No Sanctuary, #5 in the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series

No Sanctuary Blurb:

Officer Stacey Wilbur works with Detective Doug Milligan investigating the death of a popular minister’s wife,and she's given an undercover assignment to catch a pedophile, is offered a new job, and learns a church isn’t always a sanctuary.

You can buy No Sanctuary from the publisher's site at a great price.  Scroll down to find No Sanctuary.

I often ask other others what inspired the book--here's my answer about this one.

I've belonged or visited many churches over the years--met and listened to good preachers and bad, some were true ministers to their flock, some not. And if you ever want to find an intriguing cast of characters, churches are full of them.

I am not bad-mouthing churches--I love the little church I go to and the members. We have a preacher who is a true minister and cares for and watches over his flock. Like all churches, interesting souls come and go. The only church I as in where one of the members was murdered was years ago when I was a child. (No mystery about it, a wife killed her husband with an axe and ended up in a mental institution. I overheard one of my mom's friends say, "he was so boring if I were married to him I'd have done the same thing."

None of the characters in No Sanctuary are fashioned after people I've known, but rather bits and pieces of them and their personalities.

The tale about the pedophile is based on a true story I heard while attending a Sisters in Crime meeting.

And of course, anyone who has read any of the Rocky Bluff P.D. series will recognize some of the characters.

Some review snippets:

"... Stacey and Doug work together but are also romantically involved. Their relationship has not progressed rapidly since Stacey has a young son to rush home too and since they both work different shifts, their hours make dating difficult.

No Sanctuary is a good mystery with a bit of a surprise ending. Peeks into the lives of some of the other officers in the department make for interesting reading. Stacey leaves the investigation for a brief stint as an undercover officer, which adds another dimension to the story."

Riveting, fast-paced, and filled with twists and turns, No Sanctuary by F.M. Meredith is a crime fiction reader's dream.
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"...One of the things that Meredith does best with the Rocky Bluff P.D. series is show not only the official side to her characters, but also how working in law enforcement impacts these people's lives--not just the members of the police force, but also their families. I could easily see these books being turned into a television crime series.

Meredith is also wise in making each one truly a stand alone book. These stories focus on different members of the Rocky Bluff P.D. These aren't just Stacey's stories; they are Doug's, Gordon Butler's, Abel Navarro's, Rick Strickland's, and others who are or were part of the Rocky Bluff P.D....
A fast and suspense-filled read for crime lovers." –Cheryl Malandrinos, The Book Connection

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"F.M. Meredith’s novel reads like a “who done it” Agatha Christie novel with murder, mystery, intrigue and plenty of suspects. The small town of Rocky Bluff has a hard time coming to grips with the murder of the local pastor’s wife....

Apart from the fact that No Sanctuary involves a murder, a suicide and cheating spouses it deserves a PG 13 rating. It’s refreshing to read a book that can illustrate police work without gruesome violence, annoying car chases and snappy, clich├ęd comments. " Rebecca Camarena, The Real Hollywood.

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“What grabbed me most about this book and makes me want to go back and read the other Rocky Bluff tales is the fabulous cast of characters that Meredith has developed for the reader to get to know. As a writer she has a way of putting the reader in the character's shoes so that they feel like they are part of the very intriguing storyline that plays out.

I know just when I thought I had figured it out I was surprised to find I was wrong and cheering for the lead character Stacey as she came to the dramatic conclusions.
If you are a mystery buff this is a must read series to look for.” –Review by The Library at the End of the Universe

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"F. M. Meredith’s Rocky Bluff series set in California falls somewhere between police procedural and the character importance and lighter reading more typical of the cozy. Police officer Stacy Wilbur has a five year old son and lives with her parents. Her love interest is homicide detective Doug, who shares a house with another cop Gordon. Gordon’s enthusiasm for the job leads him to funny encounters and provides comic relief. Sgt. Abel Navarro deals with his own home situation. The varied family life of each officer adds a lot of interest to the story.... Meredith offers an interesting look at police work from the viewpoint of the individuals involved."

Shirley - RAM at Books Bytes

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"Hail, fellow readers!

Before you pick up a book by F.M. Meredith, do yourself a favor—reserve time for an uninterrupted read. Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop.  No matter the topic, this author has an undeniable gift for hooking readers from page one and not letting go until its conclusion.  No Sanctuary delivers well-developed characters and an intriguing plot with a surprising twist at the end. Congratulations, F.M. Meredith, on another winner.  No Sanctuary qualifies as a fast and satisfying read.  Loved it!"
 -- Karen Kavanagh, former Co-president of Sisters in Crime-CCC.

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"WOW, what a fabulous book! In the very beginning I wondered if I was going to enjoy this book as much as I have Marilyn's other novels, but before long I was absolutely gripped by the unique plot and didn't want to put it down to work, eat, or sleep. Truly.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. Give it a few pages and you'll be hooked like I was."

–Radine Trees Nehring

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith


Kathleen Kaska said…
I wonder how many overheard snippets of conversation have resulted in the publishing of great mysteries. Thanks for sharing this, Marilyn, and congratulations on number 5.
Thanks, Kathleen. I do eavesdrop a lot!

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