Book Review #1: The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss

Posted 27th December 2016 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 8 Comments

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review #1: The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten WeissThe Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss
Series: A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery #1
Published by Midnight Ink on March 8th 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 290
Format: E-Book
Source: NetGalley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

A Perfectly Proper 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 then a fresh corpse in the museum embroils Maddie in murders past and present, making her wonder if a ghost could really be on the loose.

With her high school bully as one of the detectives in charge of the investigation, Maddie doubts justice will be served. When one of her best friends is arrested, she knows it won’t be. Maddie also 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.

I was 110% mortified when I realised I hadn’t reviewed this yet 🙁 I thought I had, since I’d starred it on Goodreads, but I must have forgotten to actually post it. Fail. I so fail. And I feel terrible about it.

So finally, here is my review of this rather fun cozy mystery!

I love cozy mysteries, but I’m also really fussy about them. They are pretty formulaic and predictable in general (like most genres, I suppose) and it can get boring quickly if the writing isn’t engaging, the characters are flat and the mystery is just going through the motions. Thankfully The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum is not one of those!

Kirsten Weiss has done a wonderful job with the main character, Maddie, who is unemployed when we meet her. Her friend, Adele, owns a building for her tea house and a Paranormal Museum that the Mayor won’t allow to close; Maddie is pressured to take over and ends up doing so. Everything goes to hell when a body is found on the property, Maddie is determined to find the killer and clear her friend, who has become a suspect, in the process.

The other characters we meet are good, but not yet fully realised, so I’m hoping we get to know them a bit better in future instalments. GD Cat (ghost detecting cat!) is totally my favourite. I’m a huge sucker for animal characters. Also one fun aspect of this story was that it was a mystery within a mystery (bookception!) and I found them both interesting.

Now, some of you may remember that in the past I have bitched and moaned about murder mysteries and how predictable they are, and how often I can pick who did it within the first ten pages. This one? NO idea, it took me quite some time to figure it out and I love it when that happens; because in the meantime I suspect everyone haha

There is a hiiiiint of romance, that I’m hoping becomes more as we go along. I know, who am I? Wanting romance? O_O the horror! But seriously, my fingers are crossed it eventuates because I love, love, love romance plots that aren’t the focus of the story; they’re just there in the background, making you think how cute it all is.

Ugh maybe Christmas has affected me more than I thought, I’ve become mushy.

One issue I did have with this was the formatting of the eARC was a bit terrible and that took away some of the reading pleasure initially, as it felt so choppy. I had a look at the preview on Amazon and it seems to be the same (though that might just be the preview?) but it does even out after a short while, it was super jarring when you’re trying to get into a book though.

All in all this was a fun, quick read and I really enjoyed the story and the writing style. I’m definitely looking forward to continuing the series!

Rating Report
Plot
three-half-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: 4.1

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8 responses to “Book Review #1: The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss

  1. I read this one earlier this year and also really enjoyed this one. I think with cozy mysteries the way they are written, if the mystery is well done and if the characters and setting comes alive really makes a difference for me. I have book 2 in this series as well and am looking forward to reading it as book 1 was so good. I also loved GC the cat! And I thought the paranormal museum was a fun touch. I also was surprised by who the murderer was in this one. Great review!

    • I just snagged a copy of book 2 as well (I am aiming to review it by release day this time!) hopefully it’s as good as the first, or even better. I hope you enjoy it too!

    • It’s so horrifying when one forgets to review a book. I have a few that I’ve not read yet that really need to be reviewed, eep!

      A good mystery is definitely one that keeps you guessing! Though cozies crack me up, all those small towns with regular murders; something ain’t right!

  2. This is definitely one of those books that you’ll never find on my shelves. But since watching Miss Peregrine’s, I might be more open to them. I also picked up Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and I”m getting the same vibe for some reason.

    Great review!

    • Oh Alice Hoffman; I’ve not read any of her work though I am waiting for a copy of Practical Magic to show up (I watched the movie again not long ago and decided I needed the book!) I really should read the Miss Peregrine books too. So many books!

    • Sherlock is good fun, although I’m in the minority and prefer Elementary (I think mainly because I just really like Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu lol) which doesn’t borrow from the books quite as much.

      The novels are great, I’m not a big fan of classics because I usually find them dry and tedious; but these really are a joy to read!

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