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A Fright to the Death
A Family Fortune Mystery #3
Dawn Eastman

Berkley Prime Crime
April 7, 2015 / ISBN 978-0-425-264448-5
Mystery / Cozy / Paranormal

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Clyde Fortune is a retired cop who is looking forward to a nice vacation in Mexico with her boyfriend, Mac, a detective. Unfortunately, Mother Nature has other plans and the couple end up stranded by a blizzard. Stranded with family at a haunted hotel! Given Clyde's family's proclivity for the supernatural, and Clyde's penchant for stumbling into murder, you just know this will be an exciting adventure.

One of the owners of the hotel has a different vision for the future of the business and the others aren't too happy about that. When she, Clarissa Carlisle, is found murdered, and the only apparent witness is a skittish cat, the team of Clyde and Mac have their hands full of suspects, clues, and ghostly happenings. Could the killer be the cook, the handyman, a member of the knitting group staying at the hotel or, someone else entirely?

As Clyde and Mac's romantic relationship continues to grow, it was great fun to read about their time stranded with her family and his mother when they should have been alone on the beach in Mexico. How they handled things shows the depths of their feelings for each other, and I can't wait to see how things progress in the next book.

With no shortage of quirky characters, a yarn bombing contest, and witty dialogue, Eastman has provided cozy mystery readers with another winner. This is a fast-paced read that kept this reader guessing until the very end.

Charming and eclectic, A Fright to the Death is sure to entertain you with its fresh take on adding the paranormal aspect to the cozy genre.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Pall In The Family
Be Careful What You Witch For


Reviewed 2015