Unnatural Causes

Unnatural Causes

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...

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Title:Unnatural Causes
Author:Dawn Eastman
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  • Carol (Bookaria)

    This is a

    Dr. Katie LeClair has moved to the small town of Ann Arbor looking for a fresh start after finishing her residency. Also, her boyfriend recently ended their relationship. Katie lives with her tech-savvy brother Caleb and works in a joint practice. Her life is disrupted when

    this event prompts her to find out what happened.

    The novel is told from the point of view of Katie and is an engaging

    This is a

    Dr. Katie LeClair has moved to the small town of Ann Arbor looking for a fresh start after finishing her residency. Also, her boyfriend recently ended their relationship. Katie lives with her tech-savvy brother Caleb and works in a joint practice. Her life is disrupted when

    this event prompts her to find out what happened.

    The novel is told from the point of view of Katie and is an engaging read. I like the fact that it was not gory or heavy reading but at the same time it wasn't fluffy enough to be categorized as a cozy mystery.

    To me, it is the perfect mystery for the holidays.

    and plan to read more from this author.

    I loved the cover...

  • Carrie

    After finishing her residency Katie LeClair decided that she would best fit in a small family practice getting to know her patients well instead of a high pressure job facing emergencies and surgeries daily. Katie found such a practice in the small town of Baxter, MI where she has been working for a few months now. However one night Katie receives a call that one of her patients has been rushed to the hospital of an apparent overdose so Katie immediately rushes over.

    After arriving at the hospit

    After finishing her residency Katie LeClair decided that she would best fit in a small family practice getting to know her patients well instead of a high pressure job facing emergencies and surgeries daily. Katie found such a practice in the small town of Baxter, MI where she has been working for a few months now. However one night Katie receives a call that one of her patients has been rushed to the hospital of an apparent overdose so Katie immediately rushes over.

    After arriving at the hospital Katie finds that the paramedics at the scene had found an empty bottle of pills that looked like Katie herself had prescribed but Katie has no memory of doing so. When her patient doesn't make it that night Katie is sure there is more to the story than suicide since she would have had to have seen the signs. And just where did that bottle of pills come from? Katie knows something is up and decides to find out the truth of what she thinks could have likely been a murder.

    Unnatural Causes by Dawn Eastman is the first book in the Dr. Katie LeClair Mystery series. By the look of the cover of this book I was sort of expecting a darker suspense read but this was a bit on the lighter side for a mystery. The author seems to have done several cozy mysteries before and you can certainly get that feel with this one so I would warn to expect more of a light read than the cover suggested.

    When starting out with this book it didn't take long to become interested in the story. I found that while Katie may be slightly hesitant and not quite so sure of herself as a doctor quite yet that it gave her sort of a naive charm that I liked as she found her way to the answers she needed. And with this book being set in a small town it became one that everyone seems to know everyone which is always a plus and the gossip around town helped Katie along in her investigation. After finding this one entertaining I'll certainly be looking forward to seeing what happens in the future for Dr. Katie.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Sarah Joint

    3.5 stars rounded up to a 4. I could have used a little more excitement and I expected it to be a bit darker, but it's still a really enjoyable read that introduces a promising new character: Dr. Katie LeClair.

    I'd love to read more of what Katie gets herself in to.

    Dr. Katie LeClair is starting to adjust to small town life. After years of school and interning in a larger city, she has made her way to Baxter, MI.

    3.5 stars rounded up to a 4. I could have used a little more excitement and I expected it to be a bit darker, but it's still a really enjoyable read that introduces a promising new character: Dr. Katie LeClair.

    I'd love to read more of what Katie gets herself in to.

    Dr. Katie LeClair is starting to adjust to small town life. After years of school and interning in a larger city, she has made her way to Baxter, MI.

    No one saw it coming. The empty prescription bottle found next to her points immediately to an overdose. It seems she took her own life with pills prescribed to her by Katie... but Katie has no recollection of prescribing them... or even thinking about it!

    Convinced that the woman wouldn't have killed herself, she starts to work with the daughter she left behind to figure out the truth. Suddenly the father and son team she works with at a family practice seem a little suspicious. Anyone who works with Katie could have forged a prescription, and she's determined to find out who and why.

    This is a nice little mystery with some light romance. Katie is reluctant to start a new relationship after her last ended unexpectedly, even though she's had time to heal. But who can resist a handsome, helpful doctor? I really enjoyed the dynamic between Katie and her computer genius brother, who lives with her. They clearly watch out for each other, and it's nice to see a close sibling relationship between two adults in a mystery that isn't rife with drama. I liked visiting the small town of Baxter, and it was an interesting switch from my usual detective novels.

  • Liz

    3.5 stars

    This is a low key mystery, almost a cozy mystery if you will. It’s a nice change from some of the really gruesome mysteries I’ve been reading lately. Dr. Katie LeClair is just out of her residency and working at a small town practice. A patient of hers supposedly commits suicide using pills Katie supposedly prescribed. But she didn’t.

    A large part of the beginning of the book is spent developing Katie’s character.

    There’s a strong romance element here as well. This isn’t a complicated b

    3.5 stars

    This is a low key mystery, almost a cozy mystery if you will. It’s a nice change from some of the really gruesome mysteries I’ve been reading lately. Dr. Katie LeClair is just out of her residency and working at a small town practice. A patient of hers supposedly commits suicide using pills Katie supposedly prescribed. But she didn’t.

    A large part of the beginning of the book is spent developing Katie’s character.

    There’s a strong romance element here as well. This isn’t a complicated book. It’s just a solid mystery with lots of suspects to keep you guessing. I couldn’t quite buy into how much info the police chief shared, despite all the rationale given. But that’s a minor quibble. I’ll definitely seek out book two in the series.

    My thanks to netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy of this book.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: There was one thing that bothered her about Ellen's death. Katie had no memory of writing that prescription.

    THE BLURB: 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 busin

    EXCERPT: There was one thing that bothered her about Ellen's death. Katie had no memory of writing that prescription.

    THE BLURB: 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.

    MY THOUGHTS: I mostly enjoyed Unnatural Causes, # 1 in a new series from Dawn Eastman. Although I found it a little light-weight, (I prefer my murder mysteries a little darker), it certainly didn't stop me from turning the pages rapidly. I would classify Unnatural Causes as a 'cosy', which is not a criticism, but personally I would have liked a little more suspense. There was certainly plenty of opportunities for this to happen.

    I do have one major gripe which spoiled my reading experience, but I am probably being a bit OCD here. ...

    I hate loose ends!

    3.5 ☆ for Unnatural Causes by Dawn Eastman, downgraded to 3☆ due to the issue above.

    Will I read more in this series? Yes, I will.

    Thank you to Crooked Lane Books via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Unnatural Causes by Dawn Eastman for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about' page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com

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