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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 seems 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.

National bestselling author Dawn Eastman spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing her latest novel, UNNATURAL CAUSES:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

Mostly, I hope they are entertained. However, I think this book gives a nice view of the life of a small town doctor and hope that Baxter, Michigan will become a place readers look forward to “visiting.”

Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?

There are always characters who crop up unexpectedly when I write and this book was no different. I have a couple of elderly women in this book who steal every scene they are in. I have to keep a tight grip on them!

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

Agatha Christie, Laurie King, and Margaret Maron made me love mysteries.

Recently I have enjoyed the Ruth Galloway books by Elly Griffiths. She does a wonderful job of combining mystery with humor and complicated relationships. Her voice is fantastic and she has created a terrific cast of interesting characters.


National bestselling author Dawn Eastman was a family medicine physician in Michigan. She now lives in Iowa with her family. When not writing she keeps busy catering to the whims of a bossy bichon-shih tzu mix who wants to rule the world.

To learn more about Dawn, and her work, please visit her website.