Something Fishy

by Lois Schmitt

A Kristy Farrell Mystery
Monkey Business is a cozy mystery that takes place in an aquarium on Long Island, New York.

It's the second book in a series featuring wildlife investigative reporter Kristy Farrell.




A Kristy Farrell Cozy Mystery

When attorney Samuel (Sam) Wong goes missing, wildlife magazine reporter Kristy Farrell thinks the disappearance may tie into her latest story concerning twenty acres of prime property that the local aquarium hopes to purchase.  Sam works for multi-million dollar land developer Lucien Moray who wants to buy the property for an upscale condominium project.  The waterfront community is divided on this issue like the Hatfields and McCoys with environmentalists siding with the aquarium and local business owners lining up behind Moray. Soon a body is found in a nearby inlet, the aquarium is plagued with accidents, a second murder ocurs, and Kristy has a near death encounter with a nine foot bull shark. Kristy investigates the aquarium murders and discovers weak alibis and strong motives But ferreting out the murderer isn’t Kristy’s only challenge.  Her visiting widowed septuagenarian mother announces her engagement. Kristy suspects her mom’s soon to be husband is not all he appears to be.   As Kristy tries find out the truth before her mother ties the not, she also races the clock to find the aquarium killer before this killer strikes again...

About me

Lois Schmitt


  • Aquariums in the U.S.

    My mystery, Something Fishy, takes place at an aquarium.  Aquariums are great places to visit during summer vacation (or any time of year). During the next few months, I will be blogging about aquariums located throughout the United States,  I recently focused on the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta and the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Now I will be looking at Continue Reading

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  • The Most Venomous Creature in the Ocean

    The pufferfish. which resembles a thorny balloon, is the most venomous creature in the sea.  This fish contains tetrodoxin, which is 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide. There is enough venom in one pufferfish to kill 30 humans--and there is no known antidote. Pufferfish are found in the tropical and sub-tropical waters of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans as Continue Reading

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  • Three Ways to Get Ideas for Mystery Stories

    1  NEWSPAPERS: Not the headlines but the blurbs on back pages--Imagine how these    stories began and how they will end--Hunt for missing child--Fire in a national park--Food poisoning at a restaurant. 2  OBSERVE PEOPLE: Eavesdrop--On a train or plane--At a bar or restaurant--In a doctor's office--By the seaside. 3   YOUR OWN LIFE: Are you a teacher?  What's happening Continue Reading

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