Saturday, June 29, 2019

A Review of “Poisoned by the Pier” by Ellen Jacobson


Amateur sleuth Mollie McGhie is back! This third cozy mystery installment by Ellen Jacobson delighted me yet again. I thank her for a free e-book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

While our plucky Mollie stumbles upon another dead body, she continues trying the patience of Coconut Cove’s Chief of Police with her intrepid investigations. Their interactions might be my favorite among all the quirky characters. And I appreciated how his persona gained a new dimension.

Add in the feline antics of Mrs. Moto, Mollie’s adoring husband Scooter with his little eccentricities, plus all her other inventive personalities from the first two books, and it’s an amusing read.

Ms. Jacobson draws from some personal nautical experiences I’ve read on her blog, The Cynical Sailor &His Salty Sidekick. Knowing this, as well as that she injects her brilliant sense of humor into Mollie’s personality, multiplies the fun. Household chores got neglected the day I started reading, and bedtime that night was delayed, as well.

It’s not often contemporary stories hold my attention to that degree, supplanting my own writing time. And Ms. Jacobson’s are among the best edited one can find today, with nary a typographical error. That is always appreciated.

Well done, Ellen!

You, dear reader, can find her book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, as well as most anywhere quality titles are sold.

What would you do if a significant other gifted you a boat as an anniversary present?

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19 comments:

  1. I get my paperback on July 2nd so I'll be reading her next adventure soon. Ellen has been a good blogging buddy for some years now. There is so much about her and hubby that is true in her books. Makes them even more fun.

    Great review as always.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, my friend. ♥

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    1. Thanks! I bet we all would have fun meeting in person. Be well and have a lovely day.

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    2. Thanks so much for your lovely review, Darla! It would be a blast to meet you and Sandee in real life one day :)

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    3. Agreed. ~hugs~ Happy sailing, my dear.

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  2. Well written review....

    # I don't know how to run a boat

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    1. Thank you! I'd be lost on a water going vessel, too.

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  3. I appreciate good editing :)

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    1. I'm lucky to have a wonderful editor who I work with :)

      Cheers - Ellen

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    2. I'm with you, my dear, and Ellen is too humble. ~grin~ Happy Writing to you both!

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  4. HAHA...its been so long since I had a significant other gift me with anything that it would be way to hard for me to answer that!haha....Actually, if I loved the water, if I loved to go out boating then I might be okay with it. Although I like going out on boats it would not be the thing that would find my attention more then a couple times every so often, so I might not be as thrilled as he would like for me to be! Then you know, things like that just go down hill after all that and what should be a happy anniversary would turn out to be a knock down, drag out fight...so to speak! Well, actually I am not a hitter but I have been known to throw a thing or two, wow I wonder if that is why I am not married anymore. :)

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    1. Oh....I meant to also tell you, that when I used to hit the bottle (dye my hair), I did different colors. My mom would call and ask what I was doing and I would tell her I was hitting the bottle, she would want to know what color this time! Summers were usually a light brown or alburn. But come winter it seemed to get darker! Then there were the couple of times I decided to see if blondes really had more fun, only to decide, HELL no they do not!

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    2. haha...thank you. And thanks for the sweet comment on the blog today. Somedays I impress myself with what I manage to get done but I remember the days I could do so much more.

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  5. Hmmm, always looking for another good book

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  6. Ohhhh, a cozy! I love cozy reads!

    and before I forget, your Icon is so adorable! What a precious pic of a precious kitten. :-))))

    Gentle hugs,
    ✨💛✨

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    1. Awww... thank you. This kitten reminded me of our beloved Luna we got as a young adult. She passed away five years ago this month and we still miss her. And I hope you enjoy this fun novel. Be well!

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