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Raging Water

A rash of burglaries and the murder of two women shock the mountain community of Bear Creek. Add a fast-moving thunderstorm that brings torrential rains and Tempe Crabtree, the resident deputy sheriff, can forget about her days off.

Who would murder two harmless women? Did a drug addict simply want their medications or did they share a secret someone was willing to kill for?

When a massive mud slide blocks the road into town, temporary shelters are set up, residents high above the river open their homes to friends and neighbors, tensions rise and tempers flare.

Tempe survives two attempts on her life before coming face to face with an unrepentant murderer and a vicious burglar, both of whom share a scandalous secret.

This latest entry in Marilyn Meredith’s long-running Tempe Crabtree series will keep you glued to your seat and turning pages right up to the end.

Book 11 of the Tempe Crabtree Mystery series

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Marilyn Meredith

Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty books in several genres, but mainly mystery. She embraced electronic publishing before anyone knew much about it. She taught writing for Writer's Digest School for ten years and served as an instructor at the Maui Writers Retreat, has been a judge for several writing contest, was a founding member of the San Joaquin chapter of Sisters in Crime, serves on the board of directors of the Public Safety Writers Association, is also a member of EPIC and Mystery Writers of America.

Marilyn lives in the foothills of the Southern Sierra in California in a place much like Bear Creek where her heroine Tempe Crabtree serves as a resident deputy. She is married to the "cute sailor" she met on a blind date many years ago and is grateful for all the support he gives her and her writing career every day. She is proud of the fact that she and her husband raised five children and now are grandparents to eighteen and great-grands to thirteen.

"What happens in my books is the only place in my life where I have any control," Marilyn says, smiling.

Reviews

Meredith has created, in this series, an intelligent investigator in Tempe Crabtree. But the protagonist isn’t the only great character here. Tempe is blessed with friends and supporters, not only her pastor husband Hutch, but Nick Two John, owner of the local inn and a Native American who is teaching Tempe about her own heritage. These secondary characters are fully fleshed out. Raging Water has many heroes. Generous folks who open their homes to sometimes not so savory neighbors washed out by the flood. And not least, Tempe’s supporters who have her back.

This novel contains as good a depiction of a storm and the problems it brings as any I’ve ever read. You’ll be cold, wet, hungry, and tired right along with Tempe Crabtree as she works her way through this page-turning mystery.

Carol Crigger


5 Stars

The Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series has been one of my favorites since I began reading it. I never miss a book.

In this installment, Tempe is battling many issues. There's a burglar on the loose, which leads to her being yanked out of bed at an ungodly hour. The murder of two best friends is puzzling, and a raging storm leaves everyone on edge. So, in addition to trying to fight crime, Tempe is put in the undesirable position of having to notify people to evacuate to shelters, break up disagreements, and keep herself out of danger. There is so much going on in this book, you'll be flying through it and be eager to read it over again once you're done.

Meredith has spent a good deal of time with Tempe, her family, and the residents of Bear Creek. It shows. Her characters are well-developed. There's enough back story so newcomers to the series aren't lost, but enough new characters and crime solving to keep long time fans satisfied. I like how each book stands alone, but also helps move the characters along in their lives in the process.

Superb! Thrilling! A real page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very end

Cheryl Malandrinos

Another Great mystery, I have read every book in this series by Marilyn Meredith. I am always eager for the next book, this time so eager that I purchased it to read on the Kindle. Tempe, a native American deputy living in Bear Creek and married to a Christian minister, Hutch is the main character. I will stay up all night to finish the book, I just have to know who the murderer is. All the characters are so well described that I feel like I am there investigating with her. The name of the book "Raging Water" scared me from the start since I don't swim well and at one point in the book I was actually holding my breath

Anonymous

Tempe survives two attempts on her life before coming face to face with an unrepentant murderer and a vicious burglar, both of whom share a scandalous secret. This latest entry in Marilyn Meredith’s long-running Tempe Crabtree series will keep you glued to your seat and turning pages right up to the end.

Pat Browning, author of ABSINTHE OF MALICE
Excerpt

Thunder and Whirlwind

Thunder and Whirlwind each had a son.

Thunder took Whirlwind’s boy and said, “You cannot find your son. I have hidden him from you." Thunder had taken the boy and put him away enclosed in stone.

Angry, Whirlwind rushed. He whirled by the rock, tore the top off, and found his son. Then Whirlwind stole Thunder's boy and whirled off with him. He took him far away into the water.

Thunder began to look for his son. It became foggy. There was fine rain all around. Thunder came with great noise. He hurled the rain and fog aside. He found his son. So each of them succeeded in getting his boy again.

—Yaudanchi-Yokut Legend


Chapter One

Miqui Sherwood woke from a sound sleep. A floor board creaked. She raised her head and listened. No, she wasn’t imagining things. There it was again. Someone was in her house. Neither Cleopatra nor Blondie stirred from their comfy spot tucked beside the bend in her knees. No wonder, her two darling pets were both old and hard of hearing.

Maybe it was that pesky raccoon again who once sneaked in through the doggie door. No. It took more weight than that to make a floorboard creak.

Someone was in the house. She’d heard from several of her friends that they’d been burglarized, but didn’t know when it happened. Well, she knew now because it was happening to her. Crap.

She eased out of bed as quietly as possible. What should she do? She didn’t own a gun, didn’t know how to use one, and wasn’t sure she would if she did have one. She scooped up her dogs and plucked her cell phone off the nightstand.

With her heart thumping madly, she tiptoed across to the other side of her large master bedroom and opened the door to the walk-in closet. Besides her clothes, this was one of the places she stored many of her holiday decorations, and since she still had her Christmas decorations out, the back was fairly empty.

Her Christmas decorations. She prayed the intruder didn’t share a fondness for any of her collectibles handed down to her from her mother and grandmother, all priceless and irreplaceable. She adored each and every one.

Cleopatra and Blondie squirmed in her arms, letting her know they wanted down.

Miqui yanked a blanket off a shelf and put it on the floor. Carefully, she set the dogs down. Within minutes, they both emitted soft snores, already back to sleep. So much for being any kind of protection.

Her bedroom was at the end of a long hall. She thought she heard the door to one of the spare bedrooms open. Good heavens, why was she waiting to make a phone call? She punched in the home phone number for Deputy Crabtree, the resident deputy of the mountain community of Bear Creek. Calling 9-1-1 would take longer, and someone else might be sent. She knew the deputy lived close by. It seemed as though it took forever for the phone to connect.

Two rings later, a sleepy sounding female voice answered. “Deputy Crabtree.”

“This is Miqui Sherwood,” she whispered. “I think there’s someone in my house.”

“Where are you now?”

“My dogs and I are hiding in my bedroom closet.”

“Give me your address. I’m sure I know where you live, but just in case.”

She rattled off the number. “Hurry.”

“I’m coming right now.”

It couldn’t be soon enough to suit Miqui. Since she’d awakened the deputy, she’d have to dress first and then it was at least eight to ten minutes driving time from the deputy’s place to Miqui’s home tucked into the mountainside overlooking the town of Bear Creek.

She’d never been so scared in her life. Maybe she should find something to hit whoever it was if he came into her bedroom and opened the closet door.

To do that, she’d have to leave the safety of the closet and she might go back in the room the same time the burglar came in. No, she’d just stay right where she was and hope Deputy Crabtree arrived at her house before the intruder made his way into the bedroom.

She’d stopped watching scary movies a long time ago, deciding that wasn’t a good idea since she lived alone, but this was far worse than any scary movie could possibly be. It wasn’t often she wished she had a man in her life. She’d almost given up on that scenario though she still had a spark of hope the right guy might come along. Now was the time a strong, muscular man would’ve come in handy.

There’d been a few fellows she’d dated and even considered marrying, but for one reason or another, it had never happened. In most cases, she knew her love of independence got in the way. She’d yet to meet the man who could accept her level of self-sufficiency.

Miqui had worked long and hard as a partner in a medical insurance group that gave her an excellent retirement, and she’d made wise investments over the years, so she didn’t need a man to support her. Nor did she want one to support. Yes, she was lonely at times, but she belonged to many local organizations, did volunteer work associated with each of them, and had many female and male friends.

Right now, cowering in the closet, she wished she’d not been quite so choosy about the males in her life.

Oh, dear God, the hinges on her bedroom door squeaked open. Whoever was there would see she wasn’t in bed.

Cleo, the black-and-white mixed terrier lifted her head, her ears straight up. Blondie, a long-haired Doxie mix, stood, emitting a low growl.

Before Miqui could shush them, the closet door creaked open and gloved fingers appeared on the edge. She screamed. The two small dogs raced past her, barking.

The intruder turned and darted off, the little dogs barking and nipping at his ankles. “Ow. Stop that. Quit it.” His protests faded as he ran through the house.

Whoever it was wore black from head to toe except for white spots on his running shoes. He quickly disappeared from view.

Now afraid for her pets, neither of them young, Miqui ran after the man and the dogs. “Cleo. Blondie. Come back.”

All she could see of the burglar was his back and those white spots moving quickly as he dashed through the living room and past the kitchen. He disappeared into the laundry room. Her dogs galloped right behind him.