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The Monarch (Anne Serafini Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Shannon Esposito , Karen Schindler
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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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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About the Author

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. You can visit her at murderinparadise.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 359 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482337150
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: misterio press (November 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GCWDOW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An author to watch for..great read! March 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Do you believe in fate or serendipity? After two weeks of breaking everything I touch I can indeed relate to Anne's Seafini's sting of bad luck. Or is it bad luck? Fate seems to be the ruling force behind everything Anne does, but she doesn't believe in it. I'm not sure I did either, until I read this book.

Anne Serafinin is a forensic photographer who has decided to it's time to find a new path in life. She moves to an island off the Florida coast and becomes involved in the investigation of a serial killer who is murdering women and leaving their plastic wrapped bodies in the water.

It's really hard to believe that this novel is not on the best sellers list right along with books by Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy, and Robert Ludlum. When I started reading I actually double checked to make sure this was indeed an independent author, and not one of those well known authors hiding behind a pen name. The style and flow is second to non.

This is a who-done-it with a paranormal twist. The paranormal aspect being serendipity, but introduced in a subtle and believable manor. The protagonist, Anne, really doesn't believe she has a gift and is resistant to the idea. As the possibility is presented Anne, and the reader, are slowly convinced that anything is possible and fate does exist, along with the gift of serendipity.

The story line and characters in this novel are not new, but they are well developed and keep the reader guessing. With a few twists and turns it's almost impossible to figure out who the killer is. There are hints throughout the story, but the full story behind the murders is hidden, until the reader is sitting on the edge of their seat cheering on the good guys, hoping for a positive outcome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Monarch--review October 12, 2013
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This was an excellent read. Kept me on edge all the way through the book. Would really like to see a book 2, to continue the series (Anne Serafini Mystery series). At least I hope it is a series. The characters are very likeable and the book leaves one with the wish to read more about them. This was not a "cozy" mystery, which is what I usually stick to, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Monarch, by Shannon Esposito September 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Shannon Esposito weaves a wonderful tale of mystery and suspense with a mystical touch that really elevates this book to "best-seller" status. The characters are interesting and well developed, the story is fast-paced and is not predictable, and it kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. This book is a must read. I'm looking forward to reading the "Pet Psychic Mystery" series next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Killer in Paradise August 20, 2013
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Anne Serafini has a knack for being in bad places at bad times. After surviving a brutal attack, she lands on Anna Marie Island in Florida. Amidst the calming waters of the ocean and the friendly locals, Anne begins to heal. But she finds that fate is not finished with her. A serial killer is loose on the island.

This novel has a semi-supernatural element. Anne Serafini is last in a long line of woman blessed with psychic gifts. All died by the age of twenty-eight, and Anne is only a few weeks away from her twenty-eigth birthday. Will Anne make it? Or can she stop the killer?

Anne is an easy character to like. She's survived a huge trauma and is running from fate. But it finds her anyway. She proves herself to be resourceful and smart and shows she can overcome adversity. The secondary characters, especially Sam, were finely drawn and believable.

The setting was just heavenly. It was obviously a place with which the author is very familiar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ending August 7, 2013
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Enjoyed the book "The Monarch". Some of the top mystery writers, that I have read, have left me a little disappointed because of the lackluster ending. The ending was exceptional, on par with many best sellers. I'll be looking for Shannon Esposito's best selling book in the near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read February 28, 2013
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Another book by Shannon Esposito that I couldn't put down. The endings of her books are always a surprise. Recommend to anyone into mysteries.
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More About the Author

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.


You can visit her at murderinparadise.com

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