My son-in-law, Mike Cole, was a police officer for Oxnard P.D. for 15 years. When he was a new officer and worked the graveyard shift, he’d stop by my house when he came home from work for coffee. He’s always ask, “Do you want to hear what happened last night?” Of course I did.
He told me lots of exciting tales—some funny and some sad. Always a writer, I began to weave ideas together for a mystery novel. He let me look at some of his case notes, giving me even more ideas.
The first book, Final Respects, deals with a tragedy concerning a family dispute call, a main character who has a wife who hates his job, an officer who is a publicity hound and involved with a woman with a serious problem, a family who lose a husband and father, and three little girls whose father owns a mortuary and torment the mortician who works and lives there.
When I wrote that first book, I had no idea that it would become a series, but I wanted to know what happened to those characters I created, so I had to write the next, and the next and so on.
Here are the titles in order:
Smell of Death
An Axe to Grind
Murder in the Worst Degree
A Crushing Death
Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith
Blurb: A Crushing Death
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 attacking women, and Detective Milligan’s teenage daughter has a big problem.
F. M. Meredith who is also known as Marilyn Meredith is nearing the number of 40 published books. Besides being an author she is a wife, mother , grandma and great-grandmother. Though the Rocky Bluff she writes about is fictional, she lived for over twenty-years in a similar small beach town. Besides having many law enforcement officers in her family she is counts many as friends. She teaches writing, loves to give presentations to writing and other groups, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, three chapters of Sisters in Crime and on the board of Public Safety Writers Association.
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