Thursday, April 18, 2019



Kelly Jackson, manager of the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast, is fond of the Doblinsky brothers, Ivan and Rudy, members of the Silver Sentinels, a crew of crime-solving senior citizens in their Northern California seaside hamlet. After she discovers a jewel-encrusted dagger—with what appears to be dried blood on the blade—on their fishing boat, they share their family history with Kelly, and she learns that the knife may be part of a set from their long-ago childhood in Russia. Its sudden reappearance is eerie, but the mystery grows much more serious when a body is found on the boat. The victim was a member of the community and part of the Russian Heritage Festival, and some of the organizers were clearly harboring some bitterness. But the story behind this murder seems as layered as a nesting doll—and Kelly’s feeling completely at sea . . .

Book Details:

Title: Murder at the Marina

Author: Janet Finsilver

Genre: Mystery

Series: Kelly Jackson mystery series, book 5

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp. (April 2, 2019)

Page count: 200 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


A few of your favorite things:
We have a wonderful collection of wildlife prints adorning the walls of our house. On each vacation my husband and I take we bring back something to remind us of our adventure. I brought back lovely handmade bookmarks from our most recent trip which was to Africa.
Things you need to throw out: Clothes I haven’t worn in a long time.

Things you need in order to write: I need a computer.
Things that hamper your writing: My long list of things to do! 

Things you love about writing: I love the creative flow of ideas.
Things you hate about writing: I don’t hate anything about the actual writing process. I dislike the pressure of a deadline if I’ve gotten behind on my writing goals. One year I was sick for over eight weeks. When I recovered, I had to work hard to have the book ready when it was due.

Easiest thing about being a writer: I enjoy being with my characters in Redwood Cove.
Hardest thing about being a writer: The hardest thing is blocking out the time.

Things you love about where you live: I love the access I have to wonderful trails and parks for hiking.

Things you love about where you live:
I love the access I have to wonderful trails and parks for hiking.
Things that make you want to move: Traffic!

Words that describe you: I’m willing to try new things.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: I occasionally procrastinate.

Favorite foods: I love cheese and chocolate (though not together!).
Things that make you want to throw up: The smell of old fish will do it.

Favorite beverage: I enjoy strong black coffee (especially with chocolate).

Something that gives you a pickle face: Fruit that is sour when I expect it to be sweet.

Favorite smell: Jasmine flowers provide a wonderful fragrance.

Something that makes you hold your nose: That takes me back to old fish again.

Something you’re really good at: I’m very fast when it comes to typing.
Something you’re really bad at: I have trouble keeping up with all the changes in the computer world.

Something you like to do
: I like to go horseback riding. I ride western style.

Something you wish you’d never done: My husband and I had an incredibly long walk from an event in Montreal back to our hotel. The distance was deceiving.

People you consider as heroes: People who go out of their way to help others.

People with a big L on their foreheads: Someone who puts other people down.

Things you always put in your books:
I always have dogs with special training that contribute to our lives in different ways. A black Chihuahua named Sergeant is a hearing assistance dog and Max, a Goldendoodle trained as a diabetic alert dog, are just two of the canines populating my books.
Things you never put in your books: I never put in graphic violence. I don’t want my readers to get an unpleasant surprise when they turn the page.

Favorite places you’ve been: I loved Africa and San Ignacio Lagoon in Mexico during whale season.

Places you never want to go to again: I went inside a cave once. I never want to do that again. I discovered I was very claustrophobic!

Things that make you happy: I always love playing with my dogs.

Things that drive you crazy: All the ads on the Internet that keep popping up.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done:
I took a helicopter ride in Africa. It was amazing to see all the wildlife below me.

Something you chickened out from doing:  I was snorkeling with a group in Mexico. We had been taken a distance off shore by boat. The guides asked us if we wanted to swim back to the beach. I’m not a strong swimmer and decided not to do it. It was a good decision. Some of the people really struggled to make it.

The last thing you did for the first time:
Taking a trip to Africa.

Something you’ll never do again: Drive a rental car in a bad part of town (I took a wrong turn!) 


Janet Finsilver is the USA Today best-selling author of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs—Kylie and Ellie. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. Murder at Redwood Cove, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. This was followed by Murder at the Mansion, Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table, and Murder at the Mushroom Festival. Her fifth book, Murder at the Marina, released April 2, 2019.

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