wedding. Hutch will officiate. This is the first time they get to meet Blair's fiance, Amaresh. 

Of course there's a mystery to solve--Amaresh's maid of honor is missing.

Usually I write about fictious places with some resemblance to real places. This book is different. Morro Bay is a very real place--one that I love to visit. I've included many of the real places to visit and eat in and around the area.

I do hope that I got everything right. I had a lot of help from my friends in the Central Coast Sisters in Crime who live there--but if I got something wrong, it's my fault, not theirs.

I'm hoping that the story itself will be fascinating enough to keep my readers from worrying about how accurate I was.

 Marilyn Meredith