Monday, October 3, 2011

Book Review: Bears With Us by Marilyn Meredith

In Bears With Us by Marilyn Meredith, Deputy Tempe Crabtree and many of the residents of Bear Creek find themselves up to their eyeballs in bears, which creates many tense moments for everyone.

As the book opens, Tempe responds to a possible break in at the house of the Hamptons. Mrs. Hampton, a former active socialite of Bear Creek is suffering from dementia. It's soon obvious her condition puts stress on the rest of her family.

Tempe is also called to the Drysdale home, where fifteen-year-old Darren has shot himself. Tempe can't place her finger on it, but the way the family is grieving seems odd; even Hutch, her pastor husband thinks so. Tempe and Hutch are also the target for personal attacks by Mrs. Onstott, who wants them to interfere in her daughter's relationship with a boy she deems inapproproiate, despite the fact that the boy hasn't broken any laws.

As bears continue to wander into town creating problems for the community, Mrs. Hampton's condition deteriorates, Mrs. Onstott continues to make life difficult, and the Drysdales push away every attempt by Hutch and Tempe to help them cope with the loss of their son.

In this latest installment of her Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, Meredith creates an engaging, unique story filled with twists and turns. The unusual storyline pulled me in right away. As the various subplots unfold, there are moments you feel you have it all figured out, just to discover you're nowhere close.

Tempe and Hutch have always made an interesting couple: a Christian pastor and the sole female of the Bear Creek police force, who is part Native American. In Bears With Us, just like previous books, Tempe's heritage is explored in some way. Nick Two John is one of my favorite characters. He is the one who pushes Tempe to learn more about her heritage and to use the skills she has because of it. This has sometimes put Tempe and Hutch on opposite sides, but in this book, we see a husband and wife working together.

A strong female lead, Native American mysticism, and well-drawn characters fill Bears With Us. It can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel, but I suggest you read all the Deputy Tempe Crabtree novels. They're a bit like Lay’s® potato chips, "you can't have just one."

Title: Bears With Us
Author: Marilyn Meredith
Publisher: Mundania Press
ISBN-10: 1606592645
ISBN-13: 978-1606592649
SRP:  $12.95

Also available in a Kindle edition!

CONTEST DETAILS: Would you like to be immortalized in print? Marilyn Meredith is running a contest during her BEARS WITH US virtual book tour. Whoever leaves a comment on the most blog sites during the tour, will have his or her name used for a character in Marilyn’s next book. Please visit for her entire schedule. Good luck!

The author paid me to promote her book through a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book! This fee did not include a review. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I received no monetary compensation.


Anne K. Albert said...

I love the comment Marilyn's books are like potato can't just have one!

Definitely going to read this one, and the entire series.

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

Wow! Cheryl, than you for that great review. I loved writing this book and I'm glad you loved reading it.

Hi, Anne, I love the potato chip comment too.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by ladies. Glad you loved my little chip comment. I guess I can be witty when I'm writing up a review really late.

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

That was supposed to be thank you, Cheryl. Grrrr, in such a big hurry this a.m. typos abound.


terri.forehand said...

This looks like a good read and I will be following the tour to learn more about this author too.
Great review.

Virginia Walton Pilegard said...

Great review! Living in bear (and lion) country myself, I can see this book is a must have.

M.M. Gornell said...

As expected, Marilyn always produces a wonderful story with characters you just have to love. I enjoyed Bears With Us very much! Keep
'em coming, Marilyn!

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

Glad you stopped by Terri.

Hi, Virginia, we both live in bear and lion country. I think something to one of the feral cats last night. Woke me up.

Madeline, I'm so glad you liked the book.

Sally Carpenter said...

Sounds like you captured the townsfolk and the setting perfectly--more than just a police procedural but an insightful look into small town community life. I can bear-ly wait to read this one!
Sally Carpenter
"The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper"

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

Loved you "bearly can wait to read this one", Sally.

Rebecca Camarena said...

I am so glad I was able to meet Marilyn a few years ago at The Los Angeles Times Book Festival. Have had other opportunities to see here, but something always comes up. Marilyn, I am impressed with all that you are able to accomplish.

JM said...

This book has intrigued me since I first saw the cover. I'm glad to hear that you can read it as a standalone. I'd like to catch up on the whole series, but my wallet won't cover that happening all at once. ;)

Jaime @

Tribute Books Mama said...

Thanks! for sharing this interesting review.

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

So glad to see so many of you commenting.

Rebecca, I was tickled to meet you too. I really feel like I know you well after that and being on your blog several times.

Thanks for stopping by, Jaimie, I do hope you'll try Bears With Us.

Tribute Books Mama, glad you enjoyed the review--so did I!

V.R. Leavitt said...

Great review!! These books sound like a lot of fun. I'll definitely have to check them out. :-)

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

Thanks for stopping by, V.R.