Reporter & amateur sleuth
Guinivere Jones has
A Shell of a Problem

Book 1 in the new
Sanibel Island Mystery series

About & Where to Buy


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.

Customer Reviews

"If you are not familiar with Sanibel Island, you certainly will be after enjoying following Guinivere Jones on her quest to find answers about a missing Junonia shell...and maybe some romance? 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 ( and perhaps an underlying dark side I have not met yet...). The beach was the perfect place to start this book and I finished it overlooking the very same golf course that Guinivere lives on ( I share many things in common with her, apparently! ). It is fun how Schiff incorporates real life into the fiction of her book! Anyone who visits this island, should read this book. A little mystery, a little beach, lots of shells and a great read:)."     --Angela Auclair

"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 Walter

Where to Buy

A Shell of a Problem: A Sanibel Island Mystery is available in paperback and for Kindle on Amazon. (Click the link.) You can also find it on Sanibel at Macintosh Books, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, Bailey's General Store;  and at Annette's Book Nook in Fort Myers Beach.

Book Signings

April 13, 2018: Jennifer will be signing books at Macintosh Books, 2330 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel, Florida, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

News & Social Media

1/16/18: "Get Cozy with Wilton Author's Island-Set Mystery

1/28/18: "Islander Schiff Pens First Book; Cozy Mystery Set on Sanibel"  

2/14/18: "A cozy read for a winter's day" (book review) 

3/21/18: BIG NEWS! Book Two: SOMETHING FISHY will be out in May! Watch this space for updates! 

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About the Author

Jennifer Lonoff Schiff is the author of A Shell of a Problem, the first book in 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.