Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Can a Police Procedural be a Cozy? by Marilyn Meredith

In the true sense of a police procedural and the term cozy--probably not. However, I've had both my mystery series described in reviews as bordering on being cozy.

Though there is no tea drinking (to any extent) involved, neither series has any bad language (maybe a tiny bit in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series), all bedroom doors close, and the bloody stuff is kept to a minimum.

The real reason though, in my opinion, is because both series are set in small towns and revolve around family.

Rocky Bluff focuses on the police officers and what is going on with their families while they are solving murders and other crimes. The beach community is fictional and located between Ventura And Santa Barbara.

In my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, Tempe, a Native American or Indian as she prefers to be called, lives and works in and around the mountain community of Bear Creek, located in the Southern Sierra. She is the resident deputy of Bear Creek and married to the minister of the community church. Through the years she's been a widowed mother of a teen, met and married Pastor Hutch, and solved many crimes while keeping the peace, the drunks off the road, and from time to time, helping out at the nearby Indian reservation.

My next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Seldom Traveled, is scheduled for August.

The latest Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, A Crushing Death, has been out for awhile.

I'm now writing the next RBPD and planning the promotion for Seldom Traveled.

Not as it Seems the latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree is available now and Tempe is at the Central Coast to attend her son's wedding.

Both books, and the rest of the series, are available as paper and e-books from all the usual places.

Marilyn Meredith aka F. M. Meredith

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