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


  • Sharks

    If the lion is king of the jungle, the shark is king of the seas.  It is estimated that a Great White of 21 feet in size can produce a force of almost 4,000 pounds per square inch (psi) with one bite.  That's 4 times more than a lion's bite. Some shark species are cannibalistic in the womb. The largest 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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    Kristy's husband and daughter are veterinarians. The Farrell household also includes a cat named Owl and two dogs--Brandy, a rescue collie, and Archie, a one hundred pound mixed breed who looks like a small bear. If you are a mystery fan and an animal lover, this series is for you. In my book, Monkey Business, Kristy investigates murder at a local zoo. The trail leads to a Manhattan pet store with a shady past, a radical animal rights group, an art exhibit on Long Island's infamous gold coast, and a bizarre animal auction in the...

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