Series: Family Fortune Mystery #4
Published by Berkley on April 5, 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: the publisher
Also in this series: Be Careful What You Witch For, A Fright to the Death
Also by this author: Be Careful What You Witch For, A Fright to the Death
Former cop and novice psychic Clyde Fortune finds herself in a race for justice when a Zombie Fun Run turns deadly...
All of Crystal Haven, Michigan, is psyching up to participate in a Zombie Fun Run organized by Clyde’s nephew Seth, but Clyde is fretful about the undead festivities. For one thing, her sister, Grace, has unexpectedly returned to town after fifteen years. For another, Clyde has the nagging feeling that something is about to go wrong...
When one of the zombie runners is found murdered and then Grace disappears, Clyde realizes her grim premonition is dead-on. Now, she and her police detective boyfriend Mac must find a ghoulish murderer before someone points the finger at Grace. And when a tangled web of family secrets and old grudges combines with a mysterious case of stolen diamonds, even someone as quick-witted as Clyde might not be able to outrun a killer...
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
I’ve been following this series almost from the beginning, and in many ways, it just keeps getting better. This book really pulled me in from the start. I always enjoy Clyde and Mac, Clyde’s nephew Seth, the two dogs, and the whole psychic, eccentric Fortune family. Throw in an unexpected visit from Clyde’s sister and brother-in-law leading to even more unexpected revelations, a zombie run, a case of possibly mistaken identity, a dead zombie (if that’s not an oxymoron), missing diamonds, and a charming seven-year-old, and I was definitely hooked. The book-to-book character development and ongoing subplot arcs were the icing on the cake.
The only weak spot for me was the wrap-up. The murderer’s identity came as a surprise to me — and to pretty much everyone in the book as well, I think. That’s a good thing; I like it when the author can keep me guessing right up to the end. However, the denouement felt a little rushed and a little weak: everything was explained satisfactorily, and yet I didn’t have that feeling of “Ah, of course! Now it all makes sense” that I usually get at the end of the mystery. It almost seemed as though, with a different explanation of the same events, someone else could have been the villain. (No one in particular, or rather, any of several someones.)
That barely dimmed my overall enjoyment at all, though. I don’t know how the author first came up with this cast of characters and their endearingly offbeat little town, but I hope she keeps writing about them for a long time. Especially because Clyde and Mac’s relationship seems to deepen with each book. Thank you, Ms. Eastman, for not writing one of those “on-again, off-again” romances. These two make a great pair, as people as well as crime-solvers. I look forward to their next adventure!
Thanks to the author and publisher, I have one print copy to give away!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Cruisin' Thru the Cozies 2016