"zany amusing fantasy"

Twenty-nine year old marine biologist Dr. Fredrika "Fred" Bim knows her dad is not her biological father as she is a mermaid and her dad cannot swim; her mom says a mer-man bonked her. At work at the New England Aquarium, Fred's boss Dr. Barbara Robinson introduces her to the new water man, Dr. Thomas Pearson, who shocks her when he notices her hair is green as most people say it is blue. Of course Fred has not dated in six years so finding true love seems impossible. Fred mentions the water man to her friend Jonas, the only human besides her parents who knows she is a mermaid; he insists she is in love.

Thomas tells Dr. Barb and Fred that there is a high level of toxin in the ocean, which he traces back to Boston Harbor. Not long afterward High Prince Artur tells Fred his father, the king of the sea-folks, needs her help with the poison in the ocean. Artur has the hots for Fred and steals a kiss. Thomas sees Fred in a fish tank where the water brings out her tail. He knows she is a mermaid and kisses her as she leaves the water. From no lovers, Fred has two wannabe lovers while Jonas has the hots for Barb. However, first they must deal with the poisoned ocean.

SLEEPING WITH FISHES is a zany amusing fantasy as MaryJanice Davidson provides her trademark wacky fun tale of the tail. The story line focuses on Fred with a strong support cast bringing out the best and worst in her while making the "undersea-folks" seem genuine. Readers will enjoy this delightful whimsical story as readers will wonder whether the human or the sea-prince will get Fred as the trio tries to resolve the question of that dirty water, Boston is her hometown.

Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted November 21, 2006

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 25, 2006


A Fish Out of Water...

Fred is a mermaid. But stop right there. Whatever image you're thinking of right now, forget it. Fred is not blond. She's not buxom. And she's definitely not perky. In fact, Fred can be downright cranky. And it doesn't help matters that her hair is ocean-colored.

Being a mermaid does help Fred when she works at the New England Aquarium. But, needless to say, it's there that she gets involved in something fishy. Weird levels of toxins have been found in the local water. A gorgeous marine biologist wants her help investigating. So does her mer-person ruler, the High Prince of the Black Sea. You'd think that it would be easy for a mermaid to get to the bottom of things. Think again...

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mermaids, Fantasy


Sleeping with the Fishes
(Fred the Mermaid: Book 1)
by MaryJanice Davidson

Berkley Pub Group
November 1, 2006
Available: November 28, 2006
ISBN #0515142220
EAN #9780515142228
304 pages
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