On DorothyL, a great mystery list with both readers and writers, a big discussion has been going on about whether or not to have a list of characters in the front of a book. Some thought it absolutely necessary. Others pointed out that in a mystery series it might give away s surprise. I talked to my publisher and she said it would be an added expenses--especially if she had to go back and do it in previous books in the series.
Instead of doing that, I thought I would list some of the ongoing characters here: (Some I'm leaving out because they would ruin a plot surprise.)
Doug Milligan, a RBPD police office who is upgraded to detective.
Ryan Strickland, another officer with a reputation of a womanizer who undergoes a major change through the series.
Stacey Wilbur, one of only a few female officers in the series. She was widowed and has one child. Major events happen to her over the series.
Abel Navarro, another officer, who has a big extended family that often affects his job.
Felix Zachary, an officer who undergoes trauma, life and family drama.
Wendy Zachary, Felix's school teacher wife.
Gordon Butler, by-the-book officer who faces lots of turmoil on the job and disappointments in his private life.
Chief McKenzie, RBPD police chief.
There are many others: family members, wives and ex-wives, new and lost loves, law breakers, bad guys and gals, philanderers, child molesters, pedophiles, murderers, witnesses, strange crimes, and of course, murderers.
Nope, a list of characters really wouldn't work in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series.
All these books are available in the usual places:
Listed in the order they appeared:
Smell of Death
An Axe to Grind
Each one is written as a stand-alone, because when I wrote Final Respects I had no idea I would write another, but I wanted to know what happened next. I hope you'll start reading them and also want to know what happened next.
F. M. Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith