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Sea Bitch: Four Tales of Nautical Noir [Kindle Edition]

Christine Kling
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

SEA BITCH is a collection of four short stories by the acclaimed nautical writer Christine Kling. The women and girls who sail these waters might appear somewhat innocent, but all turn deadly dangerous before these tales are done. Look out guys, if there is one theme among these pages, it is that revenge is sweet.

The first story "The Night Watchman" is the original story wherein Christine created Seychelle Sullivan, the tug and salvage captain who went on to appear in her first four books, and serves as a prequel to the series.

"Dead Storage" first appeared in the popular collection Miami Noir published by Akashic Books.

The collection concludes with bonus excerpts from Christine's new thriller CIRCLE OF BONES and from the first in her Seychelle Sullivan series titled SURFACE TENSION

Praise for Christine Kling:

"Ms. Kling is a rising queen in the suspense genre." – Midwest Book Review

"[Kling] brings authority and authenticity to her novels, putting into lively focus the characteristics and personalities of the colorful people who make a living on the water." – The Miami Herald

"Kling not only makes her readers curious – she sweeps them into the crosscurrent and makes them care." – Mystery Scene Magazine

"Kling writes with crisp assurance, especially about life in South Florida." – Publishers Weekly

"Seychelle Sullivan is a worthy successor to John D. MacDonald's fabled Travis McGee." – The (Cleveland) Plains Dealer

Product Details

  • File Size: 3247 KB
  • Print Length: 113 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tell-Tale Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RPE0GS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read! January 2, 2012
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Another great read from Christine Kling. I have her books in hardback and Kindle formats. If you read one of her books, you will want them all! Worth every cent! They are good enough to read twice! Shes on top of The list of favorite authors!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet November 22, 2011
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I found each story a great read, but way too short. A few more pages of each one would have been even better.
Monkey Fist was my favorite, even though all four stories left me with a smirk on my face. Never underestimate the power of a woman. Especially one with a chip on her shoulder.
I would definitely be interested in reading some full length stories from this author, along the same story lines.
I received a complimentary copy of this book to review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual characters March 12, 2013
By Lynda
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I enjoyed this book a lot. I read a lot of mysteries - they usually have a male main character and take place on land. Sea Bitch brings tales of female nautical characters who live on boats or work around boats. Not your usual fare. I have read several books by Christine Kling and liked them because of the unusual environment and characters. The little dark tales in Sea Bitch are darkly entertaining.

Kling describes what a noir tale is better than I could in her introduction. "In a regular mystery, the world is a good place. A crime occurs which throws the world out of balance, and the detective must solve the crime and put the bad guy away in order to restore balance. Noir is fiction of the impoverished - in body and soul. In a noir story, the world is s*** from the beginning. S*** happens. And in the end, it's still a s***ty world. In a noir story, the main character doesn't catch the murderer. The main character often IS the murderer."

If you've never read a Kling story - please do. I loved her Seychelle Sullivan tug boat and salvage captain in Florida stories. Start with Surface Tension and you'll be hooked.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Discover this wonderful author and great character! People who like fascinating mysteries, an engaging and complex woman setting the pace as lead character, and a boating, beach and sea backdrop cannot get luckier because Seychelle Sullivan is on deck to tow them away to reader heaven.

Sullivan inherited a Florida towing and salvage business from her father. She solves fascinating murder mysteries while fending off a threatening police detective and running her intriguing day job hauling wrecked yachts and endangered boats to safety.

Test the waters with the first in the series, Surface Tension, currently just 99 cents, to meet Seychelle and her current and former love interests. The plots are summarized on Amazon and need not be repeated here.

What is worth repeating is that once Kling and Seychelle catch your attention, you're hooked. These are total-immersion superior 5-star beach book pleasures.

There are four fantastic Seychelle Sullivan mysteries in the series--and I hope there will be more in the future. Add to that a Maggie Riley mystery and a collection of 4 short stories in for continued great reading. Sullivan's three decades sailing the seas enhances every page of the books.

Kling deserves a spot at the top of the bestseller lists for excellent writing and storytelling, fascinating come-to-life characters, and puzzling mysteries that will keep readers guessing to the end. The nautical backdrop is a perfect escape for landlubbers and boaters alike. - Tom Dulaney, Amazon kindle author, journalist and booklover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Four Nautical Tales where the woman wins February 25, 2013
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Short stories are not my normal read, it seems to be hard to develop the characters and the story in such a short format. But these stories seemed to work and the bitch in each is good, bad or both.

The Night Watchman-is a tale of a woman making her way in a man's world and she is serious.

Dead Storage is about a 16 year old girl in a sad family life and how she changes things.

The Monkey's Fist is about a new boat and an ill-fated trip.

Flight is a story of 18 year old Billy and her sailing trip with Rafe, taking motorcycles or electronics to Jamaica or Haiti.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and a little twisted! February 25, 2013
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Collection of four short stories that are easy to get into and end with a dark little twist. These would be perfect for the waiting room or anytime you want to read but may have many interruptions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More hits from Kling February 12, 2013
By lacharr
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I am enjoying everything from Christine Kling right now. Am wintering in the area where her books are based, and it's great fun to recognize the settings in her books. Recommending to many friends. well written, great characters and just a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Bitch September 21, 2012
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A good combo of subjects and characters kept the pages turning. It was about getting back at rotten males. I am a male reader and author but the guys in question all deserved it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very gritty but rewarding read.
Christine is becoming one of my favorite nautical themed authors. Her characters are on the raw side, not at all your damsel in distress type. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Newburydave
5.0 out of 5 stars Christine knows whereof she writes
One of the very few books, among the many I have read, which provides the reader with an accurate view of a small portion of the world in which I have played for more than thirty... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roman Folk
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good group of Novellas with strong characters
Unlike my review of the Seychelle Sullivan series, this series presents multiple characters capable of being a strong female protagonist, who get it much closer to the mark. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey D. Kerner
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH THE READ
Published 3 months ago by B. Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
She can't write fast enough for me. I wish each one of these had been a full novel.
Published 4 months ago by Jan Ausbrooks-Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 4 months ago by sherry
3.0 out of 5 stars I think Christine Kling has a real problem with men ...
I think Christine Kling has a real problem with men. Virtually every man in this book is a real loser.
Published 5 months ago by Steve Houchin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Four interesting short stories left me wanting for more from Christine Kling.
Published 6 months ago by J. G. White
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
we enjoyed this
Published 6 months ago by R. Crider
3.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the stories involving Riley
Really enjoyed the stories involving Riley. The WWII submarine story was very interesting and provided a unique back story.
Published 7 months ago by leixfam
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More About the Author

I love sailing, books, travel, and adventure! So, I think I have the greatest job in the world - I get to write stories full time.

I've been sailing most of my life and that led me to set my first nautical suspense novels on the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. Featuring Florida female tug and salvage captain, Seychelle Sullivan, there are four books in the series, SURFACE TENSION, CROSS CURRENT, BITTER END, and WRECKERS' KEY.

My latest books are something new and different for me. CIRCLE OF BONES: a Caribbean thriller, features a female solo sailor, Maggie Riley, and a maritime archeologist (and conspiracy nut) Cole Thatcher searching for the wreck of a World War II submarine. The second book finds Riley in Thailand trying (unsuccessfully) to forget about Cole. DRAGON'S TRIANGLE was just released in June 2014.

So, in DRAGON'S TRIANGLE, I have Riley sail her boat 1800 miles through the South China Sea. She travels from Thailand to the Philippines and at the end of her voyage, Riley discovers true love.

Last November, a gentleman commented on my blog and asked a question about some software I had used. I responded and we started to correspond. One month later, I flew to Fiji to meet him, and for our "first date" we sailed 2200 miles through the Pacific on his 52-foot sailboat. Now, six months later, we have traveled together through Europe doing research on the Knights of Malta for book #3 in the series. In a field of flowers overlooking a little fishing village in Malta, he proposed - and I said yes! My new home is now that sailboat out in the Pacific Ocean, and like Riley, I have found true love.

I don't know if I'll ever be certain whether it's my adventures that shape the tale or the tale that shapes me. But I do know this: I'm going to make Riley have the best adventures ever in book #3!

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Hope to see you out on the water.

Fair winds!

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