Thursday, April 24, 2014

F. M. (Marilyn) Meredith and Murder in the Worst Degree

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.

Today I'm happy to welcome a good friend to Cicero's Children. 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.

Social Issues in the Rocky Bluff P.D. Mystery Series

Though it was never planned nor intended, social issues have cropped up in each of the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series as part of the plot.

From the first book on, I’ve written about people who are mentally ill and the plight of the homeless. I’ve written about people who don’t trust the police and those who hate law enforcement of every kind. I’ve addressed women in law enforcement and some of the unique problems they face.

A police officer has a problem after shooting an armed robber who turned out to be a teenager.

I’ve had two stories where a pedophile was investigated and arrested.

One of the officer’s wives suffers from post-partum depression.

Sergeant Navarro’s mother has Alzheimer’s.

One of my minor characters is a young man with Down Syndrome, and in the latest book, Murder in the Worst Degree, Officer Ryan Strickland isn’t sure if he’s man enough to love the baby with Down Syndrome that he and his wife are expecting.

Only one of the RBPD officers is African American and his major problem for a while has been the fact that his wife is white—and neither of their families are pleased.

In this latest book, a new police chief has come aboard and she is female and African American. I’ve already had some fun addressing a few issues with this. I know she’ll be a key player in future books.

What happens, I think, is when I’m writing about the men and women of the Rocky Bluff P.D. I am bombarded with ideas—crimes that I know happen every day and obviously would be faced by the officers I write about. And along with that, to me, these police officers and their families are very real to me, and like the people who we all know, problems arise in their lives.

Thank you, Mary, for allowing me to come and visit today.

Marilyn, aka F. M. Meredith

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.

Tomorrow you can find me visiting here:



  1. It's always a pleasure to be with you, Mary. Thanks again for hosting me.

  2. Excellent post, Marilyn. Addressing these issues makes the stories more realistic. Not that they weren't already. : ) But sometimes we need to be reminded of the things people go through in real life. Thank youi!
    Marja McGraw

    1. Thanks, Marja. I seldom think about what I'm doing in terms of "social issues', it just happens.

  3. I am always most engaged by what matters in real life. And am sure it's most rewarding to get people thinking about real issues. Can't wait to read these books!

    1. Nancy, I can assure you, you'll love them. Marilyn's characters always come over as real people you can care about.

    2. I hope you'll enjoy this series, Nancy, and thanks for commenting.

  4. Marilyn, we have to stop meeting like this. Just kidding. It's always a pleasure to meet up with you, wherever you are. I have a download of MURDER IN THE WORST DEGREE and look forward to reading it. Love the photo of you and Hap!

  5. Hi, good friend--I tried to do what you did on a blog tour and put different photos of me up. See you at Sisters in Crime.