Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Invisible Path by Marilyn Meredith

Take a murder mystery and an Indian legend, thrown in a para-military group, and you have the makings for an intriguing read, especially if the author is Marilyn Meredith.

INVISIBLE PATH by Marilyn Meredith

The body of a dead Indian is found on the Bear Creek Reservation and an outsider is quickly blamed for the death.

Deputy Tempe Crabtree is brought in to assist in the investigation. She soon learns the victim, who was quite popular, had plenty of enemies. It seems the victim, Danny Tofoya, had a run-in with Jesus Running Bear, who was dating Tofoya’s cousin, Jolie Tofoya. Most were surprised Tofoya was the victim instead of Running Bear. Tofoya was known to have a temper.

As Deputy Crabtree investigates, she learns Tofoya had also been searching for evidence of the Hairy Man, a Yokut legend. In his search for the legend to gain fame and fortune, Tempe believes Tofoya could have come across a militant para-military group gathering near the reservation.

Could Tofoya’s search for the Hairy Man got him killed, did he get to close to the militia group, or did he push ’a friend’ too far with his antics? As Deputy Crabtree gets close to the truth, the closer she gets to being the next victim.

Author Marilyn Meredith weaves a tale of murder, mayhem and Native American culture into an intriguing read, while also giving the reader a glimpse at Tempe’s home life. As you finish a chapter and think you can stop reading, the author drops just enough of a hint to make you want to read ’just one more chapter.’

The characters are realistic and the story flows quickly. There are twists and turns along the way to keep readers guessing who the real killer is.

INVISIBLE PATH is the ninth installment in the Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series, but is a stand alone book. The adventures of Deputy Crabtree will peak your interest and have you reading the entire series, if you haven’t already.

Author Marilyn Meredith’s website is http://fictionforyou.com/ and she blogs at Marilyn’s Musings

Invisible Path, Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series by Marilyn Meredith, Mundania Press, @2010, ISBN: 978-1-60659-239-7, Paperback, 224 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book and an e-book was sent to me by the author’s virtual book tour publicity director in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.


  1. Mason - Thanks for this review! It sounds like there are some really interesting characters in this story, and I like learning about different Native American legends and stories, if they're integrated neatly into the novel. The cover is compelling, too!

  2. What a great way to learn of different cultures than through a mystery novel.

    I love how you said this author gives you just enough to want more. My kind of book.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!!!!

  3. Thanks for the great review of Marilyn's latest. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    This is one of my favorites from the series.

    Marilyn is running a contest during this tour. One lucky reader who comments at any of her tour stops will have a character named after him/her in the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree novel.

    Good luck to all who enter.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


  4. what an unusual and suggestive book cover!

  5. Thank you, Mason, for this great review. I do so appreciate it.


  6. Mason, I don't have your email address and I'd like to ask you a question. You can email me at mmeredith@ocsnet.net


  7. Oddest thing - I tried four different times to add a comment here and my browser locked up every time. No problems on any other site. Strange.

    But thanks for the review. I find the coolest books this way. Which may be why my TBR pile keeps getting bigger instead of smaller.

  8. Mason you are going to have my TBR pile going out of my bedroom ha. Love reading your reviews and interviews. Thanks

  9. Hi Mason. Thanks for sharing your review of the book.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. The interview format for book reviews is fabulous. Thanks for sharing this. I love the name discussion, I have trouble with these and thank goodness our writing group has "The Name Police" to keep them corralled.

  11. I've only read one of Marilyn's Tempe series books so far, but really enjoyed it. I think I have some catching up to do.


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