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Monday, September 18, 2017

A Breakfast Date Supplied the Ideas for A Cold Death by Marilyn Meredith


Please welcome my guest, Marilyn Meredith, and don't forget to enter her contest!
Hubby and I have a weekly breakfast date with several people from our church and of course there is lots of conversation.
One of the couples related several tales about the time they worked as caretakers of a summer camp. During the winter they stayed on to do necessary repairs and maintenance. They related an incident during a huge snow storm when the owner of the camp decided to appear unannounced with several guests in tow.
The snow made it impossible for them to drive into the camp and the visitors trekked through the deep snow struggling with their belongings and food they’d brought with them to enjoy. Much got left behind.
They also described how high the snow drifted on the two story lodge and some of the difficulties they had to face.
It wasn’t long before I knew I had to use all this information in a Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery. At other breakfasts I asked our friends more questions about the storm and the camp itself. Some of the information I used, some I changed, and some didn’t work for the story that formed in my head and eventually on my computer. A Cold Death is the result.
It’s a bit lighter than some of the other Tempe Crabtree mysteries, and certainly colder, making it a good book to read on these hot summer days.
Thank you so much for letting me visit on your blog today, Brenda.
Blurb for A Cold Death:
Deputy Tempe Crabtree and her husband answer the call for help with unruly guests visiting a closed summer camp during a huge snow storm and are trapped there along with the others. One is a murderer.

Marilyn Meredith’s published book count is nearing 40. She is one of the founding members of the San Joaquin chapter of Sister in Crime. She taught writing for Writers Digest Schools for 10 years, and was an instructor at the prestigious Maui Writers Retreat, and has taught at many writers’ conferences. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra, a place with many similarities to Tempe Crabtree’s patrol area.

Blog: and you can follow her on Facebook. 


Once again I’m going to use the name of the person who comments on the most blogs on my tour for a character in the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery—which may be the last in the series.  

Tomorrow I’ll be here:


  1. Thank you so much for launching my blog tour, Brenda! This is a great blog.

  2. I have my copy and plan to read it as soon as I finish up a couple of projects. I'm sure I'll love it since my best friend has already said it's good.

  3. Thank you, Lorna. Your best friend is a fan, that helps.

  4. Just finished reading, loved!! this Tempe adventure--reminded me of a British mystery in style (my favorite). Review on Amazon coming soon! Have a great tour, and looking forward to your visit on the 23rd!

  5. I did think it was a bit in the Agatha Christie style as I wrote it though Tempe didn't really solve the crime so easily.

    1. Review is up! Keep 'em coming, Marilyn--as I know you will.

  6. Fun post - proof that ideas are everywhere.

    1. Yes, we just need to pay attention, and ideas will pop out everywhere, Sandy.

  7. I have my copy. I am waiting for bedtime....cozier nights for a good read. I expect it will live up to my expectations as usual.
    You are an inspiration. Janice.

    1. I hope you will continue to follow along and comment on the posts--yours would be a great name to use.

  8. Marilyn, nearly 40 books? Amazing! Your latest sounds fabulous - I love light reads. Can't wait to get my copy! And, like you, my ears are always perked...just in case the right story idea happens to come along. Great post!

    1. Hi, Lida, there is nearly 40, but some of them have been lost in the shuffle. I love listening to people.

  9. Its my cozy bedtime story at the moment. Cool that it was inspired by a real lodge

  10. Ah, Dee, thank you for trying it. I don't really know too much about the actual lodge except the snow--but the one in my story is like one we used to go to at another summer camp.