With vivid imagery, fantastic main characters, and a fun and twisty whodunit, I wholeheartedly recommend Swimming with the Fishes to cozy mystery readers. I genuinely hope there will be more stories set in this small southern town.


The Description

An Ozarks Lake Mystery: Book 2
Publication Date: August 27, 2021

She’s settling into a new life. But when a fishing trip totally capsizes, can she get a friend off the hook for murder?

Elizabeth Trout still feels awkward being back home. Discovering a BFF from her raucous high-school days has become the perfect mom is as weird as staying with her mother while awaiting construction of her new home. But she’s shaken to her core when her newlywed husband and beloved dog are nearly blown out of the water in a dockside explosion which leaves another woman dead … and her bestie is arrested for the crime.

To clear her friend, Elizabeth and her spouse set out to reel in a killer by sifting through the murky depths of small town drama. But between missing money, ominous strangers, and a shady ex-husband, these amateur sleuths net more motives than they can handle.

Can this dynamic detective duo dig up an answer before the big one gets away?

Swimming with the Fishes is the sensational second book in the Ozarks Lake Mystery series. If you like clever couples, delightful lakeside settings, and a rollicking good time, then you’ll love Marc Jedel’s hilarious whodunit.

The Review

Swimming with the Fishes, the second book in the Ozarks Lake Mystery series by Marc Jedel, and it’s like we never left. 

While Swimming with the Fishes can easily be read as a stand-alone, it was nice to have the history of Elizabeth and Jonas and their time spent in her small town. 

We pick up where we left off, and surprise, surprise, there’s another murder in town, and another innocent person is accused of murder. This time it’s Vanessa, a newly divorced accountant who’s also a single mom and like a big sister to Elizabeth. There are twists and turns as Elizabeth and Jonas once again are trying to help the police solve the crime, much to their chagrin!

The story is told from either Elizabeth’s or Jonas’ perspective, and it was sometimes confusing to remember who was speaking, which made the story feel choppy at times. There are some laugh-out-loud moments as the story is woven together with multiple stories. There are beautiful descriptions throughout and another vibrant cover. We are given clues to whodunnit, but the murderer wasn’t what or who I expected once again. 

When the murderer confessed, it was like an Abbott and Costello routine. There is nice closure with solving the murder. I like how Jonas and Elizabeth act in their marriage and are always there for each other even when they are opposites in temperament, outlook on life, and their career paths—she’s artistic, and he’s scientific. 

With vivid imagery, fantastic main characters, and a fun and twisty whodunit, I wholeheartedly recommend Swimming with the Fishes to cozy mystery readers. I genuinely hope there will be more stories set in this small southern town.

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About The Author

Marc Jedel writes humorous murder mysteries. He credits his years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley for honing his writing skills and sense of humor. While his high-tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, these were just called emails, ads, and marketing collateral.

For most of Marc’s life, he’s been inventing stories. As he’s gotten older, he’s encountered more funny and odd people and situations. This has made it even easier for him to write what he knows and make up the rest. It’s a skill that’s served him well, both as an author and marketer.

The publication of Marc’s first novel, UNCLE AND ANTS, gave him permission to claim “author” as his job. This leads to much more interesting conversations with people than answering, “marketing.” Becoming an Amazon best-selling author has only made him more insufferable.

Like his characters Jonas and Elizabeth from the Ozarks Lake Mystery series, Marc grew up in the South and spent plenty of time in and around Arkansas. Like his character, Marty from the Silicon Valley Mystery series, Marc now lives in Silicon Valley, works in high-tech, and enjoys bad puns. Along with all his protagonists, Marc too has a dog, although his is neurotic, sweet, and small, with little appreciation for Marc’s humor.


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JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 39 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister last fall and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - and Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


  1. Thanks for the lovely review and for hosting me today. I hope readers will enjoy Swimming with the Fishes as much I liked writing it. I’m busy working on the next book in the Silicon Valley Mystery series so now’s a perfect chance to catch up on any books you may have missed. Sign up for my newsletter to learn about special offers and new releases.


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With vivid imagery, fantastic main characters, and a fun and twisty whodunit, I wholeheartedly recommend Swimming with the Fishes to cozy mystery readers. I genuinely hope there will be more stories set in this small southern town.4-STAR REVIEW: SWIMMING WITH THE FISHES by Marc Jedel