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Book Review: A Fright to the Death by Dawn Eastman

Updated on April 12, 2015
Snowstorms, knitters and kooky relatives oh my!
Snowstorms, knitters and kooky relatives oh my!

When Mac and Clyde's romantic getaway to Mexico is canceled due to a snowstorm, the detective duo change their plans and head to a rumored haunted castle in Kalamazoo.

It's haunted alright. Upon checking in, they discover a knitter's convention which includes Mac's mother and Clyde's mother and aunt. Since there are no available rooms, they face the unthinkable. Mac bunks with his mother and Clyde goes off with her relatives.

Thus begins A Fright to the Death, the third installment in the Family Fortune Mysteries.

After they settle in, Clyde's Aunt Vi insists that the desk clerk take them on a tour of the castle. With a raging snowstorm outside, Mac and Clyde try to figure out how they can leave the castle and possibly go to another hotel. Since everyone talks about how treacherous it is outside, they agree to stay the night.

During dinner, the power goes out and the body of one of the owners is found.

With no hope for help, Mac and Clyde set about trying to figure out who did the killing and would there be another victim since everyone's stranded at the castle for the weekend.

Author Dawn Eastman has done it again with this cozy installment. It's a fast paced weekend for the sleuths as they turn over every possible clue and the idea is quite original. I haven't came across a novel yet that has produced so many suspects in a "trapped" situation.

Although, there have been stories set in this vain, Eastman does give you the feeling that you're trapped amongst the characters. They have no power, the phone lines are down and there's no way they can contact anyone-since there's no computer access. It can be a very scary thought.

My only complaint with the story was when Clyde's father and nephew arrived on snowmobiles. They came from Crystal Haven (fictionally I'd say they were about an hour to an hour and a half away from Kalamazoo) and they were able to let everyone know that a tree had fallen blocking the road. Okay, that much I can take, but, was this a dead end road?

All in all, this like the previous installments are fast reads and the characters are well written.

I also struck out three times, as I wasn't able to figure out the murderer. I'm sure down the road I might be able to figure one out, but until then, this is one series you're sure to enjoy.


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