How Writing about Rocky Bluff P.D. became a Series


Paul Fahey is the winner of my blog tour contest! He commented on the most blogs post on my tour. There were a couple of close seconds--but I recounted once the tour was over--and he definitely won. Now all I have to do is write the cook and decide who he should be. In Murder in the Worst Degree, the winner of the contest didn't make out too well in the end, though her character was pivotal.


When I wrote Final Respects long ago, I had no idea that it would become a series and I’d still be writing about the men and women who worked for that small department in a beach community. The ideas for that mystery came from several different stories my policeman son-in-law told me when we lived in a beach community. However, the book wasn't published until we’d moved to a much different locale.

Once the book was done, I couldn’t help wondering what was happening with the characters. Of course there was only one way to find out—and that was to write another book about them.

Though the first book was written a long ago, time has passed much more slowly for the Rocky Bluff folks and their families. Yes, they’ve aged some, there have been divorces and marriages, romances that haven’t worked out, babies born, tragedies, plans that haven’t worked, mistakes made, plenty of scary stuff, and of course, murders.

Though there are continuous threads in the series, every mystery is solved by the end of each book.
Though this is a police procedural, it’s a bit lighter than most. It’s kind of hard to explain, but though there may be bad language spoken by some of the characters—I don’t quote them. And most of the time, I shut the bedroom door.

How much longer I’ll write about the Rocky Bluff P.D. depends upon how curious I am about what my characters might be up to.

Blurb for the latest RBPD mystery, Murder in the Worst Degree: The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman.

This post was supposed to be part of my tour, but because of some unfortunate circumstances, it didn't make it, so here it is now.


Heidiwriter said…
Your book sounds great, Marilyn! I'll have to add it to my TBR list. Sounds like you had a good tour. I'm just doing one myself this week.
The tour was fun, mostly, but there were some glitches--but like most everything else, no point in having a fit, just moving on the best way possible. Thanks for the comment, Heidi.

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