I loved Fred. The tone of the writing very much reminded me of MaryJanice Davidson's Undead series, but Fred is not Betsy. Fred doesn't care about clothes or men. Fred is a scientist, a marine biologist. She is tough, assertive, and blunt. There are a lot of similarities between her and Betsy too. She is self-centred. She's also very tall. Fred lacks compassion; it's a decision she has to make rather than instinct. I like that she's not a damsel. She does not fall all over herself for the water fellow or the handsome prince.
I like that in the novel, the issue of how we "bipeds" treat the environment is the centre of their investigation. People dump into the water, they are more concerned with money. The novel makes it seem as though there are only a few people like Thomas who really care. I hope that's not true. I like that a fun, mermaid novel has a bit of a serious thread running through it.
I read recently that Davidson will only be writing two more Undead books and then the series will be over. It's a sad thought for me, since I've been reading about Queen Betsy for years and years. It's nice to know that when I want something light and fun to read, Davidson will provide with one of her other books.
So, my copy of Sleeping With The Fishes is part of an omnibus with all three Fred the Mermaid books. Do I read all three since they're in the same "book"? Or do I put other novels in between series books, like I usually do? I think the latter, but maybe not. Let's see what I do when I take a bit of time to read tonight.