Newly Published From the PS Staff and Writers

Timothy Cole and David Liscio weave edge-of-the-seat mysteries.


We’d be remiss not to mention some of the works coming out of the Practical Sailor marina slips. Apparently, the seafaring life inspires murder-mysteries—as that is roughly where two of our contributors have landed.

Two Murderous Plots

When a charred, headless corpse is discovered in a dumpster in the wealthy suburb of Westport, CT, local cop Tony DeFranco, who moonlights at the local mall for extra cash, finds himself neck-deep in trouble. In “The Sea Glass Murders,” (2020, Pace Press, 320 p, $14) PS Publisher Timothy Cole weaves a fast-paced mystery as DeFranco is forced into an unlikely alliance with CIA officer Dasha Petrov. Together, they confront corruption at the highest levels of power as they try to stop the killer. The book is the first in Cole’s Gold Coast Mystery series.

Newly Published From the PS Staff and Writers

David Liscio’s “Pacific Poison: A Yakuza Japanese Underworld Thriller” (2020, Cannongate, 354 p., $15) knifes through the exotic and dangerous world of the Japanese yakuza. The  violent and well-organized mob has a choke-hold on the island of Saipan. Perhaps it’s time for a sexy spy to put her life on the line to infiltrate the organization? This is the third mystery by Liscio, an award-winning marine journalist and photographer.

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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