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Murder at the Marina by Ellen Jacobson
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it was amazing
bookshelves: for-review, funny, mystery, series

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 body on deck. Who murdered the victim? Suspects abound in the town’s colorful cast of characters.

After Mollie overhears one suspicious conversation, her clueless question cracked me up:

"Wait until those new marks of yours find out what you sold them.”

He shook Penny by the shoulders. “You better not say anything, you hear me?”

I was left with one question—who were these new marks she was referring to?


Chocolate is Mollie’s fuel for sleuthing. Not only is she trying to identify the murderer, but also she believes one woman in town suffers from alien abduction. Good thing her “journalist” job is for the Federation of Alien Research, Outreach, and UFO Tracking. She’s determined to beat out another woman for promotion.

Mollie’s investigative efforts do not impress the police chief.

”Mrs. McGhie, what a surprise to find you here. You seem to specialize in finding bodies.” Chief Dalton raised both of his eyebrows. “That makes two bodies in just four days, doesn’t it?”

His math was correct. I guess the ability to be able to do simple arithmetic was an important skill for police officers. That’s probably why I never joined the force. I struggle with math. I’m also scared of guns.


I found Molly, the female version of Inspector Clouseau, to be fun and entertaining despite the danger swirling around her. A great read!
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Reading Progress

May 3, 2018 – Started Reading
May 3, 2018 – Shelved
May 3, 2018 –
page 30
12.2% "Chuckling!"
May 28, 2018 –
page 110
44.72% "Alien abduction or murder mystery? LOL"
June 16, 2018 – Shelved as: for-review
June 16, 2018 – Shelved as: funny
June 16, 2018 – Shelved as: mystery
June 16, 2018 – Shelved as: series
June 16, 2018 – Finished Reading

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