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A FISHY TALE: New Book Launch

The world has gone insane; war in the Middle East, violent antisemitic protests, the president fell off his bicycle. We could all use some laughs about now. No worries, my newest comedy murder mystery, A FISHY TALE is NOW AVAILABLE. I have always believed it is much healthier if you don’t take life too seriously, and I like comedy of the absurd the best. If you read this book without laughing, you probably need to check your pulse. Currently available on Amazon as ebook and paperback at  https://amzn.to/40MVqsV and Barnes&Noble at https://bit.ly/47Uo1Pe  

Dr. Jason Longfellow, PI, and nurse wife Chelsea inherit a fortune and move to the peace and quiet of a wilderness lake to escape their frenetic life in Northern Virginia. They set up their own PI agency, Chelsea Longfellow, PI, and Associate. It’s Chelsea’s inheritance. They become involved in a bizarre case in which someone, or something, is killing off local fishermen. Fishermen are not well liked, with their countless tournaments taking over the lake. Suspects include several local businessmen, an employee of a medical biotech firm, an incompetent home inspector, and giant man-eating bass. Is this even murder, or is nature taking back the lake from human intruders? Join Chelsea as she solves the case while trying to keep Jason focused, and alive.


A Fishy Tale is another triumph by John J Jessop.  It is a laugh out loud story of the exploits of the private investigation firm run by Dr Jason Longfellow and his wife Chelsea as they try to solve a series of murders of prize-winning fishermen in rural Virginia. In addition to the swashbuckling action A Fishy Tale sparkles with the interactions between Dr. Longfellow and his nurse wife. The humorous comments and actions between these two are fun of love and very relatable to anyone that has been married. Rick Spees, Author, Capitol Gains

When a couple of brothers pull a ninety-pound fish out of a Virginia lake, they know that something strange is ‘goin’ on.’ Jason and Chelsea Longfellow, amateur PIs, dive into the mystery of what might connect the soggy body of a businessman, several missing fishermen, and a medical biotech company. John J Jessop propels ‘A Fishy Tale’ with the speed of a Nitro Z21 Bass Boat toward its shocking conclusion. Henry G. Brinton, author of the environmental mystery “Windows of the Heavens

PLEASURIA: Take as Directed and Murder by Road Trip now only $0.99 on Amazon. For links to buy the books, click on the cover to the right or see below.

THE REALTOR’S CURSE, first place winner of The 2022 Firebird Book Awards in both Mystery and Humor Categories

Now Available as eBook and paperback on Amazon, Barnes&Noble and Indiebooks.

THE REALTOR’S CURSE, a fun read and an intriguing medical mystery that captivates the reader with an ingenious plot. Lots of twists, turns, and laughs. This medical mystery is way better than a prescription for antidepressants. Dr. Jason Longfellow, the dysfunctional PI and nurse wife Chelsea try to buy a condo in Florida and all hell breaks loose. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll never vacation in Florida again. mystery fiction books, humorous novels, medical mysteries, mystery novels, science and scientist humor, mystery


Dr. Jason Longfellow, FDA Drug Reviewer and part-time PI (amateur sleuth) THE REALTOR’S CURSE


Scientists play around with your DNA, cells, and immune system to make new medicines. What could possibly go wrong? Why Murder, of course.

First there was PLEASURIA, then MURDER BY ROAD TRIP, and now available:

THE REALTOR’S CURSE“, by award winning author John J Jessop.



Dr. Jason Longfellow, PI and wife Chelsea combine a vacation in Florida with a search for vacation property near the beach. They find their first body on the drive south. While condo hunting, a perky young realtor attacks Jason with a kitchen implement. Why are people in Florida so angry? Then, the bodies really start piling up, every condo comes with its own dead body.

In between house-hunting tours, Jason talks Chelsea into enjoying the many recreational opportunities that Florida has to offer, including boating, fishing, kiteboarding, a Harley rental…you get the idea. Jason becomes convinced Florida is trying to kill him. Our amateur sleuth has been at the scene of so many dead bodies, he begins to wonder if he might be the killer.

Jason figures out who the murderer is; Chelsea thinks it’s someone else. Throw in a hurricane, boat chase, alligators galore, and a very friendly manatee, and this makes for non-stop action. Will they ever catch the killer? Will Chelsea give Jason a concussion? What does this have to do with killer mosquitoes? It’s medical biotechnology run amok. Florida will never be the same! mystery fiction books, humorous novels, medical mysteries, mystery novels, science and scientist humor, mystery

Early Endorsements for THE REALTOR’S CURSE

“Alligators, snakes, sharks, amorous manatees, psychotic Florida realtors and bodies turning up everywhere. But never fear. Intrepid, neurotic US Food and Drug Administration functionary and part-time private investigator, the Walter Mitty-esque Dr. Jason Longfellow is on the case. If Miami humorist Dave Berry wrote a book about quixotic, goofball PI’s, it’d read like The Realtor’s Curse.” —Joe Palmer, Author, A Mariner’s Tale

“The search for a Florida condo becomes deadly in this fast-paced and funny novel by John J Jessop. Private investigator Jason Longfellow and his wife Chelsea return to action for the third time, bickering and butting heads as they try to solve a murder mystery and avoid becoming victims themselves. Dark comedy in the Sunshine State!” —Henry G. Brinton, Author, City of Peace

“In this zany who dunnit mystery/comedy Florida is the hot spot where everything that can go wrong does. Jessop brilliantly turns an innocent vacation into absurd comedy. The laughs keep coming until it hurts.” —Benjamin Berkley, Author, Against My Will and In Defense of Guilt



The amateur sleuth that makes Clouseau look like a genius. Just ask his wife:)

Click on the cover MURDER BY ROAD TRIP, buy the book (ebook or paperback) on Amazon (you know you want to) and figure out whodunit before our amateur PI, if you don’t die laughing first.

Also available at Barnes & Noble and Indie Book Stores 

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MURDER BY ROAD TRIP, Early Amazon review:

 “Got it yesterday – read it today. Simply could *not* put it down, read it cover to cover in one sitting! Very funny – great escapism!”—Marianne O.

Pleasant, cheerful and uplifting. Keeps you reading page after page.” –K.T. Barnett, Author, The Rose Not Taken

John J Jessop co-wrote the book MURDER BY ROAD TRIP with his daughter, Jackie. The story was inspired by a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country road trip they took together in 2016. The destinations may be real, but all events in MURDER BY ROAD TRIP are hilariously fictitious.

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Hi. I’m Willow. Mommy rescued me from the shelter and she and Grandpa wrote this very funny book.

Hop in the RV and join Jason and family on a wild and comic cross-country road trip. From a monkey jewel thief, to attack by cuddly comfort animals, to a deadly windshield wiper, mad dentist, boosted libido, and the great cheese caper, this PI is a true crime magnet. Will Jason hang up his PI hat to take a lucrative job with a drug company, making his wife happy? More importantly, why is someone trying to steal his teeth? And, what, if anything, does this have to do with medical biotechnology?

If you think that a cross-country family trek in an RV is the definition of insanity, you’ll love John and Jacqueline Jessop’s MURDER BY ROAD TRIP. On the way to a California job interview, private investigator Jason Longfellow experiences chronic dental problems, encounters a jewelry-stealing monkey, and enjoys an unexpected boost to his libido. Strangers seem to be obsessed with stealing his teeth, as he faces gunfire in an RV park and a kidnapping on a cabin cruiser. Hop in the RV and join Jason, his wife and daughters on this wild and comic ride!—Henry G. Brinton, author of the mystery novel City of Peace
John and Jacqueline Jessop add new meaning to the phrase “road trip” in their sequel to PLEASURIA. Adding just the right amount of laughter, they turn out the perfect recipe for fans of murder mysteries. Bravo!—Benjamin H Berkley, Author of Against My Will and In Defense of Guilt.


Future Father-Daughter Blog Posts About the Actual Cross-Country Trip
John co-wrote the book with daughter Jacqueline. In addition to buying the book (you know you want to, you like to laugh and everyone likes a good mystery), keep an eye out for a destination-specific blog series that will provide John and his daughter’s individual perspectives on their once-in-a-lifetime road trip. It should be fun, since we all know that twenty-something daughters always agree with dad:)