Violent DeparturesI’m going to be perfectly frank here, because I’m not quite sure how to feel or what to do.

My husband, Doug, and I both work for the Rocky Bluff P.D. If you aren’t familiar with the town of Rocky Bluff, it’s a small beach community in Southern California, located between Ventura and Santa Barbara.

I’m a patrol officer and Doug is a detective. We both love our jobs even though the department is understaffed and underfunded.

For the most part our marriage is great. Doug has become a great father to my son, Davey. But something has happened that’s really bothering me.

We need to find a bigger house. At first Doug was looking at homes damaged by a recent earthquake. He enjoys fixing up houses.

The problem is he’s found a house that he wants to buy. Without discussing it with me, he’s already told the realtor Rocky Bluff House 4that he wants it. That bothers me. Before I even had a chance to see it, he acted like it’s already a done deal.

To be honest, it is a perfect house. Much larger than the one we live in now—the house Doug lived in with his first wife. The realtor told Doug we could rent it until escrow went through.

Because Doug’s teenaged daughter is coming to live with us this weekend, he’s already planning the move.

I couldn’t help but wonder why, since the house is in such good shape and the price low, what could be wrong with the house.

When I finally had the opportunity to visit what is likely going to be our future home, the next door neighbor told me what the problem is. The house may be haunted.

What would you do if you found this out about your soon-to-be home?

(As told to F. M. aka Marilyn Meredith)

Blurb for Violent Departures:

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.

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.

Twitter: @MarilynMeredith

I’m heading over to where I reveal what inspired Violent Departures.

About the author
MarilynMF.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.

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