I’m very privileged to be one of the first stops in MARILYN MEREDITH’s blog tour for her newest book, Murder in The Worst Degree. This book is tenth in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, but the first mystery I have read by this prolific author.
Murder in The Worst Degree is a true cozy and a short (167 pages), easy, and fast read. (Many have said they’ve read it in one afternoon!) It’s a police procedural, but don’t think Ed McBain’s “87th Precinct.” The detectives and officers, and yes, even the new police chief in Rocky Bluff’s Police Department, are men and women you want to know and maybe have over for dinner.
MEREDITH’s characters are beloved by her loyal readers. There’s an eagerness to know what has happened to them from one book to another, and the author cleverly weaves their stories into and around the investigations – in this book, a questionable murder and a dastardly rapist.
To the delight and satisfaction of readers, both murderer and rapist in Murder in The Worst Degree get their comeuppance by the end of the book, although… there is a controversial aspect of one of the crimes that some readers may have to chew on awhile.
Welcome, Marilyn Meredith!
How Writing about Rocky Bluff P.D. became a Series
When I wrote Final Respects long ago, I had no idea that it would become a series and I’d still be writing about the men and women who worked for that small department in a beach community. The ideas for that mystery came from several different stories my policeman son-in-law told me when we lived in a beach community. However, I didn’t write the book until we’d moved to a much different locale.
Once the book was done, I couldn’t help wondering what was happening with the characters. Of course there was only one way to find out—and that was to write another book about them.
Though the first book was written a long ago, time has passed much more slowly for the Rocky Bluff folks and their families. Yes, they’ve aged some, there have been divorces and marriages, romances that haven’t worked out, babies born, tragedies, plans that haven’t worked, mistakes made, plenty of scary stuff, and of course, murders.
Though there are continuous threads in the series, every mystery is solved by the end of each book.
Though this is a police procedural, it’s a bit lighter than most. It’s kind of hard to explain, but though there may be bad language spoken by some of the characters—I don’t quote them. And most of the time, I shut the bedroom door.
How much longer I’ll write about the Rocky Bluff P.D. depends upon how curious I am about what my characters might be up to.
Blurb for the latest RBPD mystery, Murder in the Worst Degree: The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman.
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Bio: F. M. Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith is the author of over 35 published books. She enjoys writing about police officers and their families and how what happens on the job affects the family and vice versa. Having several members of her own family involved in law enforcement, as well as many friends, she’s witnessed some of this first-hand.
Once again I am offering the opportunity to have your name used for a character in a book if you comment on the most blogs during this tour for Murder in the Worst Degree.
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