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Sleeping with the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid Series #1)
     

Sleeping with the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid Series #1)

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by MaryJanice Davidson
 

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Fred is a mermaid. But stop right there. Whatever image you’re thinking of right now, forget it. Fred is not blonde. 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 blue.
 
Being a mermaid does help Fred when she volunteers at the New England

Overview

Fred is a mermaid. But stop right there. Whatever image you’re thinking of right now, forget it. Fred is not blonde. 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 blue.
 
Being a mermaid does help Fred when she volunteers 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 seawater. A gorgeous marine biologist wants her help investigating. So does her merperson ruler, the High Prince of the Black Sea. You’d think it would be easy for a mermaid to get to the bottom of things. Think again…

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
Turning her attention from the customary vampires and werewolves, bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson makes a splash with this delightful mermaid-out-of-water story. Her heroine is no Ariel but Fredrika Bimm, better known as Fred -- a cranky 29-year-old who hasn't gone out on a date in six years. She's also a hybrid mermaid who figured out a long time ago that her hippie father wasn't exactly her true parent. Fred has found a good career niche at the New England Aquarium, but with hair the color of the ocean and a tail that emerges in water, she still feels like a freak -- until the new water man arrives. Dr. Thomas Pearson is not only cute; he also writes romances under a feminine pen name. Then up surfaces Fred's putative ruler, Artur, the High Prince of the Black Sea. He wants help in solving the mystery of who's been poisoning the waters in Boston Harbor. So there's Fred with two guys, both of whom who actually want her, and a dark mystery to solve. Davidson brings her offbeat humor and sexiness to everything she does, and the full cast of characters, including Fred's neurotic boss, is a lot of fun. Ginger Curwen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597226103
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
11/14/2007
Series:
Fred the Mermaid Series , #1
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
189
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
1969
Place of Birth:
Minot, North Dakota
Website:
http://www.maryjanicedavidson.net

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Sleeping with the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hate to say this but the editing in this book is REALLY REALLY bad. It begins with a letter from MD trying desperately to justify herself. This should have tipped me off that something was off with this book. By the end it was easy to see that the letter was just an attempt to say 'sorry my book sucks, this is why..' I know that stuff happens (like people dying) and deadlines get pushed back but that's still no excuse for all of the mistakes in this book. They should have pushed back the date even further. It's ok to prolong a books release if the quality of the book is awful. I would have rather them postponed this book for years rather than publish this slop. It's plagued with spelling and gramatical errors as well as plot and character mistakes. For example, look up at the 'from the publisher' section, it says Fred is volunteering at the aquarium. She works there! They can't even keep track of where she works! In the novel she and Artur are in Thomas' office, from there they proceed up to the observation deck where all of the sudden Artur tries to kiss Fred leaving her leaning against Thomas' desk. This isn't possible unless they were suddenly back in the office or the desk magically appeared on the observation deck. Further, the characters were a little off. Fred is not lovable at all. She's irritating and cranky and rude. I wouldn't want to be her friend much less read a whole novel about her. In fact, I was kinda hoping she would die at the end but no such luck. Artur was a typical one dimensional character. How many times can we pull the 'super attractive, smart, rich and utterly lacking in charm' card. It's been done...Artur could be Sinclair with a tail. And what is up with Jonas? I mean the man is GAY! GAY GAY GAY! I don't care how many sex scenes you give him, it feels wrong. He should be doing a dude! No man is that secure with his masculinity. I mean, he is MARC only he hasn't come out of the closet yet. This novel started off bad with Fred walking in on her parents having sex which wasn't necessary and just succeeded in not only grossing me out but leaving me with the question of 'why'? It continued to go downhill with a bad storyline, a lame badguy, one dimensional characters, an awful ending and all and all terrible editing It's too bad really. I know she's capable of so much more. I wanted to literally take a red marker to this book and send it back to the publishers. Oh well, if she writes a sequel I'll surely read it with the hopes that maybe she will get it right the second time because it would suck to waste such a good concept.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great, funny story. the only problem I had was that the climax of the story was over and done with within a few sentences. I still enjoyed it immensely, but that kept it from being perfect. A good book for laughs and crazy romance. The other books of the series basically had the same problems and same pluses.
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DFA62 More than 1 year ago
Good book. Nice short series & I like the author's witty writing style.
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Mom2all More than 1 year ago
This is a fast read book designed to be fun, not deep. Foul language, but not used out of context. Less than you will hear on the city bus.
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Fred is a lot like her other character betsy taylor. this was not too interesting, and i was expecting a lot more. I guess i should have read this series before i read betsy taylor series.
piratesweetie More than 1 year ago
Sorry, but I really didn't like this book. The language in it was really vulgar and I couldn't get past the first chapter. Lured in by the pretty cover, I was VERY decieved. It just wasn't wholesome or interesting in my opinion.
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