Monday, November 14, 2011

This appeared on the Creatures and Crooks Blog (a wonderful site for reviews by the way)

Angel Lost
F. M. Meredith
Dark Oak Mysteries, February 2011
ISBN No. 978-1610090056
Trade Paperback

The small town of Rocky Bluff in Ventura County is abuzz with excitement.  An angel is sighted in the window of a downtown store.  Residents gather to view the angel and give their opinion as to the reason the angel has appeared.  Most agree that it is a miracle but no one knows how the angel happened to appear.

There’s also a lot of excitement regarding the forthcoming marriage of Officer Stacey Wilbur and Detective Doug Milligan of the Rocky Bluff Police Department.  The wedding has been planned down to the smallest detail with Stacey’s family and friends all pitching in to make Stacey’s wedding a day to remember.

Abel Navarro, Stacey and Doug’s fellow worker, has a lot on his mind.  Abel’s mother is beginning to show signs of Alzheimer’s.  The new addition to the Rocky Bluff Police Department, Vaughn Aragon, a transfer from Los Angeles, is having  second thoughts about requesting the transfer to Rocky Bluff.  Vaughn is haunted by a shooting that happened in Los Angeles but is not comfortable enough to share his experience with his fellow officers.

However, there is more going on than the angel miracle and the personal happenings of the officers in the close knit community.  The department has received several complaints about an early morning jogger who is flashing women on the beach.  When Stacey takes on the job of attempting to catch the jogger, she runs into more trouble than she ever expected.

This is the seventh book in the Rocky Bluff series.  The book can be read as a stand-alone.  Many of the characters have been highlighted in previous books in the series and readers will be glad to see their return.  Although a lot of the book dwells on happy events, there is plenty of crime going on in Rocky Bluff to keep the readers glued to the book.

Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid, March 2011.

(Patricia let me know about the review which she sent many places--but for some reason it took awhile to appear on this blog.)



williamdoonan said...

OK, now I have to read it. I'm curious about the angel.

William Doonan

Patricia Gligor said...

The seventh book in the Rocky Bluff series! That's quite an accomplishment. I love small town settings and "Angel Lost" sounds intriguing.

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

Thanks, William. The angel was inspired by something that happened in Porterville--and I witnessed on my way home from writers' group one night.

Patricia--I actually do two series. The next one in this series with Oak Tree should be out sometime near the beginning of the year.

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