If you’re looking for the perfect beach read and you love cozy mysteries, might I recommend Ellen Jacobson’s new novel Murder at the Marina? I had a chance to read it early, and it had me guessing and laughing the whole way through. Mollie McGhie is a HOOT as the strong-willed, independent-minded amateur sleuth at the center of the caper. She’s naturally suspicious with a heaping helping of very out there ideas to keep her balanced.
I loved the fact that Ellen doesn’t attempt to do all things for all people. This is a mystery. Not a romance. And I’m cool with that. Sometimes I just want a woman to have an adventure that’s not man-related.
That being said, Mollie has a perfectly charming (if somewhat squeamish) husband who really accentuates his wife’s independence and daring, and the whole novel is chockablock full of quirky characters to fall in love with. This is a fun read, but be warned: bring your own chocolate! You WILL be wanting brownies at your side as you read.
About Murder at the Marina
Mollie McGhie is hoping for diamonds for her tenth wedding anniversary. Instead, her husband presents her with a dilapidated sailboat. Just one problem—she doesn’t know anything about boats, nor does she want to.
When Mollie discovers someone murdered on board, she hopes it will convince her husband that owning a boat is a bad idea. Unfortunately, he’s more determined than ever to fix the boat up and set out to sea.
Mollie finds herself drawn into the tight-knit community living at Palm Tree Marina in Coconut Cove, a small town on the Florida coast. She uncovers a crime ring dealing in stolen marine equipment, investigates an alien abduction, eats way too many chocolate bars, adopts a cat, and learns far more about sailing than she ever wanted to.
Can Mollie discover who the murderer is before her nosiness gets her killed?