We’re always happy to welcome back Marilyn Meredith, author of over thirty-five published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. Marilyn is on a blog tour to promote her latest release, River Spirits, and she’s offering a prize. The winner will be the person who comments on the most blog posts during the tour. He or she can either have a character in her next book named after them, or choose an earlier book in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series—either a paperback or e-book. Tomorrow she’s hopping over to Rabbi Ilene Schneider’s blog. Learn more about Marilyn and her books at her website and blog.
The first two books I wrote with Tempe as a character didn’t make it into the series. By the time I wrote the third book, Tempe had changed into a different person. No, I didn’t toss those books; the main characters names were changed as well as the location and they can now be found as e-books. (If anyone wants to know the titles, you can email me mmeredith@ocsnetnet.)
The third book, Deadly Trail was not the first in the series to be published.
The next four books were published by Golden Eagle Press as trade paperbacks:
Deadly Omen (a murder at a Pow Wow), Unequally Yoked (a missing child), Wing Beat (hidden marijuana farm), Intervention (a snow storm and murder in a mountain lodge).
Then another small press published Deadly Trail (the introduction of Nick Two John and the murder of the owner of the Bear Creek Inn) as a prequel.
Sadly, the first publisher died. The next small press publisher quit the business. I met a publisher at an e-book convention, pitched my Tempe series, and now all the books have been published or republished by Mundania Press.
They consist of:
Judgment Fire (Tempe learns something about her past.)
Calling the Dead (She calls back the dead to find out the truth about a murder and a suicide.)
Kindred Spirits (She travels to Crescent City where she has learns about the Big Foot legend, and on to Santa Barbara to find the killer of a Tolowa artist.)
Dispel the Mist (While investigating a murder of a prominent woman with ties to the Bear Creek Indian Reservation Tempe has an encounter with the legendary Hairy Man.
Invisible Path (A man is wrongly accused of the murder of a popular Indian and a pseudo-military group impedes the investigation.)
Bears With Us (Bears, a young man’s suicide and a missing woman with dementia keep Tempe busy.)
Raging Water (A flooding river and a mud slide cut Bear Creek and a murderer off from the rest of the world.)
Spirit Shapes (Ghost hunters stumble upon a murdered teen’s body in a haunted house.)
And the latest, River Spirits, is described below.
I’ve written each book so it can stand-alone, though the characters do change from one book to the next. When you read one, though, you can be sure that the mystery will be solved by the end, and the “bad guy” will be caught.
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.