Book Review – Sleeping with the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid, Book 1) by MaryJanice Davidson.


3 out of 5 stars.


I would like to thank myself for this book as I bought it years ago, in paper form, for my own entertainment and enjoyment and don’t regret that at all. So, no one paid me for this review and it’s all my opinion and therefore my fault if you don’t like it! 😉

Okay, so this isn’t the first time I’ve read this book but is the first time (I think) that I’ve left a review for it.

Now, I’m a fan of Ms Davidsons and many who know me know this. So, of course, I am going to be a bit biased. I will admit here though that I am a bigger fan of her Queen Betsy than I am her Fred the Mermaid.

Saying that though, this is a funny little book and a nice change from the Betsy chronicles. Not that I needed a change, but what I am trying to say is that this isn’t a carbon copy of it. Meaning the Fred the Mermaid series (as I call it) may share similarities due to being written by the same author, but that’s it. Different feel, different characters – no cookie cutter characters here – and all in all totally entertaining on its own merit, rather than by being “like those vampire books”. If that all makes sense?

The characters are engaging, the sarcasm is glorious and the balance of witty banter, mystery, adventure and romping in the bed bits is just right. A good start to this three book series.

Would I recommend this book to others?

Yes I would. Lovers of authors like Angie Fox would enjoy this book. Lovers of Ms Davidson’s other books would enjoy it. Those into the quirky, entertaining supernatural mystery genre will love it too. Look, you like sarcastic protagonists, witty banter and a bit of the supernatural mixed with a mystery? Then you will love this. End. Of.

Would I buy this book for myself?

Been there, done that, proudly own it in paper and don’t regret it as it’s a book I can happily enjoy again and again. The main reason I’ve read it again now is due to all of South Australia losing electricity for at least several hours the other week… I couldn’t read off my electric devices as I needed to conserve their power. And so I was FORCED to read a paper book, by lantern… while eating cinnamon doughnuts for dinner. Oh the inhumanity. 😉 See, paper books have their uses and so don’t regret my purchase at all.

In summary: A funny, fast-paced supernatural mystery about mermaids, men and… other things. Love it, own it, highly recommend it.

Until next time,



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