Review of Karma’s a Bitch

Karma’s A Bitch

A Pet Psychic Mystery, Book #1

Shannon Esposito

5+ Stars


Darwin Winters, reluctant pet psychic, is determined to leave her family’s paranormal past behind and lead a normal life. So she strikes out on her own and opens up a new pet boutique in St. Pete, Florida. When a local homeless man she befriends is found dead, and the police assume it’s a suicide, Darwin has no choice but to use her gift to help collar the killer.

She adopts his grieving mastiff, Karma—and with the dog’s help—tries to piece together the events of that fatal night. Accepting the visions is one thing, but can she solve the mystery without revealing her powers to the jaded, yet drool-worthy, detective in charge of the case? Or will the killer put an end to her psychic sleuthing and bury the truth for good? (Goodreads)


This book has everything I look for in a cozy mystery: humor, great characters, suspense and tension.  And it has even that little extra something that set this book apart for me: a psychic.  

Darwin has moved to Florida and opened a pet boutique shop, where she can help pet owners pamper their pets. This works out well for her since she is a pet psychic.  When her new friend, a homeless man, is found dead, she readily agrees to take Karma, her homeless friend’s dog, in and take care of him.  When she gets visions from Karma as to what happened to her friend, she realizes he has been murdered.  She knows she has to do her own sleuthing to find the killer.   

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Darwin is a strong willed, hard working woman who is not afraid to do what is needed to be done.  But she has a soft spot, especially for those in need and for animals.   I really enjoyed getting to know her and spending time with her.  I also liked her friends, Sylvia and Frankie.  I think the fact that this book revolved the homeless added another level to this book, one that I enjoyed.  I felt that the secondary characters added a lot to the book.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy quick read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was there, watching all the action taking place around me.  She is also very talented in bringing a reader’s emotions out.  While reading this book, I laughed, I cried, I worried and I smiled.  I think it takes a special author to be able to do that.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the book until the very end.  There were enough suspects to consider, clues to sift through, and twists and turns to navigate that it was impossible for me to figure out the killer.   

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This is the first book in the series and I am happy to know that I have more to read.  I am so looking forward to that.


Other Books In A Pet Psychic Mystery Series:


16066730Fall tourist season in St. Pete has kicked into high gear for Darwin Winters, pet psychic, but that doesn’t stop her from getting tangled up in a new murder investigation.

Rose Faraday, a gypsy fortune teller, has succumbed to a rattlesnake bite in her own condo. After a run-in with the victim’s traumatized cat, Darwin knows it was no freak accident. Can she find a way to prove it? Or will the killer get lucky and get away with murder? (Goodreads)



19256239When a St. Pete native is killed in a hit and run, pet psychic Darwin Winters gets a vision from the victim’s prized golden retriever that leads her to believe it was no accident. As suspects start piling up, Darwin finds herself in the middle of the dead woman’s family and friends, not knowing who she can trust.

Stories of artifacts and pirate legends, strange disturbances at the Pinellas Point Indian Mound, and show dog shenanigans all add up to one thing… motive for murder. Can Darwin separate family secrets from cover ups and lies to dig up the truth? Or will it be silenced forever along with the victim? (Goodreads)


For Pete's Sake (Pet Psychic Mystery Book 4) by [Esposito, Shannon]A picture perfect wedding in paradise…what could possibly go wrong?

Pet boutique owner and reluctant pet psychic, Darwin Winters, is looking forward to watching her best friend and business partner, Sylvia, say “I do” to the man of her dreams. But when their wedding photographer turns up dead on the big day—and Sylvia’s superstitious mother believes his heart attack is a sign their marriage will be cursed—Sylvia’s dream wedding quickly becomes a nightmare.

Darwin only has a week to help her detective boyfriend prove the photographer’s death was not from natural causes before Sylvia’s family jets back home to Portugal, and the wedding is off for good.

As more than a few suspects come into focus—including Peter’s model clients, a rival photographer and the director of an animal shelter being investigated for fraud—time is running out. With just one clue from the photographer’s orphaned Yorkie pup to go on, can Darwin help save Sylvia’s wedding and capture a killer? Or will both justice and Sylvia’s wedding cake go unserved? (Amazon)


About The Author:

Shannon EspositoShannon 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.

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