Marilyn Meredith is back with Seldom Traveled, the latest in her Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. Today she tells us how a mountain setting defines character.
Being a deputy in a mountain community is much different for Tempe Crabtree than if she worked in the valley.
With a backdrop of the Southern Sierra, which includes one of the highest peaks in the U.S., Mount Whitney, a forest of various pines and Giant Sequoias, and a river that in summer meanders its way down to the lake, Deputy Crabtree lives in one of the most beautiful areas in California.
Years ago, her superiors joked that her job was to keep the drunken cowboys off the road and the citizens safe. Actually, because of where she lives, keeping the citizens safe could be because of a flooding river, mudslides cutting the town off from access to supplies and emergency services, marauding bears and other wildlife, problems on the Bear Creek Indian Reservation, and the occasional bad guy.
Fires can be a problem, an occasional house fire, or as in the case of Seldom Traveled, a raging forest fire. Because forest fires are a big danger in mountain country, this contributed a lot to the plot and the excitement.
Seldom Traveled Blurb:
The tranquility of Bear Creek is disrupted by a runaway fugitive, a vicious murderer, and a raging forest fire. Deputy Tempe Crabtree is threatened by all three.
Marilyn Meredith’s Bio
Marilyn has had so many books published, she’s lost track of the count, but it’s getting near 40. She lives in a community similar to the fictional mountain town of Bear Creek, the big difference being that Bear Creek is a thousand feet higher in the mountains. She is a member Mystery Writers of American, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, and is a board member of Public Safety Writers of America.
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