D. R. Meredith is an award-winning author of nineteen novels, both mysteries and historical, and numerous short stories. She is also a split personality. When participating in writers? conferences and seminars such as The Governor?s Sesquicentennial Conference on Literary Arts at the University of North Texas; Emporia State University, Rice University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, West Texas State A&M University, or sitting on panels at Western Writers of America, Bouchercon, Malice Domestic, and Romance Writers of America. D. R. Meredith is a normal, sensible, professional writer. At home in Amarillo, Texas, she commits murder. Author of three mystery series, a historical series, and numerous, mostly murderous short stories, she lives in both the past and present Texas Panhandle where then as now there are more cattle than people. She has won the Oppie Award for both The Sheriff and the Panhandle Murders andThe Sheriff and the Branding Iron Murders, and was an Anthony Nominee for Murder by Impulse and Murder by Deception. She is a member of Western Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and The American Crime Writers League.
Tome of Deathby D.R. Meredith
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In 1868, Comanche warrior Spotted Tongue finds his second wife's body in Palo Duro Canyon, murdered by one of his fellow Comanche. To spill the blood of Spotted Tongue's wife is a forbidden act. Comanches do not murder other Comanches, and Little Flower became a Comanche when Spotted Tongue married her. But Little Flower was a white captive first, and many of the Comanche still despise her. But who hated her enough to break a taboo by murdering her. Spotted Tongue vows to track down the murderer and exact his own revenge. In the present, Megan Clark and members of the Murder by the Yard Reading Circle are enjoying a picnic in Palo Duro Canyon. When Megan's two beagles escape and dig up a blue shirt filled with bones, she and reading group find themselves involved in another murder case, much to Dr. Ryan Stevens' horror. The situation escalates when Megan discovers another body next to her beagles' discovery, this one the mummy of a long-dead woman. As Spotted Tongue searches for a murderer in 1868, so does Megan in the present day. The two detectives, separated by time and race, each confront a killer, so that the two victims may find peace.
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If you like reading and mysteries, Tome of Death by D.R. Meredith will give you the chills of your life! This was a great fourth addition to the Murder by the Yard series. In this book, the heroine or female Sherlock Holmes is Dr. Megan Clark, PhD, a reference librarian at the Amarillo Public Library and paleopathologist. She along with her trusty and older sidekick-Watsonian neighbor, Dr. Ryan Stevens, continue their membership in the Murder by the Yard book club that reads mysteries; what could possibly go wrong in a book club? Right? Well, let's just say that Ryan never expected that he and Megan would stumble across ANOTHER dead body at a picnic near the Palo Duro Canyon. But they don't just find one, they find two! And as usual, Megan decides to take on the case in competition with Lieutenant Jerry Carr and his Special Crimes police force! How will this end? You'll have to read in order to find out! The fourth installment in the series brings up an interesting cultural heritage - that of the Comanche Amerindians. Once again, this book does a great job of showing the growing confusion in the relationship between Ryan and Megan. Are they friends, or is there something more? I think they should just finally admit to themselves and each other that their feelings are more than just friendship. And I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery!