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
Practical Sailor has been independently testing and reporting on sailboats and sailing gear for more than 50 years. Supported entirely by subscribers, Practical Sailor accepts no advertising. Its independent tests are carried out by experienced sailors and marine industry professionals dedicated to providing objective evaluation and reporting about boats, gear, and the skills required to cross oceans. Practical Sailor is edited by Darrell Nicholson, a long-time liveaboard sailor and trans-Pacific cruiser who has been director of Belvoir Media Group's marine division since 2005. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license, has logged tens of thousands of miles in three oceans, and has skippered everything from pilot boats to day charter cats. His weekly blog Inside Practical Sailor offers an inside look at current research and gear tests at Practical Sailor, while his award-winning column,"Rhumb Lines," tracks boating trends and reflects upon the sailing life. He sails a Sparkman & Stephens-designed Yankee 30 out of St. Petersburg, Florida. You can reach him at