Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Murder at the Marina - Guest Post by Ellen Jacobson

Good morning! 

I've got a very special treat for you today. A fellow author has released her very first book! 

Yes, this calls for tacos AND confetti! Ellen Jacobson is one of the wonderful authors I shared story space with in the Hero Lost Anthology last May. Murder at the Marina, the first mystery in the Mollie McGhie Sailing Mystery series, was released on June 21st. Click the links at the end of this post to learn more about Ellen, her sailing life, her books, and to order Murder at the Marina.

Ok, Ellen, take it away!!

Thanks for hosting me on your site today to celebrate the release of my cozy mystery, Murder at the Marina. This is the first book in the lighthearted and humorous Mollie McGhie Sailing Mystery series, featuring a reluctant sailor turned amateur sleuth.

My own sailing adventures and misadventures inspired me to write this series. My husband and I bought our first sailboat in New Zealand in 2012. After a couple of years cruising in those beautiful waters, we returned to the States and bought a bigger boat which we moved onto in 2015. We've since cruised in Florida and the Bahamas, labored over endless boat projects, and worked to keep our cruising kitty (savings) topped up.

I wanted to reflect my experiences learning to sail, cruising and living aboard a boat, and being part of the boating community in my cozy mysteries. You could say that there's a little bit of me in my main character, Mollie.

I thought I'd share one of the boating tidbits which I wrote about in Murder at the Marina—namely, the types of characters you might find at a marina. Mollie meets all sorts of interesting people at Palm Tree Marina including a boat broker (kind of like a marine real estate agent), a sailing instructor, several people who live aboard their boats full-time, and a young guy who is a bit of a “boat bum” and struggles to make ends meet.

One of the things I love about the cruising community is that everyone seems to march to their own drummer. It isn't exactly considered “normal' in our society to sell everything you own, move onto a small, floating home, and travel around to different ports. Boat people are often adventurous and looking to lead a simpler lifestyle, one where joy comes from experiences and not things. It will be interesting to see over the course of the series, whether Mollie embraces this lifestyle as well.  

If you'd like to learn more about Mollie and her sailing adventures, you can find details about Murder at the Marina below.


A dilapidated sailboat for your anniversary—not very romantic. A dead body on board—even worse.

Mollie McGhie is hoping for diamonds for her tenth wedding anniversary. Instead, her husband presents her with a dilapidated sailboat. Just one problem—she doesn’t know anything about boats, nor does she want to.

When Mollie discovers someone murdered on board, she hopes it will convince her husband that owning a boat is a bad idea. Unfortunately, he’s more determined than ever to fix the boat up and set out to sea.

Mollie finds herself drawn into the tight-knit community living at Palm Tree Marina in Coconut Cove, a small town on the Florida coast. She uncovers a crime ring dealing in stolen marine equipment, investigates an alien abduction, eats way too many chocolate bars, adopts a cat, and learns far more about sailing than she ever wanted to.

Can Mollie discover who the murderer is before her nosiness gets her killed?

Buy Links

Murder at the Marina—A Mollie McGhie Sailing Mystery #1
Print ISBN 978-1-7321602-1-7
eBook ISBN 978-1-7321602-0-0

Author Bio

Ellen Jacobson writes mystery and scifi/fantasy stories. She is the author of the “Mollie McGhie Sailing Mystery” series. She lives on a sailboat with her husband, exploring the world from the water. When she isn't working on boat projects or seeking out deserted islands, she blogs about their adventures at The Cynical Sailor.

You can connect with Ellen on:

The Cynical Sailor Blog -
The Cynical Sailor Facebook Page -
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Ya'll go on over and check out Ellen's blog, her author website, AND give that book an order!

Thanks for letting me host you today, Ellen! I'm super excited to read your new mystery and I hope that there are many more Mollie McGhie mysteries to come!



  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today! I love that picture of the confetti tacos - so cute :-)

    Cheers - Ellen

    1. You are MORE than welcome! I'm happy to do it! Best of luck on the book sales and I hope there are many more confetti tacos in your future :D

  2. Reluctant sailor? Unless she gets a really big boat, she better learn to like that lifestyle.

    1. I've always wanted to live on a boat but the more I learn about it, the more I realize it really does take a good chunk of specialized knowledge. You can't just jump a boat and sail around the Caribbean...unless you know a pirate. And if you do, hook me up! (pun unintended...)

    2. It's one of those lifestyles that seems really great on paper, but there's so much to learn and you never learn it all. Which is good, at least you don't get bored :-)

  3. I have way too much to cram onto a boat. Although one of those mini houses sounds doable. As long as the storage building wasn't bigger than the house. LOL

    1. Downsizing is one of the biggest issues you have to face if you're going to live on a sailboat. It's one of the sub-plots in my next book.

  4. Congratulations Ellen on the debut novel - may you launch many more with Mollie. My sailing was limited to my teens and twenties - and nothing more adventurous than shooting bridges and swinging on trapezes.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Roland. Sailing is something I've always looked to do. Here's to setting sail one day soon, just for the adventure of it!

  5. Congratulations, Ellen! I'll go get a copy of that book. How exciting to use your own adventures to create characters and stories.


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