'The aptly named Crystal Haven is the destination for tourists seeking psychics, seances, 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 copy 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.'
There is something in a book that features quirky characters that endear me to a novel or a series. This book has a lot of quirky characters in it and I absolutely adored this novel. It was fresh and something new and has a ton of potential to really be a favorite cozy series of mine. Clyde (yes, it's a girl) is a cop on leave for an event that took place back in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She decides to come back home to Crystal Haven and live amongst her crazy family and try to figure out her life. Little does she know she is stepping right into a murder investigation. Clyde must use her 'psychic' abilities as well as her police training skills to solve this murder before she becomes the next victim of a ruthless killer.
This debut comes out strong and I really think that lovers of cozy mysteries who are looking for something different and fresh will enjoy this one. I really enjoyed the characters as they are something else and they set the mood for the novel and bring so much delight to the reader. I can't wait for the next one in this series to be released and the author did a fantastic job of setting up the storyline for the next installment. I can't wait to see what happens on the romance front with Clyde and what she decides to do about her life and career. I have my hunches, but I always like to wait and see if I am right.
This mystery wasn't complex but it wasn't completely obvious either. It could use a little work, but overall I thought that this was a great start to a new series and it definitely kept my interest. I breezed right through this book in one day as it was so suspenseful and entertaining. I just couldn't get enough of Clyde and her not-so-normal family. They will have you roaring with laughter with their antics. A great debut and a series I am looking forward to following.
Overall Rating: 4
Title: Pall in the Family
Author: Dawn Eastman
Series: Family Fortune Mystery #1
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Get It: Amazon; Barnes & Noble
Dawn Eastman 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 down. Pall in the Family is her first novel. You can follow Dawn at her website: http://www.dawneastman.com/, her blog: http://familyfortunemysteries.wordpress.com/ or on Twitter: @DawnAEastman
This has been a stop on the Pall in the Family blog tour presented by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. Make sure you check out all of the other stops on this tour as some are offering giveaways of this book!
August 5--Mochas, Mysteries and More
August 6--Michelle's Romantic Tangle
August 7--Lily Pond Reads
August 8--Musings and Ramblings
August 9--Girl Lost in a Book
August 11--Cozy Up With Kathy
August 14--Kaisy Daisy's Corner
August 15--Griperang's Bookmarks
August 16--Queen of All She Reads
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