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The Monarch (Anne Serafini Mystery Book 1) by [Esposito, Shannon]
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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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GCWDOW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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I will start with a disclaimer: I was given a free review copy of this book. The gift provided me with exposure to the book, but in no way made me feel obligated to provide a positive review. The content of the book did that on its own!

This is a fantastic, wonderful, and delightful book! Amazing! It is a page-turning paranormal mystery {a la Dean Koontz}. It has romantic elements, but no real romance to distract you from the edge-of-your-seat action and suspense. I actually managed to read this book in a little under 24 hours, including the time I spent sleeping. That is how engrossing this story is.

So why, then, did I give it four stars? I did so because I found numerous spelling {adrenaline is the correct spelling of that word} and formatting {a paragraph with center justification for no reason, missing " at the start of a quote, letters and words in strike-through, words obviously left in a sentence from an earlier revision that should have been deleted but weren't} that annoyed me enough to break the trance that the storyline otherwise provided. I left me, the reader, feeling as if I'd just sat down to a delicious dinner only to be interrupted every five minutes by the telephone ringing. And for that, I docked a star. But only one star as the rest of the novel is fantastic.

This is the story of Anne who has found herself located on an island in Florida where a serial killer has just started his series of gruesome murders, and the local police department is in need of a forensic photographer; something Anne just happens to be. Anne's back-story is revealed as the mystery develops, a masterful intertwining of past and present that feels natural and honest. The ending suggests that this could be a one-off or the start of a series that features Anne. I hope it will be the latter.

Is this worth its price? Yes, and then some!
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Our heroine grew and saved herself and others. Even though the cavalry came to the rescue, the important saving was already done. And the romantic thread was adult as both realized the importance of being whole. Looking forward to more exploits with a psychic twist.
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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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