Friday, March 27, 2009

No Sanctuary by F. M. Meredith


Publisher: Oak Tree Press

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 182

Challenges: The Pub Challenge

New-to-me author? yes

Author's website

Simple Description

Officer Stacey Wilbur is on patrol one night when she spots a car that had crashed into a tree. She immediately calls for assistance and checks to see if the driver is dead. Unfortunately, she is. However, there is too much blood for this to be just a traffic accident. When help arrives, they find that the woman driver had been shot. They also find out that the woman was the wife of a local minister, a very prominent minister. Stacey is asked to help the detectives with the murder investigation. There seem to be a lot of people who could have wanted the women killed, including her own husband and the wife of another minister in town. While doing this is also asked to help out in another case, one where she has to dress up like a prostitute.

Why did I read this book?

I enjoy a good mystery and this one sounded good. I noticed on the cover it says that it's a Dark oak mystery, but I can't find anywhere a listing that shows the series in order. So I'm not sure if it's the 2nd or further along. Either way I was able to read the book without feeling like I was missing something but not having started with the first.

What I liked most:

I really liked Stacey and her parents. She is a young widow with a young child. She lives with her parents and they help take care of her son. They sound like the sweetest parents. They understand the demands of her job and don't mind taking care of their grandson whenever it's needed. How lucky is that?

Was there something I didn't like?

As I was reading it I noticed a couple of errors. I was like well, ok, the editor should have caught those because they were pretty obvious, but what can I do? Well, I was looking at the authors website and found that somebody did notify her of the errors. She notified the publishing company and got them corrected! Yeah! She is also hosting a contest to those who have copies of the book from before the errors were corrected and find the errors. To read more about it, click here. Unfortunately I'm too lazy to find the error's again, or I would join myself.

Do I recommend the book?

I do. I thought this was a good story. I really liked Stacey and hope to read more about her and her love interested (another cop).

Have you reviewed this book on your blog? Leave me a comment to let me know and I'll link it below.

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Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by……Kris


bermudaonion said...

Bad editing really bugs me, but I love the way this author handled it. Now I want to read the book just to find some errors!

Kris said...

bermudaonion - I agree - the author handled it very well, very original.

F. M. Meredith, author said...

Thanks for the kind words. It's always so shattering when you learn mistakes you didn't find are still in your book.

Believe me, I went over the galley proof so carefully and yet the mistakes are still in there.

My editor said she got so caught up in the story, she missed them all.

As my mom would say, don't cry over spilled milk, or make lemonade out of lemons, that's why the contest.

This actually is book #5 in the series--but the previous publishers, yes there were two, have gone by the wayside and what few books I have left can only be ordered from me.

I always write each one as a stand-alone--and it's a good thing I did.

Thank you so much for hosting me today.

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

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the nice review Kris. You get brownie points for mentioning the contest.

Marilyn also has a blog for the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, which you'll find at

Your readers are also welcome to check out the video trailer for "No Sanctuary" at People tell me it's pretty good; of course, I'm biased since I created it. LOL!

I believe this is the 5th book in the series, but the 1st one published by Oak Tree Press.

As for other reviews, you can find mine here: and Cheryl's Book Nook and Mom's Take on Things also posted reviews this week.

Thanks for hosting Marilyn today.