Brainstorming for my Next Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel

Brainstorming all by myself, that is. I'll take input from others.

Because I've had a suggestion from one of the readers of the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series to put Officer Gordon Butler in the forefront. He's actually been an important character in several of books in the series, and he's always been kind of the comic relief.

I've taken the suggestion to heart and pretty much know where I'm going with this book--at least the main plot. Not sure how it will unfold completely, though.

What I've got so far is the murder victim and an array of suspects. One of the suspects will be close to Officer Butler.

Because it's a series with an ongoing cast of characters, I have to include how Abel's mom is doing and if the relationship between her and his wife, Maria, has made any improvement. And Wendy and Felix--have they had their baby? If so what is it? What happened to Vaughn Aragon? Is he going to get his job back? What about Barbara and Ryan Strickland and their three boys? Anything new happening with them?

And for goodness sake, I can't leave out the newlyweds, Doug and Stacey. My readers would never forgive me if I didn't let them know what was happening with those two after all the trauma they've been through in the last two books.

So, okay, those of you have been reading this series, any ideas you'd like to share with me?



M.M. Gornell said…
I don't have any great ideas, Marilyn. I've just "met" Gordon, and don't know about his earlier adventures--yet. I do know I liked Gordon immediately and I'm looking forward to his new adventure. Glad to hear he's going to be in the limelight!
Thanks, Madeline. I'm really excited about going this route.

One thing I should say, the next book won't be out until next year--and that's not the one I'm working on now.

Jacqueline Vick said…
I love the idea of Abel and Gordon working together. Maybe Gordon strikes out on his own because the person accused is close to him. Abel discovers what he's up to and covers for him and helps him. Of course, Gordon should surprise everyone by figuring things out in the end, since it's his story.
Cheryl said…
Poor Gordon, that guy never catches a break. What happened to Darcy? I mean, those who read Fringe Benefits know where she ended up, but any chance she comes back to Rocky Bluff?

"What happened to Vaughn Aragon?" This is something I don't remember at all. I feel bad because I just got done reading some of them. [Smacks head on desk.]

I would like something new to happen with Ryan and Barbara, but it wouldn't be a good thing, would it? [Think about that email I sent you.] And I don't think there's much hope for Maria, but Abel can keep trying to make it peaceful.

Oh, back to Gordon, let's see, I don't remember too much about his family, other than Darcy, being mentioned. Maybe it's a cousin who works for a different department and it looks like he/she is crooked, and Butler helps draw out the truth. It would be neat if some of this book didn't take place in Rocky Bluff.

I'm glad you're thinking of this. Even if it won't be out until next year, I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

Sean O'Mordha said…
In order to continue the realism, at some point there should be a struggle between the Chief and City Fathers concerning budget cuts - laying off jail personnel, officers, oh heck, the whole department. Include internal dessenson as well. Of course, if someone turns up dead ... I know you've killed off politicians before, but they are expendable (whether they agree or not.)

Sean O'

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