An Unhappy Medium by Dawn Eastman [review] 2016, paranormal cozy mystery


Psychic Clyde Fortune and her zany family are back in the fourth in the national bestselling series from the author of 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 free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

I really enjoyed reading An Unhappy Medium! Although the first quarter of the book is slow, containing a lot of backstory that fans of the series will already know, the book is a lot of fun to read.

Grace, Paul, and Sophie come to visit the rest of their family. Seth (Grace and Paul’s son who lives with the main character Clyde) is organizing a zombie run to raise money for the animal shelter he volunteers at. Although he thinks his family is visiting for that, they are really they for another reason. Grace and Paul are in trouble, and Clyde has to figure out how much of it is real and how much is in their imaginations. Meanwhile, Grace’s ex-boyfriend is murdered. Clyde wonders if he was the target or if it is a case of mistaken identity because the ex-boyfriend was wearing the same costume as her husband Paul.

Dawn Eastman kept me guessing throughout the whole book. The mystery was solid, and the antics of her family members just added some comedy to the mix. There is also a romantic subplot between Clyde and Mac as their relationship grows.

If you like cozy mysteries that mix in a little paranormal and humor, you should definitely try the Family Fortune Mystery series. It’s one of my favorites! I give An Unhappy Medium five stars for having a well thought out mystery, strong character development, and an entertaining and cohesive plot.


Dawn 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.


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