Swimming with the Fishes (Ozarks Lake Mystery #2) by Marc Jedel
Cozy Mystery, 2nd in Series, Set in Arkansas, 220 Pages
Published August 27th 2021 by BGM Press

About the Book: She’s settling into a new life. But when a fishing trip totally capsizes, can she get a friend off the hook for murder?

Elizabeth Trout still feels awkward being back home. Discovering a BFF from her raucous high-school days has become the perfect mom is as weird as staying with her mother while awaiting construction of her new home. But she’s shaken to her core when her newlywed husband and beloved dog are nearly blown out of the water in a dockside explosion which leaves another woman dead … and her bestie is arrested for the crime.

To clear her friend, Elizabeth and her spouse set out to reel in a killer by sifting through the murky depths of small town drama. But between missing money, ominous strangers, and a shady ex-husband, these amateur sleuths net more motives than they can handle.

Can this dynamic detective duo dig up an answer before the big one gets away?

Swimming with the Fishes is the sensational second book in the Ozarks Lake Mystery series. If you like clever couples, delightful lakeside settings, and a rollicking good time, then you’ll love Marc Jedel’s hilarious whodunit.

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have enjoyed Marc Jedel’s cozy mystery books from his Silicon Mystery series and although I missed the first in this series, I was happy to read and review Swimming with the Fishes when the opportunity arose. I will definitely go back and read the first in this series to get the full picture of Elizabeth and Jason Trout’s move to Arkansas. In this story, Jason is out fishing with two friends early in the morning, when there is an explosion on shore. A boat has blown up and a woman killed, but it was not an accident. When Elizabeth’s friend, Vanessa is arrested for the murder, Elizabeth and Jason start asking questions, snooping and sneaking around to help clear her name by finding the real killer. Will they be able to clear Vanessa before anyone is hurt or killed?

I enjoyed this cozy mystery with its husband and wife sleuthing team. This is Elizabeth’s home town and it is her ten year class reunion. Jason has been hired as a substitute highschool teacher and they plan to stay in town. They are building a new home on her grandparent’s farm that she inherited. Elizabeth is an artist, so she has time to do her sleuthing and summer vacation means Jason does as well. I like the husband/wife team. They are newlyweds, so there is a bit of fun there, and they get along well. There is some gentle teasing to show that side of their relationship. I will say there is not as much humor in this series as the other, but there is still some. I like that the mayor is a bit of a harmless blowhard, and there are some other quirky characters that I enjoyed. There is a side mystery as well regarding some missing money, that Elizabeth is sure has something to do with the murder. Throw in some gangsters snooping around as there is talk of a casino licence and there is a lot happening in this relatively short, quick, story. There were a few suspects, some far out hypothesis and a few red herrings that made this armchair detective throw up her hands. I enjoyed the reveal, as it was not dangerous to anyone and the police arrived just at the right time. This feels like a fun series that brings us good mysteries, great secondary characters and two wonderful sleuths in Elizabeth and Jason. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I was gifted this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

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Guest Post by Elizabeth Trout, protagonist in Swimming with the Fishes: An Ozarks Lake Mystery

Let me tell y’all what happened last week. It all began right as my ten year high school reunion was starting. I had no time to deal with more nonsense as I’ve been busy overseeing the work for our new home, but of course everything went into a hand basket—if you know what I mean.

On a side note, I can’t wait to move into our new home with an office all my own. My husband, Jonas, doesn’t like how I organize my workspace. He once told someone that if his desk looked like mine, then someone should call 911 and report a home invasion, violent struggle, and kidnapping. I surprised him by not flying off the handle as I’m liable to do without much rhyme or reason. But, in this case, he was right. If it were his space, I’d call the sheriffs for sure. But for me, I view my space as where my creative flurries take place. After all, I’m a creative. Having wild swings of emotion and overexaggerating things were all part of why we artsy types were given our very own license: artistic license.

Last week was pretty crazy with poor Courtney Stanton getting murdered and one of my besties getting arrested. I just knew she’d never do something terrible like that, but the sheriff didn’t listen to me—AGAIN. At least I didn’t get arrested too. Jonas and I managed to figure everything out before things got too out of control. I’m mighty pleased with myself for solving the case and handling lots of things quite maturely last week. So unlike me.

I’d explain further but I think Marc Jedel did a great job telling the whole story in SWIMMING WITH THE FISHES. Y’all really should go read it today. It’s a fun clean read with lots of twists and surprises. I’m just happy it’s all over now.

SWIMMING WITH THE FISHES is the second book in Marc Jedel’s new Ozarks Lake Mystery series. It’s available at getbook.at/Swimming. Don’t you agree it’s pretty cool of him to tell stories about me and Jonas? Although I hope we don’t keeping having danger, dead bodies, or disasters in our future. Sure, it may make for a great story, but this is my life after all!

He’s writing more books in his Silicon Valley Mystery series (www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PHNT7XM). I haven’t read those but I hear they’re very funny. That doesn’t surprise me any as them Californians are strange folk, and none stranger than his main character, Marty. The first three of those books are also out on audio book, available everywhere audiobooks are sold. All Marc’s books are free for Kindle Unlimited members.

About the Author: Marc Jedel writes humorous murder mysteries. He credits his years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley for honing his writing skills and sense of humor. While his high-tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, these were just called emails, ads, and marketing collateral.

For most of Marc’s life, he’s been inventing stories. As he’s gotten older, he’s encountered more funny and odd people and situations. This has made it even easier for him to write what he knows and make up the rest. It’s a skill that’s served him well, both as an author and marketer.

The publication of Marc’s first novel, UNCLE AND ANTS, gave him permission to claim “author” as his job. This leads to much more interesting conversations with people than answering, “marketing.” Becoming an Amazon best-selling author has only made him more insufferable.

Like his characters Jonas and Elizabeth from the Ozarks Lake Mystery series, Marc grew up in the South and spent plenty of time in and around Arkansas. Like his character, Marty from the Silicon Valley Mystery series, Marc now lives in Silicon Valley, works in high-tech, and enjoys bad puns. Along with all his protagonists, Marc too has a dog, although his is neurotic, sweet, and small, with little appreciation for Marc’s humor.

Visit his website, marcjedel.com, for free chapters of novels, special offers, and more.

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