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Sleeping with the Fishes (Paranormal) [Mass Market Paperback]

MaryJanice Davidson
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28 Nov 2006 Paranormal (Book 1)
Fredericka Bimm - Fred - is a mermaid. But she is not the stuff of legends. A marine biologist, she knows what's in the water so chooses not to expose herself to those toxins. She's allergic to shellfish. The sea creatures she can communicate with won't do her bidding. She doesn't have long blonde hair or a perfect body. And she's definitely not perky! Fred's life is mostly spent trying to conceal her origins - and lately she's been trying to figure out just why there are weird levels of toxins in the local seawater. Then two strangers come into her life. Her new colleague is a sexy - if over-curious - hunk with a mermaid fixation. The other claims he is Artur, the high prince of the black seas - and Fred's rightful ruler!
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Jove Books (28 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515142220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515142228
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,547,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MaryJanice Davidson has written in a variety of genres, including contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotica and non-fiction. She lives in Minnesota. Visit her at

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"'a refreshing take on the chick-lit genre... a good-natured read and MaryJanice Davidson has added some nice touches to the traditional vampire myths.' SLIMMING MAGAZINE 'quirky, sexy, truly funny and refreshingly different gothic chick lit' THE BOOKSELLER" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

MaryJanice Davidson has written in a variety of genres, including contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotica and non-fiction. She lives in Minnesota. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a quick light read 5 Jun 2007
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The book for me started out very good. I was fascinated by fred and the concept of an overlooked genre. This soon began to escilate into a very rushed and unsure story. I got the impression that this whole book was just an experiment on the authors part. characters were rapidly introduced and left to linger without any real depth to them. I found that I read this book very quickly as it was a very light book in terms of pages and words per page. The male interests were completly unsexy as they appeared more to be school kids scrapping than engaging individuals that they should have been. This was dissapointing to me as was the fact that freds mermaid secret wasn't kept very secret and those who did find out just seemed to shrug it off!!! wouldn't you be a little bit shocked by meeting a mermaid? I do have to say that Fred was spot on with character development as was her best friend jonas who I believed to be the true male interest of the piece (loved his side story).

On the whole a commendable effort that was for the most part enjoyable.. Just could have done with having some more time spent on it to flesh it out. it felt unfinished.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant diversion 28 May 2007
I found this to be a pleasant diversion but nothing more, with 'thin' characters and a rush to the end of the book. Not inclined to bother with any of the author's other books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!!! 16 Mar 2007
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Another laugh-out-loud novel from MJD. As in the review, Fred is a very likeable, sarcastic half human,half mermaid who is oblivious to her appeal to the opposite sex. When the Prince of the Black Sea arrives in town at the same time as a fellow marine biologist with a mermaid fetish, Fred finds herself kissed and grabbed whichever way she turns! The secondary characters are well developed and the author has obviously laid the groundwork for another series of books. Both of Fred's suitors are sexy as hell and I can't wait for the next installment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Mar 2007
When a friend at a book store recommended me this I wasn't so sure. But, I'm glad I did. The plot is great and I love the characters. Fred seems more realistic then some characters you read about in these types of books.. minus the tail and green/blue hair. I love how she reacted to the mens attention, very different from the usual thing. This is a great book to read for a laugh. I really am looking forward to the next one in the series :D
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be laughing from the first chapter!!! 13 Jan 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hubby bought me this for christmas but was having second thoughts after watching me fail to breathe from laughing so hard!!!

I was hooked on this book by the first page and didn't move from the sofa till the last :o)

You'll love all the characters but Fred is just a blast, now all we need is a sequal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Fred the Mermaid Trilogy" book 1 18 Sep 2011
By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
Dr Fredrika (Fred) Bimm is a marine biologist who suffers from sea sickness. A small irony compared to the fact she is a mermaid and whilst she is superb in water with her tail, she is unable to swim in her human form. Her love life is nonexistent, as is her best friends Jonas' (but that's another story as he's in love with Fred's work colleague Barb), the fish she looks after are on hunger strike unless she plays them The Petshop Boys and there's unpleasant waste being pumped into the sea. Oh Fred's also accidently revealed her mermaid form to new colleague Thomas Pearson, and she's visited by High Prince Artur of the Black Sea. Of course both profess to fall in love with her, and of course Fred doesn't know which man (or merman) she likes best.

MJD always writes a good, light-hearted romance and the first in her mermaid series is no exception. Fred is definitely less ditzy (thankfully) than Queen Betsy and made of sterner stuff as she takes new challenges on board and doesn't suffer from anxiety attacks or bout of paranoia as she goes about fixing those problems she can. Instead the humorous but embarrassing social gaffes surround her interaction with her mom; a laid back hippie type whose antics make Fred want to rip her own eyeballs out. 3 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different paranormal genre, mermaids! 5 Aug 2011
By Sanz
Sleeping with the Fishes by Mary Janice Davidson.
*please not there is a more adult content in this book, so not for young children*
Fred is not an ordinary or typical mermaid, she's not blonde, she's not overly buxom, and she is definitely not perky! Fred can be and usually is really cranky. It doesn't help her mood that her hair is blue!
So where does a mermaid work? Fred volunteer's at the New England Aquarium. That's how Fred learns that there are weird levels of toxins in the sea water. A rather gorgeous marine biologist helps her to investigate the problem. Obviously he doesn't know that Fred is a mermaid......yet. Fred's mer-people ruler the High prince of the Black Sea also wants to help. he too is also ..rather gorgeous too.

I did enjoy this book, it was interesting, kept you hooked and wanting to read on, and at the same time it is funny and witty too. As I have put in the warning there is some content that would not be really appropriate for children or young teens. It has a few sections that are a touch steamy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good enough so I read the rest of the series. 23 Nov 2010
By Rebecca
mermaids ... named Fred. Ok ... her name is Fredrika. And she doesn't like the ocean. Too many talkative fish and nasty sea weed that gets caught in her hair. Then again, Fred is a Ph.D. in Marine Biology who works at the New England Aquarium. So she's got enough fish to worry about.
What happens when a stranger walks into her life and upsets everything ... a gorgeous marine biologist and close on his heels is the High Prince of the Black Sea (aka Prince Artur ... king-in-waiting of all Undersea Folk).
What's a cranky, argumentative Fred to do? Have an adventure.
Good read ... not terrific but good enough so I read the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping With The Fishes
Sleeping With The Fishes is the first book in the `Fred the Mermaid' series by MaryJanice Davidson. This book had me giggling non-stop. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2010 by AngelGoneMad
5.0 out of 5 stars maryjanice davidson does it again!!!!!
read in under 3hours, didnt move, didnt eat, or even pee!!!!! i loved the undead series and had to try something different. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2010 by Laura Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but not much substance really
Another fun-filled read from Davidson. I whizzed through this in an afternoon. Like all her books, it isn't nearly long enough. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2009 by daisyduck1976
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect too much and you'll enjoy it
The first in the `Fred the Mermaid' trilogy and my first read of a Mary Janice Dickinson book- so I'll be as objective as I can. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2009 by Nicola F (Nic)
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I think the fred mermaid books are fab but I do wish MJD would stay focused on Fred and stop going on about her stupid human friend. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2008 by Ms. Victoria A. Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars dissappointing read
Having read all the "undead" series i was expecting good things in this book but sadly it was not to be. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2007 by K. Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Fish Out of Water"
" 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 is definitely not perky. Read more
Published on 3 July 2007 by Seliin
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable easy read
very similar to the betsy undead series but instead of being dead our heroine is a mermaid. the usual group of characters including two guys battling it out for her affections. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2007 by Lindymck
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