All signs point to murder in this story from mystery author Marcia Talley, originally published in DEATH BY HOROSCOPE, an anthology of astrological mysteries from some of the most popular crime writers in the zodiac, edited by Anne Perry. “Each author had to choose a sign of the zodiac as a theme, and since I’m an avid sailor, naturally I chose pisces,” Marcia said. “‘To Catch a Fish’ was inspired by the time I spent living aboard a 37-foot sailboat in the Bahamas—not a floating palace, I assure you, but a space the size of your average American bathroom—but I wrote the story while on vacation in Hawaii, so I definitely had sunshine, palm trees and gin-clear water as well as murder on my mind.
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About the Author
Marcia Talley's Agatha and Anthony award-winning short stories have appeared in more than a dozen collections, including anthologies edited by New York Times best-selling authors Lawrence Block, Elizabeth George, Laura Lippman, and Anne Perry. They have been selected for inclusion in "The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories" and "The Deadly Bride and 21 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories," edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg.
"My mother was an avid mystery fan, and a charter subscriber to Ellery Queen's Mystery magazine, so mysteries were always around the house," Marcia told a Philadelphia newspaper. "I was also a great fan of that old television show, 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' and am grateful that although it appeared on TV late on a Sunday night (a school night--gasp!) I was allowed to stay up to watch it . . . I think my fondness for quirky endings can be traced back directly to Mr. Hitchcock."
Marcia divides her time between Annapolis, Maryland and living aboard an antique sailboat in the Bahamas with a husband who loves to sail and a cat who doesn't.