Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Smell of Death

My son-in-law police officer told me that the big thing that bothered him about cop shows, TV or movies, is that the viewer had no idea how bad death smelled. Of course this gave me an idea for another Rocky Bluff P.D.s mystery--and the title.

Officer Stacey Wilbur is the first one of the scene of a ghastly murder, one that leaves two young children motherless. Detective Doug Milligan enlists her aid to question neighbors.

Not much later, he is called to another murder scene--this of another woman who turns out to be the first victim's mother.

Meanwhile, a child goes missing.

Doug again asks Stacey to help with the questioning of witnesses.

As with every Rocky Bluff P.D. novel, other members of the department and their families are a part of what is going on.

A warning, this installment is a bit darker than some other books in the series--and like the others, it is complete, all cases solved, bad guys brought to justice.


As with all the books in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series,  the books are available in all the usual places.

Some Review Snippets:
By the end of the book, cases will be closed, but the lives of the Rocky Bluff P.D. will keep on. We’ll be able to catch up though in the next series to come.
http://www.fictionforyou.com/ http://www.marilynmeredith.blogspot.comJ.Kaye Book Blog

"...This book does an excellent job of showing, through well-defined characters, the impact that life on the police force has on its members and their families. The touch of romance between Stacey and Doug is just the right thing to lighten up some of the heavy stuff going on in this book.

Smell of Death by F.M. Meredith is an engaging, well-written, and gripping page turner, that will leave you hungry for the next book in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series. --The Book Connection

"...Author F. M. Meredith has been compared to Joseph Wambaugh, and I candefinitely see the connection. The cops of her fictional Rocky Bluff PD have lives that extend beyond the chase and the crime scene. They struggle to raise their children, deal with leaky faucets, and pay their mortgages. They have hopes, loves, fears, and nightmares. They come across like real people, with real lives. The police work in Smell of Death is not fancy, or even particularly high-tech.There’s no CSI magic to be found here. There are no courtroom theatrics, and nohyper-intuitive detectives. Just hard working cops doing the sort of methodical spadework that probably solves most real life crimes."...Jeff Edwards, AAA


F. M. Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith

3 comments:

Lorna Collins - said...

As soon as I get my reading list down, I'll need to start on this series!

John Brantingham said...

Congrats on the new book! The only other place I've seen someone comment on the smell was on Monk, and that was just one episode. I'm going to read it!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Lorna, I started writing this series before my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, but it wasn't long before I was writing one and then the other.

John, this isn't a new book, but I'll take the congratulations. Oak Tree Press just re-issued all of the older books in the series that had formerly been with two other publishers.