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Book Review: PALL IN THE FAMILY by Dawn Eastman (2013, paranormal cozy mystery)

Book Review: PALL IN THE FAMILY by Dawn Eastman (2013, paranormal cozy mystery)Author: Dawn Eastman
Title: Pall in the Family
Series: A Family Fortune Mystery #1
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Genres: Mystery & Thriller

The aptly named Crystal Haven is the destination for tourists seeking psychics, séances, and the promise of contacting the spirit world. In this small western Michigan town, everyone knows the Fortune family. Rose is gifted with tarot card readings. Her sister, Vi, is a self-proclaimed pet psychic. And Rose’s daughter Clyde is…

A cop. A cop on leave from Ann Arbor, more specifically, who’s come home to kooky Crystal Haven to reevaluate her life. Mom and Aunt Vi can’t wait for Clyde to finally embrace her own psychic gifts and join the family business. Clyde would prefer the low-stress lifestyle of a dog walker and the low-key company of her nephew, Seth.

But when a local psychic is killed, leaving behind a traumatized Shih Tzu, it seems to be in the cards for Clyde to get involved. With her old flame Mac leading the investigation, that may prove awkward. Whether she uses her skills as a cop or her long-denied psychic abilities, it’s up to Clyde to divine a killer’s identity before someone else suffers more misfortune.
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Be Careful What You Witch For, A Fright to the Death, An Unhappy Medium
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PALL IN THE FAMILY is the first book in A Family Fortune Mystery series by Dawn Eastman. I picked this book up on a whim at the local library. I’m glad I did.

POV: First person

Tense: Past

Setting: Crystal Haven, Michigan

Sexual Content: none


Brief Summary of the Plot

Clyde Fortune used to be a cop. She’s on leave indefinitely, working as a dog walker. One of her clients is murdered. She tries to find out who killed her and why. Her family, full of psychics who want her to use her own gift, help her investigate.

My Likes

Dawn Eastman did a great job of getting to the point quickly. By page ten, Clyde finds her client dead. The fast pace is maintained throughout the whole book.

The supporting characters, particularly Clyde’s family, are amusing and colorful. I really liked her aunt who claimed she could speak to animals. She was full of personality. It cracked me up every time she said, “I knew it!” She says it even if she didn’t really know.

I enjoyed the mystery. The author kept me guessing about the secrets that people were keeping. She made me suspicious of numerous characters, especially Tish and Gary.

The victims were likable. This helped me relate to Clyde’s desire to solve the murders.

The ending wrapped up everything nicely. All my questions were answered.

My Dislikes

The killer ended up being exactly who I thought it was. I would have preferred some sort of twist.

Other Thoughts

Clyde is a stereotypical reluctant psychic, but that isn’t necessarily bad. She’s a character most readers can relate to because they are familiar with this type of character. Another trope in this book is the detective ex-fiancé. She’s forced to work with him, which is not unusual for this type of book.

Overall Conclusion

As a whole, I really enjoyed reading PALL IN THE FAMILY. If you like cozy mysteries with psychic characters, I suggest checking this one out if you haven’t already. My one dislike wasn’t a big enough deal to sway my overall opinion. I think this book is an A story, definitely worth a 5 star rating. I’m looking forward to reading more stories in this series. The fourth book comes out this year. In the meantime, I plan to read books two and three.


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About Dawn Eastman

Dawn lived in Michigan for many years, in a house full of animals, unusual people, and laughter. She now lives in Iowa with her husband, son, daughter, and one extremely bossy small dog.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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