An Unhappy Medium (Family Fortune Series #4)

An Unhappy Medium (Family Fortune Series #4)

by Dawn Eastman

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ISBN-13: 9780425282809
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: Family Fortune Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 193,678
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dawn Eastman is the national bestselling author of the Family Fortune mysteries, including A Fright to the Death, Be Careful What You Witch For, and Pall in the Family. She 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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An Unhappy Medium (Family Fortune Series #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One mystery gets solved & you are left with another. Loved the story, eagerly awaiting the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this cozy immensely and can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great addition to the series! The characters draw you in, the mysteries are solid, the pacing is good, and the humor is deftly handled.
KerriHope More than 1 year ago
“Cozy Mysteries”, a fairly new genre in the literary world, but one that has received a huge following from unlikely sources. While originally seen as the “elderly lady” mysteries – mystery stories that didn’t involve a lot of violence or sex – a market was soon opened to a whole new breed: authors writing about witches as if they were (gasp) ordinary people! These witches (or other occult friendly type people) have special powers like intuition, and they know how to use it! Some cast spells, some have more “magical” super powers, and some are just tarot card readers. But – they all solve the mystery du jour, and live happily ever after. An Unhappy Medium is the fourth book in one such series, known as “The Family Fortune Mysteries.” So why review book #4? Because so far, I have read that far in the series. Reading a series means commitment. You don’t want to get into it and then find you don’t like it. So I read the first book, and thought, “hmmmm….I could get to know these people”, and by book two, I thought, “I could get to like these people”. While each of the books (Pall in the Family, Be Careful What You Witch For, A Fight to the Death) in this series could be read as a stand alone, why would you? The point of a series, is to read the series. And this far into the series, I can honestly say, Dawn Eastman gives probably the most normal and realistic portrayal of occult friendly people I have read in the mainstream media. Her characters are REAL. The lead female – Clyde, a former cop, has a gift of finding lost things. Her nephew can communicate with animals. Her mother and aunt are both psychics as well. In fact, they live in a rather psychic little town. Nothing extravagant or super duper out of the ordinary, just ordinary people with their own gifts, living an ordinary life. By using these gifts, the Fortune Family is able to solve the crimes they continually find themselves caught up in. While I do enjoy the glitzy witchy stories as well, this series is fun and “cozy” just for the pure accuracies in it and for showing that, even if they can’t simply wiggle their nose to make a pile of money appear, “ordinary” people are special too.
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Christine_O_Cheallaigh More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters, the author made them so believable---I felt like I as watching my own family members interact whenever Clyde dealt with her family. Clyde reminds me of myself---I used to ignore my abilities as well, attributing logical explanations to everything, especially when apparently nothing came of my feelings (of course, this just meant that *I* never saw what happened, not that nothing did happen), making me second-guess myself to the point of ignoring and/or explaining away my feelings. It's only been the last several years that I've learned to *always* listen to these feelings and instincts, and I am still learning to develop these abilities. The small-town feel is captured perfectly, especially the stuck-up rich couple who think they run the town and everything has to be cleared by them to be allowed to happen, or they will do everything in their power to make sure that it doesn't happen. I was raised in a small town, and still live in a small town (only now I live in the county seat), and I can attest to this personally--we have a couple families with the same attitude around here; if they don't want something to happen, they will do everything they can to make sure that it doesn't. And of course there's no getting away from everybody knowing everybody else's business, because everyone knows each other. Complicated doesn't begin to describe the relationship between Clyde and her sister Grace, or the whole family dynamic in general. For a family of psychics, they are very good at keeping secrets from each other. *Slight Spoiler Alert* Grace pushed Clyde and and Mac into signing guardianship papers, trusting them to take care of her children and keep them safe, but didn't trust them with the plan to disappear, only calling after the fact with a cryptic message for the family at 3 a.m. I definitely fell for all the red herrings, and I'm usually pretty good at seeing through them when other authors use this plot device, but the author had me totally fooled a couple times. I never figured out who the actual culprit was, or that they had an accomplice, totally falling for the misdirection placed in Clyde's path, and I'm usually pretty good at figuring out when one of the main suspects isn't actually involved, even when I can't figure out who actually is. This is the first book of the series that I've been able to get hold of and read, so now I have to backtrack and find the others so I can read them as well!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Dawn Eastman is a master story-teller. This book was utterly fantastic. I loved the fact that Clyde's sister Grace came back and that she has dark secrets that put her and her family in danger. The author weaves such a believable story that I want to visit Crystal Haven! The zombie run was the perfect setting and it was great fun to read about the zany antics of the Fortune family. This is my favorite go to series and I am anxiously waiting for the next book! This book deserves at least 10 stars!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts We have come a long way with these characters and in this installment Clyde’s sister, Grace, and her husband, Paul, come to Crystal Haven for a visit. This is the first time in fifteen years that Grace has returned. She didn’t want anything to do with the psychic abilities of her family even though she has an ability herself that she uses daily. That ability may be why she has come home. Of course, seeing her son Seth, is always a bonus. They quickly get caught up in a town celebration that includes a Zombie Fun Fun. This is the 2nd book I have read recently that has included a zombie event in a town celebration. Zombies aren’t really my thing but since these were costume events and no actual zombies were featured so I enjoyed it quite a bit. When the fun run ends, the partying begins for all but one of the participants. One of the runners didn’t show up at the party and was found murdered in the woods. Grace has only been in town a couple of days and someone decides she or Paul could be the murderer/s. With Mac on the police department Clyde knows he will prove their innocence, but it doesn’t stop her for doing a little investigating too. This story is absolutely fantastic! So much happens within these pages and I don’t want to give anything away. Dawn Eastman has written a very captivating mystery featuring the characters we have grown to love. I have my reservations about Grace and Paul but their situation is pretty precarious so that may tilt the scales more in their favor. Clyde’s family is a little over the top. I love Aunt Vi. Sometimes I want to hug her and other times I want to lock her in the basement and throw away the key. Mac handles her much better than I ever could. The Fortune Family is not your normal Midwest family but Mac loves Clyde so her family and all their shenanigans are part of the package. Yes, even when they find a dead body or try to find some “lost” diamonds. The paranormal aspect was a little more present in this story as Clyde tries to refine her gift. It has become more interesting as she learns her capabilities. Each of these stories is even better than the last. This is one of my favorite books I have read this year. I highly recommend the entire series.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a great addition to the Family Fortune Mystery series AN UNHAPPY MEDIUM by Dawn Eastman The Fourth Family Fortune Mystery Clyde Fortune gets a bad feeling when her mom tells her that her sister, Grace is coming to town along with her husband and young daughter, Seth's little sister. Is the feeling just a normal reaction to her complicated sibling relationship, or is she getting a true premonition? As Seth gets the family involved with his Zombie Fun Run to benefit the animal shelter more red flags go up for Clyde, and not just the ones proving she's not as in shape as she once was! Grace finally confides that she and her husband are in trouble after mobsters didn't heed her financial advice. Death at the Zombie Run brings matters to a head and family secrets are no longer contained. AN UNHAPPY MEDIUM deals with family and secrets. We learn more about Clyde's youth and her relationship with her sister, Grace. We also learn even more about Neila and Clyde's mom. The book shows how the past influences the present and certain things come full circle. As for the mystery itself, was it a case of mistaken identity? Are Grace and her husband the real targets? The murder is certainly more difficult to solve when we're not sure who was the intended victim! Are Grace and Paul still in danger? And what lengths will they go to to protect themselves? I love this series and the characters who inhabit it...well, most of them. I appreciate the growth and development of the characters and family...although I'm unsure I like the latest wrench in Clyde's life. At least I would find it a wrench, maybe she doesn't. What makes me smile with this book even more is the attention to animals and the giving back Seth does by sponsoring a fun run to benefit the local animal shelter. I wish I could really visit Crystal Haven, hang out with Clyde and her friends and family, and help out animals in need too! AN UNHAPPY MEDIUM is a great addition to the Family Fortune Mystery series which brings even more nuances and complexity to an already first rate series. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read a series that just made you happy just reading it? This is one of my happy place book series. I mean, here we are on book 4 and the books just keep getting better. I have to start with my cover love of this series. Each book shows us seasonal scenes from around the town, each featuring the two canine sidekicks, Tuffy and Baxter. There is just something about each of them that speaks to me. Then there is the main character, Clyde. She's grew up in a family of psychics, in a town that is famous for it's psychic and mentalist residents and shops. But Clyde went her own path and went into law enforcement, following logic and reason. And that was fine, until the day that her psychic gifts clashed with her job. She ended up on a leave of absence and came home to Crystal Haven. There she found that maybe what she had been fighting against wasn't really all that bad. Over the past three books, Clyde has re-developed a relationship with her high school boyfriend who is also a police officer, she reconnected with best friends Diane and Alex, and become the guardian of her nephew Seth. Clyde has found a new understanding with her mother and even started a Private Investigation firm, specializing in finding lost items and animals. Clyde has shown true growth as a character, and her kooky family keeps things hopping. In this book, we are finally introduced to Clyde's sister Grace and her husband Tom, as they come to town to surprise Seth. But as it turns out, that's not the only reason they are there. And when Grace's ex-fiancé ends up murdered, wearing the same zombie pirate outfit that Tom had been wearing, things get really intriguing fast. This was another incredible addition to the Family Fortune Mystery series, and I had such a fantastic time with it, I didn't want it to end. This was a 5 star read for me. Thanks to Great Escapes and Dawn Eastman for the opportunity to read and review the book.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I’ve read another book in this series and was looking forward to seeing old friends and getting to know some new characters. The story takes place in Michigan and that’s a big plus as I grew up there. Always fun to see if you recognize any of the locations. It was so fun getting to know Clyde. She, yes, Clyde is a woman, is quirky, tough, sometimes naive, and very impetuous. She keeps you on your toes and sometimes you’ll want to shake her. LOL It’s almost time for the Zombie Fun Run. Clyde waited too long to start getting in shape and wishes she’d chosen to be one of the zombies instead of a runner now. Hopefully she won’t be the only one struggling when the zombies come after them. She also has some unexpected guests to contend with too. Clyde’s sister, Grace has shown up, along with her husband. Grace hasn’t set foot in Crystal Haven in many years, shunning the town and it’s claims of paranormal talent. Clyde’s radar is telling her something bad is coming, and sure enough, someone is found dead during the zombie race. All the way dead. With startling secrets revealed, there ‘s a plethora of suspects to choose from. Time to put the special talents to work and find the killer before more bodies turn up. What a fun story. I love the paranormal element. It would be fun to live in a town where everyone plies their abilities. All those shops with the unusual wares to peruse. I could pick up some special teas and get my fortune told on any given day. I’m huge on stories driven by genuine characters, and their are plenty here. The author throws in some ringers so the mystery isn’t easily solved. There’s some romance, not too much, just enough to make you smile. And something’s always about to happen. Welcome to Crystal Haven. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the visit as much as I did.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Fans of the Family Fortune Mystery series are going to love this newest installment! It’s hard to believe that author Dawn Eastman is already to book four in this series. What’s not hard to believe is that the Family Fortune series has such a following of fans. It really is a delightful para-cozy series. Ms. Eastman doesn’t disappoint with AN UNHAPPY MEDIUM. Clyde Fortune and her fun family are back and as quirky as ever. And what is more fitting for this town full of characters than a zombie run? Oh yeah, a zombie run with a real dead body. Creatively written, with twists, turns, and sub stories, author Eastmen had me guessing and second guessing myself through the entire book. I was dead wrong in my guesses, leading to the reveal taking me by surprise. As I mentioned, returning fans with be thrilled with AN UNHAPPY MEDIUM. And all fans of para-cozies need to check out this series. You won’t be disappointed.