- I had the title before I knew what the plot was going to be. A friend said, “Why don’t you call your next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, Murder in the Worst Degree?” I thought that was a terrific title. Of course when I sat down to write the book, I had no idea where I was going with it. I had plenty of ongoing minor plots with the characters who appear in every book, but I had to come up with a murder that would qualify for being in the worst degree. I really wasn’t sure if I’d done that until I got near the end.
- Because my series is based on the men and women in the police department, there must be more than one crime. Besides the murder, there’s also a rapist on the loose, and a couple of burglaries. And of course, you’ll also learn about what is going on with the families—and for me, sometimes this is the most fun to write.
- Rocky Bluff is a small beach community, so the ocean always plays a part in every story. Any place near the ocean always has to deal with fog at times.
- McDonald’s has a featured spot in Murder in the Worst Degree, along with some men who hang out there.
- A love story that began in the previous book, Dangerous Impulses, continues in this one. What happens will make fans of Officer Gordon Butler happy.
- The previous police Chief retired, and no one is quite sure about the new one, Chief Chandra Taylor. Besides being a woman, Taylor is also African American. And yes, she does make some changes in the department.
- And last, but not least, four of the main characters were Seabees during the Vietnam War. (My hubby was a Seabee during that same war and it’s fun for me to put some old guys in with this same experience.)
- I hope these are random enough for you, and perhaps might interest you in reading Murder in the Worst Degree.
- And speaking of random, I’ll choose someone who comments to receive one of the earlier books in the series—his or her choice.
About Murder in the Worst Degree
The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman.
About F.M. Meredith
F. M. Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith is the author of over 35 published books. She enjoys writing about police officers and their families and how what happens on the job affects the family and vice versa. Having several members of her own family involved in law enforcement, as well as many friends, she’s witnessed some of this first-hand.