Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book Spotlight: Bears With Us by Marilyn Meredith

A burglar turns out to be a bear and Deputy Tempe Crabtree and her pastor husband, Hutch, chase the bear out of the house. This is their first encounter with a bear and the occupants of the home, an elderly couple and their daughter—and it isn’t the last.

A bear turns up at the school, at a restaurant, an apple orchard and two more homes. That is only part of what Tempe is called to handle. A teenager’s suicide, a mother who doesn’t like her daughter’s boyfriend, a wandering senior with a strange form of Alzheimer’s, and a long ago love affair keep Tempe hopping.

Read an excerpt!

The highway twisted more and more the higher into the mountains they drove. Tempe slowed to turn onto one of the few roads that left the highway. Also two lane and much narrower, it wound around even more. “Watch for the mailbox with their name on it. I think it’s a shaped like a house with a shingle roof.”
“I will…”

Tempe switched off the emergency lights. No need in alerting a burglar of her approach.

“There it is,” Hutch said.

She pulled into the lane, pine trees bracketing either side. The lane climbed a bit before widening into a flat spot. A silver Scion sat off to the side of a three car garage. A wide porch ran around the front and sides of the two-story cedar structure. All the windows were dark.

Tempe grabbed the shotgun from its holder under the dash. “Don’t shut the doors. Be as quiet as possible.”

Chimney smoke scented the pine and cedar laden fall air. Holding her flashlight in her other hand, she kept the beam low as they climbed the three steps leading to the front door. It stood open. Unfortunately, many people living in the mountains didn’t think it necessary to lock doors.

The minute Tempe stepped inside, she knew what was happening.

The tell-tale snorts and slurping sounds told the tale. It was no longer necessary to be quiet. “Bear.” Bears had gotten smart over the years, learning how to open trash cans and open doors. Sometimes just leaning their heavy bodies on the barrier popped the latch. If a window was left open, a screen never stopped a bear.

Hutch grimaced and peered toward the area where the noise came from. “Are you sure?”

“Positive. Run upstairs and let the residents know what’s going on. Ask to use their phone and call Fish and Game. I know my cell won’t work up here. We might need some help. Then come back down and help me chase it or them out.”

Read the reviews!

"I just love curling up with a Marilyn Meredith novel. Bears With Us didn't disappoint. Marilyn's writing is as usual, crisp and sharp--and her story interesting,touching timely issues in a lot of folks lives, and connected to Native American traditions."

--M.M. Gornell, Amazon reviewer

"A strong female lead, Native American mysticism, and well-drawn characters fill Bears With Us. It can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel, but I suggest you read all the Deputy Tempe Crabtree novels."

--The Book Connection


Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty published novels, many award winning, including the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. Bears With Us is the latest release. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel is Angel Lost, the third from Oak Tree Press. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, Four chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the Central Coast chapter, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She’s also a been an instructor at many writing conferences including the Maui Writers Retreat, Central Coast Writing Conference and many others.

Visit Marilyn online at and her blog at

CONTEST DETAILS: Would you like to be immortalized in print? Marilyn Meredith is running a contest during her BEARS WITH US virtual book tour. Whoever leaves a comment on the most blog sites during the tour, will have his or her name used for a character in Marilyn’s next book. Please visit for her entire schedule. Good luck!


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thanks for having me on the blog today. Marilyn

Kathy Bennett said...

Hi Marilyn;

The books sounds great. Living in Southern California, we occasionally have bears prowling around rural houses - in fact, just a week or two ago, a 12 year old girl came downstairs to find a bear in her kitchen!

Congratulations on your blog tour!

Kate Dolan said...

I love the premise! Bears have had a special place in my heart since I fell in love with my first teddy bear. I know they can be deadly, but maybe their power is one reason I like them so much.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Hey, Kathy, we live in the foothills and bears do come around once in awhile. Wow, I'm glad I never found a bear in my kitchen.

Kate, I can remember years ago when in Yosemite people fed the bears who came up to their car windows. (I fed one potato chips, hard to believe.)

Sharon Ervin said...

Great synopsis. Compelling. Way to go.

Sharon Ervin

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thank you, Sharon.

Anne K. Albert said...

I start reading Bears With Us tonight! Can't wait. :)

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Hope you enjoy it, Anne!

JM said...

I'm so glad I don't have to deal with bears. I get worked up enough just with all the spiders we have here in Australia. ;)

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Believe me, we have plenty of spiders too. Tarantulas, black widows, Daddy Long-legs, and ugly big hairy things I don't know the names of. Thanks for stopping by, JM.

V.R. Leavitt said...

I LOVE that cover!! The excerpt was wonderful as well. Great luck with the book.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thanks, V.R., I love the cover too.