Marilyn Meredith and F.M. Meredith author of mysteries and Christian thrillers

Now available only in Kindle edition

F. M. Meredith
ISBN-10: 0-9771601-9-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-9771601-9-8

What's a married cop to do when his affair with a fellow policeman's greedy wife goes south because he doesn't make enough money? Commit the perfect murder!

Officer Cal Sylvester finds himself out in the cold when gorgeous Darcy Gordon shoves him away. His answer is to kill his wife for her insurance money, and he's got a way to get away with it.

In a volatile mix of crime and a cop on the edge of the law, F. M. Meredith gives readers a glimpse at police officers and their reactions to their jobs, families, and personal lives.


"In a way, Fringe Benefits is reminiscent of a Wambaugh novel. It is a tale of police work, the lives and trials and tribulations of the cops on the small town force of Rocky Bluffs, CA. It is the third in the Rocky Bluffs P.D. series, although it is the first read by this reviewer.

"While the book consists of short vignettes of cops on the job, the main thrust of the novel is the illicit sexual liaison between the bored wife of one patrolman and one of his co-workers, which leads to the planning of the 'perfect' murder. The sex-driven cop, to satisfy his paramour, arranges the death of his wife to obtain $2 million in double-indemnity insurance money. They then marry and the plot takes a twist, which the reader (at least this one) doesn’t expect. It’s a fast and enjoyable read."
     -- Theodore Feit

"Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true. Officer Cal Sylvester certainly found this statement to be true in Fringe Benefits. Not only did he wish for another police officer's wife but he put a plan in motion to make his wish come true. The death of Cal's wife so that she would be out of the picture and the proceeds of her insurance to keep Darcy Gordon happy went a long way towards making his wish come true, but the dream turned into a nightmare.

"Fringe Benefits take you into the lives and homes of several police officers of Rocky Bluff a small community in California. You learn their interactions with their wives and families as well as their thoughts towards their jobs....

"F. M. Meredith keeps you guessing throughout the book. I am hoping that she will continue the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series. This is the third book in the series and my first so I have some catching up to do. Fringe Benefits is a fast, interesting read and I think the police officers in Rocky Bluff are typical of police officers everywhere with the same ambitions and stumbling blocks but I hope there aren't too many Cal Sylvester's out there."

"If you are going to commit a murder, it can be helpful to be a cop. Officer Cal Sylvester’s affair with Darcy Butler, wife of a fellow policeman, is going into the deep freeze. Only money will rekindle the flame and Sylvester thinks he knows how to get it, by collecting his wife’s life insurance. Of course, there is one little detail that needs to be taken care of. Enter sixteen-year-old Adler "Patch" Costello, who runs away from home and right into trouble. In the meantime there is a dangerous rapist on the loose who strikes every Wednesday. The third of Meredith’s Rocky Bluff P. D. series. Lets hope there are many more."
      -- 02/07 Jack Quick, Book Bitch Reviews