Pall in the Family (Family Fortune Series #1)

Pall in the Family (Family Fortune Series #1)

by Dawn Eastman

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425264270
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Series: Family Fortune Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 274,478
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dawn Eastman is the national bestselling author of the Family Fortune mysteries, including An Unhappy Medium, A Fright to the DeathBe 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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“A tightly plotted, character driven triumph of a mystery…This novel sparkles with charmingly peculiar characters and a fascinating heroine.” —Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Library Lover's Mysteries

“Eccentric characters, psychics, and's hard not to predict a brilliant future for this quirky new series.” —Kari Lee Townsend, author of the Fortune Teller mysteries

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Pall in the Family 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Great story kept your attention.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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 to join the family business and use her psychic gift. Clyde would just like to relax and reflectand is happy walking some of her Aunt Vi’s clients and spending time with her nephew Seth. But when a local psychic ends up dead Clyde finds herself right in the middle of the investigation and when the killer thinks she may “know” more than it seems her own life is danger. Her trip home is definitely not a good fortune. Dollycas’s Thoughts Clytemnestra, oh what a name, (Clyde) is quite a character! Trying to remain “normal” in a family of psychics is tough. It has already cost her one romantic relationship and maybe her job, but she is trying to hold it all together in a town where she is definitely in the minority. Crystal Haven is known for its psychics and is a major tourist destination for that reason. She wants to let the police handle the investigation but her family wants her to “help”". Her father doesn’t have any “gifts” but he has his police scanner handy and will do almost anything Rose tells him to do. The way he deals with the women in his family just cracked me up. Clyde, Rose, Vi and even Seth are all using crystals, pendulums, and following suspects around town to try and catch the killer. Hilarity ensues!! From the first pages when a bat is chased around the house and out an open window until the last page when a question asked long ago is answered, this book will have you fully engaged and captivated. I would classify this as paranormal light. You don’t need to believe to enjoy this story but you may believe a little by the end. This is the author’s first novel and she has created a divine cozy. I don’t need a fortune teller to know this series has a promising future.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
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 gotten into the house, again. Her mother - Rose, Aunt Violet and nephew Seth are all trying unsuccessfully to capture the bat and/or shoo it outside. It is strongly implied that this chaos is a normal occurrence.  The bat eventually flies outside and Clyde and Seth head out to start the daily routine of dog walking for the neighborhood.  Yes, Clyde is a little old to be walking dogs, but she is on administrative leave from her job as a police officer in Ann Arbor and her Aunt Vi, the pet psychic, helped her line up most of the dogs.  So far it has been about a month and Clyde still hasn't come clean with her parents about why she taking a "sabbatical".  Her mother hopes it is because Clyde will once again acknowledge and start training her own psychic powers.  Clyde meanwhile continues to just want to be normal and for the visions to go away.   When Clyde and Seth get to the home of Sara and Tuffy, Tuffy refuses to come when he is called.  Clyde goes in and checks things out, only to find that Sara has been killed in her kitchen.  Since Clyde is a trained police officer and Sara was a family friend, she is quickly pulled into the investigation.  Of course the rumor mill starts quickly that Clyde will be using her intuitive powers to solve the case. This was a great book.  The town and all the supporting characters made this a fast, fun read.  The family dynamics are both amusing and poignantly touching.  Clyde's relationship with Mac, her old flame, has to overcome past regrets, misunderstandings and misconceptions.  While her relationship with her best friends, Diana and Alex, is one we all wish we could have.  I consumed this book in one sitting.  I just didn't want to put it down. This book earned every one of the 5 stars I gave in on Goodreads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dawn Eastman keeps you on the edge of your seat in this book that is difficult to put down. Cute, quirky family with a dose of murder, a little romance, and fun all around. Ready for her next book to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Love the physic angle and the crazy funny family of Clyde's. Of course her love life problems are entertaining and the mystery intriguing. I loved the history and background of the characters. Truly can't wait for the next Pall family adventure.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
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.
mollieme More than 1 year ago
This book started out slow, and I almost put it down several times. But it really is worth sticking to it and finishing the read. I have already purchased the next one in the series. Hope it is good also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read I stayed up all night to finish!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful cast of characters. A laugh out loud fun time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The perfect read for your summer beach trip.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with some others that this started out slow. The characters are good and the story is also good. I did enjoy this and bought the next in the series hoping it moves along alittle faster. We'll see.
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JennTannousy More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!!! It kept me guessing the whole time, and I couldn't put it down! I stayed up until 4am to finish. Great characters, Aunt Vi cracks me up!
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
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 dropped off piece of the story, nope it was covered. I am continuing on with this series, I'm just sorry it took me so long to get started on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not really into psychic/ghost stories but love this series. Light on the spirit involvement. Characters are great. Have family in Mich., so love learning more about state and people
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
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 decided to do anything and everything to help solve the case. But, not if Clyde’s ex-boyfriend had anything to do about it. Mac the ex, was a police officer and wanted her away from the case. But after they found out more info on the case Clyde did not want to stay away. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. It is a great mystery, and if you are an animal lover you will love this book. I loved to quirky characters. They all played a huge role in the book and you will find yourself falling in them with all of them. I especially loved Aunt Vi, she can talk to animals, need I say more. This is book 1 in a series, but it finishes on a good note and it is not a cliffhanger. I am looking forward to book two, out in June of 2014. A must read!! Rating 4.5 Heat Rating Sweet Reviewed By Rae Courtesy Of My Book Addiction And More
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CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Crystal Haven Pall in the Family By Dawn Eastman The 1st Family Fortune Mystery Sometimes when facing a crisis in life it’s good to be able to leave town and sort through things in your childhood home. That’s what Clyde Fortune does in Pall in the Family, the first Family Fortune Mystery by Dawn Eastman. Unfortunately, instead of quiet contemplation, she finds murder! Temporarily trading her career as a police officer in Ann Arbor for a job as a dog walker in the Spiritualist Community of Crystal Haven, Michigan Clyde is once again living with her parents and Aunt Vi. Clyde’s mother, Rose, (who reads tarot cards) as well as her Aunt Vi (who’s a pet psychic) believe that Clyde is back to embrace the family gift. Clyde, however, is not so acceptive. When Clyde and her nephew Seth, who is also visiting for the summer, go to pick up Tuffy for his walk they find a cowering dog and the dead body of his owner. I enjoyed my first visit to Crystal Haven. Having visited the Lily Dale Assembly in Lilydale, New York I was immediately drawn to a cozy series set in a Spiritualist community. Dawn Eastman gives us characters that are relatable, Clyde and Seth in particular, as well as those able to bring some wacky fun, like Aunt Vi. I admit at times to not liking Aunt Vi very much. That in itself is a sign of quality writing; when you’re involved enough to NOT like them, for them to get under your skin, annoy you, and make you mad. I also admit my love. Not for Mack, who is a good romantic lead, but for Baxter, all 130 pounds of drooling bullmastiff!
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