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Guest Post: What Does the Future Hold?

By Marilyn Meredith

None of us really know, do we? My guess is we are all hoping and praying for the end of this pandemic.

Despite the unknown, I bet most of us are still making plans.

Because my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery was published recently, I’ve been unable to do the in-person events I’ve usually done to promote a new book. There are still some events on my calendar during the later months of summer and fall that I’m hoping will happen—but who knows?

This brings me around to the future of my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. End of the Trail is #18 in the series. You might think the title is prophetic, but it refers to something important in the book.

However, it would be a good place to end the series, but I’m not sure I’m ready for that. New ideas and adventures for Tempe keep popping into my head. I’d like to have her visit new places, places with different tribes of Indians and legends.

Another big question, in any new book I might write, how do I deal with the pandemic? I guess I’m probably going to have to wait and see how what’s going on right now turns out. I’d like to hear from other writers how they plan to address the pandemic, or not, in future books.

Now back to End of the Trail, the short blurb is this:

Deputy Tempe Crabtree joins the search for a missing hiker which results in a murder investigation, a near death experience, an unexpected rescue, and an unhappy ghost.

As usual, I had fun writing this book about some quirky characters including some who’ve been in previous books.

You can find the book on Amazon for Kindle or as a trade paperback.

Author Marilyn Meredith

Bio: Marilyn Meredith has published over 40 books, as well as the Tempe Crabtree series, she also writes the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series under the name of F. M. Meredith. She lives in a town in the foothills of the Central Sierra with a resemblance to the mountain town of Bear Creek where Tempe is the resident deputy.

Writer's Notes

Guest Post: Marilyn Meredith-Eating Your Way Through a Mystery

By Marilyn Meredith

Many cozy mysteries are centered around food such as when the sleuth owns a bakery, is a fudge maker, owns a café, is a chef, etc. Some of these books even have recipes in the back.

I’ve read other mysteries where the protagonist never seems to eat at all.

In my Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries, my characters eat like normal folks. Both Tempe and her pastor husband cook—though Hutch is a better cook than she is.

In my latest mystery, Tempe and Hutch have gone to Morro Bay to celebrate their son’s wedding. This tale has lots of food in it.

Because it is a beach setting, Tempe and Hutch eat in a lot of restaurants, many real ones that I’ve eaten in while visiting the area. I describe what they eat and made myself hungry while doing it. Discussing the mystery that they are involved in over food seems natural to me.

They also get a taste of Ethiopian food because they share a couple of meals with the bride’s Ethiopian parents.

Personally, I like to know what my characters and the characters in other books choose to eat.

Food is an important part of our lives, and most celebrations center around food. In Not as it Seems several celebrations require food including the rehearsal dinner and the wedding itself.

So tell me, how do you feel about food in your mysteries?

Marilyn Meredith

Not As It Seems
Not As It Seems

Not as It Seems Blurb:

Tempe and Hutch travel to Morro Bay for son Blair’s wedding, but when the maid-of-honor disappears, Tempe tries to find her. The search is complicated by ghosts and Native spirits.

Character Naming Contest:

Once again, I’ll name a character after the person who leaves a comment on the most blogs.

Tomorrow I’ll be stopping by Maggie King’s where I explain my fascination for law enforcement

Marilyn Meredith
Marilyn Meredith


Marilyn Meredith now lives in the foothills of the Southern Sierra, about 1000 feet lower than Tempe’s Bear Creek, but much resembles the fictional town and surroundings. She has nearly 40 books published, mostly mysteries. Besides writing, she loves to give presentations to writers’ groups. She’s on the board of the Public Safety Writers Association, and a member of Mystery Writers of America and three chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the Central Coast chapter.

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