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A Fright to the Death by Dawn Eastman [review] 2015, paranormal cozy mystery

A Fright to the Death by Dawn Eastman [review] 2015, paranormal cozy mysteryAuthor: Dawn Eastman
Title: A Fright to the Death
Series: Family Fortune Mystery #3
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Genres: Mystery & Thriller

From the author of Be Careful What You Witch For, here is the newest Family Fortune Mystery, starring former cop Clyde Fortune, who—snowbound with her kooky family in a creepy castle—is climbing the walls and combing the halls, looking for a cold-blooded killer…

After their flight to Mexico is cancelled, Clyde and her detective boyfriend, Mac, end up snowed in with their families at a supposedly haunted hotel. Clyde’s tarot card reading mother, Rose, is making dire predictions for the weekend, and self-proclaimed pet psychic Aunt Vi is enchanted by the legend of the hotel’s ghost—until the power goes out and a body turns up.

With a hotel full of stranded suspects, Clyde will have to draw on all her skills—both the police ones she’d rather forget and the psychic ones she’d rather ignore—to solve the bone-chilling mystery before someone else gets iced…
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Pall in the Family, Be Careful What You Witch For, An Unhappy Medium
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A Fright to the Death is the third book in the Fortune Family Mystery series by Dawn Eastman.

  • Point of View: first person
  • Tense: past except during dreams
  • Setting: Michigan
  • Sexual Content: none

A Fright to the Death was a great addition to the Family Fortune Mystery series. In this book, Mac and Clyde try to go on vacation but are unable to because of a blizzard. Mac thinks he has a great, romantic idea when he takes Clyde to a resort that looks like a castle. Unfortunately, Clyde’s mother and aunt, and Mac’s mother are all there for a knitter’s convention. So much for a romantic getaway!  I felt really sorry for Mac and Clyde, especially when their vacation turns into a murder investigation.

I had a lot of fun reading A Fright to the Death. I loved all the details about the knitters and their yarn-bombing activities. The setting details were also excellent.

Aunt Vi was as comedic as always. It was even more fun when Clyde’s dad and her nephew Seth joined the group.

The mystery was solid, and the author did a good job of misdirection. I enjoyed it a lot.

Overall, the plot was consistent. I did have a few questions at the end that I didn’t feel I got the answers to, such as how did Clarissa find out about the cell phones and how did Clarissa have so much cash? I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give spoilers in case you haven’t read this yet.

If you haven’t read any of the Family Fortune Mystery series, I strongly suggest giving it a try. I think it’s a great series. I love the balance between humor and mystery. I also like that the psychic abilities are not the main way crimes are solved. Clyde used to be a police officer and knows how to investigate without using her abilities. Another great thing about this series is the family itself. Their interactions are realistic, plus it’s a nice change to see a family that isn’t totally dysfunctional.

I give A Fright to the Death five stars for the humor, mystery, and lovable characters.

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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