Series: A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery #1
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Date Read: February 10, 2016
When Maddie Kosloski’s career flatlines, she retreats to her wine-country hometown for solace and cheap rent. Railroaded into managing the local paranormal museum, she’s certain the rumors of its haunting are greatly exaggerated. But a new ghost may be on the loose. A fresh corpse in the museum embroils Maddie in murders past and present.What a fun book! I am not really sure what it was about the book that first caught my attention. The word "paranormal" in the title automatically made me take a second look but I also really like the cover. I hadn't read a cozy mystery for years before picking up this book so I was also wanting to read something a little different from my normal pick. I am so glad that I decided to read this book because it was an incredibly enjoyable read in the end.
With her high school bully as one of the officers in charge, Maddie doubts justice will be served. When one of her best friends is arrested, she’s certain it won’t be.
Maddie grapples with ghost hunters, obsessed taxidermists, and the sexy motorcyclist next door as outside forces threaten. And as she juggles spectral shenanigans with the hunt for a killer, she discovers there truly is no place like home.
This book ended up being heavy on the cozy and very light on the paranormal. That was fine with me since I read a lot of paranormal and was wanting more of a cozy mystery anyway. The Paranormal Museum that was featured in the book was a fun setting with a lot of interesting exhibits to really set the atmosphere. I am not sure that I would ever want to set foot in the scary doll room.
I really liked the characters a lot. Maddie is trying to figure out what her next move will be when she is pushed into managing the museum for just a little while. When she goes to see the museum with her friend, Adele, they find a body just outside the door. Maddie soon finds herself trying to find out what actually happened to the victim when her friends is accused of the crime.
This book did a lot of things really well. There were times that the book made me chuckle with some of the more outrageous characters. There was more than a few crazy moments. The mystery was interesting and I wasn't quite sure who the culprit was until the end. There was a touch of paranormal which added a bit of fun too. I thought that the book was very well balanced.
I liked the way the book was written. The pacing of the story was well done with enough build up leading to the more exciting moments. I found myself quickly turning pages and never felt that the book dragged at any spot. The characters were all very vivid and unique with a wide range of individuals represented. Even the cat from the museum had a spunky personality.
I would recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries. This is the first book by Kirsten Weiss that I have read but I wouldn't hesitate to read her work again in the future. I will definitely be sure to read any future books featuring this cast of characters.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Midnight Ink via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
About the Author
Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.
Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking good wine.