How Final Respects Came to Be
Final Respects is the first in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series. Of course when I wrote it I had no idea it would be the first of a long running crime series.
At the time, my son-in-law was a police officer and I had an inside view of some of the things that were going on in our local police department and with some of the families. When I decided to write about a small town police department, I wanted it to be a beach community because at the time that' where I lived. I didn't want it to be the town I lived in though, so I moved it to a fictional location.
My main idea was to show how what happened on the job affected the officers' families and what happened with the families' affected the men on the job.
My youngest daughter's best friend's father owned a mortuary and the family lived in a big house behind it. My daughter loved to go over to her friend's house and spend the night. I asked what they did all the time and she said, "We play hide 'n seek in the mortuary." I said, "Not where the dead bodies are though." She said, "Yes, that's the most fun." I incorporated that into this particular book and built onto it.
By the time I'd finished writing Final Respects and it came to a logical end, I realized I wanted to know more these characters so I had to write another book.
"Final Respects by F. M. Meredith is an excellent police novel set in Rocky Bluff, California. The hero is Doug Milligan, a career police officer with a troubled marriage and two children. The wealth of detail is amazing and no one can doubt that F. M. Meredith has done her research! From the two old men (the youngest being 86) who duke it out in a retirement home to dealing with car accidents, she lets readers see both the humor and tragedy in a policeman's life. A great read!" ——Ellen Anthony, sample-books.com
FcM Meredith's Rocky Bluff series only gets better. I have read the later additions to the Rocky Blufff series and Finale Respects is an excellent introduction to the small police station in this Southern California town. Meredith's Rocky Bluff series only gets better. I have read the later additions to the Rocky Bluff series and Finale Respects is an excellent introduction to the small Police station in this Southern California town.