About Estee Kessler


Estée, then known as Sue Kesler, grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul.

Subsequently, married and armed with a degree, she fled the cold of her native state to ultimately live on both coasts and points in between before setting in Northern California’s Napa Valley. Along the way, she collected three children and a dog.

She pushed a pencil as a copywriter, assistant editor, communications director and freelancer before the pursuit of such luxuries as food and shelter led her into real estate and computer network administration.

Currently well fed and warm, she has returned to writing using the nom de plume Estée Kessler. Her Jakup and Riley series, a tongue-in-cheek paranormal of an interspecies detective team debuted in 2013.  My Partner Jakup the Jay led the series with J&H Rides Again following. Another novel in the series is in progress.

At present, she serves as president of the Napa Chapter of the California Writers Club and previously was the editor of the branch newsletter.  She has several short stories in print.

Those who know her describe her as a news junkie, a walker, an avid traveler, and a doting Nana.


Recent Articles


Voyage of a Lifetime 40—Madrid, Spain

Voyage of a Lifetime 40—Madrid, Spain

By @EsteeKessler |

Our final port of call as tourists was Cadiz, the primary port city en route to our scheduled tour of Seville. Cadiz today is somewhat shopworn, but in its heyday was wealthier than London. With verifiable archeological evidence to show Cadiz the oldest continuously inhabited city in Western Europe. Settled by the P...

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Voyage of a Lifetime 39—Barcelona, Spain (Catalonia)

Voyage of a Lifetime 39—Barcelona, Spain (Catalonia)

By @EsteeKessler |

What would your reaction be if you were a non-English speaker on your first visit to New York and you found none of the street signs in the language you’d learned? Say in Dutch or Finish? This was my reaction as we drove through Barcelona and found the billboards and street signs not in Spanish. But rather wha...

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Voyage of a Lifetime 38—Rome

Voyage of a Lifetime 38—Rome

By @EsteeKessler |

All roads lead to Rome, and, as with most cruise ship ports, the road is long and slow. We set off for the Imperial City from the Port of Civitavecchia, over 60 kilometers northwest of the capital. The subsequent drive through Civitavecchia struck me as a tour of time with 17th and 18th-century warehouses--not in th...

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Voyage of a Lifetime 37-Naples - Pompeii

Voyage of a Lifetime 37-Naples - Pompeii

By @EsteeKessler |

Anchoring off Sorrento and tendering into this once Greek city offered our group bonus points in the landscape category. Originally the plan called for berthing in Naples followed by a coach tour of the ancient resort city for Roman one percenters, but the change, a result of delayed harbor dredging, meant we enjoye...

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Voyage of a Lifetime 36—Suez-Cypress

Voyage of a Lifetime 36—Suez-Cypress

By @EsteeKessler |

When we sailed from Aqaba, we would not make landfall again until Cyprus, a two-day voyage. Day one was not like any other. Why? Why did this cruise differ from any other? Because the waterway was not open sea, but the walls of what may be the world’s oldest canal: the Suez Canal of Egypt. The rulers of this a...

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