A suicide, an irate mother and bears, oh my! And that’s not all Deputy Tempe Crabtree has to deal with in BEARS WITH US by Marilyn Meredith.
A boy’s suicide causes strange behavior among his family. A mother threatens to file charges against Tempe and her minister husband because of her daughter’s friendship with a boy she disapproves of. An elderly woman with dementia disappears and is found buried in the woods. Bears are turning up in people’s homes, a school, and all around the community. Could a bear be responsible for the elderly woman’s death?
Author Marilyn Meredith once again draws readers into the small mountain community of Bear Creek and the life of her protagonist, Deputy Tempe Crabtree. Faced with everyday challenges and the demands of her job, Tempe is a strong character with soft edges that readers will enjoy. The supporting characters add depth to the story.
As the bears forge for food before hibernating for the winter, their actions are intertwined with several mysteries Tempe is faced with solving. The story flows smoothly and quickly. The author keeps the suspense high right until the end.
There are bits of Native American customs, tips for protecting against bears, and issues families dealing with dementia face sprinkled throughout the story. In addition, there are moments of humor that will have you smiling.
BEARS WITH US is the 11th installment in the Tempe Crabtree Mystery series, but is a stand alone read. This is an intriguing tale of murder, mystery and mayhem you shouldn’t miss.
Author Marilyn Meredith’s website is http://fictionforyou.com/
Bears With Us by Marilyn Meredith, Mundania Press, @2011, ISBN: 9781606592649, Paperback, 220 pages
FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of a blog tour and it was sent to me by the tour promoter in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.