Author Marilyn Meredith

Day 6 of the Mystery We Write Blog Tour.

My guest blogger today is author, Marilyn Meredith.Me at SJ Sisters in Crime.jpg

I’ve asked Marilyn to leave an excerpt from her new mystery novel, Raging Water.

Deputy Tempe Crabtree and her husband love each other very much. In Raging Water both have big problems facing them. Hutch is feeding and housing displaced persons in the church, Tempe is dealing with scared and unhappy people while trying to solve two murders. The couple have little time for one another.

Excerpt from Raging Water

(This scene takes place in the fellowship hall of the church. Tempe has stopped in to see her husband.) Pulling a cap down over her short cropped hair, Anne Albert approached. “Pardon me for interrupting, Pastor Hutch.” She wore a blue jacket over a red sweater, a baggy pair of gray sweat pants, and brown fur-lined boots.

“No, no, it’s fine,” Hutch said.

“Wanted to let you know I’m headed home for the night. We’re planning on cooking the last of the oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow. I still have pancake mix, but we’re getting low on bread. I think I might have enough flour to bake biscuits. Deputy Crabtree, have you heard about any plans to get supplies to us?” Anne’s usually happy countenance was marred by worry lines on her forehead and around her mouth.

“I’m sorry, wish I had some news. I plan on making calls tonight. I’ll see what I can find out.”

“Someone’s going to have to do something pretty soon. More and more people keep turning up for meals. I better get home to the husband and see how he and Billy are getting along.” She hurried from the room.

Tempe sighed. “It isn’t just the food situation, but being without electricity and phone service is making it difficult. Eventually people will run out of gas, including me.”

“If that happens you can use my truck,” Hutch said.

Tempe leaned over and kissed him. “I love you. I’d like to stay here for a while, but I better make my calls.”

Raging Water.jpg   Raging Water: Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s investigation of the murder of two close friends is complicated when relentless rain turns Bear Creek into a raging river. Homes are inundated and a mud slide blocks the only road out of Bear Creek stranding many—including the murderer.

I know there are some people who like to read a series in order, but let me reassure you that every book is complete. Though the characters grow through each book, the crime is always solved. Here is the order of the books for anyone who wants to know: Deadly Trail, Deadly Omen, Unequally Yoked, Intervention, Wing Beat, Calling the Dead, Judgment Fire, Kindred Spirits, Dispel the Mist, Invisible Path, Bears With Us, Raging Water.

Bio: Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Raging Water from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel us No Bells, the forth from Oak Tree Press. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her at and follow her blog at

Marilyn borrows a lot from where she lives in the Southern Sierra for the town of Bear Creek and the surrounding area.

Do enter my giveaway contest for a copy of the previous Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, BEARS WITH US. Leave a comment and you’re automatically entered. Include your email addy so I can get in touch with you should your name be selected at random. The winner will be announced on my blog ( on December 11, 2012. Good luck!

About Evelyn Cullet

I write mystery romance and romantic suspense novels. I'm an avid organic gardener, and I play the piano. I have a spoiled Black Lab mix., Bailey, whom I adore. Visit my blog every Monday to discover new authors and their novels at:
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