Murder at the Marina

Murder at the Marina

by Janet Finsilver

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She’s got to solve this—or her friends are sunk . . .
Kelly Jackson, manager of the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast, is fond of the Doblinsky brothers, Ivan and Rudy, members of the Silver Sentinels, a crew of crime-solving senior citizens in their Northern California seaside hamlet. After she discovers a jewel-encrusted dagger—with what appears to be dried blood on the blade—on their fishing boat, they share their family history with Kelly, and she learns that the knife may be part of a set from their long-ago childhood in Russia. Its sudden reappearance is eerie, but the mystery grows much more serious when a body is found on the boat. The victim was a member of the community and part of the Russian Heritage Festival, and some of the organizers were clearly harboring some bitterness. But the story behind this murder seems as layered as a nesting doll—and Kelly’s feeling completely at sea . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516104246
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Series: Kelly Jackson Series , #5
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 20,918
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Janet Finsilver and her husband live in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves animals and has two dogs—Kylie, a Rhodesian ridgeback, and Ellie, a boxer/coonhound mix. Janet enjoys horseback riding, snow skiing, and cooking. She is currently working on her next Redwood Cove mystery. Readers can visit her website at

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Murder at the Marina 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
VWilliams 3 months ago
The fifth installment in the Kelly Jackson mystery series brings back Kelly Jackson, new manager and new to Redwood Cove and her bed and breakfast. Returning secondary characters include the Silver Sentinels, who have become instrumental in providing support for Kelly in her sleuthing missions in the remote northern California area. She and Helen, her main staff member providing meals and snacks, are preparing for the Russian Heritage Festival. Ivan and Rudy, two of her Silver Sentinels, are part of the local Russian community. They have been trying to get Kelly down to the marina to see their fishing vessel but when she arrives before they do, she notices something inside the galley that appears to be a bloodied jewel-encrusted dagger. After bringing in her burgeoning romantic interest, the local deputy sheriff Bill Stanton, events begin to escalate and soon a body is found on the boat as well, leading suspicions to the boat owners, the Russian brothers. Apparently the brothers have quite a store of treasures brought with them and were hoping to reconnect with family after arriving in San Francisco. The knife is part of a set, but the dagger found on their boat is not from their holdings. With two of their own under suspicion, the crime-solving seniors, along with Kelly will proceed to investigate their Russian history, valuables, and links back to San Francisco. Helen takes up the slack and fills in with foods, snacks, and desserts when they meet at the Redwood Cove B&B. I really enjoyed the Russian history as well as the festival highlights, foods (baklava--yum!), dancing, and the Cossack riding team, imagining their magnificent costumes and precision equestrian presentation. The author has a good knowledge base of horses as well as dogs! This is a fun well-paced cozy, with compelling characters, and location. I was given the ebook download by the publisher and NetGalley for this blog tour and appreciate the opportunity to read and review.
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KrisAnderson_TAR 3 months ago
Murder at the Marina may be the fifth A Kelly Jackson Mystery, but it can be read as a standalone. The author provides the necessary background information for new readers. Kelly Jackson loves her job as the manager of the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast. She has made some good friends and has a budding romance with Scott Thompson who manages the Redwood Cove Community Center. Kelly is a friendly character who continues to develop in each story. She is trying to get over her trust issues with men and she is learning how to cook. Scott decides to give her a baking lesson which gave me the giggles. After an incident with flour, she tells Scott that he “would make a very distinguished Silver Sentinel”. The Silver Sentinels are a diverse group of older men and women who each bring a different talent to the group. I hope we get to learn more about each member as the series progresses. I thought Murder at the Marina was well-written with steady pacing which made for an easy to read story. I enjoyed getting to know more about Rudy and Ivan Doblinsky. I believe readers will be surprised at their heritage. I found the Russian aspects of the story very interesting. I delighted in the descriptions of the Cossack riders and their demonstration. I thought the mystery in this edition was more complex. The conclusion of the whodunit was just fabulous and had me quickly flipping the pages of my e-reader. It is an action packed reveal which I just loved. Helen, Tommy, Allie and the dogs add to this charming cozy mystery. Gus and Fred, the two dogs, are adorable and clever. I could have done without the case details being repeated (seems like Kelly would get information, share with Deputy Bill Stanton, then with Silver Sentinels). Murder at the Marina combines murder, a Russian dagger, senior sleuths, a nosy B&B manager, Cossack riders and a helpful hound into one diverting cozy mystery.
CozyOnUp 4 months ago
Kelly Jackson and the Silver Sentinels find themselves helping two of their own, Russian brothers Ivan and Rudy. As preparations kick into high gear for the Annual Russian Heritage Festival, an historic and valuable jeweled dagger is found on Rudy and Ivan’s boat, the Nadia. Not long after a local Russian business man is found dead on the boat and a second body shows up in the same spot not long after. While no one believes the brothers are guilty, they are on the suspect list and the Silver Sentinels are back in business as they try to figure out who has brought murder to Redwood Cove yet again. The Russian history and tie to royalty added additional intrigue to this story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You don’t want to miss this series, and if you haven’t ready one yet, this is a great place to start as it is great as a standalone and a first introduction to the Redwood Cove, Kelly, and the gang.
4GranJan 4 months ago
Murder at the NoCal Russian Festival This is the fifth book in a series and the first that I have read. This stands alone well and it was a smooth transition for a new reader. This story is so interesting! I was aware of the Russian history along the Pacific coast and have visited some of the forts. This story filled in more of that history. It is also a nicely complicated murder mystery. There is a nicely tangled pool of suspects and many are intertwined through business. It is a sweet and clean cozy with dogs, horses, the ocean and good friends. I will be reading the rest of this series soon! I received the ARC of this book for free from Net Galley. This is my honest review.
Tangen 4 months ago
law-enforcement, amateur-sleuth, senior-citizens, family-dynamics, friendship, Russian-heritage, cozy-mystery ***** Strange things are happening in Redwood Cove and it will take both law enforcement and a group of local sleuths to get to the bottom of things. First there's a jewel encrusted dagger that looks like one kept by two gray haired brothers who were smuggled out of Russia as young children, and later a dead body has ties to the old men. Along the way the reader learns about the Russian aristocracy, Russian heritage celebrations, Cossack riding skills, and how a real Russian samovar is properly used. The mystery itself is well done and has just enough twists and red herrings, the characters are interesting and engaging, and the scenery and activities are clearly depicted. I loved it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Lyrical Underground via NetGalley. Thank you!
ArizonaJo 4 months ago
Murder at the Marina by Janet Finsilver is another excellent addition to the Kelly Jackson mystery series. I always enjoy my visit to Redwood Cove with Kelly and the Silver Sentinels. Kelly, Helen, Mary, Gertie, Professor, Rudy and Ivan are all people that I want to call friends. Ms. Finsilver's descriptive writing always allows me to feel like I'm right there with Kelly in each book. This time she provides the history for two of the Silver Sentinels, Rudy and Ivan. The book highlights friendships and family. The plot was quickly paced with more than one mystery to solve, only a few suspects, enough twists that kept me guessing (I guessed wrong) and a very surprising reveal. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Underground via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
BobbieLCLA 4 months ago
I received a free copy of MURDER AT THE MARINA (A Kelly Jackson Mystery Book 5) by Janet Finsilver in exchange for an honest review. Kelly Jackson, manager of the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast and honorary member of the Silver Sentinels, is busy with guests for the upcoming Russian Heritage Festival. Kelly and the Silver Sentinels are called into action when the boat belonging to Ivan and Rudy Doblinsky, two of the Silver Sentinels, becomes the centerpiece for intrigue and murder. First, there was the fabulous dagger clad in precious gems and fake blood. Who left it there and why? Next, there is a murder at the marina. Who killed the victim, why, and is the murder linked to the relic? I enjoyed this book as I have the prior novels in the Kelly Jackson series. I look forward to the next novel. The characters are engaging, and there is always something interesting going on at Redwood Cove during the investigations. I would recommend this to fans of cozy mystery series. #MurderAtTheMarina #NetGalley