Author Marilyn Meredith and her Wonderful Crime Novels

August 11, 2009 at 8:02 pm (Crime Novels, mystery, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Bio:marilyn meredith (2)Marilyn Meredith is the author of over twenty-five published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Dispel the Mist from Mundania Press. Under the name of F. M. Meredith she writes the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series, No Sanctuary is the newest from Oak Tree Press.

Due out in September, the latest book in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series is  Dispel the Mist.  While investigating a murder, Tempe has an encounter with the Hairy Man, a local Indian legend.DispelTheMistHalfLetter

kindredspirits In Kindred Spirits Tempe travels to Crescent City to learn more about a murder victim whose spirit won’t rest until her murderer is brought to justice.
Kindred Spirits by Marilyn Meredith is a fast-paced suspense novel that sheds light on the real life plight of the Tolowa Native American tribe. The novel is both exciting and moving, and it just might make you want to take a trip to Crescent City to meet Abby and Justine for yourself.

Gayle Trent, author of Murder Takes the Cake

Meredith gives the reader yet another great Tempe book filled with suspense, a glimpse into the lives of Native Americans, and a heartwarming love story between Tempe and Hutch.

Lorie Ham, author of the gospel music mystery series


Praise for the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series:

Want to do some fun reading? If so pick up Marilyn Meredith’s Tempe Crabtree series. I have read each novel and enjoyed every one of them. Marilyn has made her characters so different than those we are to reading about. Another great thing is there is no specific order you have to read them in. Each one is a separate story that doesn’t depend on a previous Tempe Crabtree adventure. They are also a fast read. Marilyn’s stories flow and you don’t want to put the book down. I can’t wait for the next one to go on sale.” —

Keith Bettinger, Author of: Fighting Crime With “Some” Day and Lenny, or What Happens When Car 54 Where Are You Meets Dragnet

“I’ve read the series and look forward to the next one. Excellent, well-written, well-plotted.” –Gay Tolti Kinman, Crime Spree Magazine Nov/Dec 2006, Mysterious Women

 “Gripping, suspense-filled, and character driven, Judgment Fire by Marilyn Meredith should be on every mystery reader’s wish list.” —Cheryl Malandrinos The Book Connection

No Sanctuary is the latest in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, a crime novel about two churches, two ministers, two wives, and one murder.NoSanctuary smal frontl


No Sanctuary is a good mystery with a bit of a surprise ending. Peeks into the lives of some of the other officers in the department make for interesting reading. Stacey leaves the investigation for a brief stint as an undercover officer, which adds another dimension to the story.


One of the things that Meredith does best with the Rocky Bluff P.D. series is show not only the official side to her characters, but also how working in law enforcement impacts these people’s lives–not just the members of the police force, but also their families. I could easily see these books being turned into a television crime series.

A fast and suspense-filled read for crime lovers. Pick up a copy of No Sanctuary today!–Cheryl Malandrinos, The Book Connection

Apart from the fact that No Sanctuary involves a murder, a suicide and cheating spouses it deserves a PG 13 rating. It’s refreshing to read a book that can illustrate police work without gruesome violence, annoying car chases and snappy, clichéd comments. ” Rebecca Camarena, The Real Hollywood.

“What grabbed me most about this book and makes me want to go back and read the other Rocky Bluff tales is the fabulous cast of characters that Meredith has developed for the reader to get to know. As a writer she has a way of putting the reader in the character’s shoes so that they feel like they are part of the very intriguing storyline that plays out.

I know just when I thought I had figured it out I was surprised to find I was wrong and cheering for the lead character Stacey as she came to the dramatic conclusions.

If you are a mystery buff this is a must read series to look for.” –Review by The Library at the End of the Universe

Before you pick up a book by F.M. Meredith, do yourself a favor—reserve time for an uninterrupted read. Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop. No matter the topic, this author has an undeniable gift for hooking readers from page one and not letting go until its conclusion. No Sanctuary delivers well-developed characters and an intriguing plot with a surprising twist at the end. Congratulations, F.M. Meredith, on another winner. No Sanctuary qualifies as a fast and satisfying read. Loved it!

 Marilyn Meredith



Karen Kavanagh, former Co-president of Sisters in Crime-CCC.





“Mystery and crime lovers will enjoy the thrill ride of Tempe’s latest adventure with murder, mayhem, deceit and intrigue. The surprise ending will take readers aback.” –Porterville Recorder

“FIVE STAR BOOK”– American Authors Association


She is a member of EPIC, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She was an instructor for Writer’s Digest School for ten years, served as an instructor at the Maui Writer’s Retreat and many other writer’s conferences. She makes her home in Springville CA, much like Bear Creek where Deputy Tempe Crabtree lives. Visit her at

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The Magician’s Tale By David Hunt Review by Jerry Pat Bolton

August 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm (mystery, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Magician's Tale


When you read a good book it is a satisfying experience that non-readers can never experience. To read the words an author has pounded out on their typewriter, and there are still those who use the old relic, or more commonly these days, the computer, and the words are aligned correctly to give you a rush is like an orgasm simile. There are many such books, with many such words; they are as familiar as there are readers who seek them out. But when you find yourself within the pages of a book where the words are not only placed in the correct order, they are cemented there with an élan for mesmerizing those who have happily found themselves inside the writer’s mind and, as they read, understand that this one is special.


Such is David Hunt’s The Magician’s Tale. Hunt has woven a tale of sordid intrigue set among “The Gulch,” a part of San Francisco where chicken hawks scour the meat rack for new conquests. This is where Kay Farrow, a color blind photographer has chosen to expose to the world via her camera. The telling of this story moves with grace and aplomb in this underclass society and where Kay develops an unlikely friendship with Tim, one of the male hustlers. When Tim is murdered in a most gristly manner Kay goes on a quest to find his killer, camera in hand, to expose the horror to the world.


As she follows her camera’s eye Kay goes from the bottom of the social ladder to its pinnacle as she follows the malodorous odor to the crème de la crème of San Francisco culture. The manner in which Tim was slain had a familiar ring to an unsolved murder from years back. Her father, then a policeman, and others were persuaded to retire because of sloppy police work, allowing the killer to escape. Kay also unearths a link from Tim’s past, a purported “uncle,” and through him discovers that the slain street hustler had a twin, a female twin.


The ins and outs of The Magician’s Tale are told in such a way as to have the reader on the edge of that preverbal seat throughout the story. David Hunt, a master story teller, is much more, as The Magician’s Tale bears out. He goes places, and writes about places and people most of us only whisper about and he does it so expertly that the cringe factor is minimal, but very much there. But by the time you have finished The Magician’s Tale you will have been down in the Gulch with Kay, experiencing life unimaginable and following the trail high above it all on Russian Hill. You will stand next to the street people and their sordid life in most people opinion, including the love of a brother and a sister. You will find yourself, if not approving, in awe at the manner this author ties it all together in such a way that, if you are not careful, will bring an itinerant tear to your eyes.

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The Hitchers of Oz By Tom and Simon Sykes

August 11, 2009 at 5:36 pm (Tavel) (, , , , , )

The Hitchers



The Hitchers of Oz

Tom & Simon Sykes

World famous actor Sam Neill and rap legend Chuck D rub shoulders with writers like JP Donleavy and Carmel Bird. Physicists, business leaders, publishers, political activists, soldiers, poets, athletes and comic book creators are brought together by their common experience of hitching a ride sometime in the past.

Since the ’60s and ’70s – the heyday of hitching – people have thumbed rides worldwide. Money never changes hands, but all manner of social transactions take place. These tales will open your eyes and take you back – of forward. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, turn the page. You’ll discover you haven’t!


Tom & Simon Sykes

Tom Sykes was born in 1979 and graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2001. He has published short fiction and articles in magazines in the US, UK, Canada and Southeast Asia, as well as in international anthologies such as Small Voices, Big Confessions (2006). His ‘Ringroad to Immolation’ was named one of the best online short stories of 2004 by His hitchhiking book No Such Thing As A Free Ride? was named the Observer’s Travel Book of the Month.

In August 2007 he spoke at the Indian Ocean World conference hosted by the University of Malaysia and soon after that became a regular columnist for the Malaysian arts magazine Quill. His novella The Blank Space is due to be published by in the UK by Pendragon Press in 2009. He is a regular performer at spoken word events and his recordings have appeared on and Wildfire Radio.

He is a member of the British Society of Authors and a life member of the Author’s Licensing and Collecting Service. He is associated with the international creative bureau His MySpace is:

Simon Sykes is an author, linguist, musician, designer and carpenter who hitchhiked extensively during the 1970s.

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New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith Reviewed by Jerry Pat Bolton

August 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm (Crime Novels, mystery, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

New Orleans Mourning

The place is New Orleans and the event is Mardi Gras. The insanity of the carnival is at its peak as Rex rolls down St. Charles Avenue. On the prominent float of this most prominent parade is the exalted and very prominent new King of Carnival, one Chauncey St. Amant. Chauncey is stamped indelibly into the social register as upper class, albeit not afraid to come down from his lofty perch for worthwhile causes. On a balcony high above the street and the screaming crowd a costumed Dolly Parton fires one shot and ends the King of Rex’s life.

So begins New Orleans Mourning, by Julie Smith. Skip Langdon, rookie cop, but with connections to the upper-crust which reign over New Orleans twelve months out of the year, not just at carnival time, is taken off street beat and assigned to the case because of her connections with the family of St. Amant. The two other detectives assigned to the case are not at all that enamored by her and treats her almost contemptuously. Skip, realizing that this is a career-in-the-making case dives headlong into it, although with a few misgivings and old hurts which haunt her, arriving as old memories about her social-climbing parents.

A free-lance photographer was shooting a video of the parade and the crowd and accidentally captured the Dolly Parton look alike in the actual act of committing murder. But, of course the film comes up missing as Skip and the photographer ease into a “relationship.” As Skip questions members of the St Amant family she is not taken seriously at first, and then is hated for her persuasive investigation. She is not the perfect detective. She has ghost from her past that plague her and she tokes on marijuana to try and calm herself down from time to time, because the intensity of the investigation is overwhelming.

As she goes about her business she begins to uncover layer after layer of good old fashioned southern, aristocratic trash in high places. Skip digs beneath the façade of the upper class and beneath the glamour and adulation she finds more layers of lies, cover-ups and degeneracy. And, a book about the south would not be complete if race was not seen in a not too flattering way.

Who killed Chauncey St. Amant? And why? Skip finds plenty of possible suspects in the high-toned family’s skeletons and even finds herself pursuing a black prostitute suspect in the ghetto. As the story unfolds, pointing the finger this way, Skip sees other possibilities, and on and on in a confusing labyrinth of who can you trust. The final pages are exquisitely written and the reader can only read, open-mouthed, at the revelations and finally the identity of the murderer. I highly recommend New Orleans Mourning to anyone who loves a wild and woolly mystery. Thank you Pam for turning me onto to it.

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The Mayor Wore Sapphires by Martha Tucker reviewed by Fran Lewis, Author

August 11, 2009 at 12:58 am (Crime Novels, mystery, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

9780977485215-1The Mayor Wore Sapphires By Martha Tucker


Reviewed by Fran Lewis



The nucleus of a cell is fragile and needs to be protected from harm. Like the yoke of an egg before the egg is cracked, the outer shell stays strong and protects the inner yoke from harm. Life has many fragile and delicate moments that need protection as the people do. Changes in our lives often bring resistance to that fragile outer shell of that egg or stretches that cell and its nucleus and the shape and form will no longer remain the same. But, when the changes that are needed to make that nucleus stronger and that shell harder to protect and create something better, there are those that will go to no lengths to make sure it happens.


Visions are more than what psychic sees when they give you a reading or tell the police of a government agency what they see in their minds in order to help solve a crime. Visions are often the long rage goals that you might have for a city’s growth, your own life to more ahead or for an entire community to flourish. It takes a person who believes in the extraordinary and does not sit back and settle for the usual to have strong visions, strong convictions and carry them out. Mel Tate was such a man. On September 9, 1981, Melvin Tate, the Californian Mayor of Compton was struck down by a bullet not only meant to kill him but his goals, values and ideals for his community. Black communities such as his were ridden with drive by shootings, drug wars, and little or no opportunity for jobs or expansion of their economy and little or no help to educate teens and young adults about life in general. Martha Tucker brings these issues and more to light in her groundbreaking first novel, The Mayor’s Wife Wore Sapphires.


When you take your visions and you stretch them to make that nucleus of that cell wider and the yoke of that egg stronger, you sometimes find a lot of resistance as did Indigo Tate did in this novel that makes a real statement about changing society and the way people think about each other and how we achieve our goals.


Although the time period might be the 80’s the message that the author is driving home is still prevalent and even more vital today. Our schools need to be improved, drugs need to be a thing of the past in our cities and states, corruption in government needs to be eliminated and guns need to be off the streets and not readily available. As our new President stated before he was elected, now is the time for change and it will take all of us to make sure that happens.


Mel Tate was a man with a vision for the people of Compton, California. He believed in change and he was a unique politician and wanted to create a special training program called World Hub for the people of his city. When he found out that millions of dollars that were appropriated for this project was missing, his goal to become his state’s Congressman were shattered. Deciding not to run and see his dream through, he tells his wife, that leaving their life outside of Compton was no longer an option. Convincing him to change his mind would have probably stopped the horrific chain of events that followed. All Indigo wanted was a better life and to leave Compton and live in Washington and help her husband create a better life for her and her family.


What did the City Planner, the Chief of Police, the District Attorney, the most powerful Congressman in the city and Councilman have in common, the belief that Melvin Tate’s way of thinking was not their way and he had to be stopped at any cost. Standing on the podium to unveil his new World Hub Project, Melvin Tate was gunned down in cold blood injuring his wife too. But, what was the real motive for this shooting? Who was the real target? That will require looking deeper into the nucleus of this fragile cell and the now broken shell of this fragile city whose outer shell was shattered when this powerful man was killed.


Martin Luther King believed in racial equality for everyone and that every person of every race should have the same opportunities in life. Indigo Tate believed in his vision and wanted the same for the people of Compton and she would go to undying lengths to complete what her husband had started and any cost.


There are many ways to increase the economy of a city. You can create jobs, opportunities for students to be able to attend college, and open doors to people who would ordinarily have nothing by helping to eliminate drugs, corruption, crime, drive by shootings and government conspiracies where you live. But, for those who hate change and feel the only way to increase and inflate the economy is to sell drugs to teens for profit, help a foreign country in its war by making sure they have the guns they need and using a city for South American Drug Lords to bring in their drugs and make a hefty profit, someone needs to stop them and someone tries.


Indigo Tate loses everything when her husband is killed. Her entire world comes falling down and she needs to rebuild not only her life but protect her children too. But, when you find out that there is no one you can trust except yourself and your own instincts, you really need the courage and fortitude not to break apart even further.



Watching her husband shot right in front of her and then getting shot herself, Indigo Tate was not going to let his murder go unsolved or the mystery behind why he was targeted go unpunished. But, how far will she have to get and at what expense. Proud of what her husband wanted to do for Compton by creating World Hub, which would not only bring jobs and business to her city, but would help bring technology, manufacturing, marketing, training and more in order to help change the lives of the people there for the better, she would do all she could to make his dream come true.


Indigo ‘s goal was to create rid her city of drugs, stop the drive by shootings of innocent children, help the homeless and raise the level of education for the children in the city in order to create not only a safer environment for the people, but to erase the barriers between Black and White too. What a great and wonderful objective and goal. But, there were those, close to her and to her late husband who pretended to support his ideals and her goal to follow through with his mission to end poverty and crime in her city through World. Hub.


Thinking that she would have the support of many of her husband’s backers and constituents she decides the only way to succeed is to become Mayor of Compton and continue his work. Never think the ordinary always go for the extraordinary is what her father told her growing up. Never settle for mediocre when you can be the best and never let them know you are afraid. Do not let anyone see the fear in your eyes and keep strong.


Indigo belonged to a group called the Diamonds. A group of Black woman who were the Who’s Who of Beverly Hills and were powerful not only in the decisions that would be made in her life but in the lives of others too. Dupree Pascal, her husband Congressman Frank Pascal would play an integral part in the events that would shatter her life and those of others too. Congressman Kahn, who wanted to be Mayor and hoped that she, would back him and his ideals for Compton. John Varner, the most sought after campaign manager in the country, wanted his piece of the pie too. Each having their own secrets to hide and each with his or her own agenda, no one wanting her to succeed.



World Hub would create a better life for everyone in Compton and would help educate young mothers in childcare. It would create jobs in manufacturing, commerce, technology, marketing and more. Eliminating drugs from the streets, getting rid of guns and lowering the crime rate this project would change the way people lived for the better. But, her so-called friends had other ideas and the people she thought closest to her and hoped to protect her did not.


As deadly as the war in Iraq and any World War, Indigo Tate launches one of her own against crime, corruption, hate, conspiracy and deceit at any cost. With no one to trust and everything to lose she works relentlessly to find out the killed her husband and why a young teenage drug seller was framed for his murder.


What happens  sends a message that is so powerful and so strong it keeps the reader transfixed until the very last word of this book that sends a strong message. The ending will send you wanting for me and leave you thinking: Can this really happen? Is the fight for justice and to keep our kids safe ever going to end? What does happen to the project that Indigo fought so hard to make happen and at what cost does she become Mayor of Compton and at whose expense besides her own? You need to read this first time novel by Martha Tucker who definitely has a voice that needs to be heard and a pen that has to write the next chapter for Indigo and the people of Compton. The story does not end on the last page and this reviewer wants to more.


I would definitely give this book FIVE PERFECTLY CUT BLUE SAPPHIRES placed in that circle and nucleus to make it stronger. The sapphire is the Stone of Destiny. The stone provides  and holds within its power mental clarity and perception and financial rewards. It symbolizes truth, sincerity and faithfulness  and all of the attributes of Indigo Tate. By wearing that stone around her neck it drew protection for her, increased her  wisdom and oversaw her destiny. It is truly the stone of prosperity and worthy of our Indigo Tate who brought that to Compton and more.

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