by Ros Baxter
Released: April 1st 2013
How I got it: received a copy from the author
Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum meets Splash in a sexy, smart-talking debut about a mermaid in a desert, a city under water, and the secret that no one is supposed to uncover.
Dirtwater's straight-talking Deputy Sheriff Rania Aqualina has a lot on her plate: a nicotine addiction that's a serious liability for a mermaid, a soldier-of-fortune ex who's hooked on her Mum's brownies, a gorgeous, naked stranger in her shower, and a mysterious dead blonde with a fish tattoo on Main Street.
Heading home to Aegira for a family wedding, Rania has a sinking feeling that's got nothing to do with hydroporting seven miles under the sea and everything to do with the crazy situation. Now, if she can just steal a corpse, get a crazy Aegiran priest off her case, work out who the hell's trying to kill her, and stop sleeping with the fishes, she might be able to unravel the mysteries. And maybe even save her own ass while she's at it.
Review: Fish Out of Water is a good mix of fantasy and suspense. Rania is a deputy in Dirtwater, apparently the least wet place in the world, and she's half mermaid. Seems counter productive but hey whatever. A local stumbles over a dead blond in an alley, surprisingly it's another mermaid. In order to keep her kind a secret she must steal the woman's body and have a private autopsy. No she doesn't do the autopsy. Uncertain what all this means, she is force to go back under the sea for a family wedding, and hopes maybe someone down there can shed some light on all the craziness that is is experiencing.
Rania is strong yet caring character, flanked by a cast of colorful and interesting secondary characters. Part of me had to wonder at the company that she kept out of the water. Then again compared to those under they were a breath of fresh air. (Yes the puns are intentional feel free to wince.) I was swept up in the plot, trying to maneuver all the twists and turns the story took as it transported Rania from Dirtwater to the Aegiran underwater city. I enjoyed the unique take on mermaids, making them a bit more human and not so mysterious. Over all a good book, and entertaining read.