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Pineapple Port Mystery Series Overview

The Pineapple Port romantic comedy mystery series is about a girl named Charlotte who grew up in a Florida retirement community… fun, love and mystery ensues!

The book will appeal to young and old, male and female, as the main characters are the hotties falling in love, but the rest of the cast are her neighbors and surrogate mothers and fathers in the 55+ community.

Loosely based on my mother-in-law’s 55+ community in Florida, except the real place is even crazier. 🙂

  • Genre: Sweet cozy mystery with a touch of romance and thrills
  • Age: Any age – no profanity, clean romance.
  • Available on Audible narrated by the award-winning Christa Lewis

SERIES ORDER: (all links and descriptions below)

  • Pineapple Lies
  • Pineapple Mystery Box
  • Pineapple Puzzles
  • Pineapple Land War
  • Pineapple Beach House

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Pineapple Lies: Book 1 – Pineapple Port Mysteries

A laugh-out-loud, cozy mystery…. with nearly 400 5-star reviews on Amazon!


Growing up in one of Florida’s fifty-five plus communities, Charlotte never expected life to be wild. Golf cart racing with her surrogate mothers Mariska and Darla was about as nutty as life got…until she found the hot pawnbroker’s mom buried in her backyard.
Talk about making a lousy first impression.


Armed with nothing but her wits, Pineapple Port’s questionable cast of characters and a growing crush, Charlotte is determined to solve the mystery of Declan’s mother’s murder.
Hey, at least this guy’s skeletons aren’t in his closet.


Here’s one of my FAVORITE reviews… so sweet!

Hello Amy,
I want to tell you that I absolutely adored Pineapple Port. I really did grow up in a small trailer park in a small port town in Florida.  Since relatives only visited from the north once a year, and the only little girl living there full time, I was adopted by the seniors. They became my Grandma’s and Grandpa’s. When I was 12 my parents rudely moved to the city of Jacksonville (about a million people!). What shock. Then when I turned 17 they did it again,  deciding to “go home to Illinois.” Needless to say no one, and I mean No one got me! Now 30+ years and 4 grown boys later you truly gave me a gift of these wonderful characters and place! Warmed my heart and brought on tears of joy, humor and love. For that I sincerely thank you!  You get me! 🙂
I can’t wait to read the next book and look forward to passing these on to my granddaughter as she may yet be my only hope of connecting and sharing my beloved childhood!
Thanks again for doing such a wonderful job of shinning a light on beautiful memories for me.

Sincerely, Anna

A few more reviews…

Very Fun Read. Reminds me of Janet Evanovich. Quirky old ladies mentoring whacky younger woman, wrapped in a mystery. ~ on 

Loved the book, once I accepted the idea of a young woman living in a 55 plus community. Laugh out loud funny; woke my husband out of a sound sleep once… – S. Bollinger

There aren’t too many books where I can actually say that I laughed aloud, this is one. The characters are awesome, a combination of funny, quirky, lovable and beyond goofy. Being that it’s a such a funny read, I was pleasantly surprised that there were twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I cannot wait for more in this series. – A.C.S “Anca”

This is a delightful read! Well developed characters, wonderfully written story. I truly enjoyed this book and will be watching for the next Pineapple book! This won me over. Well done! – Lois Plarinos

Pineapple Mystery Box: Book 2: Pineapple Port Mysteries


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When a giant inflatable Halloween witch goes missing in the Pineapple Port retirement community, Charlotte’s eager to nab the culprit. Before she can lift a fingerprint, someone threatens to kill a new neighbor who looks like an adorable Pomeranian but possesses a disturbing talent for revenge. Moments later, a stranger demands the return of a mysterious wooden box… or else. Charlotte’s boyfriend, Declan, isn’t having a great morning either. His calculating ex-girlfriend has returned to claim she’s the rightful owner of his pawn shop. She’s livid he’s found a new lady, too. Eh. Things could be worse. At least Charlotte doesn’t know that a mojito-swilling killer who fed his grandmother to a cat is on his way to Pineapple Port…

Author note: I’d like to apologize to cat lovers for that last bit. I had the most wonderful lady tell me I needed to add more cats to my books (you know who you are, puddercat….) and I don’t think what I did is what she had in mind. Please keep in mind I didn’t feed this character’s grandmother to her cat.  HE did. I only write this stuff down, I can’t be responsible for the terrible things the bad guys do.

Pineapple Puzzles: Book 3: Pineapple Port Mysteries

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The infamous Puzzle Killer returns to Charity, Florida, in search of a rival murderer, and when two serial killers battle, Charlotte, Declan, Seamus and a naked cat find themselves on the chopping block!

“The mystery itself was top notch, clever, and whoa, I didn’t see that coming! Now I have to go because my dog wants me to read the parts with the cat out loud again, she can be so pushy but she has great taste!” – Amazon Reviewer

“As usual, the characters are witty, sarcastic, and downright laugh out loud funny. The plot and dialogue always take me by surprise. And who doesn’t like to be surprised when reading a cozy mystery? It is not a predictable plot – thank goodness. Amy, I don’t know how you keep coming up with such entertaining, twisted mysteries, but keep it up.” – Katherine Zimmerman

Pineapple Land War: Book 4: Pineapple Port Mysteries


When real estate tycoon Bucky Bloom is found stuck to the end of a sailboat mast, a land war erupts in Pineapple Port! Charlotte is commissioned to solve Bucky’s murder, but soon finds herself embroiled in a competition masterminded by Declan’s crazy ex, the ever-nefarious Stephanie.

“I’ve come to the conclusion there is an evil genius hiding inside Amy Vansant. She has once again written an amusing, convoluted mystery that kept me guessing right up to the last page.” – Reader of the Pack

“I really do love the Pineapple Port Community. This is definitely one of my favorite series’ of books.” – Linda M.


Pineapple Beach House: A Pineapple Port Mystery: Book Five (Pineapple Port Mysteries 5)

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The Pineapple Port crew takes a road trip to the Outer Banks, North Carolina, only to discover “body bits” in their vacation home. The nursing home next door is run by some suspicious characters and one of their residents is missing.

“Amy Vansant is such a terrific writer. These mysteries are both twisty and hilarious. This one is even a bit yucky…lol. I love the characters and especially love the relationship between Charlotte and Declan. It is so wonderful that they can be so in tune with each other. Another well plotted, well written extremely addictive murder mystery. I have read everything Vansant has written and I always come away with a smile or two.” — Marsha Jean Thalleen

A719wzoZEbdL._UX250_bout Amy Vansant

Amy has been writing and finding other creative ways to make no money since high school.
She specializes in fun, comedic reads about accident prone, easily distracted women with questionable taste in men. So, autobiographies, mostly.
Amy is the former East Coast Editor of SURFER Magazine but the urge to drive up and down the coast interviewing surfers has long since left her. Currently, she is a nerd and Labradoodle mommy who works at home with her goofy husband.

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1. Which characters did you think killed Declan’s mother and why? Did you guess the culprit before the end?

2. Did you think it made the novel better or worse that it wasn’t written in first person and you were able to “be in the heads” of several characters?

3. Besides the main characters, what stood out in the story? The descriptions? The secondary characters? The dialogue? Did you have a favorite character?

4. Did you find the description of older people in the book fair?

5. Did the book make you want to read more books with the same characters?

6. How do you think growing up in a retirement community affected Charlotte?

7. Did you find the characters and situations believable?

8. Who was your favorite and least favorite character?

9. What if there was a mystery but no murder in the novel? Do all mystery novels need to have a murder?

10. Do you think Charlotte and Declan would make a good couple?


4 Responses

  1. Brandy

    Hello Amy!!! I am so happy the 2nd book is out for series. When will it be available on Audible?


  2. Linda Moffitt

    Hi Amy do you have a Facebook ARC Group or a Read & Review Group I have read and reviewed book 2 in the series I also read Book 1 but that is before I started reviewing books
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    • Beverly Namath

      I’ve read the 1st 3 books and am reading “Land Wars” now and again thoroughly enjoying this book also.
      It’s fun following the same characters, and they begin to feel like old friends. As usual, as I finish each book, I put them in the Ring House Library. We so appreciate all the books you send to us. Thanks again.



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