Tuesday, March 3, 2009

No Sanctuary by F.M. Meredith--Book Review

Riveting, fast-paced, and filled with twists and turns, No Sanctuary by F.M. Meredith is a crime fiction reader's dream.

Officer Stacey Wilbur is the first on the scene of a one-car accident. A green Toyota has smashed into an oak tree and the female driver is dead. But it soon becomes obvious that the accident is a cover up for murder.

The victim is the wife of a popular local minister, and her preacher husband soon becomes the most likely suspect. Gossip in town tells of trouble in their marriage, but as Stacey and Doug start putting pieces together, they find several other likely suspects who could have wanted Mallory Cookmeyer dead.

Called away from the case to work on a special assignment, Stacey is faced with decisions that will impact her career and her budding romance with Doug Milligan, and most likely, put her in harms way.

When we last heard from Stacey Wilbur in Smell of Death, she had broken her long-standing rule of never dating anyone she works with and entered into a relationship with Doug. This gives an already strong character even more depth. A widow, she has been caring for her son Davey with the help of her parents, while trying to juggle a challenging and dangerous career. Having lost her husband in the line of duty, a relationship with Doug offers similiar dangers, but it's really their difficult work schedules that make nurturing their relationship tough on Doug and Stacey.

One of the things that Meredith does best with the Rocky Bluff P.D. series is show not only the official side to her characters, but also how working in law enforcement impacts these people's lives--not just the members of the police force, but also their families. I could easily see these books being turned into a television crime series.

Meredith is also wise in making each one truly a stand alone book. These stories focus on different members of the Rocky Bluff P.D. These aren't just Stacey's stories; they are Doug's, Gordon Butler's, Abel Navarro's, Rick Strickland's, and others who are or were part of the Rocky Bluff P.D.

There are many twists and turns in No Sanctuary, as the reader is led to believe it might be the husband, but then it might be someone on his staff or someone from the church. And this mystery propels the story forward to an exciting and satisfying conclusion.

As with Smell of Death--which we reviewed here--Meredith breaks up all the seriousness with a bit of humor. This time it is mostly brought on by Officer Gordon Butler who rents a room from Doug and who happens to walk in on Doug and Stacey at the worst times. In addition, the banter between Doug and Stacey about the outfit she chooses for her special assignment lightens things up and makes the reader want to see more of these two together in the future.

A fast and suspense-filled read for crime lovers. Pick up a copy of No Sanctuary today!

Title: No Sanctuary
Author: F.M. Meredith
Publisher: Oak Tree Press
ISBN: 978-1-892343-55-0
SRP: $12.95 (US)


April said...

What a great review!! I thought this sounded good and after reading your review, think it sounds even better!!

F. M. Meredith, author said...

Woo hoo! I'm cheering, that's just such a super review. Thank you so much!

aka F. M. Meredith

Cheryl said...

All I did was read the book, Marilyn. You wrote it! Keep up the great work. I can't wait to see what you have in store for the Rocky Bluff P.D..

All my best,


Marta said...

Wow! This books sounds great!
Adding another to my list of must reads...




Cheryl said...

That becomes a challenge sometimes Marta. I bought a bunch of the books from Marilyn's Deputy Tempe Crabrtree series and your first Sam Harper novel, but haven't had time to get too far with them because of the books in my to be reviewed pile.

I'm looking for a sandy beach, warm weather, a beach chair, a and cooler full of snacks and soft drinks to match with my pile of books so that I can read them. LOL!

Thanks for stopping by. Oh, you too April. I hope you'll pick up a copy of this one because I bet you could polish it off in a day.


Storyheart said...

Now this sounds like a really good book, Something even NCIS (They are the favorite in our house) might have trouble. If the book is half as riveting as the review I'll be looking for it around the shelves