Hey, everyone! Let's give a warm welcome to Ellen Jacobson. She's telling us all about Murder at the Marina and her sailing adventures with her husband. Welcome, Ellen!
Thanks for hosting me on your site today to celebrate the release of my cozy mystery, Murder at the Marina. This is the first book in the lighthearted and humorous Mollie McGhie Sailing Mystery series, featuring a reluctant sailor turned amateur sleuth.
My own sailing adventures and misadventures inspired me to write this series. My husband and I bought our first sailboat in New Zealand in 2012. After a couple of years cruising in those beautiful waters, we returned to the States and bought a bigger boat which we moved onto in 2015. We've since cruised in Florida and the Bahamas, labored over endless boat projects, and worked to keep our cruising kitty (savings) topped up.
I wanted to reflect my experiences learning to sail, cruising and living aboard a boat, and being part of the boating community in my cozy mysteries. You could say that there's a little bit of me in my main character, Mollie.
I thought I'd share one of the boating tidbits which I wrote about in Murder at the Marina—namely, getting on and off of a boat at the dock. I like to think of living aboard a boat as a form of yoga. You're constantly stepping over things, bending under things, and contorting your body into strange, and sometimes painful, positions. Mollie has a bit of trouble climbing aboard her boat. To be honest, I'm surprised she made it on board in one piece. I know that I've had a mishap on more than one occasion.
What makes it even worse is when a powerboat passes by at high speed, creating a huge wake which violently jostles your sailboat from side to side. While you're trying to keep your balance, you can hear things falling onto the floor and breaking. What fun. It will be interesting to see over the course of the series how Mollie copes with the physical challenges of the boating life.
If you'd like to learn more about Mollie and her sailing adventures, you can find details about Murder at the Marina below.
Title: Murder at the Marina
Series: A Mollie McGhie Sailing Mystery #1
Print ISBN: 978-1-7321602-1-7
eBook ISBN: 978-1-7321602-0-0
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 convince her husband that owning a boat is a bad idea. Unfortunately, he’s more determined than ever to fix the boat up and set out to sea.
Mollie finds herself drawn into the tight-knit community living at Palm Tree Marina in Coconut Cove, a small town on the Florida coast. She uncovers a crime ring dealing in stolen marine equipment, investigates an alien abduction, eats way too many chocolate bars, adopts a cat, and learns far more about sailing than she ever wanted to.
Can Mollie discover who the murderer is before her nosiness gets her killed?
Ellen Jacobson writes mystery and scifi/fantasy stories. She is the author of the “Mollie McGhie Sailing Mystery” series. She lives on a sailboat with her husband, exploring the world from the water. When she isn't working on boat projects or seeking out deserted islands, she blogs about their adventures at The Cynical Sailor.