October 26, 2011

Bears With Us by Marilyn Meredith

Bears With Us is mystery thriller from the Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series.

Tempe Crabtree has her hands full.  The bears in Bear Creek are coming into town and wrecking havoc.  Tempe has no idea why it is occurring and Nevretts from Fish & Game has plenty of theories but no true explanation other than land development is forcing them to move and food supplies are dwindling.

After Tempe is called out to the Hamptons to investigate a burglary, it soon becomes apparent that a bear is rampaging through the house.   After Tempe removes the bear, she comes to realize that Mrs. Hampton is suffering from a form of Dementia and she calms the women down.  Her son wants her to be put in a home while her husband and daughter do not.

Tempe is called to several incidents with bears and all is well until the day that Mrs. Hampton is found mauled to death by a bear.  However, Tempe doesn't believe this to be true and her and Detective Morrison attempt to find the truth behind her death.  After several brushes with death herself, Tempe realizes that someone knows she is on to them.  Will Tempe figure out the truth or will she been killed in the line of duty for upholding justice?

I thought this was a enjoyable mystery even though I found the suspects to be predictable, I still found that the story had some merits and enjoyed the reading of Tempe.  I absolutely loved the Native customs being shared throughout the pages.  I equally enjoy how the author, Marilyn Meredith, was able to share fact with fiction, it made for an interesting read.

I thought that the pace of the story was a bit dragged on in areas, and the dialogue was a bit wooden.  I thought that Tempe and her husband, Hutch, a pastor, didn't have a very believable relationship.  Hutch seemed to follow Tempe's lead in just about everything and he came across as not having an opinion of his own.

I would give this three and a half stars out of five.  It is an enjoyable read, however, the plot is average and the ending predictable.  The writing style is decent and well read and the editorial issues are few.  I would read another of the Tempe Crabtree series, the prose was quick and easy to understand and a fast reader could have this read in one afternoon.

Tempe Crabtree is the resident deputy of Bear Creek, a small mountain community in the southern Sierra. Her continuing interest in the spiritual side of her heritage often causes unrest in her marriage to her minister husband. In Bears With Us, Tempe has her hands full when bears turn up in and around her town, becoming a threat to kids and adults when an elderly woman is horrifically killed. But are bears really responsible, or is there something else afoot?

** Disclosure: I did not accept any compensation from the sponsors other than review copies, my views are my own, reviewed by me..as I see it~!! **


  1. Thanks for taking the time to review Marilyn's latest. Readers can find a video trailer for the book at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjaY5GVht5A

    Here are the details for the contest Marilyn is running during the tour:

    CONTEST DETAILS: Would you like to be immortalized in print? Marilyn Meredith is running a contest during her BEARS WITH US virtual book tour. Whoever leaves a comment on the most blog sites during the tour, will have his or her name used for a character in Marilyn’s next book. Please visit http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/08/11/bears-with-us-virtual-book-tour-october-2011/ for her entire schedule.

    Good luck to all who enter.


  2. Thanks for the review - the book looks really interesting!