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.

Practical Sailor has been independently testing and reporting on marine products for serious sailors for more than 45 years. Supported entirely by subscribers, Practical Sailor accepts no advertising or any form of compensation from manufacturers whose products we test. Testing is carried out by a team of experts from a wide range of fields including marine electronics, marine safety, marine surveying, sailboat rigging, sailmaking, engineering, ocean sailing, sailboat racing, and sailboat construction and design. This diversity of expertise allows us to carry out in-depth, objective evaluation of virtually every product available to serious sailors. Practical Sailor is edited by Darrell Nicholson, a long-time liveaboard sailor and trans-Pacific cruiser with more than three decades of experience as a marine writer, photographer, boat captain, and product tester. 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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