Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Fringe Benefits and Smell of Death Reappear
In Fringe Benefits a bad cop figures out ways the job will benefit him--even to the point of murdering his wife and getting away with it. (My cop son-in-law gave me the perfect method and no, he didn't use it to get rid of my daughter.) We once lived in a neighbor hood with several police families--one of the officers had some of the traits of the bad cop in this story. This is also the book where Officer Gordon Butler first appears. It is the beginning of his bad luck.
Smell of Death contains two grisly murders and a missing child. It's also the beginning of the romance between Officer Stacey Wilbur and Detective Doug Milligan as they work together gathering evidence from all the crime scenes. This idea came from the same son-in-law who told me two things that bothered him about mysteries about cops in books, TV and movies.
1. The police detectives don't work on one crime at a time.
2. Nothing portrays how bad the smell of death is.
Though I wrote each book in the series as a complete story, many of the characters reappear in each book. In fact, the whole reason I keep writing this series is I want to know what's going to happen next in the lives of the Rocky Bluff P.D. officers and their families.
Marilyn who writes this series as F. M. Meredith