Interview with Emory Crawford – Femme Fatale! The Devil’s Music by Pearl R. Meaker @GoddessFish


E.C.           No! No, that’s not right. I’m not a femme fatale, I’m a wife, for goodness

   sake. Over thirty years with the same great hubby. Not that some wives

   haven’t killed . . . but no, try again.

Interview with Emory Crawford – Wanton Wife!

E.C.                No. Still not right. I’m a romantic not a nympho. Try again.

Interview with Emory Crawford – She Loves Her Man!

E.C.                Yes! That’s got it! Thanks.

                       Okay, we can get started now.

P.R.M.            Hi friends from Pearl R. Meaker. Today on “Character Interviews” I

welcome Emory Crawford from Twombly, IL, USA. She is the main

character in the newly released book “The Devil’s Music,” the first book

in the Emory Crawford Mysteries Series.

                       Hi Emory.

E.C.                Hi Pearl.

P.R.M.             Well, I don’t normally include attempts at a title in my finished interview,

but I think my readers might get a chuckle out of it. Why were you so


E.C.                I am glad you asked that. Although readers of “Devil’s Music” will get

some romantic moments between my husband, Jebbin, and me, they won’t

get a ringside seat to our bed. We’re a “fade to black” couple. They will

see us hugging, kissing, cuddling, having loving couple type conversations,

but they don’t get to watch us . . . Ah . . . nope, they just don’t. What he

and I wanted to have shine through is that we are very much in love. We

have great sex but we don’t care to show that part of our marriage to the

world at large. We have great chemistry.

P.R.M.             Ok. Now you’re laughing mischievously.

E.C.                 Yes. An inside joke? A pun? I’m not sure which. Jebbin is Dr. Jebbin

Crawford, PhD. He’s a professor of chemistry and forensic science at

Twombly College. Get it? Chem prof – great chemistry?

P.R.M.             I got it. Let’s go on. How did you and Jebbin meet?

E.C.                 We were both students at College of Charleston in Charleston, South

Carolina. I was a twenty year old freshman and Jebbin was a twenty-four

year old senior. We met at a twice-a-month bluegrass jam on the campus.

My college classes weren’t going as I’d hoped. I realized I really wanted

to be a wife, mother and homemaker. So we got married the summer

between his graduation and the start of his masters degree studies.

P.R.M.             Wasn’t that a little fast?

E.C.                 Like I said . . .

P.R.M.             I know, I know. You’ve got good chemistry.

E.C.                 Exactly! Not that we didn’t have rough times at first in part because we

did know each other such a short time. But, we really did, and still do,

love each other – and love cares enough to do its best to work things out.

Then we had our son, Lanthanum – we call him Lanthan – and

Molybdenum – who we call Molly. We both loved children and so, for us,

having the kids helped pull us together.

Just that. We loved each other, we both loved our kids, plus both

of us being Methodists and loving bluegrass music gave us enough

common ground when things got touchy.

P.R.M.             Great! I’m glad it all worked out well for you both.

How’d you get involved as an amateur sleuth?

E.C.                 There was this murder on Twombly’s campus. Jebbin teaches forensic

science and is fully accredited to work as a forensic scientist. The college

lab is the official lab for law enforcement in all of Golden County. The

suspect pool was at Twombly attending a conference so there was pressure

to solve the murder before they all left at the end of the conference.

                        I’d met several attendees while volunteering at the Twombly College

Welcome Table when they registered. I figured – I’m not a scary person,

and I’ve been told I’m easy to talk to, I’ve always loved mysteries and

solving puzzles – so why not help my husband out?

P.R.M.             Interesting reasoning, Emory.

And readers, we’ve reached the end of our time. You’ll just have to read

“The Devil’s Music” to find out how the story ends.

Till next time – keep reading!


Emory Crawford doesn’t do martial arts nor is she an athletic, leggy woman who is built like a model. She’s a wife, grandmother, and empty nest lover of crafts, reading, birding and bluegrass music.

When an acclaimed scholar, best-selling author and fellow bluegrass musician is found murdered on the Twombly College campus where her husband teaches chemistry and forensics, Emory takes up her knitting caddy, to help her channel the spirit of Miss Marple, and heads off to help solve the crime.


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Stars shone in a sky hazed with moonlight from a half- moon. The fountain played its merry music. The smell of late spring flowers wafted on the cooling air. Soft lights in the fountain made the area cozy while keeping it from being scary-dark. But our playful mood faded as we saw the silhouette of someone sleeping on one of the backless benches near the fountain.

“Drat! I was looking forward to some romance.” At forty-seven I still sound like a

sulky child when I’m disappointed.

“So was I.” Jebbin didn’t sound it though. He was too busy squinting at the figure on the bench. He nodded his head toward the figure. “Something’s odd there, Emory.”

I looked closer. The figure’s arms both dangled down, hands resting on the ground. The legs were straight, hanging off either side of the bench in an uncomfortable looking position. We edged closer until we could see, lit by the light of the fountain, the body of a man splayed lengthwise on the bench. Several pouches and odd amulets rested on his chest. On the ground, the hand nearest us was holding a fiddle with no strings.

Jebbin grabbed my shoulders, turning me toward the fountain and away from the bench.

“He’s been strangled.” Jebbin’s body was tight, his voice tense. “It’s Archie and he’s

been strangled.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Pearl R. Meaker is an upper-middle-aged, short, pudgy homemaker, mother, and grandmother who in 2002 became a writer. Initially writing fanfiction she soon tried original fiction at the encouragement of her regular readers. She has been a life-long lover of mystery stories and automatically went to that genre for her first book, The Devil’s Music. She and her husband of nearly 40 years live in central Illinois. They both love bluegrass music, playing fiddle and banjo and singing. Pearl also does many crafts – when she’s not reading or writing – knitting, crochet, origami, needlepoint, and cross-stitch among them. She also enjoys birding and photography and is a former fencer.


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10 thoughts on “Interview with Emory Crawford – Femme Fatale! The Devil’s Music by Pearl R. Meaker @GoddessFish

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai T.

    What book do you wish you could have written?

    • Hi Mai! 🙂

      Wow, that’s a toughy.

      It’s tempting to say something in a genre that’s more likely to go blockbuster than cozy mysteries do. However, I don’t really want to be James Patterson or Stephen King or J.K. Rowling. I don’t want all that attention.

      In some ways I wish I could have written a fantasy but I’ve been a fan of Tolkien for so long I’m not sure I could write a fantasy that would be sufficiently different in feel.

      Or maybe a steampunk. I really like steampunk even though I haven’t read much of it, but I’ve liked the movies and TV shows that are in that genre.

  3. Good Morning and thank you for having me on The Snarkology today, Melissa! 😀

    And thank you to Goddess Fish Promotions for making all the arrangements for me to be here. 😀

  4. momjane

    Really loved your comments. I think this is going to be a great book to read.

    • Hi MomJane! 🙂

      Thank you 🙂 And I’ll let Emory know as well.
      I’ve had great reviews on The Devil’s Music, so I think it will be a book you’ll enjoy.

  5. Betty W

    Terrific post! I love Tolkien, too~super talented author~the detail in his books is mind boggling!

    • Hi Betty 😀

      Thank you 🙂
      I’ve loved Tolkien’s works since I read Lord of the Rings when I was 12. A part of me is always in Middle Earth.


    Welcome to the Snarkology! 🙂

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