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Pall in the Family

(Family Fortune Mystery #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,604 ratings  ·  205 reviews
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 sp
Paperback, 295 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Berkley
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May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome read with a fun amount of paranormal

I absolutely loved this book and can't wait to see what happens next to Clyde and the man of her dreams. The characters were all so likable and it was kind of like reading a Harry Potter type story where he characters just happen to be magical but are regular people that things happen to. I didn't quite guess the killer and the take down was awesome. I really enjoyed how the dogs that Clyde takes care of played such a big role in that part especiall
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like mysteries; however, I am not always fond of reading mystery books. Perhaps it is because I approach them with a challenge, can I figure out who the killer is before the end of the book and most of the time I do. This book was no exception, I knew by page 43. Well then why did I continue reading it and why did I score it so high? Because it wasn't the fact that it was a mystery that drew me into the book in the first place, it was the humor. I was laughing from the opening scene with the f ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, usa-michigan
First I had a hard time getting into the story. I wasn't sure about the whole psychic thing. It took about 100 pages until the story caught me....and then I just couldn't stop reading. Definitely gonna read the next one :) ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yes, this is truly a five star review for a debut novel. The series is "A Family Fortune Mystery." The premise is a psychic family living in a town, Crystal Haven, Michigan, known for having psychics. The family has one tarot reader, one pet psychic, and one reluctant cop. Oh yes, the cop is on administrative leave and is trying desperately not to use her psychic abilities. The book is written through Clyde's eyes.

Clyde is re-evaluating her life back in her childhood home. Mama Rose and Auntie V
Jessica Robbins
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
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. She has returned home from Ann Arbor on a “leave of absence”. No one really knows the whole story. Her mom and aunt think she has come home because she is ready t
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 the
Lisa Morin
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Clyde is a fun character and her zany family make the book a delight to read.
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was okay!

I felt there were too many characters. I had a hard time telling everyone apart. Too much from long ago and I couldn't keep all of it straight.

Although I finished it I was happy to see it finished! I would tell anyone to read it carefully and make sure to keep everyone straight.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Brought to you by guest reviewer Mary C.

I’ve always loved a cozy with a psychic twist and this book aptly fits the bill. It’s wacky, it’s humorous, and it reminded me that everybody usually has a few nuts amongst the leaves on the family tree.

Clytemnestra Fortune, nicknamed Clyde, has an unsettling experience while on the job as a cop in Ann Arbor and decides to return home to Crystal Haven, MI. She tells everyone she’s taken a “leave of absence” (at least
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pall in the Family is the first book in the Family Fortune Mystery series. I choose a book to read because I think I might like it or it is a series I follow. I was hoping to like this book when I chose it so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I really liked this book. It was an engaging funny cozy mystery.

What made this book stand out for me was the humor and the characters. I chuckled quite a few times while reading the book. The characters are zany and quirky. Crystal Haven is a town wher
Lynn Demsky
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
“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 e
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It has a main character that has psychic abilities that she is trying to ignore. She is a strong character that is likeable, I love her relationship with her nephew Seth. There is a whole cast of characters with a wide range of personalities. The mystery definitely kept me guessing although I did start piecing it together earlier than Clyde, I like the little twist to the story at the end, I didn't see that one coming, as a matter of fact I thought it was going to end up a dro ...more
Wendy Delsol
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the good fortune of reading an advance copy of this lovely debut. Enthusiasts of cozy mysteries will delight. The book introduces narrator Clyde Fortune, a former cop on extended leave in hometown Crystal Haven, an enclave of occult enthusiasts. When a murder disrupts this eccentric Lake Michigan community, Clyde feels compelled to investigate. Standing in her way are her nutty relations (Aunt Vi, local pet psychic is my personal favorite) and police-chief and former-flame Mac. With top ma ...more
Clyde is a cop, had to come home due to an incident at her job. She is working as a dog walker, and trying very hard to avoid her "abilities" when there is a murder, then another one. She has no choice but to try to solve it.

I loved this book, and the colorful characters.
Vicky Marie
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Good, just not memorable. I didn't feel anything special from it. The story was interesting, the characters (with the exception of Vi) were great, and the mystery was fun, but for some reason I'm left with nothing. I guess because I've read some really good cozies that this one pales in comparison. ...more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The beginning of a fun series! I liked Dawn's writing and the book kept me turning pages. I am looking forward to the next book. ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michigan
Clyde (a nickname for a complicated flower name) Fortune is temporarily back in small town Crystal Haven, Michigan living with her eccentric family, which includes her mom, Rose, a tarot card reader, her Aunt Vi, a pet psychic (at least that's what she claims), her dad, who only claims to be a dentist, and her nephew, Seth, who is still uncertain about any supernatural talents he may or may not have. Crystal Haven is a tourist attraction due to its many residents who claim to be spiritually gift ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
3.5 stars...the writing is pretty good for a debut author, but the story just lacked the 'omph' that I was expecting for the start of a new the ending was a little contrived...I would, of course, be willing to read another book in this series just for the setting alone (Crystal Haven seems like a quite charming little town)... ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
A cozy mystery in which the heroine is actually a cop, though no less incompetent of an investigator, despite the psychic gift. Highlights include spiritualism/Wicca and numerous dogs.
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pall in the Family is a fantastic addition to the paranormal mystery genre. Dawn Eastman has penned a wonderful mix of mystery, romance, and other worldly to give us an engaging read that's hard to put down.

Clyde Fortune never thought she'd move back home. From inception, Crystal Haven, Michigan has been renowned as the place to find psychics and séances. Growing up with the well-known Fortunes was trying at best. Clyde moved to Ann Arbor to get away from the pressure of psychic ability,
This is the first book in the Family Fortune Mystery series by Dawn Eastman. This is a new to me author, that I discovered via the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. I really liked the idea of a family of psychics juxtaposed with the logical cop, throw in a small town you know is full of wacky and zany characters (uh hello, a town full of psychics and mediums) and you just know there is going to be plenty of laughs along the way.

The story opens with Clyde coming downstairs to find that a bat has
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I noticed when I started this book was that it wasn't an easy read Cozy Mystery like I've read before. Not that it's a bad thing, but for my feeling I wasn't reading it as fast as I did with others (which I already noticed when I was around page 40 or so), I can't pinpoint why exactly, but it was just a feeling. It's also not much filled with humor. The humor that is in the book, mostly comes from the dogs that Clyde walks, especially Baxter, he's a big brown dog that drools a lo ...more
❂ Murder by Death
A very good, well-written first in what could be an excellent new series. This is not a quick, light read. It's not dark or depressing, but there's a maturity to the writing that you don't find in a lot of cozies, especially the paranormal ones. That's not a criticism of cozies - I'm a huge fan - but this book feels like it's a step above. The writing, the character building, the plot, all felt more on the level with Barbara Michaels, or Earlene Fowler (maybe?). I felt like this book took longer ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoy paranormal cozy mysteries, and I thought this was a nice start to a new series and will be reading the next one! After a shooting incident, Clytemnestra (Clyde) has taken a short leave of absence from her job as a cop in Ann Arbor and returned to her hometown of Crystal Haven, a town whose claim to fame is all the psychic practitioners there, including Clyde's own family. Although she is actually gifted herself, after having a few bad experiences with them she has tried to ignore that as ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Clyde, a police woman on leave from her job in Ann Arbor, was home living with her family. Clyde never thought she would end up back in Crystal Haven, not to mention living with her family. Her mother and Aunt Vi were an odd bunch. The town was filled with psychics and her family was among the many in town that had the psychic ability. Clyde was now living as a dog walker with her nephew Seth. While the two were on the job they came across an odd site, a dead body. That is when the family decide ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Alice Liu
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Terrific debut paranormal cozy mystery. Clyde Fortune is a psychic in denial. She returns to her spiritually inclined hometown after her psychic senses lead her astray and she shoots a teen. Also home after being wounded on a police bust is her former fiance, Mac, who had rejected Clyde because he doesn't believe in things woo-woo. What's funny is that Clyde is mad at Mac because he doesn't take her psychic ability seriously, yet she is intentionally shutting out her psychic abilities. Usually t ...more
This is probably one of my favorite cozy series (can I say that after only having read the first book?). I like when cozies incorporate a bit of the paranormal, and this book does it SO WELL. The main character comes from a family that may or may not be charlatans, which she fully acknowledges. And her interactions with the potential charlatan family members? SO FUNNY! She's half annoyed and half tolerant, with a little bit of exasperation thrown in. It's such a fun, cute dynamic they have going ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z2014-read
Is there anything better than a good cozy mystery? Especially a funny one with goofy people and lots of animals?

I just finished Pall in the Family by Dawn Eastman, the first in the new Family Fortune series. This book is a cute cozy about an ex-cop who returns to her hometown (under a cloud, of course) and finds murder all around her! Her family tree is full of nuts, psychics, tarot readers and her dad is so droll he is the funniest one of all.

Clyde (Clytemnestra!) prefers to ignore her own ps
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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.

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