Book Review #8: Pressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss

Posted 2nd October 2017 by Wattle in Reviews / 11 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 #8: Pressed to Death by Kirsten WeissPressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss
Series: A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery #2
Published by Midnight Ink on March 8th 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 338
Format: E-Book
Source: NetGalley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: three-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski has the perfect exhibit for the harvest festival—a haunted grape press. But when she’s accused of stealing the press, and her accuser is murdered, all eyes turn to Maddie. Knowing the perils of amateur sleuthing as she does, Maddie is reluctant to get involved . . . until her mother insists she investigate.

Does her mom have a secret agenda? Or is she somehow connected to the murder? Facing down danger and her own overactive imagination, Maddie must unearth the killer before she becomes the next ghost to haunt her museum.

For the love of…this one was a victim of my site move it seems, I thought I had reviewed it already but I hadn’t!

So here it is, my long overdue review (I’m so sorry!)

And the first note I have on this book is: ‘The continuity is shite.’ Oh my.

I’ve had this problem with a couple of cozies lately, now that I think about it. A character will say they’re going to do something later, or tomorrow, or the next day. Then in the next chapter the time passes and they never do it! With this one it could be because it was an ARC though, so I suppose I can let it slide…even it does seem sloppy.

The first book of the series, The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, was a strong start. But Pressed to Death suffers a little from second book syndrome. It was a quick read, but it was also entirely forgettable. I enjoyed it while I was reading it, and I really do like Maddie as a main character, but I never really connected to the story. It felt a bit slow, and like we were treading water for a while, waiting for something interesting to happen.

The second half of the book was better than the first. I like that there’s a mystery in the present, and one in the past, however there wasn’t really much paranormal about this one. It was a little disappointing after enjoying the first book so much. There weren’t enough twists, and it focused on Maddie’s love life a bit too much.

While I will be continuing the series when the third book comes out, that one will make it or break it for me. So far it’s promising, but just hasn’t delivered like I thought it would.

Rating Report
Plot
three-stars
Characters
two-half-stars
Writing
three-half-stars
Pacing
two-half-stars
Overall: 2.9

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11 responses to “Book Review #8: Pressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss

    • I find I have to be in the right mood for a cozy (or more accurately, not in the mood for anything else!) thank you for stopping by 🙂

  1. Continuity errors are frustrating, but, depending on how good the rest of the book is, they can be forgivable for me. I do get what you’re saying about the book overall, some books are enjoyable while I’m reading, but I forget them pretty much as soon as I finish. It does sound the third book will be a make-or-break one, I hope it turns out good!

    • Sometimes I think I’m going crazy when it comes to continuity errors, like ‘did I just imagine it was the other way around or…’ and then go back and have a look. Nothing a good edit won’t fix though, so I try to be pretty forgiving when it comes to ARCs (if it’s a super obvious though…I don’t see how it can be so hard to keep track of your own plot?)

      • Sometimes I feel the same way, like, how can the author not even know their own book? But then I think about how, when I write and brainstorm and all that, it’s all chaotic and out of order and all over the place and things are constantly changing, and sometimes the most obvious things aren’t obvious to you as the writer, and then I understand how it can happen lol.

  2. I had the same issue with this one. I really enjoyed the first book and this one just seemed forgettable. I can’t even remember much about it anymore now. I am still not sure whether to request the third book or not. I also liked the mystery in the past and present.

    • I had to skim read parts of the book to remember what had happened when it came to writing up my review this time 🙁 that doesn’t happen very often! The dual mystery was pretty cool, but aside from that it was a disappointment. Hopefully the third one will be better!

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