And the Pandemic Rolls On

Feb 3, 2021 | 2021 Articles, Marilyn Meredith, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Marilyn Meredith

Details at the end of the post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of Marilyn’s latest book, Not As We Knew It, and a link to order it from Amazon.

Covid 19 has changed all of our lives in many different ways. Some have kept to their homes, leaving only for essentials or not at all, only ordering what was needed by phone or the Internet. So many of the events we all looked forward to have been cancelled. And the list goes on.

I’ve heard of others who have used this time to reorganize their homes, do chores that have been put off, catch up on their reading, and watch a lot of TV.

To be honest, my life hasn’t changed all that much. I get up every day and do much as I’ve always done and that includes writing. I completed and published a Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, End of the Trail, and I thought it would be the last in the series.

I began writing a new Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, Not As We Knew It, and despite hearing no one wanted to read a book with the virus in it, I knew it was something I couldn’t ignore. This particular series is more or less real time, and I wanted to know how my characters would behave with this new challenge. How would the virus change how the officers of the RBPD handled their jobs? I consulted a grandson who is a police officer, and he gave me lots of good information to use.

“The challenges come one after another for the Rocky Bluff P.D. to handle from a missing woman to a house fire. Detective Doug Milligan is faced with new and unusual problems to solve, some on the job and others related to his family. With the department short-handed, Chief Chandra Butler must make some brave decisions in order to protect the town of Rocky Bluff. Her romance with the mayor, which had been put on hold, is refreshed when she seeks his help.”

Frankly, I had a lot of fun writing Not As We Knew It, and so far, all those who’ve read it have enjoyed it. If you’d like to try it, it’s available on Kindle and in trade paperback.

Before it was published, I had an idea for a new Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, and that’s what I’m working on now, so despite being retired, Tempe is off on a new adventure. I need to get busy with the writing.

Of course, I realize what is going on has caused great difficulties for some, and I’m certainly not making light of what is happening now. My mother, bless her soul, always told me to make the best of every difficult situation, and I’m following her advice.

To enter to win an ebook copy of Not As We Knew It, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “knew,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 13, 2021. U.S. residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Marilyn Meredith, who also writes under the name F. M. Meredith, is the author of over forty published books, most are mysteries. She lives in the foothills of the Southern Sierra, and once lived in a small beach town like Rocky Bluff. She belongs to two chapters of Sisters in Crime and the Public Safety Writers Association.

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  1. While the constant talk of the
    pandemic overwhelms sometimes,
    it would be interesting to see how
    fictional characters would respond.
    Thanks for doing the story in
    real time.

    • Thank you, Mary, for commenting–most writers are totally ignoring the pandemic–I just couldn’t.

  2. It is surprising how few fiction books mention the virus. Count me in the drawing!

    • Most writers I know have decided not to include the pandemic in their books– I couldn’t do that.

  3. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. This pandemic has definitely changed things in the world.
    Thank you for sharing in your book. Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. We have a winner!


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