Sunday, April 12, 2015

Review, Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway: A Fright to the Death by Dawn Eastman

Description (from cover):

'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 one she'd rather ignore--to solve the bone-chilling mystery before someone else gets iced...'

My thoughts:

Who wouldn't love being stranded in a creepy castle with your quirky family while a murderer is on the loose? That is exactly what happens to Clyde Fortune. She thought she would be taking a warm vacation to sunny Mexico with her boyfriend, Mac, however a snowstorm had alternate plans for the couple. After their flight is cancelled, they stop by a hotel and find themselves snowbound with their families. So much for a romantic getaway. Clyde and Mac decide to make the best of the situation, that is until someone ends up dead. With the power out and no chance of escaping cabin fever, the duo set out to discover clues and solve a murder. With the help of Clyde's Aunt Vi, a quirky character all unto herself, they must solve this murder before someone else winds up dead.

Having read the other books in this series, I jumped on the chance to read this newest installment. I have stated in my other reviews that I love the quirky characters. I simply cannot get enough. Aunt Vi is a hoot and Clyde tries her best to escape the weirdness of her family, but always seems to be drawn back in. I really didn't enjoy the setting of a snowstorm after such a dreary winter, but nevertheless, the story drew me in and the characters most definitely kept me entertained. I did like the ending of this book and it bodes well for the upcoming books in this series. 

Dawn Eastman is a phenomenal writer who can draw her readers in and leave them in suspense until the very end. It is rare that an author can do that. I never really can find anything to complain about when I read her books. I enjoy them thoroughly and simply cannot wait until the next one is released. I am curious to see if this author is going to try her hand at another cozy series as so many cozy authors seem to do. If she does decide to go that route, I will be one of the first ones to get my hand on that book. A cute cozy mystery that had me in stitches with laughter and enthralled with suspense from the first page to the very last one.

Overall Rating: 4

Title:  A Fright to the Death
Author:  Dawn Eastman
Series:  Family Fortune Mystery #3
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date:  April 7, 2015
Pages:  304
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

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 A Fright to the Death blog tour hosted by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. Make sure you stop at all the hosts as some are giving away copies of this book!


April 7 – Tea and A Book
April 9 – Musings and Ramblings
April 11 – A Blue Million Books
April 12 – Girl Lost In a Book
April 13 – Book-n-Kisses
April 15 – deal sharing aunt
April 16 – Cozy Up With Kathy
April 17 – fuonlyknew
April 18 – Chloe Gets A Clue 
April 19 – A Chick Who Reads

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Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher, through Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, in exchange for my honest review. I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

13 comments:

  1. i love it is a cozy mystery, love them :)

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  2. Clyde is fighting so hard not to fall into the clutches of her family and her "supposed" gift. Even now, where she's studying it a bit she's afraid to use it. I love the series and own the previous book in it. I'd love to add this one to my collection.

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  3. I'll need to find the other two books in the series and try to squeeze them in to read but this does sound very good. :-)

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  4. This sounds like a fun read, stuck with the family.

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  5. I think this book would be exciting to read also I would not want to be locked up with a family as i scare so easy and be my luck i get locked up in a room by myself but I wouldn't have a problem reading about it that would be great

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  6. I am looking forward to seeing what happens while snowed in at the hotel.

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  7. Thank you for hosting today, Kimberlee! And thank you for the lovely review -so glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. I love this series.Thank you for the Giveaway!!!!

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  8. I like the setting of a creepy castle with quirky relatives.

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  9. This story is captivating. The setting and the fascinating characters who deal with this situation. Your review was excellent. Thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I love cozy mysteries. Combine a creepy castle, kooky characters and a murder and I am in reading heaven!

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  11. I like a good mystery but for this book the cover also plays a part ^_^

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