Free Books in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series

The first three books in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series were published in mass-market paperback, long before the days of print-on-demand. Sadly my publisher died, and I received all the books. In an effort to downsize, I'm giving away copies of these books--I only ask that you send me $3 for postage for one and $6 for two or three.

It's easy enough to do, you can either send me a check to Marilyn Meredith PO Box 526, Springville CA 93265 with which book(s) you want with your name and mailing address, or you can use PayPal:

Book Review: Deadly Omen by Marilyn Meredith
The Madera Tribune
By Lee McKay

A teenage woman is murdered minutes before she is to be crowned Princess of the Pow Wow. The autopsy reveals that she was pregnant.

In this Native American setting, Tempe Crabtree, the resident deputy of a small community in the southern Sierras, moves full speed toward finding out who killed the girl, until her sergeant and two detectives from the Dennison sub-station order her out of the investigation.

She becomes the unauthorized sleuth. In the tradition of Miss Marple and Agatha Christie, she returns to the case because she knows the detectives in charge are asking the wrong questions and that the real killer is about to go free.

The story is alive with characters such as wannabe Yanduchi stage mother dressed in moccasins and buckskin, two hormonal young Indian warriors with hidden agendas and a cranky old codger carrying a 45-caliber handgun in the pocket of his coveralls.

Like the intriguing pattern in an Indian basket, suspense is cleverly woven through clearly written scenarios of Native American regalia and traditions into a story that holds the readers attention until the end.

While Deputy Tempe, who is part Yanducchi, is solving crime, she is also learning about her heritage. Newly married to the pastor of the local church, she struggles to find enough time for him and her 18-year-old son.

The author, who lives with her husband in a foothill community much like the small community of Bear Creek, has written 13 novels and makes appearances at many book events. Her website is http//

After reading Deadly Omen, should you want to re-visit Bear Creek, you can do so in other Tempe Crabtree stories.

Tempe Crabtree’s twin roles of deputy sheriff and wife collide in INTERVENTION, the third book of the mystery series featuring the Native American luw officer. Part Yanduchi and just beginning to learn of her Native American heritage, Tempe knows that her spiritual involvement in that culture may cause disruptions in her marriage.  Her relatively new husband, Hatch, the minister of a local community church, talks her into going to a mountain lodge for the weekend so that they can spend time alone--away from her law-keeping duties and her tribal shaman.

Hutch, who loves his wife--but certainly doesn't understand her job--plans a romantic get-away for the two of them.  He didn't plan on a gaggle of disgruntled, disaffected movie people who all wanted something--and would kill to get it.  He also didn't plan on a howling blizzard, downed power and telephone lines and a corpse that disappeared into the white.

In his zeal to protect his wife, Hutch manages to interfere and intervene in Tempe's sleuthing, plays the "macho" man, and generally gets her dander up. He almost gets her killed.  When the ordeal finally ends and the physical facts of the case sort themselves out, Tempe finds herself confronted by a metaphysical mystery, one which compels her to search further for her own spiritual beliefs.

I don't suppose I need to tell you that I love the Tempe Crabtree books.  The characters are so real, so mixed up, so flawed, and so wonderful, that I find myself wanting so much for Tempe.  I would truly like to introduce her to the world, so if you haven't discovered Marilyn Meredith as an author, you might be cheating yourself out of some great reads.  Yes, she's that good.  The quality doesn't fade as this series progresses, it only grows stronger.”

--Patricia Lucas White for Crescent Blues Book Views.

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series
By Marilyn Meredith
Unlike the rest of California, the fictional town of Bear Creek doesn’'t consider marijuana a safe drug. Deputy Tempe Crabtree, the Native American heroine of Marilyn Meredith’’s award-winning mystery series, may be consigned to patrol by her dismissive male counterparts, but she knows the law as well as she knows her pastor husband, Hutch. Or does she?
It seems that while some pot growers insist on stonewalling Tempe, citizens of the small community where she lives and enforces the law insist that Hutch is yet another man of the cloth gone bad. Could gentle, loving Hutch, who disapproves Of Tempe’s association with Native American shamanism, expose himself to schoolchildren? Tempe doesn’t think so, but her son Blair, a hotheaded firefighter, does. More to the point, even her boss suspects Hutch. Where’’s a peace pipe or a rain dance when you need one?
What else could go wrong? One of the marijuana farmers turns up dead, and to top it all off, she’’s actually the missing granddaughter of Tempe’'s friend Joe Seaberry, a retired cop. Did Seventeen Seaberry’s hotheaded, pothead husband kill her, or does Joe know more than he’’s telling? Tempe ponders the unthinkable once again, and though she wants to believe Joe, the case against him is nearly nil, unlike the case against Hutch.
Fortunately, Tempe’’s multiple roles, as Yanduchi-born woman, wife, mother, and deputy, give her multiple insights and eyes as powerful as the owl that foretells death among her people. And as her male chauvinist superiors cavalierly suggest, she has a woman’'s touch when it comes to dealing with wounded spirits. Also, at the end of the day, she has a strong marriage, held together by faith and true love.
Tempe and Hutch create a realistic portrait of an interfaith marriage held together by the values of love, commitment, trust, and sacrifice. Author Marilyn Meredith continues to be a strong voice for the Christian faith as well as for women in fiction, particularly female law enforcement officers rain-dancing as fast as they can to break the glass ceiling. Just say yes to Tempe Crabtree.
MyShelf.Com/Kristin Johnson

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And you  can also find a copy of Unequally Yoked, both paper and e book there.



Lorna Collins - said…
I ordered TWO sets! Thanks!

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