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Murder at the Marina

(Mollie McGhie Sailing Mystery #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  56 reviews
A dilapidated sailboat for your anniversary—not very romantic. A dead body on board—even worse.

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 c
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published June 21st 2018 by Ellen Jacobson
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A light, humorous and original cozy mystery! New author, Ellen Jacobson, debuts with protagonist Mollie McGhie, a wife who wants diamonds for her anniversary and instead gets Marjorie Jane; a dilapidated sailboat, from her husband, Scooter. The boat is moored at a marina where some fishy business appears to be going on. Mollie and Scooter are innocently trapped in the midst of some criminal activity when a man is murdered on their boat. Mollie is strong-willed and observant and soon begins to pi ...more
Roland Clarke
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this book four stars on the basis that the other reviews are a more accurate reflection of its worth.

I've realised that 'cosy mysteries' are not for me anymore - although this had plenty of humour, chocolate, memorable characters, chocolate, sailing and chocolate.

Moody, dark &/or gritty seems to dominate my reading inclinations - and this was not for me. So, even though I love sailing mysteries and this ticked that box, I'll have to let Mollie resolve more mysteries in her own inimita
Jennifer Lane
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Little Sweet Potato Sleuth

What a charming debut novel!

Mollie McGhie is an intrepid journalist who has just moved to a Florida coastal town with her husband, Scooter. Scooter has some endearing nicknames for his wife, like, My Little Sweet Potato, but his 10th wedding anniversary gift is not so endearing: a ramshackle sailboat. Neither Mollie nor Scooter possesses the skills to rehabilitate the boat, much less sail the open sea.

Mollie’s disdain for the sailboat multiplies when she finds a dead b
J.H. Moncrieff
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book and could not put it down, reading it in one (very long) sitting. I adore cozy mysteries, but could never find a series that didn't suck in some way...until now. Ellen has managed to create an amateur sleuth who is funny instead of cheesy, curious instead of nosy, and instantly likeable. But the real hero of the story may just be Mrs. Moto, one of the best characters I've discovered in a long time.

There is so much to love about this book. The sarcasm and tongue-in-cheek humour.
Crystal Collier
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018

This book made me crave chocolate.

First of all, I'm not huge into reading mystery. Just so that's out there. However, I do enjoy a good plot and fun characters. This one started with wonderful tension, and if Mollie was a little more like me, she'd probably have decked her husband for getting her a boat instead of a "real" anniversary gift. (You know, just so he really got how she was feeling. And no, I've never decked my husband. He gets me.) So as I said, it opens with great tension.
Christine Rains
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Mollie's husband gets her a ramshackle sailboat for their 10th anniversary, she uses chocolate to help swallow her disappointment. It's nice he's happy but there aren't enough M&Ms in the world to help when she finds a dead body on their new boat. Her investigative side kicks in, and Mollie searches for clues within the small sailing community in Coconut Cove. It may or may not have anything to do with aliens, but she finds herself in deeper than she ever expected.

This cozy mystery utterly
Barb Taub
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
What genre of amateur sleuth is Mollie McGhie, heroine of Ellen Jacobson’s new mystery, Murder at the Marina? It’s easier to say what she isn’t. Mollie isn’t an eccentric little old lady who offers tea and crime solving over her knitting. She’s not a hardboiled private eye, although she does aspire to the (unpaid) position of Investigative Reporter for FAROUT (the Federation for Alien Research, Outreach, and UFO Tracking). Nor is Mollie a super sleuth, technology expert, police investigator, or ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
First thing you should know: I'm not a fan of murder mysteries. Second thing you should know: I absolutely LOVED this book.

I can hardly believe this a debut novel by an indie author. The writing is strong and witty, the characters, though sometimes archetypal (as befits a murder mystery) are believable and endearing, and I found myself rooting for Mollie, the "nosy lady with a penchant for diamonds that acts as the story's POV. She's funny and annoying and quirky and adorable all at once. I real
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, 2018
Such a fun read!
I really want to hang out with Mollie and have a few drinks and dessert
Kathy Sandlin
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
This was an enjoyable cozy mystery. I haven’t read a book like this in a long time. It is good to stop and take a breather from the drama books or the gritty crime novels and just enjoy a good read. It was light, humorous and fun. I loved the setting in the marina with all of the boat/sailing pieces and parts. It is very accurate to life on a boat. You run into many interesting characters when you live on a boat.
J.Q. Rose
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellen Jacobsen knows boats AND how to tell an entertaining story. Not only was it a mystery I couldn't solve right away, but also a tall tale filled with engaging characters including a cat! The mystery, the quirky characters, Mollie's antics in solving the crime, as well as trying to discourage her husband's zeal for boating, kept me turning the pages. If you want a fun summer read, this one is for you. I received an advance copy of this book and voluntarily reviewed it for readers. ...more
Nathanielle Crawford
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Red Skies in Mourn, sailor's be warned
Red Carpet in the boat your husband fell in love with might not rhyme with anything but it sure is where the meat and bones of this story begins.

Mollie McGhie is an independent journalist with an interesting pastime that I certainly can't fault. It definitely puts her on the shelf with the likes of Phryne Fisher in that she is unconventional and entirely unapologetic. Maybe that's why she tries to go along with her husband, who in the middle of a midlife cr
Stephanie Sutherlin
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I recieved an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fun and well written. I'm glad it's going to be a series because I can't wait to see what kind of trouble Mollie gets herself into next!
Susan Swiderski
Who doesn't enjoy a good mystery? I sure do. I must admit, amateur sleuth mysteries aren't my favorite kind, but if the characters are likable and the story interesting, I'm happy to hop on board, and this book delivers on both counts. Plus, it's infused with plenty of humor, copious quantities of chocolate, some interesting insights about life in a marina community, and an adorable bob-tailed cat. What's not to like?

Mollie tries to be a good sport when her clueless hubby "surprises" her with a
Jeanne Richardson
This is the 1st book I've read written by Ellen Jacobson; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Tonja Drecker
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not an avid murder mystery reader, but this one grabbed from the first page not only with tension, but with a main character to adore.

Mollie was hoping to get diamonds for their wedding anniversary. Instead, her husband surprises her with a sailboat, and not one in the best condition. Not wanting to burst his bubble but unable to quite see his sudden dreams of sailing open seas on a red wreck, she heads to the marina for a few days while hoping to find a way out of the mess. When the boat se
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Mollie McGhie and her husband Scooter are celebrating their ten year anniversary. Mollie is secretly hoping for a diamond necklace to mark the special milestone. Instead, Scooter gives her a run-down sailboat, the Marjorie Jane, with the promise of carefree life on the water. Mollie is less than impressed.

The marina provides the perfect setting for this "small town" mystery and true the genre, a cast of characters inhabit the area. Captain Dan, the boat broker who sold Majorie Jean to Scooter, i
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I mentioned to my husband the other day that I was going to write a review of a book I had been given as an advance copy. He gave me “that look” and asked if I had to do it. I replied that no, I didn’t have to, but that I wanted to because it was a good book. I explained that it was well written and a pleasure to read, had fun, interesting and believable characters, a creative plot, a good mystery, and brownies. “It sounds like you’ve just written your review,” he laughed. “But brownies?”

Yes, br
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mollie Mcghie doesn’t go looking for trouble, not really, but when instead of a wonderful diamond bracelet, her husband gives her a broken down old sail boat (The Marjorie Jane) for their anniversary, trouble is just around the corner.

Convinced the person who sold her husband the boat (Captain Dan) has tricked her husband into buying a very un-seaworthy wreck, Mollie begins scheming ways to get rid of the unwanted boat. But before she can put her plans into action, Captain Dan is found murdered
Janet Charbonneau
I lived on a sailboat for several years so I was really looking forward to reading this book. I enjoyed the setting in the marina and on the sailboats. However, Mollie never really spent any time on her new sailboat except to watch her husband and a friend work on it and to sit in the cockpit for drinks at sunset. While I know it takes a while to learn boat jargon, her perplexed introductions to boat items and what she thought about them eventually made her look clueless. While the mystery part ...more
A. Ware
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
If you're a fan of cozy mysteries, kooky characters, and chocolate, you'll definitely want to read Ellen Jacobson's Murder at the Marina. Mollie McGhie is a HOOT as the strong-willed, independent-minded amateur sleuth. She's naturally suspicious with a heaping helping of very out there ideas to keep her balanced. I enjoyed the fact that the author 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 ad ...more
Liesbet Collaert
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder at the Marina was my first exploration of the “cozy mystery” genre and, a bit surprisingly, I have to admit that I liked this story in its entirety. The author beautifully and compellingly incorporates her sailing experience, doubts and surprises into the plot and as a fellow sailor that is what makes this read memorable, recognizable and above all funny. Jacobson has a sense of humor that will affect every reader. Her first person writing style pulled me into the story more than if it we ...more
Deb Akey
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that this is the very first “Cozy Mystery” I've ever read. I'm a pretty diehard sci-fi, techno-thriller, and spy, political, legal thriller reader. The more intense, complicated, and fast-paced, the more I enjoy it. But, like with food, I'm pretty much always willing to try something new. Having a long history with murder mysteries and zero history with cozy mysteries, I was first caught off guard by the light-hearted tone of the book. I was having trouble lining up murder with l ...more
Nichola Wright
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me chuckles right from the first page. It's peopled with quirky but realistic characters with a very clever cat thrown in too. There are puzzles, twists and surprises to keep you eagerly turning the pages. It's well written and life in the marina is painted in a light hearted and fun way with no heaviness on sailing terms. Mollie doesn't know anything about boats so when she doesn't know her aft from her elbow, it's explained in a very easy to understand way. It's perfect as a sum ...more
Valerie Poore
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being a boating person myself, I bought this book on the recommendation of a sailing magazine I subscribe to and read it during my recent holiday. It's a fun, fast plot and the characters are cheerful and very likeable. I was slightly puzzled by the heroine's job as a seeker of alien abduction stories, as it didn't seem to fit with the real mystery, which was about who killed the boat broker in the marina where the heroine and her husband have bought a run down sailboat. However, maybe there wil ...more
Sara Barnard
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really fun read! I love how it brings in loads of (accurate) info about boats, living aboard, and life at marinas - for people who know about boats it's fun to see how they're incorporated into the plot, and for those who don't, it's clear enough to not be confusing and maybe even learn a little too. Lots of neat little details in an entertaining story. A great holiday read.

(I was sent an Advance Reader's Copy, with no obligation to write a review, and enjoyed it enough to want to share it wit
Lucy Wilcox
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two thumbs up! Murder at the Marina is a fun book that makes a perfect beach read. It's been a long time since I laughed out loud (Big Trouble by Dave Barry) or read every word of a book (Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen). Jacobson introduces us to a collection of weirdos that would only assemble at a Florida marina and cooks up a delicious tale that will have you reaching for your emergency chocolate bars. Can't wait for next installment!
I received an ARC of this book and voluntarily chose
Amy Shannon
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Quaint and interesting mystery

I only recently got introduced to "cozy mysteries" and have found them quite enjoyable. Jacobson writes a great mystery, and it fits right in with the genre perfectly. I like the character Mollie and how her investigative skills (or nosiness) gets her in deep into her own curiosity. It all starts with the gift of an unwanted boat for her anniversary. It's fun, and thrilling, and has that sense of quaint mysteriousness and suspense. Good and enjoyable story.
Diane Burton
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an entertaining mystery! I thoroughly enjoy this story. I could sympathize with Mollie over her anniversary gift from her husband. Expecting a diamond necklace, she got a run-down boat. How could he be so dense? She should've smacked him with the wine bottle. Worse than getting a boat--when she wasn't a sailor and didn't want to be--was finding a dead body inside. Ms. Jacobson's descriptions of the boating community and boats demonstrate her experience. I love mysteries with danger and humo ...more
Toi Thomas
I started this series in the middle and am playing catch-up with this book. I really enjoyed going back to see Mollie's first murder, even if it wasn't her first mystery (I kinda read the prequel before this one, oops.)

This is a fun story. Mollie and Scooter are so cute together as they eat copious amounts of chocolate and bump heads over whether a sailboat has a place in their life, especially when people keep showing up dead around them.

The description of the book sets the scene perfectly, b
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Ellen Jacobson is a chocolate obsessed cat lover who writes cozy mysteries and romantic comedies. After living on a sailboat for many years, she now travels around in a teeny-tiny camper with her husband and an imaginary cat named Simon.

Her Mollie McGhie cozy mystery series, featuring a reluctant sailor turned amateur sleuth, is inspired by her own sailing adventures and misadventures living aboa

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