For my Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries, I've used a lot of quotations from Native Americans and plucked a couple of words out of them for titles such as Invisible Path, Wing Beat and Dispel the Mist. The one that I'm working on now has a title from an Indian quotation, Spirit Shapes. However, I don't always do that, last year's was Raging Water which came from the fact that most of the troubles going on in the little town of Bear Creek were because the river had swollen to flood conditions.
F.M. Meredith is the name I use for my Rocky Bluff P.D. series.
I never seemed to have any problem coming up with title for my Rocky Bluff P.D. series because the story itself seemed to create it.
Final Respects The story of the death of a popular police officer, a mortician and a mortuary, and a funeral.
The many bad tidings that police officers must deliver was easily named Bad Tidings.
A bad cop uses his job for nefarious means in Fringe Benefits.
Smell of Death has three gruesome murders and is the beginning of the romance between Officer Stacey Wilbur and Detective Doug Milligan.
Two churches, two ministers and two wives and murder made No Sancturary a logical title.
An Axe to Grind besides being a play on words also refers to the murder weapon.
And Angel Lost is also a play on words and refers to two plot threads.
The reason for the title No Bells isn't revealed until the end.
The latest book in the series was harder for me to name--in fact, one of the members of my critique group came up with the title Dangerous Impulses.
Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith