Publication Date: 08/06/2013
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
(Received for an honest review from Berkley Prime Crime)
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Excerpt from Pall in the Family, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.
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.
Dawn Eastman's first book in the new Family Fortune Mystery series, Pall in the Family is a kooky read from start to finish. With some unconventional characters and a female heroine named Clyde, how could she go wrong? Eastman's character development is exceptional and the incorporation of animals made this book not only fun to figure out but also, very entertaining. The psychic theme is thoroughly researched and adds another dimension to this charming whodunit.
Well to start off with, I'm not a believer in psychic phenomenon, ghosts, tarot readings or anything of the like. But, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy the idea of those things and how they can be added to a story to give it a whole different perspective. In the case of Pall in the Family, I think Eastman does an excellent job with this aspect of the story. It is obvious that she has done her homework and understands the ins and outs of the psychic world. I loved the idea of psychics that specialize in animals and thought that was an added bonus.
I think Eastman's really strong suit here is her character development. She gives readers characters that don't fit the usual norms for the cozy sub-genre. Her heroine is a police officer who isn't quite sure that's the career for her. Clyde is one of a kind, but it's her family that's a little on the wacky side. Her mom, a tarot reader and her aunt, an animal psychic are full of hi-jinks and hilarity. I laughed a lot reading this one and had to admit, if I was going to see a psychic, these were the ladies I wanted to visit.
The animals in the story were also a big draw. A shih-tzu may hold the key to finding the killer and I thought Eastman really brought that out and made the dog a real character in the story. I liked the suspect list and the motives. Even though this one was definitely on the lighter side, the mystery aspect still packed a punch. Readers will be biting their nails trying to figure it all out. I admit it took me awhile with this one. I was right down to the wire picking who I thought it might be and then... I was wrong! LOL, love it when that happens.
Pall in the Family is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
When I was ten years old my two favorite things were climbing trees and reading. As a bonus, I discovered if I combined the two, I could hide from my mother when she wanted me to clean my room. Nancy Drew and I spent many afternoons solving crimes and avoiding chores. Eventually, I moved on to Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes and Stephanie Plum. I improved my housework-dodging ploys.
After many years in Michigan, I now live in Iowa with my husband, son and daughter. When I'm not writing, or chauffeuring kids, I keep busy catering to the whims, of a bossy bichon-shih tzu mix who wants to rule the world.
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