No Bellsby F. M. Meredith
Fans of F. M. Meredith's long-running Rocky Bluff Police Department mysteries will be happy to learn the newest book may be the best yet. In No Bells, Gordon Butler gets his first leading role in this clever ensemble series.Butler is like Joe Btfsplk, the cartoon character in Al Capp's Li'l Abner, a poor sap for whom things never quite work out. Meredith's plot - her… See more details below
Fans of F. M. Meredith's long-running Rocky Bluff Police Department mysteries will be happy to learn the newest book may be the best yet. In No Bells, Gordon Butler gets his first leading role in this clever ensemble series.Butler is like Joe Btfsplk, the cartoon character in Al Capp's Li'l Abner, a poor sap for whom things never quite work out. Meredith's plot - her best yet - is a perfect fit for the character.
Without giving away too much, he wins but he loses. It's a very satisfying read, and the meaning of the title is not revealed until the end. No Bells is a tightly woven story. Just when you think you know "whodunit," something happens to change your mind. Then you go back to your first guess. Then a different hunch arises. As always, every member of the Rocky Bluff PD and their family members has a speaking part as their personal lives and police issues give us another glimpse of a town we love to visit.
-Review by Michael Orenduff, author of The Pot Thief Who Studied Escoffier
- Oak Tree Press
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)
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F.M. (Marilyn) Meredith has the terrific ability to create believable and likeable characters along with interesting and engaging plots. Poor Gordon has been the butt of numerous department jokes. Just as he finally has a girlfriend he could be serious about, she's a suspect in a murder. Is Gordon willing to risk his career to prove her innocent? Once again, Meredith has created a delightful story for everyone who enjoys who-done-its.
The point of this series and what F.M. Meredith has always done well, is to show how the job impacts family life and vice versa. Even though we've gotten some glimpse of Gordon's personal life in previous books--the way his marriage broke apart, his falling in love with a fellow officer, and his living with Detective Doug Milligan--the reader didn't get a chance to see a whole lot of Gordon outside of his job. This book changes all that. In addition, we get to see Gordon from his own point of view. He knows the guys laugh at his expense. He knows they don't think he's the brightest bulb in the box. You don't ever see him stick up for himself or try to change their opinions. In No Bells, we see Gordon going against the advice of his peers when he decides to try and prove his girlfriend's innocence. The evidence against Benay is mounting, but he just can't believe she's guilty. The reader has to keep turning the pages to see if Gordon is rewarded in the end. This book has a lighter tone than some of the other books in this series. There's action, but it's not constant. The main focus is on the murder investigation of Benay's best friend instead of there being several different cases to be solved, as in some other books in the series. We still see a lot of the regulars and their lives, but Gordon is definitely the focus. I'll definitely be waiting in line for the next Rocky Bluff P.D. book when it comes out next spring. While you don't have to start at the beginning, all of them are great reads. No Bells will stay a favorite of mine since Gordon is so much a part of it.