How Things Have Changed in RBPD by Marilyn Meredith
Slowly but surely, I'm moving my Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series to Aakenbaaken & Kent Publishers.
I have my latest mystery in the series with them now, Unresolved.
The publisher and I decided we'd start with the first one in the series--Final Respects. I received the text block to check it for typos, etc.
First thing I noticed was the overabundance of exclamation points! I took them all out.
Then came a lot of things that have changed over the years.
All my police officers had mustaches of one sort or another. You seldom see a mustache on a law enforcement officer these days. But back when I was writing the book, all the officers i knew and saw had a mustache. And with their dark glasses on, they tended to all look alike.
My detectives smoked--and they smoked in their office in the police department. Something that would not happen today.
No, I didn't change any of that--because it would make problems in the plots of later books.
Despite all that and other things I noticed, I still like the book.
There is an important mortuary in this story, and little girls that like to play there. That came about because we had a mortuary down the street and the owners had daughters who were friends with my own little girl. And yes, they all loved to play in the mortuary.
My police officer son-in-law told me about one of his fellow officers who was a publicity hound, and one of my characters is based on him--a character who is still around in the latest books.
Much of the plot came from other stories my son-in-law told me. Nothing, of course is what really happened, but it doesn't take much to trigger an idea.
I'm not sure when Final Respects will be available again, but I'll be sure to let you know.
Marilyn who wrote this series as F. M. Meredith