Deja Moo (Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Series #3)

Deja Moo (Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Series #3)

by Kirsten Weiss


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"Weiss' many quirky ongoing characters add charm and humor."—Kirkus Reviews

"The third volume in this engaging series (following Pressed to Death) will appeal to fans of paranormal cozies by Sofie Kelly and Christy Fifield."—Library Journal

The holiday season turns udderly dangerous for Maddie and her paranormal museum.

Maddie Kosloski is no fan of San Benedetto's Christmas Cow, a thirty-foot straw bovine that graces the town square every December. For one thing, the cow displaces her paranormal museum as the number one tourist attraction. Plus, every year, despite around-the-clock surveillance, the cow goes up in flames.

But this year, there's more than just a fire blazing in Maddie's wine-country hometown. One of the Christmas Cow guards has been found with an arrow in his chest, and Maddie's new haunted cowbell exhibit is fueling a panic. Are the spirits in her museum getting too hot to handle? If Maddie can't stop the hysteria—and the murderous archer—her holiday plans might not be the only thing full of holes.

Praise for The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mysteries:

"Well-drawn characters and tantalizing wine talk help balance the quirky aspects of this paranormal mystery."—Publishers Weekly

"A delightful new series."—Library Journal (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738750361
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 03/08/2018
Series: Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Series , #3
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 526,544
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(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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Deja Moo 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
“Madelyn, this is your mother,” she said, terse. “Don’t come. I repeat, do not come.” My scalp pricked. “What-?” “The cow is under attack.” “Attack?” My grip tighten on the phone. “What’s happening?” Slate straightened. “Maddie?”  “Oh my God. The gingerbread men!” she shrieked, and the phone disconnected. I had a great laugh with that start to Deja Moo. It’s another delightful cozy mystery in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series. In Deja Moo we get a few different mysteries; in the Christmas Cow that’s burned down, one of the guards is killed, their is the cowbells which are reported to be cursed, and someone is out to kill Maddie and her mother. I've been having a charming time with this series. I really enjoy the small town portrayed. It’s quaint with a wonderful cast of characters. I also really like the small paranormal elements that we get with the museum. As for the story it flows nicely and the mysteries where well done that they kept me guessing until the end. Maddie’s mom is a character. She is determined to find out who shot one of the guards at this year’s Christmas Cow and so that brings us to Maddie who finds herself in another investigation, even though she says her investigating days are over. I like Maddie. She has a knack for getting people too open up and share with her, which gains her information to work with in discover who’s the killer. I also love Maddie’s friends. They are a great cast of characters. There are some interesting side stories that add depth and problems for Maddie. I also enjoyed how the haunted bells where weaved into the story. The only thing I didn’t care for is the Mason and Belle stuff which I felt was rather pointless. If you’ve read the series in order then you know I wasn’t to happy with Mason in book 2 and was hoping that that relationship aspect was over with and we could move onto Detective Slate. I will say that I’m glad to see the Mason issue resolved by the end, but I could have done without it Deja Moo. Though the Mason and Belle stuff got to me, it didn’t take away from the mysteries featured in Deja Moo. This was another engaging and splendid read for me. I’m looking forward to the next installment. Rated: 4 Stars
1335sj More than 1 year ago
I love this series! This book is a win, win with for me. I really like all the characters not to mention the witty dialog. If you like cozie mysteries with a little paranormal on the side, you'll love this series for sure. I've already purchased the first book in the series and this is the third installment I got some catching up to do for sure. I would like to thank Midnight Ink and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this e-galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss is the third book in the cozy Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum mystery series and I think I enjoyed this one the most. Each book can be read as a standalone, but because this series is so good, I would read them all. Maddie Kosloski owns the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum in San Benedetto and has changed everything up to a Christmas theme. Each year, the Ladies Aide Society and the Dairy Association erect a 30 foot Christmas Cow made from straw, so Maddie purchased and displayed "The Cursed Cowbells" received from their sister city in Sweden where the cow tradition came from. The humorous thing about this cow was that every Christmas, someone ends up setting the cow on fire and this year is no exception. Maddie's mom is on guard the night of the fire and her partner gets an arrow in the chest. Shortly after this, her car is bombed, which pulls Maddie and her mom fully into the investigation. The other storyline has to do with the cowbells. Many in town are calling both the police and the museum about the curse. They are complaining about hearing bells and are worried the curse is responsible for Bill's death. Trying to solve this problem has Maddie paying "Shamans" and psychics to "bind the curse". I really enjoyed the humour in this story. I also enjoyed the subtle touches of paranormal and the mystery itself. The characters are wonderfully quirky, loving and loyal as you would expect in a small town. Of course I love GD cat, the ghost detecting kitty who lives in the museum. There is a bit more danger in this story with arrows flying, cars exploding and even cars trying to run people down, but it was not graphic or gory. The love storyline almost became a love triangle with Maddie, Jason and Mason, but fortunately it looks like the Mason story is done and Maddie and Jason (a police detective) may be starting a romance. I like Jason, he tries his best to protect Maddie, but does not treat her like a helpless female. Overall, I love this series and look forward to my next visit to San Benedetto and the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum. The pbulisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book,hope for more
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
A fun series with a great premise. When the Christmas Cow is burnt down and a local dairy farmer found dead, shot with an arrow, Maddie can't help but investigate. Her mother was helping guard the cow that night and is a suspect, at least in one officers eyes. Maddie is also worried about some decorations that she has on display for the holidays. See Maddie has bought the haunted cowbells that were brought over from the towns sister town. Her exhibit has brought forth the story of when the bells first arrived and several people from a couple of committees died. Has the curse come back to seek revenge on more members of the town, Maddie doesn't believe so she thinks curses aren't real. She is determined to find out just what happened that fateful night and keep her mother safe in the process. Did the people who shot up the cow also kill the guard? Was the killer the lone person dressed as Santa Claus? Has the curse come back to take more lives? Dive in and find the answer to these questions and more. This was the first book I read of the series and I loved it, I'll now be going back and reading the previous books and waiting for a next one to come out. The characters were great and easy to get to know, I had no trouble following along with the story and keeping up with what was happening. This was truly an amusing read.
PenKay More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in this series, and I read the first one but not the second one. I missed it! However, I don’t really feel I’ve missed anything. I just loved this series. There’s only one tiny thing that I have to complain about, and that’s only that there really isn’t any paranormal elements in the books. They are hinted at, but they aren’t confirmed. Other than that, I found this book fun, the characters entertaining, and the plot not easy to figure out. In fact, I was kept guessing on who had done it until almost the very end. Maddie’s mother kept things so lively and interesting; I hope she joins Maddie for more in the future books. I also really liked the detective Jason as a love interest, but I really wish I had read the second book to find out more about what happened to Mason and Maddie as I liked that pairing. However, I really enjoyed this book and think others will, too. If you like cozy paranormal (ish) mysteries, you will love this one! Highly recommend! Thanks to NetGalley and Midnight Ink for the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
Maddie Kosloski is the owner of the paranormal museum in San Benedetto, California. As if having a paranormal museum isn’t qurirky enough, there’s always the annual straw Christmas cow tradition San Benedetto has as well. As much as the cow is an annual tradition, so, it seems, is setting the cow on fire…you can even place a bet on when the cow will go up in flames! Every year the Ladies Aid and Dairy Association not only build the cow, but they pull duty trying to prevent the cow from being set on fire. When Maddie’s mother mother is on duty, four gingerbread men and Santa set the cow on fire with flaming arrows. But it’s not just the cow that’s down for the count, so is the head of the Dairy Association who had been partnered with Maddie’s mom to guard the cow. When the town seems to blame the murder on the cursed Christmas cowbells that Maddie has on display in the museum, things really start to get out of hand. Trying to diffuse the tension in the community, Maddie arranges for the curse on the bells to be bound. It’s good publicity right? Teaming up with her crush, detective Jason Slate, and her mother Maddie works to solve the murder. Was it an innocent prank gone wrong, or was it cold, premeditated murder? You’ll have to read the story to find out. This is a fun story set in a quirky community. Grab a hot cup of tea, curl up with the book, and spend some time with Maddie and her friends in San Benedetto.