Reporter Guinivere Jones has a shell of a problem

When investigative reporter Guinivere Jones finds herself out of a husband and a job, she decides to leave dreary New England and move to sunny Sanibel Island, Florida, the seashell capital of the United States. But all is not sunshine and seashells on Sanibel. And when the star attraction of the annual Shell Show, a rare shell known as the Golden Junonia, goes missing, and Guin stumbles across the dead body of the chief suspect a few days later, she is determined to find the missing mollusk and the murderer. Along the way, she finds buckets of shells and suspects—and a little romance, too.

The first book in the Sanibel Island Mystery series, A Shell of a Problem introduces readers to Guinivere Jones, ace reporter for the Sanibel-Captiva Sun-Times, her two faithful feline companions, Flora and Fauna, the beautiful island of Sanibel, and a host of memorable characters.

When reporter Guinivere Jones’s ex-husband shows up on Sanibel, she knows there’s something fishy going on

It’s been nine months since Guin moved from cold, gray New England to warm, sunny Sanibel—and she’s never been happier. She has a great new job, working for the local paper; a great new beau, a sexy marine biologist; and a great little apartment, just minutes from the beach. Even her two cats love it on Sanibel. Everything has been going great for Guin (except maybe finding that dead body, but she found the killer and turned it into a killer story)… until her ex-husband, Art, shows up.

Within 24 hours of his arrival for a fishing trip and sales conference, Art becomes the prime suspect in the disappearanceof his rival. And it’s going to take all Guin’s wits to keep him out of jail—and out of her bedroom. Can she do it?

The second book in the Sanibel Island Mystery series, Something Fishy once again features intrepid reporter Guinivere Jones; her sometime nemesis, Detective William O’Loughlin; her best friend, Shelly; her marine biologist beau, Dr. Harrison “Harry Heartthrob” Hartwick; and her two loyal feline companions, Flora and Fauna—along with several new characters sure to delight.

Where to Buy

A Shell of a Problem and Something Fishy are available in paperback and for Kindle on Amazon. You can also find the paperback versions on Sanibel at MacIntosh Books, Bailey's General Store, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, Sanibel Moorings, and at Gene's Books.

Reviews for A Shell of a Problem

"If you are not familiar with Sanibel Island, you certainly will be after following Guinivere Jones on her quest to find answers about a missing Junonia shell"

"The tour of the island that author Jennifer L. Schiff shares in this novel is so close to real life, I felt that I knew some of the characters! Sanibel is a unique, wonderful place and this book captures the quirkiness well.... The beach was the perfect place to start this book and I finished it overlooking the same golf course that Guinivere lives on. Anyone who visits this island should read this book. A little mystery, a little beach, lots of shells...a great read."
—Angela A.

"This engaging mystery makes a great vacation beach read!"

"A cute and clever reporter meets up with some shady characters (and some potentially romantic ones) in this fast paced novel. I can’t wait to see which characters become the focus of the next book in the Sanibel Island Mystery series!"
—Amanda W.

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"A great 'toes in the sand' mystery"

"Such fun, particularly if you already love Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The serious shellers appreciate the elusive nature of the junonia and who doesn't love a story full of perfectly drawn friends and neighbors?"
—Julia C.

About the Author

Jennifer Lonoff Schiff is the bestselling author of the Sanibel Island Mystery series and a writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. A cat lover, bird watcher, shell collector, and avid cozy mystery reader, she and her husband and two cats divide their time between New England and Sanibel Island, Florida.

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