Sunday, March 30, 2014

Welcome Marilyn Meredith

This is one of my favorite series.
Marilyn tells us below how it has changed. 

How my Rocky Bluff P.D. Series Has Changed
Looking back over the years I’ve been writing about the men and women on the Rocky Bluff P.D., I realize that the series itself has made some changes. In the first place, I hope my writing has improved since the beginning when I wrote Final Respects. Of course when I wrote that one, I had no idea I’d still be writing about these people these many years later.
In Final Respects there’s a bit of sex and a graphic murder scene. Nowadays I mostly hint at the sex and am not nearly as descriptive of the actual murders.
I must admit Bad Tidings and Fringe Benefits also have more sex and gory details than I now write about.
Detective Doug Milligan and Officer Stacey Wilbur’s romance begins in Smell of Death though both are in earlier books. There’s no sex, and the murders are off scene, but you see what Stacey and Doug see. There’s some funny stuff in this one too, even though the main plot is quite dark.
In No Sanctuary Doug and Stacey’s romance heats up a bit, and Stacey goes after a disgusting child molester, and I loved writing the scary scene at the end. The old church in that book is like the one I attended when I was a kid.
A reviewer said that she laughed in the opening scene of An Axe to Grind even though it is about the discovery of a decapitated body. Despite this premise, I think I did have a bit of a lighter hand in this book in many ways.
Angel Lost has no on-scene murder, though there is a murderer on the loose and a kidnapping. The focus is far more on the characters and what happens to them.
And I think I did the same in No Bells. Oh, yes, there’s a murder, but the main thrust of the story is about what happens with Gordon Butler and the other characters in the book. And I must admit there is a hint of sex in this one.
Dangerous Impulses does have a most horrendous murder in it but again, more important is what happens to all the characters—new and old.
And now, in the latest, despite the title, Murder in the Worst Degree, there are no gory details though there is a complicated murder. And of course, you’ll learn more about the lives of the members of the RBPD and their loved ones.
What will happen next I have no idea. One thing I’m sure of though, is what happens to the ongoing characters will play a most important role in whatever plot happens to unfold.
Thank you, Mike for hosting me today.
Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith
Blurb for the latest RBPD mystery, Murder in the Worst Degree: The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman.
Bio: F. M. Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith is the author of over 35 published books. She enjoys writing about police officers and their families and how what happens on the job affects the family and vice versa. Having several members of her own family involved in law enforcement, as well as many friends, she’s witnessed some of this first-hand.
Contest:
Once again I am offering the opportunity to have your name used for a character in a book if you comment on the most blogs during this tour for Murder in the Worst Degree.
Today I’m visiting someone else too, so if you’re entering the contest you might want to visit:
and tomorrow is the last day and I’ll be visiting:





7 comments:

  1. Thanks, Mike, for having me. Actually this is my last day of my tour--and I am visiting in two places. You can find me here too. http://www.theladykillers.typepad.com/

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  2. I enjoy hearing you talk about how your characters and plotlines have evolved over the course of the series. The stories are great stand alone books but they are even richer when you know how the characters relate to each other. It is sort of like getting to know the locals in a small town.

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    1. Ah, Dee, you came through for me. And thanks for the lovely comment.

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  3. I missed the post for this one. I love that your books are not cookie-cutter. Instead, each one tells a unique story. And just like life, each story has an arc of its own.

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  4. Thanks, Lorna, you have been a most supportive friend.

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  5. Dee and Lorna have it right. I feel like I've made multiple trips to Rocky Bluff and each time I learn more about a person I met the last time. People marry, have babies, experience personal problems, disappointments and a few triumphs. Just like real life but better scripted. Keep 'en coming Marilyn.

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  6. Thanks, Mike. You've been a great supporter too. When your bookstore is done, let me know, I just might decide to come visit it.

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