New facts revealed about Tempe Crabtree!

1. Tempe was born in the small mountain community of Bear Creek. Her grandmother, a full-blooded Yanduchi Indian, helped raise Tempe while her mother and father worked. Her grandmother entertained her with stories from when she lived on the reservation, and with the many legends she had heard there.

2. Grammar school for Tempe was uneventful. Being part Indian made no difference to the kids she grew up with, but things changed when she started high school. Shunned and mistreated like the Indian kids bussed in from the Bear Creek Indian reservation, Tempe became ashamed of her heritage.

3. While Tempe was away at college, her mother was killed in a crosswalk in the nearby town of Dennison by a drunk driver. Her father died soon after. Tempe met and married Milt Kinkaid, a highway patrolman. They had a son, Blair. When Blair was only two, Milt was killed while chasing a suspect, and Tempe started using her maiden name again.

4. Tempe and her son moved in with an aunt in Bear Creek. When Blair started school, Tempe attended the police academy in Visalia, graduating with top honors, then applied for and was accepted in the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

5. She served in several areas in Tulare County and then was assigned as resident deputy of the Bear Creek area.  Though the area is large, covering the entire Western mountainside, the population is sparse, and at first she spent most of her time arresting drunk drivers, handing out speeding tickets, stopping fights, and taking burglary reports.

6. Being female and Indian, Tempe has to contend with prejudice from her peers and the civilian population she deals with.

7. Tempe’s aunt died and left her small cottage to Tempe. She didn’t expect to marry again until she met Hutch Hutchinson, pastor of the Bear Creek Community Church. At first, Blair wasn’t happy with the idea of someone romancing his mother.

8. She became friends with Nick Two John, also Yanduchi, and he started educating her about her Native American heritage.

9. Hutch has had problems at times with some of the Indian rituals Tempe has used to help her find out about a death. However, he overcame his jealousy of Nick Two John, and the two men are now friends.

10. Because of her experiences calling back the dead, Tempe now has unexpected visits from spirits.


Raging Water,  the latest novel in Marilyn Meredith’s Tempe Crabtree series, finds Deputy Crabtree investigating the murder of two close friends. Her investigation is complicated when relentless rain turns Bear Creek into a raging river. Homes are inundated and a mud slide blocks the only road out of Bear Creek, stranding many — including the murderer.


Note from the author:  I know there are some people who like to read a series in order, but let me assure you that every book in this series is complete. Though the characters grow through each book, the crime is always solved.  Here is the order of the books for anyone who wants to know: Deadly Trail, Deadly Omen, Unequally Yoked, Intervention, Wing Beat, Calling the Dead, Judgment Fire, Kindred Spirits, Dispel the Mist, Invisible Path, Bears with Us, Raging Water.

And, another contest: The person who leaves comments on the most blogs will have his/her name used for a character in my next book, and can choose if they want to be part of a Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery or a Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel.

Bio of the author:  Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest–Raging Water— from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel is No Bells, the fourth from Oak Tree Press. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, three Sisters in Crime chapters, Mystery Writers of America, and is on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and follow her blog at http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com

Marilyn borrows a lot from here she lives in the Southern Sierra for the town of Bear Creek and the surrounding area.


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  1. marilynm Says:

    Thank you so much, Radine, for letting me visit today. I only wish we were face-to-face. I do miss our encounters (and fun conversations) at mystery cons.

  2. LD Masterson Says:

    Hi, Marilyn. Saw on Facebook that you were feeling a little neglected over here. I already knew a lot about Tempe but this fills in a lot of the blanks. I’ve enjoyed following (and being part of) your blog tour.

  3. jennymilch Says:

    Marilyn, I so admire your extensive blog tour. Glad to see you at Radine’s!

  4. Marilyn Meredith Says:

    Thank you, LD (Linda) and Jenny for coming by.I feel much better now.

  5. Marja McGraw Says:

    I’m impressed by how much background you’ve given Tempe. I really enjoy this series, so it’s fun to learn more about her background.

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