05 December, 2016

#BookReview :: Pressed to Death (A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery #2) by Kirsten Weiss

Perfectly pressed. Perfectly proper. Perfectly deadly. 

Paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski thinks she has the perfect paranormal exhibit for the harvest festival—a haunted grape press. But before she can open the exhibit, she’s accused of stealing the antique press. And when her accuser is found murdered, all eyes turn to Maddie.

Solving the crime is the last thing on Maddie’s mind, but her mother insists she investigate. Does her mother have a secret agenda? And why has the local charity, Ladies Aid, seemingly gone gangster?

In this light, cozy mystery, haunted houses, runaway wine barrels, and murder combine in a perfect storm of chaos. Facing down danger and her own over-active imagination, Maddie must unearth the killer before she becomes the next ghost to haunt her museum. 

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Maddie Kosloski owns and runs a paranormal museum. She that the haunted grape press that she has recently acquired is perfect for the upcoming festival. But before she can even open the exhibit, she is accused of stealing the press. And as if being accused of stealing is not enough of a trouble, the accuser turns up dead making Maddie the lead suspect. With a museum to run and an upcoming fair to handle, will Maddie be able to find the real murderer or will she fall as a victim?

The book is a highly entertaining one. There are a lot of things happening all over the place along with the murder investigation. So, in a way the plot is a multi-layered one. While there is only one investigation line to the plot, Maddie’s business and its reception among the public is an added aspect to it. While the murder plot was fairly simple, and a reader will probably guess the culprit correctly before it is revealed, the cast of character keep the pages turning with their antics. Maddie is an interesting person. She has to be in order to successfully own and run a paranormal museum. Her connection with her mother and her friends through rough times make her strong. But I have to say that I really did not like the detective Hammer at all, even though I know that it is what the author intended. He clearly has something against Maddie and is only happy to ignore any evidence that she has to present. The additional cast of characters (and there are quite a few) bring colour to the story making it more appealing by adding their few cents to the plot.

This is a perfect cozy mystery for a lazy afternoon!

Review Copy received from NetGalley

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