This is a question I hope I can answer adequately. I suspect every author of a series believes it is different than others in the same genre.
The following is what I think makes the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series unique:
- The series has a cast of characters who progress through each book.
- The focus may change to a different character in subsequent books—though Detective Doug Milligan has had the lead the majority of the time.
- Because of #2, the point-of-view changes from character to character through-out the books, but you won’t have any trouble following it.
- Though it’s basically a police procedural it is much milder than many—no bad language or explicit sex. Some have called it a cozy police procedural—but it doesn’t have the requisites for a cozy.
- Time moves on, but at a slower pace than real time. Usually the next book starts where the last book ended.
- The setting is a fictional small beach community in Southern California between Ventura and Santa Barbara.
- The focus is as much on the characters as it is about solving crimes.
- It isn’t necessary to read the series from the beginning. Each book is written to be complete. Of course it makes me happy when someone does want to start at the beginning.
Perhaps one of the blog readers who has read one or more of my Rocky Bluff P.D. series might have a comment to make about this subject. I’d love to hear a RBPD reader’s opinion.
- M. Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith
College student, Veronica Randall, disappears from her car in her own driveway, everyone in the Rocky Bluff P.D. is looking for her. Detective Milligan and family move into a house that may be haunted. Officer Butler is assigned to train a new hire and faces several major challenges
F.M. Meredith, also known as Marilyn Meredith, is the author of over thirty published novels. Marilyn 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. Besides having family members in law enforcement, she lived in a town much like Rocky Bluff with many police families as neighbors.
Because it has been popular on my other blog tours, once again I’m offering the chance for the person who comments on the most blog posts during this tour to have a character named for him or her in the next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery.
Or if that doesn’t appeal, the person may choose one of the earlier books in the series—either a print book or Kindle copy.
My blog tour ends tomorrow with a final interview: http://blog.jamesmjackson.com/