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Welcome to the Mariposa Café Mystery Series where it’s all about fun Florida mysteries featuring fearless, female sleuths.

All of my books are available in ebook and print format on Amazon. 

Deception in Mariposa Beach -

Available August 2020

Coming Soon:   Audiobooks!

In Santorini, Greece in October 2019

My Story

I have always loved mysteries.  When I was a kid, I devoured the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries.  As I grew older and my tastes changed, I graduated to Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, Michael Connelly, Nelson Demille, the Kellermans, and John Sandford. I started writing stories and took creative writing classes in high school and college.  As I started a career in healthcare, I continued to enjoy reading and writing for pleasure.  

I love to travel and have been to 49 states. I spent many years as Team Manager of the US Archery Team for the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games as well as other international tournaments all over the world. I love ghost tours, foodie tours, and historical home tours.


Libby, Mimi, and the characters of Mariposa Beach were born through three interconnected short stores that comprised my senior thesis. I had spent so much time with those characters that after a successful thesis defense and graduation, I couldn’t let them go. I began to think of Libby in various situations, all of them included her solving a mystery.  One such situation started with a dead body in a locked room and the ensuing questions of “What happened?”  “Why?” “Who did it?” and “Where’s the girl?” The story started to evolve and nine years later, “Murder in Mariposa Beach” was complete. 

Libby and I are now on a new journey together.  Libby’s stories are ready to be published and, after retiring from healthcare, I’m on a new Authorpreneur path.  It’s exciting. Where will this journey take us?

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Libby Marshall has one rule…She doesn’t date lawyers or cops.


A former prosecutor, Libby was once married to a lawyer, which about got her killed…literally. Witness Protection provided her with a new life, a new home and a new career as a coffee house and café owner in Southwest Florida. Instead of focusing on her espresso machine and scones, however, Libby finds herself in the middle of yet another murder investigation and involved with super-hot detective Jack Seiler. Will Jack make her consider breaking her rule a second time, and if she does, will she live through the consequences?


Murder in Mariposa Beach – Mariposa Café Mystery #1 – is Friends meets Miami Vice.





It's the holidays, and Libby Marshall and the Mariposa Cafe have a new neighbor - gallery owner Steve Devereaux. But, as the Mariposa Beach shopkeepers begin decorating their stores for the holidays, there's a lot more than crystal ornaments with mistletoe to focus on. Mr. Devereaux has a skeleton in his closet...literally. 

Could it be the remains of a teenage girl who disappeared from the town over forty years ago?

A former prosecutor, Libby finds herself in the middle of yet another murder investigation. And no worries, she's still involved with super-hot Detective Jack Seiler. Will they be able to solve the identity of the skeleton before ringing in the new year? With the help of their quirky, but talented friends, they just might be able to figure it all out.




What do you do when the world as you know it is forever altered in a moment?  Everything you ever knew, believed, and thought was your life, your family, your entire being changed with seven little words – seven, small, life-changing words. 

Coming August 2020

Indian Rock

What really happened on that bright summer day upon Indian Rock? Was it an accident or was it murder?

Childhood innocence is shattered for twelve-year-old Rosalie Weston when she witnesses a frightening incident at her favorite outlook in the lush Appalachian forest around the home where she lives with her mother, grandmother, and aunt.

Past and present intertwine when Rosalie and her friend Willis, uncover family secrets that will forever impact the course of their young lives.

"In her short story debut, Cozy Mystery Author Teresa Michael has shown a unique talent to write just as exquisitely well in short story form as she does in novel-length fiction as well as take her work from the lightness and humor of her cozies into a wee bit darker tale. And what a fantastic ending!. Can't wait for the next one." D. D. Scott, International Best Selling author

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What People are Saying About
"Murder in Mariposa Beach"

“Such a fantastic debut book for first-time author Teresa Michael! She’s got a new fan in me! I love her humor. Her characters are terrific! The mystery is solid and intriguing. And the chemistry between her hero and heroine are hotter than the coffee served at the heroine’s café. I cannot wait for the next book in this series!” 


D. D. Scott, International Bestselling Author'


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