Two Churches. Two Ministers.
Two Wives. One Murder.
While on patrol in the central California foothills near Rocky Bluff, Officer Stacey Wilbur spots a car crashed into a giant oak tree. A woman is slumped against the steering wheel.
The woman is dead, but it’s soon apparent the crash had little to do with her death. There is a bullet hole behind her ear.
The car belongs to the minister of a local church, and it’sh is wife who’s dead on the front seat. Officer Wilbur drives to the minister’s home to give him the bad news, which is met with aloofness bordering on unconcern. The typical “suspect the spouse first” theory ratchets up a few ticks in Stacey Wilbur’s analytical mind.
Before that jells, however, Wilbur learns there’s much more in the mix.
"...The nuts and bolts of a police procedural are woven seamlessly with the involvement of the major characters in a number of sub-plots playing out over what amounts to about two weeks in Rocky Bluff. It makes for what is simply a great read—with enough twists and turns to avoid being predictable, and with characters you will continue to think about after the mysteries are solved.
Leaving hope, of course, that another Rocky Bluff PD story will find its way out of Marilyn’s active imagination very soon!"– Claudia Elliott, Editor, Southern Sierra Messenger
"In the style of the best of Wambaugh, albeit with a gentler hand and less rugged language, F. M. Meredith draws characters we want to know better, those with whom we'd like to kick back and share a beer. She lays bare their flaws and weaknesses while showing us that these brave men and women, who risk their lives to protect us on a daily basis, are really no different than we are-decent, caring individuals with the same hardships and triumphs, struggling to do their best as husbands and wives, and moms and dads, while keeping their humanity. The members of the Rocky Bluff P. D. are definitely folks I want to visit again, and look forward to "riding along" as they guarantee the triumph of justice over evil." Miqui Miller, MySpace.com