The setting of The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum could not be any more fitting than it is. The museum itself almost becomes a character in this amusing and quirky cozy mystery.
After losing her job, Maddie Kosloski heads back to her hometown to lick her wounds and search for answers to the question, what next. While out with friends one evening, Maddie unknowingly “buys” the paranormal museum from her friend, Adele, who is renovating a portion of the building attached to the museum. Too focused on the soon-to-come tea shop, Adele is under pressure to find a manager for the paranormal museum and Maddie, well, Maddie is out of work at the moment. Maddie agrees to help out temporarily, while she continues to search for her next big career move. But her job search seems to consistently take the back burner, especially when Adele is arrested for the murder of the woman her ex was going to marry. Oh, and whose body is found inside the museum. As the evidence seems to stack up against Adele, Maddie hopes to uncover some clues to clear her friend’s name . . . as well as the name of a 19th century woman accused of murdering her husband.
The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum was a lot of fun to read. I really liked Maddie’s sense of humor and her general outlook. She’s smart, funny, sarcastic, and loyal – all the elements of a great friend. Lots of great characters surround Maddie and they are each well written and fully formed. If there was one thing I didn’t like, it was the competing mysteries. It felt like the mystery of who-killed-Christy got a little overshadowed by Maddie’s search for the facts in the centuries-old case she uncovers while working at the museum. That said, it’s a first-rate debut for a new cozy series that I’d like to read more of.
The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum
(A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery)
Midnight Ink (March 8, 2016)
Paperback: 288 pages
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.
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.
About the Author
Kirsten Weiss worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darkness and light of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.
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.
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