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Murder Takes a Selfie

Book #1 in the By The Sea Cozy Mystery Series!

Oceanside High students Esther and Sophie prefer life between the covers of their favorite books, but they open an entirely new adventure and begin an exciting new chapter when the Stuart twins, Parker and Paisley, move from Great Britain to an old mansion in Esther and Sophie’s small beach town. The girls score invitations to a celebrity author’s book-launch party at the twins’ mansion, but after the selfies are snapped,  The focus is on murder, and everyone is a suspect.
Used to hiding behind her glasses and cardigans, Esther has secrets that only her cat and Sophie know. But when someone’s life is at stake, what will Esther risk to solve the mystery and save her friends? 


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Murder Makes a Vlog
Book 2

Lights, camera, murder-and two beach town best friends caught in a mystery!

Small town beach girls Esther and Sophie are happiest working in the school library, surfing, and hanging out with Parker and Paisley, twins from Britain.


Esther has always hidden behind her cardigan and glasses, but Parker's handsome face and brilliant mind convince her to risk going on a date with him. When the best-selling author of Blessed Be announces she will film part of her movie in their Oregon Coast town, Esther and Sophie get a job tutoring the celebrity stars playing the parts of the witches and warlocks. But when Parker is cast as an extra, strange things start happening on set.


To find the killer, the girls ditch the library, take bit parts in the movie, and travel to a castle on a seaside cliff. Not everyone survives, but everyone is a suspect!


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Murder Has a Ball
Book 3

Save the date for a masquerade! Forget Phantom of the Opera. The Oceanside High Masked Ball has Esther and Sophie waltzing around clues to solve a cozy mystery murder by the sea.


When Esther has her first actual date, she can’t find a single book in the school’s historic library that will help her. After Romeo and Juliette depressed her, Mr. Darcy infuriated her, and Eliza Doolittle abandoned her authentic self, Sophie dived into contemporary literature to ensure the Masked ball will be a success for these two BFFs. The school’s Victorian era library is the perfect setting for a masquerade. When the girls add the dance committee to their list of responsibilities as library aids, a threat is made, and a close friend is the target.


After the party is over, can Esther and Sophie unmask the murderer before it’s too late? What will the girls do if their last dance is with a killer?


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About the Author


Shanon Symonds writes in an old house by the sea, where her 6 children, their children, and 30 or 40 of her closest relatives, and their dogs come and go constantly. She loves laughter, a good mystery, running on the beach, deep sea fishing, and bonfires. Her all-time favorite job at church was Girls Camp Activity Director. 

Shannon worked for over 20 years as an Advocate serving survivors of abuse alongside law enforcement, as a home visitor supporting new mothers, and on other causes she is ridiculously passionate about. She will tell you, “Love sprinkled with laughter really is the answer, it always was, and it always will be.” 

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Murder Has a Ball
Book 3
Cozy Mystery by the Sea Series


Feb 7, 2022