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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Be Careful What You Witch For by Dawn Eastman, Review and Guest Post


Be Careful What You Witch For
(A Family Fortune Mystery)

Genre: Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (July 1, 2014)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425264478
Leaving a traumatic police career behind, Clyde Fortune has returned to her seemingly quiet hometown of Crystal Haven, Michigan. In spite of the psychic powers of its residents, there’s no telling what trouble is brewing in this burg…
The highlight of the fall festival in Crystal Haven is a bonfire with a witch’s cauldron resting over it. Clyde’s best friend Diana leads a ritual to divine the future, but it seems no one foresees that one of their own will drop dead—or that Diana will be a prime suspect.
 Clyde already has her hands full with her eccentric family, runaway nephew, and burgeoning secret romance with a hunky homicide detective. But after another coven member is attacked, Clyde suspects there’s a witch hunt afoot and focuses her psychic and sleuthing skills to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer.

My Review:

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover, I just love it, it is so eye catching.  And the book didn't disappoint me either.  I was hooked from the very first page.  I don't really believe in spiritualists myself, but I enjoyed reading about this very eccentric family.  There were some laugh-out-loud moments in this book as the Fortune family, and Clyde in general, gets it's self into some pretty hairy scrapes.  It is also great because it has two wonderful dogs in it, and I am a sucker for dogs.  This was a great cozy mystery because it totally blew my mind as to who the killer turned out to be, and there were a lot of twists and turns in it that kept me guessing.  I cannot wait till the next Family Fortune Mystery comes out, I am totally hooked on this series. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About This Author
Dawn Eastman is the national bestselling author of Pall in the Family, the first book in the Family Fortune Mystery Series. 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.
Author Links
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Guest Post:

It’s Just No Fun Without a Pet.


When I began planning the Family Fortune mystery series, there was no question that there would be dogs involved. Two of my characters are animal psychics. One is self-proclaimed and of dubious talent, the other is still keeping his true gift under wraps. This allows for all sorts of animal intrigue. Dogs have always been a part of my life and I can’t imagine being without one. I learned to walk by holding onto our Boxer while he patiently escorted me around the living room.


Later, we had an extremely intelligent standard Poodle who, according to my mother, was smarter than my brother and I combined. Sadly, she has data to back this up. He is the only dog I’ve ever known who was capable of playing hide and seek. One winter during a long blizzard with multiple snow days my brother and I taught the dog how to play. We went into the basement to hide while my mother counted.  Then she let the Poodle come down the stairs. Of course, he found us within seconds. The amazing part was when he got to hide. One of us would hide the dog and tell him to stay quiet, and then go hide ourselves. The human was always found first. The Poodle never gave away his hiding spot, even if we called him and offered treats.


We also had an Airedale that stole whole chickens off a hot grill, a Cocker Spaniel who won a talent contest just for being cute, and an Australian Shepherd who took her job very seriously even without any sheep to herd.


Now, I live with a Bichon-Shih Tzu mix who tries to tell everyone what to do. He has an uncanny sense of time as it relates to his meal times and a profound lack of faith that anyone will feed him without his intervention. He was clicker trained as a puppy and now squeaks his toy as a reward for anyone who understands his commands and does what he wants.


There are two dogs in the Family Fortune series, both rescued after their owners’ untimely demise. Baxter is a Bullmastiff. He is large, stubborn, and drooly. He is also loyal, brave, and gentle.


Tuffy, the Shih Tzu, is bossy and easily frightened by new experiences. He has his adopted human completely trained to meet his every need. He’s very lucky he’s so cute.


I’d love to hear about your too-smart dogs or cats (or any pets) in the comments!





  1. My Astrid has been called eerily smart! Also noted for her 'Astrid stare', she will gaze into your eyes as long as you gaze into hers. Love all the dogs in Pall In The Family AND Be Careful What You Witch For.

  2. I had a mini schnauzer named Cuddles when I was growing up. She was the biggest chicken in the world. She'd head for cover when the doorbell rang. Her only redeeming quality was that I trained her to bite my kid brother's foot whenever I waived it in her face. LOL