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I don’t know how Marilyn Meredith does it. She must be channeling the Energizer Bunny. She never stops. As an octogenarian, she’s still writing, publishing, promoting. And traveling (but not as much as before). And being an active participant in her church. And spending as much time as she can with her multi-generational family. I can barely post a blog entry monthly, but she goes on “blog tours” and posts one a day for a full month. Today her 28th stop is here, with a short piece about a legend that appears in her Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. (Did I mention that she writes two series?)

This is Marilyn’s third appearance here. On March 8, 2013, as F.M. Meredith, she wrote about why she uses a pen name for her Rocky Bluff P.D. series. (I told you she writes more than one series.) On her return visit on October 16, 2013, she asked “Where Is Bear Creek?” the setting of her Deputy Tempe Crabtree series.

Marilyn is the author of over thirty-five published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest of which is River Spirits,  from Mundania Press, and the Rocky Bluff P. D. series. She is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra. Visit her at and her blog at

See at the end for info. about how you win the chance to name a character in her next book or a free book. Also, there are links for purchasing River Spirits, and one for tomorrow’s blog tour stop.

I wish I knew how she does it.

From Marilyn:


This is the third time the Hairy Man has made an appearance in a Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.



Like the real Painted Rock site which is located on the Tule River Indian Reservation, pictographs of the Hairy Man can be found in the Painted Rock site on my fictional Bear Creek Indian Reservation. The legend of the Hairy Man is popular with the local Yokut Indians. He is described as “a creature that is like a giant with long shaggy hair” similar to the description of Big Foot.

The Indians have many stories and legends that include the Hairy Man. The modern belief of the Hairy Man in the Tule River Indian’s culture is that he is a spiritual, physical and mental protector of the tribe. To see the Hairy Man is to be blessed. He is also considered to be the guide for the recently dead.

Though I’ve never seen the Hairy Man, I’ve heard tales about those who have. I’ve had the privilege to visit the Painted Rock site and to view the pictographs of the Hairy Man and his family.

When I write about events that happen on the fictional reservation, it only seems fitting that the Hairy Man just might make his presence known.


River SpiritsBlurb for River Spirits:

While filming a movie on the Bear Creek Indian Reservation, the film crew trespasses on sacred ground, threats are made against the female stars, a missing woman is found by the Hairy Man, an actor is murdered and Deputy Tempe Crabtree has no idea who is guilty. Once again, the elusive and legendary Hairy Man plays an important role in this newest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.

How to Purchase River Spirits:

From the publisher, all formats:

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Amazon paperback:

For Nook


Contest: The winner will be the person who comments on the most blog posts during the tour.

He or she can either have a character in my next book named after them, or choose an earlier book in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series—either a paper book or e-book.


Tomorrow you can read a review of River Spirits at





….  Now that it’s on the Deadly Ink website, I can officially announce that I will be the 2015 Fan Guest of Honor, Aug. 7-9, at the Hyatt in New Brunswick, NJ. I’m planning to speak about how I’m a fan because I’m a writer. And became a writer because I’m a fan. I’m in august company (in August): Brad Parks is Guest of Honor and E. F. Watkins the Toastmaster.