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.The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss
Published by Midnight Ink on March 8th 2016
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Also by this author: Pressed to Death, Deja Moo, Chocolate a la Murder
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.
Friendship can be a minefield.
What I thought of this book
The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum is not perfect but it was pretty good.
Maddie got fired from her really good job because she has more ethics than her boss and so now she is back in her home town. She gets roped into running the paranormal museum that is part of the property her friend is fixing up. Her friend Adele is renovating next door making the place into a tea room. She doesn’t have time to watch the museum and the wine counsel seems to like keeping the museum going.
The night that Adele takes Maddie to check out the museum they find a dead body, and Adele being a bit stupid (maybe in shock but I think stupid) picks up the object lying by the body. Good one, especially since you were not of a fan of the lady who is dead. She quickly becomes a suspect and is arrested, because well hey, her prints are on the weapon and she didn’t care for the victim.
Maddie knows that Adele didn’t do it but one of the detectives in charge happens to be a bully from school days and it seems she has not forgotten Maddie. So she is not being very helpful and forthright about the investigation.
Maddie continues to work in the museum and help supervise the remodel and trying to figure out who might have wanted to kill Christy. Also while Maddie is working the museum she sort of gets wrapped up in the mystery of the haunted picture of Cora, a woman who was accused of killing her husband.
The museum needs a bit of work but Maddie keeps telling herself it’s not her problem because she is just temporarily working there. She has some great ideas and it will be interesting to see what she does with the place in the future.
I really enjoyed the paranormal museum and it’s quirkiness. It had a good mystery and even a cool mystery from the past. The characters were enjoyable and I look forward to learning more about Maddie and seeing if she strikes up a romance with one of the nice looking guys she met. The other detective working the case Slate or the hunky biker who works and lives next door to the museum.
I think if you like cozies then you will enjoy this one as well.