A little bit of fluff

A review of Sleeping with the Fishes by Mary Janice Davidson

I admit it, sometimes I need a little bit of fluff.  I can get really bogged down with very serious novels, usually teen fiction, that feature death, abuse, drugs, suicide and other generally depressing topics.  What is a reader to do?  Take a break and read something fluffy.

My latest foray into the fluff genre was Sleeping With the Fishes by Mary Janice Davidson.  Fred, the main character, is half human, half mermaid.  She works as a marine biologist at the New England Aquarium.  One day she is visited by Artur, a merman and a prince, and helps him to solve a pollution mystery.  There is also a love triangle between Fred, Artur and Thomas (another marine biologist).  The plot is simple but fun and the characters are hilarious.  My favorite is her metrosexual best friend who falls in love with her boss, Dr. Barb, and embarks a steamy affair. 

If you are looking for a quick read with a lot of spirit, try Sleeping With the Fishes or the sequel, Swimming Without a Net.  Both are wonderfully funny and ironic, for example, Fred suffers from sea sickness and is allergic to fish.  Can you imagine, a mermaid allergic to fish!


Davidson has another funny, snarky series that stars Betsy who in book one is killed and rises from the dead to become Betsy, Queen of the Vampires. Book one is Undead and Unwed.