new series cast its spell over me from the title alone; followed
immediately by endearing me to the town of Crystal Haven and
its magical residents. Clyde (Clytemenstra) Fortune has returned
to her hometown after a crisis in her work as a police officer
in Ann Arbor. Coming home has advantages and disadvantages,
both involving her eccentric family.
The Fortune family
has an array of psychic gifts, ranging from reading Tarot
cards, to communicating with animals. Clyde has tried to keep
her own talents at bay because she often has prophetic dreams
and they are usually nightmares of bad things to come. Including
death. Therefore, her summer visit to Crystal Haven is to
be stress-free and low-key as she works as a dog walker. The
stress-free part ends quickly, when local lawyer and family
friend, Sara Landess is murdered. Will Clyde’s psychic
gifts be called to the forefront to solve the murder? Will
Aunt Vi be able to clean any information from Sara’s
Shih Tzu? On the other hand, will another murder complicate
everything and put Clyde and her whole family in danger?
the Family” is a fabulous start to a brand new series.
There are characters with heart, humor, and paranormal abilities
that keep you guessing. I really enjoyed the aspect of animal
communication, and look forward to what I predict will be
a wildly successful new mystery series. While I must confess
that I had the killer (no I won’t spoil it!) pegged
fairly early on in the book, I was so captivated by Clyde
and her family and her friends that I read the book from cover
to cover on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
enjoy a cozy mystery with a bent towards the paranormal, plenty
of laughable moments, a whisper of romance to come, lovable
dogs, and unique family bonds, then I urge you to let your
fingers do the walking to buy this book online, or head out
the door RIGHT NOW to buy a copy from your local bookseller.
Five crystal ball rating for this one!