UNNATURAL CAUSES, by Dawn Eastman, A Dr. Katie LeClair Mystery, Published by Crooked Lane, N.Y.


Katie LeClair has finally settled down as the new doctor in Baxter, MI. After years of moving, schooling, and training, she wants nothing more than to find a place she can call home, and a small town outside of Ann Arbor seemed perfect.

Katie quickly gets to work in building a life for herself in Baxter, and beyond reviving her love life, she also finds a pair of business partners in a team of father and son family practitioners. But that idyllic dream is immediately shattered when one of her patients is found dead. That wouldn’t be the worst thing, except the death is ruled a suicide, and as evidence has it, the suicide was a result of the medication Katie had prescribed. But she doesn’t remember writing it.

When a closer investigation reveals it was murder, Katie is catapulted into an off-the-books investigation that leads her down a dark path of past secrets. But someone is willing to kill to keep part of the town’s history in the shadows, and Katie must race to find out who before it’s too late in nationally bestselling author Dawn Eastman’s riveting series debut Unnatural Causes.

Available Editions
EDITION: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781683313137
PRICE: $26.99 (USD)

I wish to thank Netgalley, and Crooked Lane, N.Y. for the ARC so that I could read and provide my honest review.


I’m afraid I don’t like the cover very much. The girl in the red coat has been over done. She seems to be on more and more covers that I review. The Protagonist is a doctor, so something that shows this would be more suitable.

This author also wrote: Pall in the Family, Be Careful What You Witch For, A Fright to the Death, and An Unhappy Medium.  These are all part of the Family Fortune Mystery Series.

Unnatural Causes is the first of her new debut mystery series: A Dr. Kate LeClair Mystery.

I began this story hoping that I would be hooked within the first chapter and I was. The author’s voice was smooth and compelling and within the first chapter, I discovered who the Protagonist was and what was the conflict–an unexplainable death of a patient that involved a mysterious prescription. There was also a mentioning of the driving force behind the conflict, but I’ll let you read this for yourself.

The next chapter went on to clearly define the Protagonist’s own history and the reason behind her many choices. A setting was developed, as was a secondary character aimed at helping the Protagonist to reach her goals.

As the story developed, we are introduced to many other characters, some with possible motives. The author transitioned from one setting to the next smoothly and enticingly. The plot continued to develop with many twists and turns that kept you guessing and your interest peaked.

Overall, this was a good, easy page turning read. There wasn’t anything I found too exciting and riveting, but still interesting enough to finish the book. I had hoped for more.

I enjoyed the characters and their stories; they seemed genuinely real and wholesome. I would recommend the book to anyone wanting an uncomplicated read with a great outcome and interesting characters.

I give this book:



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