Not As We Knew It
Rocky Bluff P. D. Mystery #16
F. M. Meredith
From the author—
The challenges come one after another for the Rocky Bluff P.D. to handle―from a missing woman to a fatal house fire.Detective Doug Milligan is faced with new and unusual problems to solve, some on the job and others related to his family.Gordon Butler isn’t too happy that his wife was chosen to train the latest new-hire.With the department shorthanded, Chief Chandra Taylor must make some hard decisions in order to protect the town of Rocky Bluff. Her romance with the mayor, which had been put on hold, is refreshed when she seeks his help.
One of the real pitfalls (for me) of accepting review requests from authors is the potential danger of having a request fall into a black hole because of backlogs that get worse and worse due to illness and life conditions in general (specifically the weird funk that has come with the pandemic, leading to a major reading slump and inability to focus). I have several books that have been wallowing in this pit, including this one, and I can only abjectly apologize for slacking off much too long. What’s really sad is that Not As We Knew It is a good book and it deserved better treatment from me.
Although some readers have said they don’t want the pandemic to play a role in the books they choose, Ms. Meredith opted to make it a part of her story and I’m glad she did. One of the hallmarks of police procedural is that they’re rooted in reality and this awful scourge is as real as it gets.
Ms. Meredith has a good hand with building characters we longtime fans love to spend time with and, besides the personal and societal complications of life brought about by Covid, our favorite detectives, such as Abel Navarro and Doug Milligan, are confronted by the crimes we might expect while Chief Taylor does everything she can to keep Rocky Bluff on an even keel, safe from criminals and overstressed, irrational citizens alike. You could say that Not As We Knew It is a police procedural very reflective of this odd world we’re struggling with. Well done!
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, August 2021.
Sounds like an interesting read
Thank you, thank you! What a great review. F. M. also known as Marilyn Meredith
I admire Marilyn for using the pandemic in her book! I think it’s entirely appropriate. I’d love to win this.
Thanks for commenting, Kaye. Best of luck!
An intriguing mystery. An excellent review. Thanks.
Though I agonized a bit about using what’s going on today, I knew Ihad to do it, Anne.
This sounds unique and interests me greatly.
Thank you for commenting, Ruth!
A few books have the pandemic playing a part in the book. I think it would be interesting to know, what future readers decades from now, think about our time.
Yes, Denise, I think some may wonder why so many books published during this time period didn’t include the pandemic since it has certainly disrupted our lives.
I think maybe authors have avoided writing about the pandemic because the world has become such a scary place that they want to escape it in their writing. A few years from now I’m sure there will be many books set during the pandemic. I recently read a book set during the pandemic that began in 1918. At a distance it’s fascinating. Congratulations on the nice review.