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"New Undersea Fantasy will turn the genre on its tail!"

New and filled with a sarcastic wit that makes one wonder if the author herself is hiding green hair and a tail, SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES is book you absolutely won’t want to miss.

Dr. Fredrika “Fred” Bim is a surly hybrid (half mermaid, half biped) marine biologist in charge of the main tank at the New England Aquarium. Fred has her share of problems, including the fact that her parents have decided to clue her in that she’s not her father’s biological child (duh, the man would drown in a tide pool) and the fact that the fish in Main One are on a hunger strike because she refuses to play “Pet Shop Boys” for them over the P. A. system. Her life has just been made more complicated by:

Jonas her metrosexual best friend who is crushing on her boss (Barb is fifteen years his senior and thinks he’s gay). Jonas has a knack for showing up at the worst possible moment and really can’t help sticking his nose into her business.

Dr. Barbara Robinson, her boss who thinks that wearing a lab coat and her hair in a braid (so everyone can see her name) gives her an air of authority over her employees who all have more education than she does. Barb however is intuitive and had the great insight to see through Fred’s “punk” hair to the brilliant scientist she is. She has just introduced Fred to the new water fellow, Dr. Thomas Pearson.

Thomas, marine biologist and “mermaid geek” who has made a fortune writing romance novels and who is the only person ever to notice that her hair is green not blue. (Her mother had often told her that “Mr. Right” would see her true self, and the fact that he’s totally hot doesn’t hurt either.) Thomas has come to find the source of toxins in Boston Harbor.

High Prince Artur of the Black Sea who is “Undersea Folk” royalty with Ruby hair and eyes to match has come to claim his “subject’s” fealty and to gain her aid in solving the problem of poisons in the harbor. He’s not at all pleased to note Thomas’ interest in Fred as he’s got his eye on her as well. Poor Fred hasn’t had a date in quite some time (the last one having unfortunately turned out to be Barb’s ex-husband). Now suddenly she has two men after her tail (pardon the pun).

Madison (yeah like the mermaid in “Splash”) Fehr the gorgeous, too bubbly, man-eating new intern who predictably “loved dolphins as a girl”, has rich parents who just happen to be the museum’s benefactors and who just might be connected to the goings on in the bay.

Okay so I loved dolphins as a kid myself, which is why I picked this book up in the first place! I’ll be the first to admit that I love any literature that features mermaids or selkies, but this book may just set the genre on its tail (so to speak). SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES is a refreshingly funny modern romantic fantasy, I can’t wait for another.

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted December 17, 2006

SUMMARY

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
Paperback
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MaryJanice Davidson

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Me, Myself and Why?
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Rise of the Poison Moon
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Mysteria Lane
Undead and Unworthy
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Dead Over Heels
Swimming Without A Net
No Rest for the Witches
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Undead and Uneasy
The Silver Moon Elm
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Demon's Delight
Over The Moon
Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace
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Drop Dead, Gorgeous!
Dead and Loving It
Valentine's Day Is Killing Me
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The Royal Pain
The Royal Treatment
Undead and Unreturnable
Really Unusual Bad Boys
Kick Ass
Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace
Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred: Season 1
Hello, Gorgeous
Derik's Bane
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Undead and Unemployed
How to be a Wicked Woman
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Undead and Unwed
Forgotten Wishes
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Lighthearted Lust
Secrets: Volume 8
Love Lies
Canis Royal: Bridefight
Things That Go Bump In the Night II
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