DEAD HORSES by David Knop

David Knop’s  new book is Dead Horses, a different western.
New Mexico tribal police officer Pete Romero embarks on another thrill-packed hunt to find whoever has been leaving dead Arabian horses across the Southwest. A brutal double-murder involving his childhood friend on his own reservation stretches Romero’s skills and loyalties, while trying to unravel the puzzling clues that trail a mysterious stranger in time to stop a long-brewing feud from turning into a modern war.
Romero tightropes between the natural and supernatural while battling wolves, dirty cops, and an unrelenting, murderous grizzly throughout his race to save hundreds of innocent lives before they, too, become part of the dark, hidden side of Southwest history.
David reports, "I have been interested (obsessed) with Native Americana since I was a child and read as much as I can about America’s first inhabitants. What I admire the most is their incredible stamina and ability to survive the most horrendous of circ…

BONES IN THE ATTIC--Fact or fiction

Readers often ask me how much is true that I put in my books. 
To be perfectly honest, a lot that has happened in my life or to people I know turns up in one book or another but significantly changed. The true event is often what trigger the idea for the plot.
For instance, in Bones in the Attic the main plot is about bones found in a trunk in an attic and the question is was the person the skeleton belongs to murdered?
I can't tell you much about the skeleton as too much of the plot is based on something that happened to a friend of mine, and when she told me, believe me, I was surprised and a bit shocked by her revelation.
Another body in the story is based on a true happening where I live, in fact only two doors away. We live out in the country so our homes are separated much more than they would be in the city. 
Also where we live we has a definite fire season which extends from summer far into fall and the first rains, and it's the same over on the coast, but they are mostly v…

TANGLED WEBS--Lies and more

Yes, Tangled Webs is about lies, but also not revealing important information to those you love.
When I wrote this one, I knew I wanted to complicate the budding romance between Chief Chandra Taylor and the mayor, Devon Duvall. The perfect idea popped into my head.
I also wanted to write more about Detective Milligan's daughter Beth--how she is developing as a person.
What's one of the worst things that can happen to a parent? A missing child. Yep, that's there too.
Those of you who have read other books in this series know that Milligan's ex-wife, Kerrie, is a shrew. Well, the shrew is back. It is so much fun to write about disagreeable characters.
Yes, there is a murder in Tangled Webs, a popular teacher at a day care center is stabbed on her own front porch. Much of the business about the day care center did come from my experience working in various day cares--however no one was murdered during the years I did this. (I loved working with kids in these centers, but…

FREE for 5 days, Murder in the Worst Degree

Yes, I'm doing it again: Murder in the Worst Degree will be free until midnight July 28. This is the newly edited  version. 
This has always been one of my favorites in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, and it has one of my best opening lines.
There are new characters that I especially like: the three old guys who hang out in McDonald's and the bag lady who fears Spider Man.
The title was given to me by a fellow writer and I didn't know how to tie it in until I got toward the end. It has lots of great reviews, and one bad one.
Since it's  free, try it out and see what you think:

Remember I write this series as F. M. Meredith

NO BELLS, Gordon Butler's story

Yep, this one is re-edited, re-published and with a new cover.
Officer Gordon Butler is definitely the star of No Bells. He's had various sized roles in many of the Rocky Bluff P.D. books. His personal and professional life have had lots of bumps along the way. In this one, he falls in love but the woman he's enamored with becomes a major suspect in a murder case. 
He promises her he'll find the real killer. He's warned by the police detectives to stick to his regular job of policing. 
As usual, he runs into all kinds of problems such as a panty thief thief who leaves a disgusting calling card. (Thanks to on of my police buddies from PSWA for this tale.) And he takes on a winged threat that has cowed a bar owner and his patrons. Nothing is ever easy for Gordon.
I had fun writing this one, though it's not such fun for Gordon.
And yes, the usual cast of characters are there plus some new ones. I'm particularly fond on one young man who has Down Syndrome who know…

AN AXE TO GRIND and some of where it came from

Yep, another one is done and ready to order.

An Axe to Grind had its beginnings at a San Joaquin Sisters in Crime meeting, many years ago.
The speaker was the Fresno County Coroner who brought along slides of gruesome murders to show us. He was sorely disappointed when his audience of mostly middle-aged women were not grossed out.

On slide depicted the decapitated head on a table. My mind was off and running after that.

As always, the families of the men and woman (only one right now) on the Rocky Bluff P.D. play an important part in what goes on.

If you haven't read this one yet, I hope you'll try it out.

Marilyn, who writes this series as F. M. Meredith

An Axe to Grind  is available for Kindle and as a trade paperback from Amazon.

Should COVID be a part of your next novel?

The answer to the question: Should COVID be part of your novel? is: it depends.
Several publishers thought my book The Flu Is Coming (republished in 2018) should sell like hot cakes during the COVID crisis. The pandemic and resulting public health measures did lead to a feature article in the Easter Sunday edition of the Albuquerque Journal. Sale of my mystery/thriller increased slightly. On the other hand, when I advertised the book on Facebook and in blogs, several readers said, ”The last thing I want to do is to read about a pandemic and a quarantine.”

Generally, I think that facts are the best way to make novels realistic and appealing to readers. However, in the PBS series on Toni Morrison, she said that young writers should create their “own world” and not worry about facts in their novels. I guess in response to Morrison’s comment, I would say: Most of us aren’t young or potentially Nobel Prize-winning authors. I still think good mysteries and thrillers depend on facts. Of course…