Unnatural Causes by Dawn Eastman is the first book in the NEW “Dr. Katie LeClair” mystery series. Publisher: Crooked Lane Books, coming December 12, 2017

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.

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This is one drama that stayed with me long after I closed the book. A mystery filled with secrets that caused the death of Katie’s patient. What did she learn? Why her demise meant more to the killer? That is what you’ll find in this engagingly thrilling novel that kept me engrossed in all facets of this fast-paced drama. The author did a great job in giving me just enough to keep me guessing and intrigued in all possibilities as each suspect was pushed forward and clues that popped up at just the right moment. The characters were introduced with a firm backstory – enough to whet my appetite in knowing more about them. Among the characters was the town gossip who happened to have close ties to the police; the chief who I liked especially as he trusted what Katie had to tell him; then there was her brother Caleb; her partners, the doctors Hawkins and of course Matt, a fellow medical professional. Not to be outdone are the residents of Baxter, some of whom were on the quirky side and of course the murderer. The suspense factor played heavily as a double twist occurred that added to how well this narrative was being told. This is a great debut series and I can’t wait to see what adventures await Katie and her circle of friends.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author.

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