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Another Review, but this time not so good

I have a wonderful interview at, an absolutely fabulous blog--following it is a review by the host of Smell of Death. Unfortunately, he didn't much like the book.

As an author, I must accept the bad reviews along with the good--and just be thankful the writer took the time to read the book and review it. I found it interesting that he didn't think what went on with the families was realistic and that's what I feel I've done the best job with. After my many years of living, being part of a huge family, knowing so many police officers and their families, I thought I did a good job of portraying what goes on. Oh, well.

That's the way it always is though--one book will bring in all sorts of diversified reviews.


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, …

First Review is in for Smell of Death

I absolutely love this one!

"Full of suspense, realistic, and sprinkled with a light touch of romance, Smell of Death by F.M. Meredith is a sure hit for crime fiction fans.

The latest in Meredith's Rocky Bluff P.D. series, finds Officer Stacey Wilbur called to the home of Darlene Brantley. Upon entering the home, Wilbur finds Brantley dead, and in a strange twist of events, Brantley's mother is also found murdered on the same night in her own home. While Wilbur assists Detective Doug Milligan in solving these crimes, other members of Rocky Bluff P.D. are on the lookout for the Barefoot Burglars and engage in a search for a missing toddler, hoping to catch the person responsible before another child disappears.

F.M. Meredith is the pseudonym for Marilyn Meredith, who writes the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. I read the newest book in the Deputy Temp Crabtree series, so I was already familiar with Meredith's work before reviewing this title. Smell of Death certainly lived …

Conferences and Conventions

Epicon is coming. Hooray! Hooray!

I go to a lot of writing conferences and mystery conventions. In fact, I just returned from Love is Murder which is held annually in Chicago. Yes, it was cold! They had a huge snow storm which began right when we arrived. Ours was the last plane to get in that evening. After boarding the hotel shuttle, we sat back and marveled at the snow and how brave people were to drive in it.

We had a great time, met lots of new people and saw old friends from other conferences. And that more or less explains why I go to cons. It certainly isn’t to make money. I didn’t sell one book in Chicago–not that I didn’t try, but the competition was far too great with some of the biggest names in the mystery field in attendance and on many panels.

Epicon is a totally different kind of conference geared for those of us whose books are available as e-books as well as in print. And again, there are many people I’m anxious to see again who I’ve made connections with over the years…

This Week's Stops on My Virtual Book Tour

Here's all the places I'm going to be during the coming week:

Feb 11 (guest post)
Feb 12 (review)
Feb 13 (interview) and (podcast)
Feb 14
Feb 15

I also have a new video for Smell of Death.

I'm just back from a trip to the Central Coast and a joint talk at the library with the CC Sisters in Crime. The weather was spectacular, somewhere in the high 70s.


What I Learned at Luv is Murder

I’ve been entering my notes into the computer about what I learned at the mystery writer’s conference Luv Is Murder in Chicago.

Snow is beautiful coming down and piled high on cars in the parking lot–but hard to get around in. Also I’m certainly glad I don’t have to shovel out my driveway, sidewalk and porch in order to go somewhere.

The people in Chicago who love mysteries are very friendly. I already knew the mystery writers were. Because author and friend Mary Welk invited hubby and me to her home at the end of the conference for a nice visit, I got to see a bit of a neighborhood in Chicago. Certainly different than anything I’d imagined–looked like a Christmas card.

I learned how to murder someone in various ways that I’d most likely get away with it from Dr. Emoehazy–a fun person.

I was on a horror panel with some fascinating authors including Rob Walker who would like to see more monsters return to horror fiction. He also gave us some insight into how he gets inside the heads and…