Saturday, September 8, 2012

Mitch Malone Mondays: F.M. Merdith's Miqui Sherwood

Welcome to a special edition of Mitch Malone Mondays on Saturday. Today I’m pleased to have F.M. Meredith or Marilyn as she is known to her friends stop by but she usually doesn’t say much. She visits regularly and always brings the most interesting people. Today is no exception. Miqui Sherwood is featured in the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree book called RAGING WATERS. Welcome Miqui. Tell me a little about the country where you live. It is a long way from West Michigan isn’t it?

Miqui: Yes, I live in a small mountain town called Bear Creek in the Southern Sierra, that’s in California, in case you didn’t know. The town is named after the river that runs through town. I don’t know what idiot named it Bear Creek since right now it’s full to overflowing.

I understand you have an interesting hobby and it has something to do with the U.S. Mail. Tell me how it got started and why you do it?

Miqui: I’m crazy about holidays and I love to decorate my home with all my collectibles. I have some priceless and antique Christmas figurines, everything from Santa and Mrs. Claus to groups of carolers I decorate inside and out to celebrate every new season. I even decorate my mailbox.

I’ve been real nice asking you easy questions but I am a reporter and wanted to soften you up before I got to the last couple of questions. You had a criminal element surprise you? What did they want? And what did you do?

Miqui: We’ve had a rash of burglaries in Bear Creek lately. The burglar creeps into people’s houses while they are sleeping and they don’t even know until they wake and find their possessions missing. I woke up when he was in my house and my two precious dogs chased him out. I called Deputy Crabtree and she and her husband came right away but not in time to catch him.

Now if I am in the area, would you open up your home so I could stay? You had any experience with that?

Micqui: I probably would though I had a recent bad experience. More rain than we usually have caused the river to rise and threaten all the homes built near the banks. I offered my two extra rooms to couples that I know on a social level. It was not a good experience.

Thank you Miqui for stopping by. I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures.

Micqui: In Raging Water Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s  investigation of the murder of two close friends is complicated when relentless rain turns Bear Creek into a raging river. Homes are inundated and a mud slide blocks the only road out of Bear Creek stranding many—including the murderer.
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Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Raging Water from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel us No Bells, the forth from Oak Tree Press. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her at and follow her blog at


  1. Thank you, Wendy, for allowing Miqui to come on your blog and be interviewed.


  2. P.S. I write this series as Marilyn Meredith. F. M. for my Rocky Bluff P.D. series.

  3. What a nice blog twist, Marilyn and Wendy. Those are some tenacious burglars you write about. I have to read more to see if they get swept away in the flood.

  4. Marilyn,
    I'm hooked! I loved "Bears With Us" and I'm looking forward to reading "Raging Water."

  5. Well, they say, "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." So, I just went to Amazon and ordered "Raging Water."

  6. Love the Christmas decorating! I do the same thing (well, except for the mailbox). Can't wait to read this one.

  7. Wow, Patricia, that's super!

    Miqui is based on a real person--and she does all that and much, much more. She loves the book, by the way, thank goodness.

  8. I think Mitch "rolled over" for Miqui--as well he should!! Good to see he can be a nice guy. Can't wait to plunge into Raging Waters! (ha, ha, plunge in--get it?)

    Good interview Mitch and Miqui!


  9. I knew I would love Miqui as soon as I read about her decorating. You know I deck my place out for the holidays too. I've been known to leave my stuff up until March. :)

    Wishing you the best,


  10. Great interview. How about some pictures of those mailbox decorations?

  11. Cheryl, I've never known anyone who decorated for every holiday like the real Miqui does.

    Yeah, Jake, you made it. I haven't drive by her mailbox lately to know what she has on it now, probably something to do with fall. Next up, Halloween.

  12. Sorry to be so late to my own party here but internet issues can be such a pain. Marilyn it is always a pleasure bringing one of your characters to the hot seat although Madeline is right, Mitch took it easy on her. Maybe he wants to get some photos of her mailboxes as well.

    Patricia: I'm so glad you took the plunge. You won't regret it. Don't forget to leave a review when you finish!

    Thanks everyone for showing up and having a great time in my absense!