Monday, September 10, 2012

Raging Water Tour ~ Marilyn Meredith


Though many mystery authors include animals in their novels on a regular basis, I’m not one of them. There have been a few exceptions. In my previous Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Bears With Us, much of the plot was built around bears. And there was a big dog named whose name, Killer, certainly didn’t fit him.

In my latest, Raging Water, two little dogs play an important part in what goes on.

First, I should explain that a good friend of mine and a fan of the Tempe Crabtree series asked if I would put her into my next book. I agreed, and though the character has a different name, my friend’s essence  is a definite part of the character’s personality. My friend has two little dogs, Cleopatra, a black and white mixed terrier, and Blondie, a long-haired doxie mix.

Of course I used Cleo and Blondie’s real names—and definitely their distinct personalities. In hopes that you’ll read the book, I won’t tell you what they do, but they definitely “save the day” to use a fitting cliché.

My friend hasn’t read the book yet, but I’m hoping she’ll like the part she plays in the mystery, and even more, that she’ll enjoy Cleo and Blondie’s appearances.
I had a great time writing this book and including someone who is my friend, something I’ve never done before.

Raging Water Blurb: Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s  investigation of the murder of two close friends is complicated when relentless rain turns Bear Creek into a raging river. Homes are inundated and a mud slide blocks the only road out of Bear Creek stranding many—including the murderer.

Contest: The person who leaves comments on the most blogs will have his/her name used for a character in my next book—can choose if you want it in a Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery or a Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel.

Bio: Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Raging Water from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel us No Bells, the forth from Oak Tree Press. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her at and follow her blog at

Marilyn borrows a lot from where she lives in the Southern Sierra for the town of Bear Creek and the surrounding area.

I know there are some people who like to read a series in order, but let me reassure you that every book is complete. Though the characters grow through each book, the crime is always solved. Here is the order of the books for anyone who wants to know: Deadly Trail, Deadly Omen, Unequally Yoked, Wing Beat, Intervention, Calling the Dead, Judgment Fire, Kindred Spirits, Dispel the Mist, Invisible Path, Bears With Us, Raging Water.


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thank you so much for hosting me today, Madison. My friend has read the book now and she loves it. (Thank goodness.) She said she was surprised how much of her I'd captured in the character's personality.

Madison Johns said...

That's great Marilyn! I was killed in a book before.

Cheryl said...

I loved those little dogs and the character of Miqui was fun to get to know. Perhaps we'll see her around Bear Creek again sometime.

Wishing you the best,


M.M. Gornell said...

Oh, am I sucker for dogs....


Morgan Mandel said...

Couldn't help but smile at Madison's comment. I guess she was resurrected already!

I love books with dogs, because one dog or another has been part of my life for about 40 years now, since I've been married. It's great you had some real live examples to use.

Morgan Mandel

Kathleen Kaska said...

Dogs saving the day always works for me. Even Sherlock Holmes used Toby.

Kathleen Kaska said...
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Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

We've always had dogs and cate, but for some reason I've never made them a big part of most of my books.

Thanks Cheryl, Morgan, Madeline and Kathleen for commenting. I'll be with you tomorrow, Kathleen.

marja said...

I'm a big animal fan, too. I love a book with animals, and besides saving the day, they often offer humor.

I haven't read this one yet, but I will soon.

Marja McGraw

Madison Johns said...

I think they make great additions. I added a cat to a story and it added an element the story didn't have before.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Hi, Marja, I guess I'll have to use pets more often.

Lorna Collins - Author said...

I don't usually write animals either, but in my latest book, Ghost Writer, a little dog figures prominently. Were we on the same wavelength, or what?

Lorna Collins - Author said...

I don't usually write animals, either. But in my latest novel, Ghost Writer, a little dog plays a prominent role. Were we on the same wavelength or what?

Marilyn Levinson said...

I love reading mysteries that have animals in them. In fact, the book I'm currently reading has a dog narrator. Cats often appear in my mysteries, though only once does a cat save the day.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Ha ha, Lorna, you didn't think your comment went through, but here you are twice. We are often on the same wave length.