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The Monarch (Anne Serafini Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition

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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

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  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: misterio press (November 29, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GCWDOW
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Icequeen on March 27, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sherelyn A. Barry on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Pietripaoli on September 4, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By that_weird_girl on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gligh66124 on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anurs on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By druidgirl on January 29, 2012
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I simply could not put this book down. It is a fast-paced story and does not become boring as some mysteries can. You know just enough about the characters and their past to understand their present. The story keeps you guessing at every twist and turn, and you think you know who did it but you find out at the next chapter that you did not. I would love to read more by this author. By the way this story also has a little bit of paranormal.
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