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A small-town homicide. A community swamped in secrets. Can married amateur sleuths bait and capture the killer before the truth slips away?
Elizabeth Trout had escaped her rural Arkansas hometown. Compelled to sort through her deceased grandmother’s belongings, she and her new husband Jonas make an unexpected trip down south to the family ranch. But when the property manager turns up dead, Elizabeth is rocked when her ex-boyfriend-turned-deputy arrests her for the murder.
As incriminating evidence piles up and the sheriff’s convinced he’s got the right suspect, Elizabeth and Jonas must fish for clues on their own. With a multitude of potential culprits and her husband’s contrasting personality, Elizabeth fears she may be left dangling on the hook for a crime she didn’t commit.
Can these newlyweds net the real killer before Elizabeth is jailed for murder?
Fish Out of Water is the charming first book in the new Ozarks Lake Mystery series from the best-selling author of the Silicon Valley Mystery series. If you like quirky characters, clever twists and turns, and puzzling whodunits, then you’ll love Marc Jedel’s humorous tale.
Buy Fish Out of Water to reel in a slippery catch today!
Guest Post/Interview with Colton Buck, side character in Fish Out of Water: An Ozarks Lake Mystery (Book 1)
“Hi, there. I wonder if you’d be willing to talk to me about what happened last week around here?”
“Oh boy, you stepped it now. You actually asked Colton Buck to talk. He may never stop.”
“Who are you?” I asked the chortling man who sat next to Colton.
Instead, Colton responded, “Oh, he’s nobody. Ole Billy Ray just sits here, shooting the breeze with me most days. You were right to ask me.”
“Like how is that different from what you do most days?” Billy Ray frowned at Colton.
I interrupted, “Well, okay, Colton. Were you a major player in all the goings-on in town last week?”
“Ha,” sniggered Billy Ray. “I wouldn’t describe Colton as a main character. He’s more of the goofy side character if you ask me.”
“Then that would make you a sidekick to a sidekick, Billy Ray,” snapped Colton. He turned back to me. “It might be most accurate to call me a key observer. Are you writing a newspaper article or something about last week?”
“Something like that,” I answered.
All of a sudden, Colton was looking over my shoulder. His posture had straightened and he started speaking in a rapid-fire patter into his fist. “Welcome to Jenkins Invitational Walk-About. The action today has taken a while to build up but now we’ve got Harriett and Reuben Stokes at the starting gate.”
“Huh?” I looked around, wondering what he was talking about. Colton seemed to be looking at an older couple standing at the opposite corner waiting for the light to turn.
“And they’re off,” Colton exclaimed. “Reuben and his big German shepherd are in the lead as their relentless training and focused discipline paid off with a quick reaction when the green light flashed. But don’t count Harriett out of the game quite yet. She and her poodle have gotten into their rhythm and she’s pulled up even with Reuben in only a few steps. Who will win the bonus points for crossing the street first? It’s looking like a photo finish folks. Stay tuned for our color analyst’s summary while we wait for the judges to evaluate the photo finish—”
Billy Ray broke in. “Colton fashions himself to be a broadcaster. That’s him pretending to be a sportscaster announcing daily life.”
“I am a sportscaster, Billy Ray.” Colton huffed and crossed his arms.
Billy Ray scoffed. “That’s ‘jes for the high school football games in the fall. Reuben and Harriet aren’t in the stadium now and it ain’t fall.”
“Well, I guess it don’t really work when nothing’s going on.” Colton looked around. Seeing no one, he slumped in a defeated pout.
I followed Colton’s glance again, seeing no one else in sight out on Main Street now that the older couple had continued on their way.
“Sorry for boring you,” he sniffed.
I shook that off. “What about the murder and all the suspects and how they found the real killer?”
“Oo, look at the time.” Colton said with enthusiasm, apparently done sulking as he stood up, knees creaking. “They’ll have just put out the fresh fried chicken and potato salad. Let’s go Billy Ray.” He ambled towards the grocery store behind me.
“Hey, can’t you wait a few more minutes until you get your lunch and tell me a little about last week?” I protested.
“Nah, you don’t want to miss their potato salad. It’s dang good and it sells out right fast.”
Billy Ray rubbed his ample stomach in anticipation. “Wanna join us?”
If you’d like to learn what actually happened last week with the murder, sleuthing, and town secrets, be sure to read FISH OUT OF WATER. It’s the first book in Marc Jedel’s new Ozarks Lake Mystery series. The second book will be titled SWIMMING WITH THE FISHES. Plus, he’s still writing more books in his Silicon Valley Mystery series (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PHNT7XM).
About the Author
For most of my life, I’ve been inventing stories. Living in many places around the United States, including a lot of time in the South, has given me a particularly keen appreciation for those who feel like a “fish out of water” sometimes.
My writing skills were honed in years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley. While my high tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, we called these marketing collateral, emails and ads.
The publication of my first novel, Uncle and Ants in the Silicon Valley Mystery series, gave me permission to claim “author” as my job. And achieving Amazon Best Seller status gave me even better adjectives to use in front of “author.” This has led to way more interesting discussions than answering “marketing.”
Telling the stories in the Ozarks Lake Mystery series has given me an enjoyable opportunity to spend time with characters that somewhat resemble people I’ve known. Writing alternating chapters from the perspective of each spouse of the newlywed Trout couple allowed me to experience multiple personalities without getting a visit from mental health professionals.