Chocolate a la Murder (Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Series #4)

Chocolate a la Murder (Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Series #4)

by Kirsten Weiss


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ISBN-13: 9780738757131
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 03/08/2019
Series: Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Series , #4
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 54,916
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kirsten Weiss (San Mateo, CA) writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem. She is also the author of the Riga Hayworth series and the Pie Town series (Kensington).

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Chocolate a la Murder 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KimHeniadis 13 days ago
I am still enjoying this series, although I’m not going to be raving about all of the book as much as I did in my review of the first book in the series, The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum. I’m going to start with the great, and then go onto the not as great. The extra mystery that we get in each book, the one in regards to the current haunted object Maddie has in her store, was a great device for letting us know something was up with Mason. Whenever the molinillo (the haunted Mexican hot chocolate whisk) would rattle, it meant someone was lying. Mason kept stopping at her shop, and it seemed to rattle every time he started talking. The descriptions of the museum are still wonderful. But all the weather seemed to involve fog. It’s strange to feel so ambivalent to fog, but after all her descriptions, which I felt never really lead to anything, that’s how I feel. Which is kind of sad, because we don’t get a lot of fog in Wisconsin, but when we do I always enjoyed it because I felt like I was entering a Stephen King novel. There was more interaction with GD (Ghost Detecting) cat, although most of it involved GD biting her, or Maddie feeding him. I’m waiting for GD to help her solve one of the mysteries. Now onto the not so great. And I feel really bad, because this series is my catnip, as explained in my review of the first one in the series. I really didn’t feel like there was any character development, or if there was, it made the characters a bit annoying. In a previous book we found out Harper was a Strega (Italian Witch). So many things Weiss could be doing with that, but instead Harper has barely any action in the book, except to commiserate with Maddie in regards to how annoying Adele is being with her wedding planning. There is a bit at the end with Harper wanting to try a different path in her life, besides being a witch, that could be a great set up for future novels. So here’s hoping! As mentioned Adele is just being annoying. But as I always say, if a writer has me super annoyed or hating a character, then they must be doing a really good job writing them. So that is great, I just don’t want it to continue. And now for the love interest. I thought about how to write this for a half an hour. There is no love triangle, for which I am very happy. I’ve stopped reading great book series because the love triangle just kept going, leading nowhere. But going from a love, Mason, that Maddie was passionate about, to just a lukewarm character, Jason, that she seems to fight with constantly, is just not endearing Maddie or Jason to me. All I can say, is I trust Weiss knows what she is doing, and something great will come of this. And as for Maddie’s horrible relationship with Det. Hammer, at this point, it’s just horrible. At first it added some much needed drama, now I just dread reading it. To make Det. Hammer a spiteful person who just seems out to get Maddie no matter what, without giving us a good backstory, just isn’t cutting it for me anymore.
TarynLee 13 days ago
Maddie has a new magic chocolate exhibit just in time for the Wine and Chocolate Days being held in her hometown of San Benedetto. She was able to purchase a whisk that is said to be haunted and has the ability to tell when someone is lying. The whisk rattles when someone lies, Maddie doesn't know everything about it though and hopes to do more research so that she can share with her patrons. When her chocolate order doesn't arrive when it is suppose to and she can't get through with a phone call Maddie decides to drive to the chocolate shop to find out what is going on. She comes across a disgruntled former employee outside but doesn't let that stop her from going in. Things don't get any better when she goes inside, not being able to find anyone she heads to the back of the store and come across a body covered in chocolate. The dead man happens to be one of the owners of the store, but who would have wanted him dead and why? Could it have been an accident? Maddie decides she must look into things herself even though there are so many people against the idea of her doing just that. Along the way she is almost run over by a crazy driver and then later someone tries to drown her. Is she getting to close to the truth? Follow along and see just what all Maddie gets into and the different ways she beats death in this fun mystery series. If you like things that are a little wacky, a touch magical, and a bit haunted this is truly the series for you. I love the characters and the different things that Maddie brings to her museum, I can't wait to see what she brings in next.
3900980 14 days ago
Maddie Kosloski is the owner of a paranormal museum in San Bendetto. She is busy preparing for her Magic of Chocolate exhibit at the museum when she accidently finds the body of one of the owners of the chocolate store Reign dead, smothered in chocolate. In the meantime her latest haunted museum piece is keeping her very "rattled". As Maddie searches for clues as to who would want to kill the chocolatier, the suspects keep adding up. As for her newest paranormal find, she needs to investigate its history to figure out why (and if) it is haunted. She has assistance from her friends Adele and Harper as well as her boyfriend Detective Jason Slate. She perhaps gets her "extra sensory" help from her cat GD who keeps her on her toes. This book 4 of the series and although there were references to the previous books (naturally) which went over my head, it was not a problem in understanding the story. Chocolate a la Murder is a funny, cozy read on a snowy day (which I did) with a nice cup of hot chocolate!
Marshathereader 15 days ago
Chocolate a la Murder by Kirsten Weiss is book four in A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series. This was the first in the series I have read. Ms Weiss does a great job of getting new readers up to speed. There are likeable characters, plenty of twists and turns, and romance. There was paranormal activity but for me, I would have liked a little more. I really thought after reading the lead in to the book I was going to love it but it did seem a bit slow. You may want to have a little chocolate available as the book will leave you craving chocolate. I was given an ARC by Netgalley for an honest review.
CozyOnUp 16 days ago
I really enjoy this quirky series. from he paranormal museum to wine country, what could be better? Wine and chocolate! That’s what! As part of Wine and Chocolate Days, Maddie Kosloski has set up a haunted chocolate exhibit at the Paranormal Museum. She has secured a haunted molinillo (a Mexican chocolate whisk) that rattles when someone lies. Now she just needs the local speciality chocolate and she’s set. But when the order doesn’t arrive, she heads to the chocolate shop to find out what the delay is, only to find one of the partners dead..and covered in chocolate. While Maddie promises both her mother and boyfriend, a local police detective, that she won’t investigate, she just can’t help herself. When another chocolate shop employee is found murdered after calling Maddie, is she getting too close to uncovering the murdered, or will Maddie be the next victim? Or is the molinillo cursed, as some are starting to say? Set in Wine Country, this series is fun and quirky. It’s always fun to see what exhibit Maddie’s finds next for her paranormal museum and how these tie into the local murders. The characters all bring living in San Benedetto to life for the reader and shares a story that spans the books in the series without leaving a new reader out of the loop. Enjoyable on all levels.
PenKay 16 days ago
This fun paranormal cozy was just as much fun as the other books I’ve read in the series. Maddie can’t help but get involved in murders in her town, and she now has a reputation. And, yes, she is really a little too nosy. However, I do love her quirky personality and store, but sometime she does come across as a little flighty. This book, though, was a great, fun whodunit, and I will definitely read more in the series. When will she figure out there is more to her cat than she realizes? I hope soon…or maybe it’s all just my imagination! This was a good way to while away an afternoon. I recommend this book! I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.
Kuzlin 17 days ago
In this 4th novel in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery series, Maddie is working on her Magic of Chocolate exhibit, part of the town's Wine and Chocolate celebration. But when her chocolate delivery is late, she volunteers to go the the retail store, Reign, to pick up the items in person. She doesn't expect to find one of the owners dead in the kitchen. Once again, she finds herself conducting her own investigation, despite warnings from Detective Jason Slate...which is not helping their newfound romantic involvement. This is a fun series, with a touch of the paranormal, and interesting characters. Each story features an apparently haunted item on display in the museum, this time a molinillo, used for mixing Mexican hot chocolate, that rattles when a lie is told. Maddie has a great relationship with her gal friends, Adele and Harper, as well as a good one with her part-time worker, Leo. There are the usual quirky characters such as her collector, Herb, as well as the members of the Ladies Aid Society. And of course, there is her testy relationship with Detective Laurel Hammer, who apparently is still carrying a grudge from high school days. This story also featured a lot of fun facts about chocolate, and had some unique museum items, such as chocolate themed tarot cards, as well as a fortune teller who uses the dregs of hot chocolate as a substitute for reading tea leaves. I love this series, but I think this was the best so far. I can't wait for the next story. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book received through NetGalley, and all opinions are strictly my own.