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

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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.

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.

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.

Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:

Maddie Kosloski has only recently solved a murder mystery, has only recently acquired a lovely and very handsome boyfriend, and her paranormal museum is doing quite well thanks to some remodeling and new exhibits.  One would think, given the decidedly good track her life is on, Maddie Kosloski would stay out of trouble.  Unfortunately, trouble seems to find Maddie.

In an effort to further promote her paranormal museum, Maddie has agreed to participate in the local harvest festival, one of the city’s biggest events of the year.  With the new acquisition of a haunted grape press, Maddie’s exhibit will fit right in among all the vineyard exhibits.  However, before the festival even opens, Maddie finds a dead body and is roped into solving yet another mystery.  Though Maddie had absolutely no intention of becoming involved in yet another mystery, her mother insists she investigate, but won’t elaborate as to why.  As if the universe is on her mother’s side, Maddie quickly becomes invested in the solving of the murder when it comes to light she was accused of stealing the haunted grape press from the recently deceased man.  Good thing she has a process for solving mysteries now 🙂

In the coming days, Maddie’s only recently good, calm, and happy life gets turned upside down.  Her nemesis on the police force won’t let Maddie go as a suspect, to Maddie’s horror, she finds a second body, her boyfriend is acting both secretive and weird, there is apparently a betting pool on Maddie’s solving or not solving the case, and the Ladies Aid society, who has a vested interest in the solving of the crimes has gone completely off the rails.  Oh, and there’s the issue of the lemon bars . . .

The Bottom Line:  I’m a bit confused by the overall rating for this book on Goodreads.  Some the issues I had with the first book in this series have been ironed out in the read, the characters are just as quirky and fun, and the plot is just perfectly cozy.  I think I like this series so much because it is, predominately about a group of really weird people who all live in a perfectly weird little town.  Things that would seem totally off the wall in most towns and cities are downright normal in Maddie’s world and that makes this read all the more appealing.  This is an easy read chock full of characters who are interesting and varied, a plot that is more developed than in the first book, and an ending that is both surprising and satisfying.  In all, I am pleased with the improved quality of this read over the first book and am looking forward to more adventures with Maddie Kosloski!

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