Review: An Axe to Grind

AXE_Cover_medAn Axe to Grind
F.M. Meredith

Oak Tree Press
January 2010
Paperback, 178 pages, $12.95

Also available in Kindle edition

Crime fiction

This is the first book I’ve read in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, but after reading An Axe to Grind, I intend to read the rest of the series. I want to know what happened to bring the characters to where they are now. Though Rocky Bluff is a fictional location, the town and the people seem very real.

If you like to read while you’re eating, as I do, you might want to avoid starting this book at meal time. The first scene—when the police are investigating the crime scene with a decapitated body and massive amounts of blood—is  pretty gory. However, that’s the only part of the book that will make your stomach a little queasy.

The main storyline involves the investigation and solution of the crime, but the relationships of the police officers and their personal lives are interwoven into the mystery. Readers who enjoy relationship stories will enjoy An Axe to Grind as much as lovers of crime fiction.

Detective Doug Milligan and fiancee and fellow police officer Stacey Wilbur are so wrapped up in their respective cases—his the murder of a stalker and hers a molestation case involving the son of a friend—that they don’t have time to plan their wedding. When Doug disappears while trailing a suspect, Stacey goes looking for him, and finding time to plan a wedding pales in comparison to finding Doug in time to save his life.

Author F.M. Meredith is currently on a blog book tour for An Axe to Grind. I recommend you check out the other stops of the tour for interviews and excerpts.

The book is available in paperback and Kindle edition at


Bio of F. M. Meredith

F. M. Meredith, who also writes under the name Marilyn Meredith, is the author of nearly thirty published novels. An Axe to Grind is the newest from Oak Tree Press. No Sanctuary was a finalist the mystery/suspense category of the Epic best in e-books contest.

Marilyn has taught writing and is active in industry organizations. For over twenty years, she lived in a beach community similar to Rocky Bluff.

You can visit the author at Fiction for You and on her blog.

Disclosure: I received an electronic  advance reading copy of the book from the author’s publicist. I have not accepted any compensation for this review and made no commitment to give a favorable review. The link to is an affiliate link.

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