Fish Out Of Water
By Ros Baxter
Reviewed by Kitty
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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.
I should probably state before anything else that I'm a HUGE mermaid fan. (Have been since my first read through of The Little Mermaid...you know, the heartbreaking one by Hans Christian Andersen that had me SOBBING as a child.) The story is told from the main protagonist's point of view and, as she happens to be a mermaid, I was delighted. She is real, gritty, and unexpectedly badass. I felt her frustration while she tried to figure out who was trying to hurt both the people she cared about on "The Land", along with those 7 miles under the sea. It's the first series I've ever read that the mermaids didn't have tails, but the author made it work. She even has a doctor's description of what would make a mermaid's body different; skin that was made differently, muscle tone, etc. They look like us sure, but don't challenge one to arm wrestle you. I am definitely looking forward to diving in (see what I did there?) to the next one, "Beached", coming soon.