MaryJanice Davidson,
Sleeping with the Fishes
(Jove, 2006)

Fred is not your typical mermaid. She is a little rude, sarcastic, she definitely doesn't sing and she is laugh-out-loud funny. She works at an aquarium and swims in saltwater pools because she hates seaweed.

The new guy at work, Thomas, catches her eye and asks for help on a special project. She turns him down. Then the mermaid prince, Artur, pays a visit to her parents' house seeking her help with the same problem. So she decides to team up with both Thomas and Artur to find out who is polluting the water. And soon, both Thomas and Artur are competing for Fred's affections. But she is not so easily won over.

They get some help from a wonderful supporting cast of characters. One of my favorites was Jonas, who has been Fred's best friend for years. He is the only one who knows about her fins. He is metrosexual, reliable, handsome and the perfect sidekick to Fred's rough and crass persona.

This was a fun, quick story. Maybe a little too quick for me. The solving of the mystery at the end was a little rushed and silly, but other than that I really enjoyed it. It boasts the typical bellylaugh humor that you expect from a MaryJanice Davidson read.

I think this is going to be a great new and unique series, and I look forward to the next books.

review by
Cherise Everhard

29 September 2007

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