Pretty good title, I thought, think I'll use it. Because she liked the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, the title needed to be used for the next book. So I typed (on my computer) the title page, Murder in the Worst Degree by F. M. Meredith.
Then Chapter 1 and I began to write. Because I know the characters very well in this series--after all I've been living with them for a long, long time, there were things I need to write about them and what was happening in their lives. But, to be honest, outside of a few preliminary plot ideas I didn't really know where I was going or how I was going to tie in this title.
No matter, I began writing. The ideas kept coming--that's the plus side of having ongoing characters, I picked up the threads of what had been happening in their lives in the previous book, which was Deadly Impulses.
I kept on writing because the ideas kept coming--as usual there were several plot threads--but none that I really could say pointed to the title.
And I was nearly to the end before I knew how to tie in the title--and I think it worked.
I've had some advanced reviews and this one is great:
F.M. Meredith has outdone herself with Murder in the Worst Degree. I have enjoyed this series ever since I read my first one, but this is the very best one yet. All the familiar characters return. their lives continue to change and progress. When an elderly man’s body washes up on the beach at Rocky Bluff, the police begin their investigation, only to discover he was already dead before his body went into the water. In addition, a rapist strikes. As always, all the plot lines are completed, and the ending is very satisfying. This is a great read and highly recommended.
So this is where I am, anxiously awaiting the book and what others will think about the title and how it fit the story.
Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith