River Spirits By Marilyn Meredith

Nov 22, 2014 | 2014 Articles, Lorie Lewis Ham, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Details at the end of this review on how to enter to win a copy of River Spirits, and a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL.

I have always enjoyed Marilyn Meredith’s Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, so I was happy to hear that there was a new one out.

In River Spirits, the latest book in this delightful series, a movie is being filmed on the Bear Creek Indian Reservation and the crew is creating havoc on the reservation by trespassing on sacred ground and not following the rules established to allow them to film there. Deputy Crabtree is asked to keep an eye on them and try to keep them out of trouble, but when one of the actor’s is murdered it becomes a murder investigation as well. The director of the movie keeps pushing all of the boundaries and decides to change the whole movie to make it about the Hairy Man (sort of like Big Foot, except important to the Native Americans on the Bear Creek Reservation and very real), and is determined to get real footage of him. As Tempe investigates the murder, she learns more about Hollywood than she would have liked, and finds it full of back stabbing, secrets, egos, and petty jealousies. book

Marilyn always provides her readers with an interesting mystery, but what I love most about her books are the interesting characters, and especially the relationship between Tempe and her pastor husband Hutch. Tempe has been learning more and more about her Native American background, along with the more spiritual side of that background, and this has at times caused conflict between the couple–and yet they always seem to be able to work through it. I love their very equal relationship, and Hutch is very much involved in helping Tempe out this time around. We also get to see her son again, and he brings them some surprising news.

If you are looking for a quick, enjoyable read, with wonderful characters, don’t miss the latest mystery from Marilyn.

To enter to win a copy of River Spirits, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “River,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 29, 2014. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Click on this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL!

Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and an enthusiastic contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet.


  1. I’ve been wanting to start the Deputy Crabtree series, Lorie, and this review has helped push it up higher in my reading pile.

    The characters sound like people I’ve met and it’s great to have a main character with a strong relationship that adjusts and grows along with the series.

  2. We have a winner
    Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher


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