Monday, April 21, 2014

Murder in the Worst Degree On Tour (+Contest)


I’m delighted to be participating in author F.M. Meredith’s virtual book tour for her recent release, MURDER IN THE WORST DEGREE, the latest installment in her Rocky Bluff Police Department series.

As part of the tour, F.M. (aka Marilyn Meredith) is holding a unique contest. Be sure to check the end of the post for details.

Here’s a brief synopsis of MURDER IN THE WORST DEGREE:

        The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman.

Here are my thoughts on this fun cozy murder mystery.


It’s always fun to return to author F.M. Meredith’s fictional town of Rocky Bluff where you’re bound to find an intriguing murder, typical crime and delightful characters to re-connect with.

Murder in the Worst DegreeIn the latest installment, MURDER IN THE WORST DEGREE, the body of a wealthy, elderly man – Harlan Knight – washes ashore. It’s up to Detectives Doug Milligan and Felix Zachary to find out what really happened to him. During their investigation, they find out the son, grandson, daughter, housekeeper, and housekeeper’s son stand to inherit with Knight’s death. They also discover Knight’s three Marine buddies and a mysterious secret girlfriend are also included in the will.

Meanwhile, a serial rapist seems to be on the loose in Rocky Bluff. When one of his victims gets a look at his face, the description she gives officers looks a lot like one of their own.

As the officers are dealing with the daily problems of crime, they are also adjusting to a new police chief. Changes are being made by Chief Chandra Taylor and the officers aren’t quite sure what to make of them or her.

The author has created a cast of characters that are likable and realistic. She blends the ongoing police activities with each of the officers’ home life creating a well-balanced story. Meredith combines a number of activities together demonstrating how small towns handle the pressure of rising crime with budget cuts and the shortage of manpower.

MURDER IN THE WORST DEGREE moves at a fast pace and holds the reader’s attention with a number of twists and turns. While this is the 10th installment in the series, it can be read on its own.

The story is an enjoyable cozy murder mystery that will have you laughing and guessing as officers get closer to the real killer.

Murder in the Worst Degree by F.M. Meredith, A Rocky Bluff Police Department Novel Book #10, Dark Oak Mysteries, @2014, ISBN: 978-1610091459, Paperback, 176 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author as part of her virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.


F. M. Meredith (aka Marilyn Meredith) is the author of over 35 published books. She enjoys writing about police officers and their families and how what happens on the job affects the family and vice versa. Having several members of her own family involved in law enforcement, as well as many friends, she’s witnessed some of this first-hand. 

For more on Marilyn and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on her blog, Facebook and Amazon Author's Page.


Marilyn is once again offering readers the opportunity to have their names used for a character in one of her upcoming books. To win the contest, you have to comment on the most blogs during this tour for MURDER IN THE WORST DEGREE

Tomorrow you can find Marilyn here: For other stops on the tour, CLICK HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. What kind of character would you like to be, if you were in a mystery murder story?


  1. Alex and Dezmond, someone gave me the title before I even had a clue what I was going to right. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  2. Oh, and Mason, thank you so much for hosting me today and even a bigger thank you for a great review!

    1. Marilyn, it's always fun participating in your tours and a delight to read your series. I like the direction Officer Butler is going in. :)

  3. Thank you, Mason, for having me today and also for the wonderful review.
    Alex and Dezmond, someone gave me the title before I had any clue what I was going to write.

  4. Marilyn, your title is so catchy. I can't wait to read your book. Sounds good.

    Thanks, Mason, for being the hostess with the mostest.

  5. Thanks for stopping by, Teresa--I like the title too.

  6. What great pix of you, Marilyn, and a nice review. Hope you're having fun. Paul

  7. Thanks, Paul. Missed you last Saturday. Blog tours are always fun, especially when on a great one like this.

  8. I did a contest like that for my fifth book. It was a lot of fun.

  9. I've done this same kind of contest for my last few books. The winner of last year's Rocky Bluff blog tour has a prominent part in Murder in the Worst Degree.


  10. Although I don't always leave a message, I usually read your blogs and enjoy them.


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