Thursday, November 20, 2014

What Might be Next for Deputy Tempe Crabtree by Marilyn Meredith

While filming a movie on the Bear Creek Indian Reservation, the film crew trespasses on sacred ground, threats are made against the female stars, a missing woman is found by the Hairy Man, an actor is murdered and Deputy Tempe Crabtree has no idea who is guilty. Once again, the elusive and legendary Hairy Man plays an important role in this newest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.

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What Might be Next for Deputy Tempe Crabtree

When you read the latest in the series, River Spirits, you’ll know that there is a big life event coming for one of the members of Tempe’s family—one that I’ll address in the next book.

As for what else might happen, frankly at this point I don’t know. I’m too busy promoting the book that’s done.

For those of you who know that I write two series, which means two books a year, I’m still in the process of writing and editing the next book in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series.

I have been toying with the idea of having Tempe become involved with a murder in a different city, if I can figure out a way to work that out. But at this point, it is merely an idea.

Because I’ve kind of lost track of the fiction time, and since Tempe’s son is all grown up and has a life of his own, perhaps she might be thinking about retirement. Hutch might think that’s a great idea—to keep her out of the danger that sometimes confronts her when she’s on the job. If she were no longer a deputy confronted with crime, would that mean she also wouldn’t dabble in the supernatural?

If I went that route, maybe the series would be over. Every series has to end sometime.

However, at this point I’m not even considering it, but who knows.

Anyone have any bright ideas for me?


Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty-five published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest River Spirits from Mundania Press. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra. Visit her at and her blog at

Contest: The winner will be the person who comments on the most blog posts during the tour.
He or she can either have a character in my next book named after them, or choose an earlier book in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series—either a paper book or e-book.

Next you’ll find me with Evelyn Cullet and you can read an excerpt from River Spirits.


  1. Thank you for hosting me today, Cheryl. I love visiting with you. And of course the photo is me with another great-grand. This is the one who goes grocery shopping with me (along with her grandma, and mom, and sometimes baby sister.)

  2. Darling great-grand :) I bet you'll just know when the right idea strikes you. For me it's usually right before I drift to sleep, and I have to decide if it's good enough to make me open the nightstand for my notepad.

  3. Yes, those before you go to sleep--or when you wake in the night--can be elusive unless you write them down. Thanks for the comment, Nancy.

  4. Please delete if I'm commenting a 2nd time. I'm glad to see you are still active on the tour. I'm currently reading your book and wish Tempe would give that acting job a chance before she considers retirement. She's pretty adamant that she doesn't want to try out acting. Tell the little girl that she is very pretty.

  5. Hi, Linda, so glad you found this. I know the movie industry needs Native American actors, but I don't think my fictional Tempe would help. Aleena is a doll and she's really smart for 2.

  6. Be interesting what ever path Tempe takes you down.

  7. Yes, it is usually a surprise to me where Tempe goes--and I will follow. Thanks for stopping by Dee.