Deputy Tempe Crabtree is the resident deputy of the mountain community of Bear Creek and its nearby surroundings in the Southern Sierra.
A horrific snow storm traps Tempe and her husband in the lodge of a summer camp along with the caretakers and seven most unpleasant people--one becomes a murder victim.
And to complicate matters, the ghost of a former camper makes contact with Tempe.
The recipes in this book are favorites of Marilyn Meredith, taste tested first by her five children and her grandchildren. She also used them to prepare meals for the six developmentally disabled women who shared her home. All the recipes are economical, tasty, and easy to prepare. They are especially good for big families or community care facilities.
When a body is discovered in the hills, Deputy Tempe Crabtree is called to the scene. The victim is Claude Forester who claims to be a reincarnated Native American medicine man. Several members of the local tribe have reason to dislike him, but who is responsible for his death?
Mob mentality can be fatal, even in a church. Pastor Mike has befriended a homeless man and given him a place to stay in exchange for doing maintenance work around Mountain View Chapel. However, the man looks and dresses like a hippie, and some members of the congregation aren't happy having him there. When he is murdered, Pastor Mike has plenty of suspects. But which one killed him? (Previously published in the anthology "Never Safe.")
Based on the author’s family stories, three generations of dauntless women follow their hearts across the western plains. 1858 - Mary, the gentle eastern schoolteacher, loses her heart to a handsome trapper. They overcome the hardships of frontier life in Wisconsin to establish a family dynasty. 1880 – Wilhelmina, Mary’s flame-haired daughter, kidnapped as a child by Indians, is renamed “Indian Paintbrush.” She marries Taihinco, a Menominee brave, who teaches her the meaning of unbridled passion. 1908 – Desdemona Diana, nicknamed “Minnie,” the fiercely independent daughter of Wilhelmina’s older sister, defies family and convention to wed the man of her choice. They journey to Southern California to make a new life, where she founds a dynasty of her own. Also published as an ebook with the title "Indian Paintbrush."
While investigating a murder, Leslie York, the resident deputy of the mining town of Copper Creek, finds herself stranded on the wrong side of the creek when it turns into a raging torrent. Others driven from their homes by the flood gather together, but one of them turns up dead.
When Leslie begins to suspect the victim's death was murder, she
suddenly finds herself in peril, struggling for life in the angry
Marilyn Meredith is the author of over forty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest A COLD DEATH from Mundania Press.
Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel is UNRESOLVED from Oak Tree Press.
Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra.
2018 Event Schedule
April 14, 10 -3, Visalia Library Book Fair, Visalia Library, Oak St., Visalia CA.
May 5, 10 a.m. San Joaquin Sisters in Crime, Yosemite Falls Restaurant, Fresno CA.
Topic: Where I get My Ideas.
May 19th, 9-5, Central Coast Writing Conference, Pismo Beach, CA.
Panel: Finding Time to Write
May 24, 1 p.m., Community Club, Veteran’s Building, Springville CA
About My Books
July 12-15, Public Safety Writers Association’s Writing Conference, Las Vegas, NV
August 13, 7 p.m. Night Writers, San Luis Obispo
October 19, 10-4, Great Valley Bookfest, Manteca CA
November 3, 9-4, Yosemite Lakes Boutique, Yosemite Lakes, CA
Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 15
Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 14
Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 13
Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 11
Tempe Crabtree is the resident deputy of Bear Creek, a small mountain
community in the southern Sierra. Her continuing interest in the
spiritual side of her heritage often causes unrest in her marriage to
her minister husband.
In Bears With Us, Tempe has her hands full when bears turn up in and around her town, becoming a threat to kids and adults when an elderly woman is horrifically killed. But are bears really responsible, or is there something else afoot?
Rocky Bluff PD Book 2
Lt. Tom Gilbreath, who is called “the old hound dog” behind his back, is
the one who often delivers bad news. He is soon to receive some of this
own. His wife, Marlene, often knows as much about what is going on with
the Rock Bluff P.D. as her husband, and she knows even more about the
other officers’ private lives. Officer Joe Guzzo has perfect wife and a
wandering eye. A knock-out, Officer Georgia Lindquist captures the
interest of all the single guys in the department and the notice of the
married ones. Two murders bring chaos to the beach community of Rocky
Bluff and keep Lt. Gilbreath busy as he faces a crisis of his own.