Friday, January 16, 2009

Sleeping with the Fishes, by MaryJanice Davidson

(pb; 2006: first book in The Mermaid Series)

From the back cover:

"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 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 with 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 it'd be easy for a mermaid to get to the bottom of things. Think again. . ."


Quirky chockful-o'-zingers paranormal-romance breeze read, this. Davidson keeps the tightly-plotted laughs rolling along through the book. The characters are engaging and worth caring about; the comic drama feels natural and unforced, and the one sex scene fits well with the story: it doesn't feel shoehorned in, requisite-genre banging for its own sake.

Check this one out, even if, like myself, you're not into "paranormal romance" novels. It's a minor masterpiece of genre writing.

Followed by Swimming Without a Net.

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