I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss
Published by Midnight Ink on March 8th, 2018
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Also by this author: The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, Pressed to Death
A holiday tradition turns deadly, but is the paranormal museum to blame?
Maddie Kosloski is no fan of San Benedetto's Christmas Cow, a thirty-foot straw bovine that graces the town square every December. For one thing, the cow displaces her paranormal museum as the number one tourist attraction. Plus, every year, despite around-the-clock surveillance, the cow goes up in flames.
But this year, there's more than just a fire blazing in Maddie's wine-country hometown. One of the Christmas Cow guards has been found with an arrow in his chest, and Maddie's new haunted cowbell exhibit is fueling a panic. Are the spirits in her museum getting too hot to handle? If Maddie can't stop the hysteria—and the murderous archer—her holiday plans might not be the only thing full of holes.
Praise for The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mysteries:
"Well-drawn characters and tantalizing wine talk help balance the quirky aspects of this paranormal mystery."—Publishers Weekly
"A delightful new series."—Library Journal (starred review)
I aimed the flashlight beneath the hood of my vintage pickup and frowned at the tangle of wires.
Here is what I thought
You have got to love this title!!! Cozy titles are always funny but then some really are just over the top funny!
Maddie has her museum all decked out with some cool paranormal type Christmas decor and she even bought the towns cursed Christmas cow bells.
Each year at Christmas time their town builds a Christmas cow out of haystacks. It’s a Swedish tradition they got from their sister town and it was the Swedish town that gave them the cow bells. A few years back the cow caught fire and now it’s a new tradition with some of the local teens to see who can light it up. So the Ladies Aid along with the Dairy farmers association have put guards on the cow to try and make sure nobody burns it down.
Maddie was on her way to meet her mother at the cow but her old truck had other plans, Detective Slate stops to offer assistance when she gets a call from her mother. She is frantic telling her the cow is under attack and not to come. Detective Slate gives Maddie a ride as they are both worried about what is going on. What has always been a prank has turned into murder though as the other person who was supposed to be guarding the cow is found with an arrow sticking out of him.
It was flaming arrows that hit the cow but a regular arrow that hit the man, so was it a prank gone wrong or someone taking the opportunity to use the prank to commit murder? It’s something Maddie needs to find out as her mom was there when it happened and she want’s Maddie to look into things. Then some other things happen and panic sets in as someone is spreading rumors that it’s the cursed cowbells causing everything which could be good or bad for Maddie’s business.
I really like Maddie and her museum, her mother would be hard to get use too but she makes things fun. I also like her friends and feel that she has a really good couple of friends and even those who are not friends seem to watch out for each other. I was a little bummed about what happened between her and Mason, but I do like Detective Slate and it seems that maybe there is a budding romance there. 🙂
I really liked how this one ended as it showed the dynamics of a small town and the author did a great job of making me go back and forth between suspects trying to figure out who done it.
If you like cozies then you should check out this series, if your not big on paranormal then don’t worry, there isn’t a lot of spook in these books just a fun series around a fairly odd little museum. 🙂