Anothrer Wonderful Review for Smell of Death

This review is written by Claudia Elliott, the editor of the Sierra Messenger, our local paper.

"I’ve enjoyed a number of Marilyn Meredith’s novels, but her latest—Smell of Death—is the first I’ve read from her Rocky Bluff PD Series.

Actually, Meredith—who lives in Springville—writes the Rocky Bluff PD series under the name of F.M. Meredith. Smell of Death is the fourth book in this series, with each story in this series set in a small town on Ventura County coast. Meredith’s published books include mysteries, Christian horror, and historical fiction.

I settled in to read Smell of Death on a recent Saturday morning, expecting I would have the day to myself. Reading fiction is a pleasure I don’t take often enough. Alas, the day did not go as planned and I was only about a third of the way through the book when something came up and I had to put it down.

Going about my business I continued to think about the characters Marilyn had introduced…unlike those in the Tempe Crabtree series, these were new to me. Police Officer Stacey Wilbur—a single mother. Detective Doug Milligan (did I sense a love interest developing between him and Wilbur?). Officer Felix Zachary and his wife, Wendy; Officer Abel Navarro and his wife, Maria; and Officer Gordon Butler (uh-oh, he has a crush on Stacey Wilbur, too).

By the time my reading was disturbed, the beach-front community had two murders and a missing child—and the busy PD was handling a number of other cases, too. I had to wonder what more could happen.

Back from my errands I grabbed the book and settled down to satisfy the curiosity that had been building. I wanted to know “who done it” and I wanted to see if the various characters would resolve their problems and issues as the story unfolded.
I was satisfied on both counts. With the understanding of both the job side and the human side of law enforcement personnel, Meredith’s characters are believable and the storyline demonstrates the kinds of issues they face.

The nuts and bolts of a police procedural are woven seamlessly with the involvement of the major characters in a number of sub-plots playing out over what amounts to about two weeks in Rocky Bluff. It makes for what is simply a great read—with enough twists and turns to avoid being predictable, and with characters you will continue to think about after the mysteries are solved.

Leaving hope, of course, that another Rocky Bluff PD story will find its way out of Marilyn’s active imagination very soon!"

Thank you so much, Claudia.

Anyone interested in reading more about Smell of Death, go to my website, or

And this week's virtual book tour stops are:

Feb 18 (guest post)
Feb 19
Feb 20 (review and guest post)
Feb 21 (interview)
Feb 22



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