Welcome! I write light-hearted but heartfelt historical murder mysteries. My Cassie Gwynne series, set in Gilded Age Florida on picturesque Amelia Island, features amateur sleuth Cassie Gwynne, who puts the smarts she inherited from her lawyer father to use when murder washes ashore.
A Truth Most Treacherous, a Cassie Gwynne Mystery Book 3 Full of quirky characters, zany animals, and plot twists that will keep you turning pages until the very end...and leave you with a smile!
To celebrate the release of A Truth Most Treacherous, I'll be giving away this STUNNING bookworm ring, made-to-order by Keiko Bee Fine Jewelry, to one lucky reader at the end of the month! Tag @essigauthor and #cassiegwynnemysteries on IG or FB for your chance to win!
The Cassie Gwynne Mysteries
Available in paperback, audiobook, and ebook. Audiobook narrated by the fabulous Lauryn Allman!
'[T]he Cassie Gwynne Mysteries is confirmed as a series that I will be adding to my list of ‘must read’ historical cosies.' V. O'Regan (Goodreads), ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A portion of every dollar I earn from these books will go to a charitable organization addressing the needs of abandoned, mistreated, or homeless animals - like those Cassie and her Aunt Flora champion. If you'd like to nominate someone for a donation, please send me a note and tell me about their wonderful work!
If you think about it, it makes perfect sense I’d eventually try to be a writer. One need only examine my childhood, as any therapist will tell you, and look for the signs: On family vacations my poor mother, already on her last nerve as my father, the Botany Professor, drove us around winding mountain roads with one eye on the ground vegetation, constantly screamed at me to “stop reading and look at the scenery.” I assigned my books call numbers and insisted my friends “check them out” from my “library” (the fines for late returns were steep but, as it turned out, largely unenforceable). I wrote plays about forest fairies and figures from classical mythology and petitioned for special dispensation so I could stage them on the playground during lunch. My favorite school task was diagramming sentences.
So, when, many years later, I scaled back my other work to spend more time writing, no one really should have been surprised. Concerned for my sanity and financial well-being, maybe, but not surprised. And am I ever glad I did. I am truly blessed, and I make an effort every day to remember that.
What else... I'm half-Chinese and Florida-raised, Yale- and UVA- educated, and Chicago...buffed and polished? In any case, I now proudly call New Orleans home, and when I'm not writing or getting lost down research rabbit holes, I spend my time practicing law, shooting pool, performing operas and musicals, ogling old buildings, acting for film and television, futzing with inventions that address highly specific and possibly only-annoying-to-me problems, traveling, ranting at bartenders about the evils of straws, riding horses, and petting strange cats (though, since we've recently welcomed home a new kitten friend, Musette (pictured below), I might need to cut back on that last).
Yeah, I know.
If you have suggestions for additional hobbies or want to talk about my books, please message me using the chat function below, email me, or connect with me on social media (@essigauthor). You can also sign up for my email newsletter HERE.
One other thing about me: If you try to tell me the Oxford comma is wrong, I will fight you—before hugging you because I’m just so thrilled you care.
Readers love the Cassie Gwynne mystery series!
‘A thoroughly delightful read!… It was just fun… It made me smile, and made me want to read the next one RIGHT NOW. If you’re looking for a cozy mystery to take along on vacation or to curl up with on a Saturday afternoon, I highly recommend this.’ The Plain-Spoken Pen, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️