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. 


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Officer Gordon Butler and his overanxious trainee Dakota Ayala are dispatched to a scene where they find a woman named Melody White who has been stabbed to death. Gordon is not surprised. He’d been called to that address several times to confront Jacob Hulsey who had stalked the victim. The neighbor who placed the call to the Rocky Bluff Police Department reported seeing Hulsey there the night before. But when another neighbor says Melody’s ex-husband had threatened her, and then one of Melody’s co-workers at the day care center where they worked reported a clash between Melody and her boss, suspects seem to be multiplying like Russian nesting dolls. And to add to the difficulty of sorting it all out, Gordon’s new partner is making moves on Gordon’s wife, and detective Doug Milligan’s daughter Beth has become moody and secretive. At least two of the suspects and maybe some others are weaving tangled webs.


Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 15

The tranquility of the mountain community of Bear Creek is disrupted by a runaway fugitive, a vicious murderer, and a raging forest fire. Deputy Tempe Crabtree is threatened by all three.

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 14

Deputy Tempe Crabtree and her husband Hutch travel to Morro Bay to celebrate their son's wedding. The festivities are complicated by the murder of the maid of honor. At her son's request, Tempe investigates too many suspects and clues from the spirit world.

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 13

While filming a movie on the Bear Creek Indian Reservation, the film crew trespasses on sacred ground, threats are made against the female stars, a missing woman is found by the Hairy Man, an actor is murdered, and Deputy Tempe Crabtree has no idea who is guilty. Once again, the elusive and legendary Hairy Man plays an important role in this newest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.

Tempe Crabtree Mystery
Book 12

Ghost hunters stumble upon a murdered teen in a haunted house.

Deputy Tempe Crabtree's investigation pulls her into a whirlwind of restless spirits, good and evil, intertwined with the past and the present, and demons and angels at war.

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?

Tempe Crabtree Mystery
Book 10

A popular young Indian man is found near the recovery center at the far end of the Bear Creek Reservation. While investigating, Deputy Tempe Crabtree learns the victim wasn't quite what he seemed, and crosses paths with a militant para-military group who pique her curiosity and end up being a threat.

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 9

A Tulare County Supervisor, with both Native American and Mexican roots, dies under suspicious circumstances. Because of Deputy Tempe Crabtree's own ties to the Bear Creek Indian Reservation, she's asked to help with the investigation. To complicate matters, besides the supervisor's husband, several others had reason to want the woman dead. Tempe has unsettling dreams, dreams that may predict the future and bring back memories of her grandmother's stories about the legend of the Hairy Man. Once again, Tempe's life is threatened and this time, she fears no one will come to her rescue in time.

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 8

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. Kindred Spirits is about a troubled marriage, a "perfect" murder, a murder victim whose spirit won't rest until the murderer's identity is revealed, the genocide of the Tolowa nation, and two dangerous trips for Deputy Tempe Crabtree as she searches for answers.

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 7

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. A battered wife is murdered and Tempe is given a warning by a shaman. She participates in a starlight ceremony, and repressed memories of her own painful high school days help her find the killer.
Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 6

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 Calling the Dead, Deputy Tempe Crabtree investigates a murder that looks like death from natural causes, and a suicide that looks like murder. Putting her job on the line, she investigates the murder on her own time and without permission from her superiors. Jeopardizing her marriage, she uses Native American ways to call back the dead to learn the truth about the suicide.
Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 5

A rash of burglaries and the murder of two women shock the mountain community of Bear Creek. Add a fast-moving thunderstorm that brings torrential rains and Tempe Crabtree, the resident deputy sheriff, can forget about her days off. Who would murder two harmless women? Did a drug addict simply want their medications or did they share a secret someone was willing to kill for?

When a massive mud slide blocks the road into town, temporary shelters are set up, residents high above the river open their homes to friends and neighbors, tensions rise and tempers flare. Tempe survives two attempts on her life before coming face to face with an unrepentant murderer and a vicious burglar, both of whom share a scandalous secret.
Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 4

A hidden marijuna farm and the murder of a long-lost granddaughter keep Tempe busy, while her husband has troubles of his own, when the description of a man who exposes himself to school children sounds like Hutch. The wingbeat of an owl is a harbinger of danger. Suspicious newcomers, false accusations, and a grandfather's heartache leads to murder.

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 3

While Deputy Tempe Crabtree and her minister husband Hutch are spending a romantic weekend in a mountain lodge an unexpected blizzard takes out phone and electric services. Among the other guests are some folks from the film industry. When a guest disappears, Tempe's search for her puts her own life in danger.Info coming soon!

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 2

Unequally Yoked explores the differences between Hutch's religious beliefs and Tempe's. Because they have a great marriage based on love, it is a great way to explore tension in their relationship. Throwing in a bit of jealousy on Hutch's part toward Nick Two John also spices things up. In this book, Tempe takes part in a Native American ceremonial that has been documented as a grieving ceremonial used by the branch of the Yokut Indians that lived in this area many years ago.

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 1

A candidate for Princess is murdered at a Native American Pow Wow while Tempe is working there in her capacity as deputy. Tempe's investigation takes her into the Yanduchi reservation, and Hutch has difficulty with Tempe's growing interest in her own native heritage as she seeks the identity of the killer.
Tempe Crabtree Mystery Prequel

The tranquility of the village of Bear Creek in the Southern Sierra is disrupted by the suspicious death of the owner of the local Inn. Investigating a murder case isn't Deputy Tempe Crabtree's job, but when the detectives don't look any further than Nick Two John as the primary suspect. Tempe begins asking questions. Putting the planning for her wedding to Pastor Hutch Hutchinson on hold, it doesn't take long for her to discover there are several more people who wanted the victim dead, including his wife. Tempe follows the trail of clues putting her job, her upcoming marriage and herself in peril.


Rocky Bluff PD Book 13

Rocky Bluff P.D. is underpaid and understaffed. So two dead bodies stretch it to the limit. The first body discovered is the mayor. The second is a woman whose death is caused in a bizarre manner. Because no one liked the mayor, including his estranged wife and the members of the city council, the suspects are many, but each one has an alibi.

Rocky Bluff PD
Book 12

A pile of rocks is found on a dead body beneath the condemned pier, a teacher is accused of molesting a student, the new police chief is threatened by someone she once arrested for violent attacks on women, and Officer Milligan’s teenage daughter has a problem.

Rocky Bluff PD
Book 11

College student Veronica Randall, disappears from her car in her own driveway, everyone in the Rocky Bluff P.D. is looking for her. Detective Milligan and family move into a house that may be haunted. Officer Butler is assigned to train a new hire and faces several major challenges.

Rocky Bluff PD
Book 10

Officer Gordon Butler is called to the scene of a body washed up on the beach, a new police chief makes changes, a rapist attacks two women, Ryan and Barbara Strickland’s baby is born, but he faces an even bigger test, Detectives Milligan and Zachary follow a twisted path of clues to find a killer in Murder in the Worst Degree.

Rocky Bluff PD
Book 9

In DANGEROUS IMPULSES, the ninth novel in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, an attractive new-hire captivates Officer Gordon Butler, Officer Felix Zachary¿s wife is befuddled by her new baby, and Ryan and Barbara Strickland receive unsettling news. RBPD Officers investigate the bloody murder of a mother and her son, and try to locate the source of an unidentified drug that sickens teenaged partiers, but nobody is talking.

Rocky Bluff PD
Book 8

Rocky Bluff reels with the news a woman’s body was found buried in a shallow grave, and the culprit of a series of home break ins leaves a peculiar and disgusting calling card. Detective Milligan develops some concern that his partner has rushed to judgment on the case they are working, and the wrong person is accused of the crime. Officer Gordon Butler has finally found the love he’s been seeking for a long time, but there’s one big problem -- she’s the major suspect in the murder case.
Rocky Bluff PD Book 7

In Angel Lost, seventh in F. M. Meredith’s Rocky Bluff Police Department series--a cross between The Waltons and Hill Street Blues...Detective Doug Milligan is set to marry Officer Stacey Wilbur. As their wedding day approaches, he is unhappy…about her assignment to jog the beach in hopes of catching a pervert who has been exposing himself to women. Abel Navarro’s mother is showing signs of Alzheimer’s, the new transfer from LAPD has a problem that won’t be solved merely by transferring to a small town, and a reflection on a plate glass window downtown is seen by some as a sign from God because it appears to be an angel. Just as things seem to be coming to a head, a serial kidnapper -- and perhaps murderer -- who has been working his way south from Oregon, shows up…

Rocky Bluff PD
Book 6

Set in a small So CA beach town, an imaginative stalker’s decapitation sends Detectives Milligan and Marshall on an investigation of the stalker’s family, his victim and her family. When Doug strikes out on his own to corner the murderer and no one knows where he went, Stacey frantically tries to find him. She almost comes to a dead end, when his beloved MG is found in the lagoon on the Santa Barbara college campus.
Rocky Bluff PD Book 5

Two Churches. Two Ministers. Two Wives. One Murder.

While on patrol in the central California foothills near Rocky Bluff, Officer Stacey Wilbur spots a car crashed into a giant oak tree. A woman is slumped against the steering wheel.

The woman is dead, but it’s soon apparent the crash had little to do with her death. There is a bullet hole behind her ear.

The car belongs to the minister of a local church, and it’s his wife who’s dead on the front seat. Officer Wilbur drives to the minister’s home to give him the bad news, which is met with aloofness bordering on unconcern. The typical “suspect the spouse first” theory ratchets up a few ticks in Stacey Wilbur’s analytical mind.

Before that jells, however, Wilbur learns there’s much more in the mix.

Rocky Bluff PD
Book 4

A missing child, strange burglaries, and the inexplicable murders of a mother and her daughter disrupt the peaceful beach community of Rocky Bluff, CA. Officer Stacey Wilbur, first on the scene for both murders, assists Detective Doug Milligan with the investigations and finds herself breaking her long-standing rule to never date anyone who works for Rocky Bluff P.D.
Rocky Bluff PD Book 3

Cal Sylvester, an officer in the Rocky Bluff P.D., despises Gordon Butler, who is his rookie partner. However,Cal thinks Butler's wife is hot and he pursues her romantically. Their affair heats up and Cal is hooked on the gorgeous Darcy. but Darcy wants more than love and passion...she wants fine things and high times which are beyond Cal's means.

Cal realizes the life insurance on his wife, Lee Ann, would be the perfect sum to meet Darcy's expectations, and he plots her murder. Will thoughts of his kids keep him from putting the plan into action? Or will his obsession with Darcy compel him to follow through and kill his wife?

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.

Rocky Bluff PD Book 1

Mortician Stuart Honich dreams about sinking his teeth into the flesh of his tormentors——his boss's daughters. Being a cop was something Doug Milligan wanted since childhood, but his wife hates his profession and Doug will soon have to make a difficult choice. Publicity hound, Rick Strickland, will do anything to further his career, and is having a secret affair with Liz Phelan, a divorcee with a drinking problem. The murder of the Milligans' babysitter begins a series of events that could lead to the destruction of the entire Rocky Bluff Police department as well as many innocent citizens.





Tempe Crabtree Mystery Book 16

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."

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After her police officer husband is killed in the line of duty, Nicole Ainsworth struggles with the changes forced on her life. Her efforts to focus on her daughters and cope with her grief are kept off-balance by images of Steve, her deceased husband who seems to be trying to communicate with her. Eventually, Nicole finds that Steve isn't the only one watching over her, and discovers a second chance at happiness.
In an effort to make a change in a child's live, Alyse and Steven take in a four-year-old who has been thrown out of several homes prior to theirs. Because of their successful parenting of three children of their own and Steven's career as a counselor, they feel sure they can help Belinda and give her a loving home. However Belinda quickly proves to be a great challenge. She is often disobedient and trouble making, hurting the other children and vandalizing their possessions. At times she seems sweet and innocent, easily charming the unwary. Her desire to be the only child takes a deadly turn.
A victim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather, Elaine Brinsfield can't bear the thought of being touched by a man. The coping mechanism of astral projection she used as a child returns unbidden, accompanied by the threatening appearance of ghostly evil spectral beings. The gift-or curse-of astral projection enables Elaine to solve a vicious murder, but skeptical cops make her the number one suspect.
Madeline Kennon, a young widow, along with her two children, Norman and Wendy, move into an old Victorian house in Ojai, California in an effort to begin life anew. The house is haunted by several ghosts. Norman, the collector of all things horrible, is delighted. The ghost of a Chumash Native American woman disturbs Madeline's dreams. As she tries to solve the mysteries of their new home, she becomes involved with an intriguing stranger. But it is Norman's policeman friend who saves her from the fate that befell the Indian maiden years before.

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 floodwaters.

Resident Deputy Jessica McGuire’s day starts much the same as usual, but when she jogs by the old family cemetery she discovers the grave of a baby had been dug up and the skeleton missing. It wasn’t much later when Pastor David Tanner reports the theft of a hand-carved redwood cross from his church. Next a baby goat is reported stolen and one of the pastor’s cows discovered mutilated in the field. Jessica and Pastor David team up to investigate these strange occurrences. He is convinced Satan worshiping is going on in their town. Jessica isn’t sure until she discovers a hooded and robed group meeting in the woods who flee upon her arrival. She knows she needs to get to the bottom of things before what’s going on escalates into something worse. Or has it already?
"Rituals, incantations, unveiled evil and innocence rampage throughout THE CHOICE.

Widowed Deputy Jessica McGuire chooses a small town as a new start for herself and her son. Deputy McGuire deals with a teenage son going through ch-changes and tries to convince the Dukes of Hazzard male law enforcement colleagues that a missing goat, a cow drained of its blood, a stolen redwood cross, and a desecrated infant grave with a missing baby skeleton add up to "Something wicked this way comes."

This classic tale of good and evil takes on the good old boys' small town network, single motherhood, the eternal struggle to raise children with good values, and our tendency to become immune to damaging messages. A determined single mom with a shotgun works wonders.

Based on the real lives of two families, Two Ways West, chronicles the journey of the Crabtrees through Mexico and by steamboat to California; and the Osborns by wagon train along the Mormon Trail.
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 floodwater's.
When good and evil collide in the small town of Yokut Springs, Madeline Mahoney is forced to put her friendship and religious beliefs to the ultimate test. The story unravels when Madeline finds out that her best friend's mother, Dian Reddick, is the High Priestess to a coven of witches. Madeline, being very active in the Christian community, finds the mere thought of witches ridiculous and refuses to believe such utter nonsense. But after watching one of the witches meetings and witnessing the initiation of their final member, she can't help but have doubts. Especially when her best friend, Lynette, convinces her that a romance spell is just what she needs to capture her long time crush, Brian.
Is the inheritance Maginel received from her great Aunt Magda a gift or a curse? Haunted by ancestral ghosts, plagued by demonic creatures, Maginel flees from her home. Upon her return as an adult, Maginel seeks to remove the barrier that prevents her from marrying the man she loves, she enters into a life and death battle for her soul.