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Sleeping with the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  6,475 Ratings  ·  366 Reviews
Fredericka Bimm is a mermaid. But she's not the stuff of legends. A marine biologist, she knows what's in the water so chooses not to expose herself to toxins. Then two strangers come into her life. Her new colleague is a hunk with a mermaid fixation. The other claims he is Artur - her rightful ruler!
Paperback, 263 pages
Published 2007 by Piatkus Books (first published November 28th 2006)
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Lolly's Library
I started and finished this the same day; heck, it only took a couple of hours, all total, to read this foul-mouthed, vapid, empty piece of garbage. I wanted to like this book, despite a friend's warning of its awfulness rattling around in my head. It had such potential. There are all manner of paranormal beasties starring in books and series today: vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, faeries, even ghosts. Why not mermaids as well? What a shame a perfectly good and quirky concept (half-human me ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Dr. Fredrika Bimms knows that she's a mermaid and that her dad isn't her biological father. When her parents decide to drop the news, that the man she calls dad isn't biologically related to her, Fred is more bothered by catching her parents in the middle of sex, than she is by their revelation. Feeling scared for life, Fred wonders how she will get past seeing what no child ever wants to see. Little does Fred know that she'll quickly get over the trauma when the handsome Prince Artur of the Bla ...more
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just realized I've never did a review on this series, and I read it this past summer..Better late than never I suppose!

Sleeping with the Fishes by MJD is the first book in the Fred the Mermaid series. MJD is mostly known for her Undead series which is a big hit and hilarious. And like everything she writes, it was fast paced and had snappy dialogue. I really like Davidson's humor. She can have serious action one minute and humor the next. Even when their filled with monsters, you laugh out lo
Kate Roman
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Above-average romance involving several heroes and a mermaid named Fred, this first of a new series by Mary Janice Davidson is funny and fast-paced, and opens with one of the most memorable scenes I've run across in awhile. The heroine, Fred (the mermaid) walks in on her mother and stepfather, in flagrante on the sofa, and from there talk turns to her memorable parentage, explaining her uncanny ability to hold her breath underwater...not to mention the fact that water also makes her break out in ...more
I really enjoy this book. Fred is a wonderful protagonist: She's very likable and has a really great sense of humor. She's also strong of mind (and body!). If she were a real person, I'd be happy to call her a friend. :-)

This first book is great fun to read. In it, we're introduced to Fred, Prince Artur of the Black Sea (also known as suitor #1), and Dr. Thomas Pearson (also known as Patricia D'Jacqueline, romance novelist, and suitor #2). :-) We also meet a character who I perhaps love even mor
Christy Stewart
This is just a remake of Queen Betsy as a mermaid and the sad part is, the author cops to it. If you know you are a one trick pony at least TRY to hide it.

And as someone who has blue hair, I'm offended by Davidson's depiction of our struggle.
Stef Rozitis
It started off like it was going to be a comedy and make fun of some stereotypes but ended up being nothing more than a stereotype fest. Single girl is grumpy and alienates people and refuses to date. Her metro best friend knows better, and every now and then calls her a "frigid bitch" or something and tells her she has to want to date (said best friend is male, so of COURSE he mansplains her own desire to her, only the book presented this as Ok somehow).

Enter gorgeous guy one who falls into ins
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Recommended to Corina by: Nicky
This book was amazing! The main character is witty, sarcastic and just all around epic. The modern day mermaid and I'm not talkin' Ariel. I'll definitely be investing in the second book of the series.
Dec 21, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This may be the dumbest book I have ever read. To say nothing of the book, I must not be a fan of the paranormal persuasion. (Even if the writing, storytelling, plot, and characters were all weak.)
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Oct 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Über-fans of Mary Janice Davidson
No good. I read all books in the series...and I cant get that time back.

Jun 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wondra Vanian
I really dislike love triangles (meat triangles, sure; love triangles, no) but this is cute. Ultra-cheesy, eye-rolling cute. It needed to be about twice as long to really do it justice, though.
graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
While I'm not a big fan of MaryJanice Davidson's work, I've still semi-enjoyed a few of her other books, although there was the case of an exceptionally horrendous short story, but this book was pretty bad - nay, terrible. The book was disjointed and had very underdeveloped characters. Supposedly it's a romance, but the only romance it has is between Dr. Barb and Jonas, who were actually the best characters in the book, which is saying a lot. Although really, Jonas seemed gay; is there any strai ...more
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-away
I picked up Sleeping With the Fishes because I really enjoy MaryJanice Davidson's Undead series about Betsy the Vampire, and I was excited about a new supernatural series that featured mermaids instead of vampires. Unfortunately this book just didn't live up to my expectations.

I found the overall plot to be fine - someone is polluting the harbour waters, and Fred (the mermaid) and her friends team up to find out who's behind it. Not overly original, but not awful or anything. The characters are
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sleeping With the Fishes is a laugh-out-loud book that turns the mermaid genre upside down. The book is filled with snide remarks toward the well-known 'Little Mermaid' and 'Splash' movies, mainly as a way to show how un-mermaidlike Fred really is. I loved all the characters in this book, and the way they interacted with each other. MaryJanice Davidson is great at coming up with snarky dialogue and one-liners that make me laugh at loud and look like a freak to anyone in the vicinity of me while ...more
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research
Mary Janice Davidson has a series of fashionista vampire romances novels (The Undead books) that I'm ashamedly in love with - even though I'm not liking the later ones as much as the first ones. This book is not part of this series, but it's about a mermaid hybrid named Fred (Fredericka) who works at the NEA in Boston as a marine biologist. As some one who loves mermaids and wanted to grow up to be a marine biologist as a child, I thought that I;d love this book. Not so much. There is no real pl ...more
Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erin
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
This was a quick fun read, but it suffers from one glaring problem – Fred is basically Betsy (of the Undead series) with fins and without the love for shoes. If you’ve read any of that series, it’s really difficult to read this without Betsy’s voice in your head. Despite the voice problems, Fred is a unique character, a half human and half mermaid who works in the only natural choice for a hybrid mermaid – at an aquarium. When she has to figure out who is polluting Boston Harbor (and therefore, ...more
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, humor
Maybe 2.5. It was a cute story with some laughs and a super fast read - more like a novella. I would hate to pay full price for this. Fred the Mermaid sounds a lot like Queen Betsy or her step-mom. And Jonas reminded me of Betsy's gay friend/roommate. I thought the story had a strong beginning and it kinda fizzled from there. The references and comments Fred made about hippy parents cracked me up.
Janet Windeguth
Oh, brother. The premise was okay, but it’s so simplified! A woman gives her firstborn a bath, and said firstborn grows a tail. Instead of screaming, freaking out, or any normal reaction, the woman just smiles and accepts it. The villain obligingly ‘fesses up on demand, and even the little sidebar with Jonas and Dr. Barb happens way too fast. They just happen to both be in love with each other, one minute they’re freaking out and the next minute they’re getting freaky.
Katie Morrow
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much Undead and Unwed but instead of vampires it's mermaids and instead of Queen Betsy it's Fred. Even though some of the characters seem like they've only had a name change it was still a fun summer read.
The Flooze
VERY quick read. Not as funny as Betsy or the Alaskan Royals, but I'll read the next.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute! I don't generally like a love triangle, but I rather enjoyed this one. I really like Davidson's writing, very witty and snarky and fun.
While it is bad literature, it is a good read. Partly it is vulgar, but not in a sexy way. Don't read it unless you are into the bad kind of trashy romance books.
Melissa ownsbey
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
first let me say the cover of the book is beauful
thebook is also very good
iraed this book but i did not win it from good reads
Feb 10, 2014 marked it as descartados  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasia, chick-lit
Esta autora me hace reír mucho pero paso de esta saga, los triángulos amorosos no son lo mío ¬¬.
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I began this series under the strong recommendation of my librarian friend (yes she is an actual librarian) Beth, after starting the Alaskan Royal Family series by Davidson, so when I found it in the library I grabbed it. Let me just start by saying that Fred the mermaid is who I want to be when I grow up! She is smart, funny, and takes crap from no one and not to mention she is a MERMAID! Davidson's writing style makes you feel as if you are standing right next to her characters, well I want to ...more
Janis Hill
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
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Originally Read in July 2011, review has been updated:

I will say that I did my best to find something good about this book, and I did find a couple things that I liked, but overall the book was lacking.

Fred is a half-human, half-mermaid hybrid. She lives on land and works as a marine biologist at the aquarium. She isn't like the typical mermaids from stories and fairy tales. She isn't blonde, perky and happy. In fact she is usually pretty cranky.

When weird toxins are found in the harbor, Fred i
This is a re-read for me. I decided to read some of Maryjanice Davidson's that I missed, and am doing some re-reads along with them to catch up.

I once again enjoyed this book. It's a relatively quick read. Fred, the heroine is a mermaid, with an attitude and sarcastic wit that is common in Davidson's writing. Her books never fail to make me laugh.
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MaryJanice Davidson is an American author and motivational speaker who writes mostly paranormal romance, but also young adult and non-fiction. She is the creator of the popular Undead series and is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She writes a bi-weekly column for USA Today ("A Writer's Life") and lives in St. Paul with her family. You can reach her on Facebook and follow her on ...more
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