SHANNON ESPOSITO

SHANNON ESPOSITO
Shannon Esposito lives in a magical gulf coast town with fluorescent sunsets, purple dragonflies and the occasional backyard alligator. Her mysteries transport readers to Florida without the hefty price of airfare. Although she knew from the age of five she wanted to be a writer, she briefly entertained the idea of being a scientist, until she found out it involved math, which gives her hives. She shares this little corner of paradise with her husband, twin boys and dogs. If she’s not writing, you’ll find her coddling one of the above, hiding with a book or daydreaming with her toes in the sand.

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(P&P2) High Jinx, The Paws & Pose Mysteries Book 2 Florida doggie-yoga coach Elle Pressley is back to shake loose a Halloween curse and a killer in this “quirky, charming” mystery (Publishers Weekly). When doga instructor Elle Pressley’s eccentric new Greek client tells her she’s been cursed by the evil eye, Elle shrugs it off. The wealthy old woman is paying her an insane amount for a thirty-minute puppy session, Elle’s Pampered Pet Spa & Resort is booming, and her romance with sexy Irish PI Devon Burke is as hot as the Moon Key island sun. What curse? Then Elle is invited back to the client’s mansion for a Halloween bash and finds a body hanging from the kitchen rafters. Elle thinks that it’s much more than a scary prank gone wrong. With Devon distracted by new evidence in his parents’ murder case, Elle and her seventy-pound bulldog mix, Buddha, have to tread the investigative waters themselves—and every new bad-luck stumbling block along the way. Now Elle’s beginning to wonder if maybe she really is cursed. A very determined killer is going to make sure of it.

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(P&P1) Faux Pas, The Paws & Pose Mysteries Book 1 Introducing Florida’s doggie-yoga instructor Elle Pressley and “a fun new addition to the pet cozy genre” (Booklist). Doga yogi Elle Pressley just wants to teach her classes at Pampered Pet Spa & Resort in peace and save money to move out of her crazy mother’s house. Then the cuddly spirit of her late childhood dog, Angel, appears. As adorable as Angel is, Elle knows it’s a bad omen. Sure enough, the next day one of her wealthy clients is found dead in a mud bath. She had her enemies—especially the woman who stole her husband. But the clues are leading to Dr. Ira Craft, the Botox king of Moon Key island. His frantic wife Hope happens to be Elle’s best friend. Determined to clear Ira’s name, if only for Hope’s sake, Elle enlists the help of Irish private investigator Devon Burke, devilishly handsome and easy to fall for. But someone is determined to stop Elle from uncovering the truth. And now that Devon’s involved, it’s not just Elle’s life that’s in danger. Her heart is too.

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(P&P3) Dog Gone, The Paws & Pose Mysteries Book 3 It’s Christmastime on the exclusive island of Moon Key and Elle Pressley, doga instructor, is excited about her new client—movie star, Talia Hill. But that excitement quickly turns to shock when Ms. Hill’s dog nanny is found dead and her beloved terrier, Ginger, goes missing. With the help of her P.I. boyfriend, Elle leads the search for Ginger. As suspects pile up, a ransom note arrives demanding a million dollars for the safe return of Ginger. When the ransom drop-off goes horribly wrong, Talia Hill falls into deep despair. Elle is determined to get Ginger back for her but the clock is ticking and an elusive killer holds their fate in his hands. Can she pull off a Christmas miracle?

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The Burning Alice Leininger seems to have the perfect life. She’s happily married, has two beautiful children, a close knit group of friends, and a cause she cares deeply about. But beneath the surface, her world of safety and comfort is unraveling. The periods of lost time she’s kept secret—even from her husband—are happening more frequently. She certainly doesn’t remember leaving her Sarasota home at three-thirty in the morning to burn someone alive. Now she sits in a Florida state mental institution, awaiting judgement on whether she’s fit to stand trial on charges of murder and arson. While a psychologist works to help Alice face her past, her future depends on the answer to one question: How far did she go for justice?   *This book is recommended for mature audiences. While there are no scenes of graphic or explicit violence, it does touch on themes of trafficking and assault.

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(PP4) For Pete’s Sake, A Pet Psychic Mystery # 4 A picture perfect wedding in paradise...what could possibly go wrong? Pet boutique owner and reluctant pet psychic, Darwin Winters, is looking forward to watching her best friend and business partner, Sylvia, say "I do" to the man of her dreams. But when their wedding photographer turns up dead on the big day—and Sylvia’s superstitious mother believes his heart attack is a sign their marriage will be cursed—Sylvia’s dream wedding quickly becomes a nightmare. Darwin only has a week to help her detective boyfriend prove the photographer’s death was not from natural causes before Sylvia’s family jets back home to Portugal, and the wedding is off for good. As more than a few suspects come into focus—including Peter’s model clients, a rival photographer and the director of an animal shelter being investigated for fraud—time is running out. With just one clue from the photographer’s orphaned Yorkie pup to go on, can Darwin help save Sylvia’s wedding and capture a killer? Or will both justice and Sylvia’s wedding cake go unserved?

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(PP3) Silence Is Golden, A Pet Psychic Mystery #3 When a St. Pete native is killed in a hit and run, pet psychic Darwin Winters gets a vision from the victim's prized golden retriever that leads her to believe it was no accident. As suspects start piling up, Darwin finds herself in the middle of the dead woman's family and friends, not knowing who she can trust. Stories of artifacts and pirate legends, strange disturbances at the Pinellas Point Indian Mound, and show dog shenanigans all add up to one thing... motive for murder. Can Darwin separate family secrets from cover ups and lies to dig up the truth? Or will it be silenced forever along with the victim?

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The Monarch Fate seems to have mistaken Anne Serafini, a forensic photographer, for superwoman and she’s not amused. After being stabbed, witnessing a friend’s murder and shooting a man in self-defense, Anne realizes she’s been Fate’s puppet all along. Now she’s chosen Anna Maria Island to try and take back control of her life. Unfortunately—when a murdered girl washes up on the beach—she understands, once again, Fate has chosen this place for her. When Anne’s two eccentric aunts decide it’s time to let her in on the family secret, they tell Anne she is the latest fourth generation woman in her brown-eyed family to be born with green eyes and a paranormal gift. Anne’s gift is being in the wrong place at the right time. The gift of serendipity. But, the gift is also a curse. Each green-eyed woman has died before her twenty-eighth birthday. Anne will turn twenty-eight in three weeks. Can she embrace her gift and help stop this budding serial killer? Or is he the tool Fate will use to fulfill the family curse?

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(PP2) Lady Luck Runs Out, A Pet Psychic Mystery #2 Fall tourist season in St. Pete has kicked into high gear for Darwin Winters, pet psychic, but that doesn't stop her from getting tangled up in a new murder investigation. Rose Faraday, a gypsy fortune teller, has succumbed to a rattlesnake bite in her own condo. After a run-in with the victim's traumatized cat, Darwin knows it was no freak accident. Can she find a way to prove it? Or will the killer get lucky and get away with murder?

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(PP1) Karma’s A Bitch: A Pet Psychic Mystery #1
Darwin Winters, reluctant pet psychic, is determined to leave her family’s paranormal past behind and lead a normal life. So she strikes out on her own and opens up a new pet boutique in St. Pete, Florida. When a local homeless man she befriends is found dead, and the police assume it’s a suicide, Darwin has no choice but to use her gift to help collar the killer. She adopts his grieving mastiff, Karma—and with the dog’s help—tries to piece together the events of that fatal night. Accepting the visions is one thing, but can she solve the mystery without revealing her powers to the jaded, yet drool-worthy, detective in charge of the case? Or will the killer put an end to her psychic sleuthing and bury the truth for good?
 

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