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25 March 2010

Book Tour & Review: An Axe To Grind by F.M. Meredith

Title: An Axe To Grind
Author: F.M. Meredith
Publisher: Dark Oak Mysteries
Publication Date: January 29, 2010
Paperback: 178 pages
ISBN: 978-1892343789
Genre: Fiction

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About the Book:

Detective Doug Milligan and his partner question suspects in the murder of a stalker including the stalker’s target, her boyfriend, father and brother, as well as the stalker’s step-father. The investigation leaves little time for Doug to see his fiancée and fellow officer, Stacey Wilbur.

Stacey handles a molestation case which involves the son of a friend. She and her mother talk wedding plans, though all must wait until Doug’s renter, Officer Gordon Butler finds another place to live.

When Doug disappears while tailing a suspect, Stacey sets out to find him, hoping she can reach him time.

My Review:

An Axe To Grind, A Dark Oaks Mystery, by F.M. Meredith has quite a clever plot filled with delightful and interesting characters and enough suspects and plot twists to keep the reader quite engaged. The story opens up at the scene of a homicide; the victim of which the police later learn is a man who has been stalking Rachel Rivera. However, An Axe To Grind is far more than a mystery, it is a story about the families of the Rocky Bluff Police Department and how their work affects their personal lives and how their personal lives affect their work. Meredith has created an absolutely delightful cast of characters for her novel. From levelheaded to quirky and from demure to downright scary, Meredith takes the reader to Rocky Bluff and makes the reader feel as though the characters are quite real. I was extremely delighted to learn this novel is the 6th in the Rocky Bluff PD series, which means I can read backwards to learn more about Navarro, Butler, Marshall, Mulligan, Wilbur and the rest. The good news for any mystery fan is that An Axe To Grind reads well as a stand-alone book, so do not hesitate, jump in and meet the officers of the Rocky Bluff Police Department, you just may find yourself delightfully entertained for an hour or two.

About the Author:

F. M. Meredith who also writes under the name Marilyn Meredith is the author of nearly thirty published novels including the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series, An Axe to Grind is the newest from Oak Tree Press. No Sanctuary was a finalist the mystery/suspense category of the Epic best in e-books contest .

She is a member of EPIC, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She was an instructor for Writer’s Digest School for ten years, served as an instructor at the Maui Writer’s Retreat and many other writer’s conferences. For over twenty years she lived in a beach community similar to Rocky Bluff.

You can visit the author online at and her blog.

F.M. Meredith’s AN AXE TO GRIND VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR officially began on March 1st and will end on March 26th. You can visit F.M.’s blog stops at during the month of March to find out more about this great book and talented author!

I received a complimentary copy of An Axe To Grind by F.M. Meredith from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Cheryl said...

Thanks for the great review of Marilyn's book. You point out what so many people do--that this book is just as much about the characters as it is the crime.

I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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

Thank you, Jennifer. You have no idea how it makes me feel to read such a great review about a book that I wrote.

Again, thank you,

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