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Pall In The Family

by Dawn Eastman

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Clytemnestra “Clyde” Fortune is back home in Crystal Haven, Michigan, after a traumatic event that occurred while she was an Ann Arbor police officer. The fictional Crystal Haven is a tourist town populated with seers, psychics and assorted paranormal others, much like the real town of Lily Dale, New York. Everyone in the Fortune family has issues, secrets and tortured history that are slowly revealed to readers.

The main focus of Pall in the Family is the murder of a local psychic. Now, you’d think that if the townspeople in Crystal Haven were REALLY psychic, they would have figured out the murderer in no time flat … but that would not have made a book-length story. As there are in virtually all cozy mysteries of this type, there’s a love interest – although in Clyde’s case, it’s a thwarted love interest. The love of her life, Mac, also a police officer, has come back to Crystal Haven and he’s the detective in charge of investigating the psychic’s murder. Their parting was not amicable, and every meeting is fraught with angst.

Pall in the Family failed to engage me, and getting through to the end was tough. ( )
  NewsieQ | Sep 13, 2015 |
Pall In The Family is the first book in the A Family Fortune Mystery series.

Clyde Fortune has returned to her childhood home in Crystal Haven while of leave from the Ann Arbor Police. Crystal Haven is a haven for psychic and her mother, Rose, and her Aunt Vi are hoping that she will learn to use her psychic talents while there. Rose is Tarot card reader and Aunt Vi is a pet psychic. Also, Clyde's nephew, Seth, is spending his summer vacation with the family.

Clyde and Seth are pet walkers and they start their day walking their regulars and they head over to Sara's to pick up, Tuffy, her shih Tzu, but something is noticeably wrong as he is not flinging himself against the door. When Clyde enters the kichen she sees Tuffy cowering under a table and Sara dead from a bullet wound. Later when Clyde heads over to interview Tish, whose expertise is séances, as she knocks on the door she hears a gunshot and the backdoor slam shut. Tish dies and is unable to give any clues to whom might have murdered her.

Clyde, Rose or Aunt Vi psychic skills can't tell them who the murder might be, but they are pretty sure who it isn't. Then when there is a threat to Clyde's life, the heat is on to find the killer.

Readers don't need to be believers in psychic powers to enjoy this book. I enjoyed Aunt Vi's attempt to communicate with dogs and cats and liked that Seth has powers of communicating with dogs.

Mac, the detective working the case has very little belief in the powers that the Fortune family has, and that was the problem between Clyde and Mac a few years back. But now that they are both back in town, maybe they can work on these feeling.

Enjoyable story and a lot of interesting characters. Will be watching for the second book in the series. ( )
  FredYoder | May 17, 2015 |
A very good start for a new series. Ready for more. ( )
  nlb1050 | Oct 2, 2013 |
Pall in the Family is liberally sprinkled with laugh-out-loud humor, and although the investigation is slow to get off the ground, once all those family members buckle down and divvy up their self-imposed surveillance detail, the pace-- and the laughs-- pick up speed nicely.

What shines the brightest in this book (besides the humor) is Eastman's sterling cast of characters. Clyde has a smart alecky sense of humor that always wins me over, a knowledge of how investigations should be conducted, and a few mysteries in her past that make readers want to ferret out the facts. Her teenage nephew is in effect her sidekick throughout the book, and he's the perfect blend of impulsive teenage boy, common sense, and empathy. Two of the characters vaguely reminded me of two of Janet Evanovich's: Aunt Vi with her attitude and wacky opinions would get along fine with Grandma Mazur, and Clyde's dad, who can usually be found hiding behind his newspaper and listening to his police scanner, could easily be best buddies with Stephanie Plum's father. But before you think this book is just an Evanovich clone, let me assure you that it's not. Oh, and did I mention that Clyde's old flame is a member of the Sheriff's Department? He is, and he adds just the right touch of romantic spark.

One of the things that surprised me a bit was that-- for its setting and its characters, this book has very little paranormal goings-on, so anyone who can't deal with "woo-woo" should be able to read and enjoy Pall in the Family.

All in all, this book is a very enjoyable read, and with its cast of characters in place, I'm looking forward to reading more of Clyde's adventures. ( )
  cathyskye | Sep 21, 2013 |
Pall In The Family is the first book in the A Family Fortune Mystery series.

Clyde Fortune has returned to her childhood home in Crystal Haven while of leave from the Ann Arbor Police. Crystal Haven is a haven for psychic and her mother, Rose, and her Aunt Vi are hoping that she will learn to use her psychic talents while there. Rose is Tarot card reader and Aunt Vi is a pet psychic. Also, Clyde's nephew, Seth, is spending his summer vacation with the family.

Clyde and Seth are pet walkers and they start their day walking their regulars and they head over to Sara's to pick up, Tuffy, her shih Tzu, but something is noticeably wrong as he is not flinging himself against the door. When Clyde enters the kichen she sees Tuffy cowering under a table and Sara dead from a bullet wound. Later when Clyde heads over to interview Tish, whose expertise is séances, as she knocks on the door she hears a gunshot and the backdoor slam shut. Tish dies and is unable to give any clues to whom might have murdered her.

Clyde, Rose or Aunt Vi psychic skills can't tell them who the murder might be, but they are pretty sure who it isn't. Then when there is a threat to Clyde's life, the heat is on to find the killer.

Readers don't need to be believers in psychic powers to enjoy this book. I enjoyed Aunt Vi's attempt to communicate with dogs and cats and liked that Seth has powers of communicating with dogs.

Mac, the detective working the case has very little belief in the powers that the Fortune family has, and that was the problem between Clyde and Mac a few years back. But now that they are both back in town, maybe they can work on these feeling.

Enjoyable story and a lot of interesting characters. Will be watching for the second book in the series. ( )
  yoder | Sep 20, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425264270, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

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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 cop on leave from Ann Arbor more specifically, who's come home to kooky Crystal Haven to re-evaluate 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.… (more)

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