The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum

The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum

by Kirsten Weiss

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ISBN-13: 9780738747514
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Series: A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 338,025
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(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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The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking for a summer/vacation/gosh get me away from politics read? You'll find it here. When Maddie Koslowski gets chopped for doing the ethical thing at her job, she moves home. Her friend offers her a job at the rumored to be haunted paranormal museum. Break ins and murders ensue. Light, fun and who can't relate to being chopped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. I read it in one sitting. a cozy that was believable and well written. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, interesting characters, and well developed plot! I’m not usually a paranormal fan, but I really liked this book. I plan to order the next book in the series immediately!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A murder mystery set in a paranormal museum - without overdoing the paranormal bit. Good believable characters and a nice plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No real twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and a light read. I enjoyed this "Cozy Mystery" more than a few others I've read lately. ?
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this mystery. I’ve been look for a cozy paranormal mystery to dive into and was not having much luck until I ran across Caffeinated Reviews review of book 3 in this series, Deja Moo. That review made the series sound good and so, I went looking for book one at my library and low and behold they had the book. I had such a delightful time getting to know the characters, the town, and this odd museum that is haunted and full of weird items. Maddie got fired from her job for standing up for her ethics and now she’s back in her home town, San Benedetto. Her longtime friend soon tricks her into taking over the quirky paranormal museum in town and things soon get interesting with a museum cat, a dead body found in the museum, and a few odd things happening in the museum. Maddie doesn’t hesitate to help her find out and do some sleuthing to figure out what really happened to a past resident of the town and the current murder. Their’s a closet witch (they don’t want anyone to know they are a witch), a high school bully, the towns uppity ups the Ladies Aid Society that want the museum closed, a strange man who claims to know about the murder, a lawyer with questionable morals, and so much more. The books full of interesting characters that make this cozy mystery a charming read. Last, I can’t forget about the love interests. Two men are interested in Maddie. We have Lieutenant Slate and Mason the museums neighbor. Either one sounded’s delicious, but our main focus is on the current murder and solving a decades old murder. As for who the killer is, well I had know idea until it was reveled. I was guessing all wrong along the way through the book. I had a bewitching time with this cozy paranormal mystery romance that I went out and bought the book plus I’m going to be diving into the next installment. The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum was a lot of fun! Rated: 4 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not usually care for Cozy Mystery books, but this was a great book. Nice mystery story, enjoyable characters. Great beach read, weekend read, those times when you are looking for a little escape read. My only complaint is that a couple of plot lines were left hanging. I assume they will be picked up and resolved in later books in the series, but a little bit more closure would have been preferable. I have read other authors who write series novels, and the good ones write each book to stand alone on its own merits. I don't like being forced to buy the next book to conclude the first book, I want to choose to buy the next book because I became invested in the characters and would enjoy seeing what they get involved in next.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
First of all...just a minor mention: notice the cover? The author's name is spelled wrong. I did some research and yes, it really is spelled wrong. I borrowed a copy from the library and the physical book has the right spelling, but the digital one is wrong. Moving on...I love a good cozy mystery, especially when I'm figuring out the mystery right along with the characters. This one has a lot of quirks and interesting situations that sets it apart. I mean, one of the town's main attractions is a paranormal museum. Maddie "buys" this museum from her friend for a dollar, but can't decide if she really wants it or not. She definitely doesn't believe in the paranormal, but the discovery of a dead body leads to a mystery begging to be solved. With a parade of shady characters, including GD the cat (Ghost Detector), a motorcyclist next door, a hottie detective, and a museum full of wacky props, this story is pure entertainment and fun. Content: mild language; mild violence; very mild romantic elements.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series. I am not a big lover of the supernatural, witches kind of book so was pleasantly surprised that this book was a good Cozy Mystery with just a hint of the supernatural/paranormal thrown in. Maddie has returned home to San Benedetto after being fired from her globe-trotting job for refusing to offer a bribe to government officials to get a job done for her company. She comes from an over-achieving family so is at odds when the book begins. Not being able to find a new job has her at loose ends, so when her friend Adele asks her to take over the Paranormal Museum attached to her tea shop she decides to help her friend out. The museum is more creepy than paranormal with a "Creepy Doll" room and some other artifacts that claim to be "haunted". When they find a dead body inside, they scramble to solve the case as both of them are suspects. Adele eventually gets arrested, so Maddie buckles down to figure out what happened. I really liked the characters. Maddie, Adele and Harper have been friends for years and we get to see a little bit of their close and loyal relationship. We find out tidbits about them that I hope will be expanded on in the next book. Maddie's neighbour and possible love interest, Mason, is a builder of motorcycles and motorcycle lover. He just happens to be in the right place at the right time to help Maddie solve her problems. He is gorgeous, friendly and a little bit funny and Maddie looks like she is heading into a romance. The quirky Herb, who sells her artifacts for the museum is a bit of comic relief and even the cat, GD cat (ghost detecting cat) has a personality all his own. They all mesh together very well. The book has a lot going for it. There were times that I laughed at the more outrageous characters and their actions and there were quite a few of those. The mystery was interesting and I did not figure out the culprit at all. It made sense at the end, but I has another suspect in mind throughout most of the book. There was a touch of paranormal which added a bit of fun too. There was a second mystery within the book with Maddie trying to solve a murder from the early 1900s. All these things were balanced quite well in the book and I am definitely looking forward to the second one in the series. The story kept me reading until I could find out what happened, a big draw for me with a new series. I recommend this to readers of Cozy Mysteries who enjoy trying to figure out "who dunnit" while being entertained. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
3.5 *Book source ~ NetGalley Maddie Kosloski’s career has taken a turn right into the dumper. All because she did the right thing. After running home with her tail between her legs and unsuccessfully job hunting for months, when her friend Adele tricks her into managing the Paranormal Museum until she can find someone else, Maddie finds she’s enjoying it, despite her protests to the contrary. When Adele is arrested for a murder Maddie knows she didn’t’ commit and then another murder happens as well as strange goings on at the museum, she finds herself playing amateur sleuth. Can she solve the murders and get her friend cleared or will she end up just like the other victims? I thought this would have more paranormal with it being in the title and all, but it’s still got a bit of the paranormal in it if you believe in ghosts. It’s definitely got mystery as well as a large suspect pool. Maddie is a decent character and the rest aren’t bad. There are two potential romantic prospects for Maddie and I’m not sure which I’d pick since they haven’t had much page time and thus I don’t have a good feel of them. For them. *cough* I mean, for them. The mystery kept me guessing even if the writing isn’t stellar. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just not awesome. Kinda middle of the road. It is an entertaining read and I would definitely read more if this book turns into a series. Though I’m not sure how much murder the author can write about in a small town where there hadn’t been a murder for decades before this book. Might be a bit limiting.
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I do not know how I have never heard of Kirsten Weiss before, but now that I have, I’m excited to read more of her books. For numerous reasons this book was like catnip to me. A Paranormal Museum would be a place I would love to work at, and all the research that Maddie is doing on the exhibits would be right up my alley. I have always wanted to have a cat(s) in my work place, and GD is super sassy. And I do love sassy cats. Then there’s the museums’s next door neighbor. He’s intelligent, works with his hands, and sounds very attractive. Plus he works with motorcyclists, which I find very hot. What I really like about their relationship is instead of letting the will they/won’t they go on forever, he knows that he wants Maddie, and actually does something about it. And Maddie’s friends seem like people I would want to have as friends. Although Adele is rich, she’s down to earth. And she’s opening a tea shop next door to the museum, and I love tea. Her other friend, Harper, seems very standoffish at first, but when you find out why later on, it would make me want to be friends with her even more. I don’t want to spoil that reveal, but if you’ve read any of my other reviews, you will know what my favorite type of character is, and Harper just happens to be one. With all the wineries, and people going over to the museum after they’ve had a bit too much to drink, is totally something I could see my friends and myself doing. Now for reasons why you might enjoy this book, if none of the above is your personal catnip. The description of the town and the shops is done very well. Weiss quickly has you engrossed into the world she has written. The character development is well done for most of the characters, and I can see the ones who didn’t get much time in this book, growing a lot in upcoming books. There are touches of humor that had me laughing out loud. Besides the sassy cat, there are also amusing quirks with other characters, and the museum itself. There are numerous times that patrons go into the creepy doll room, and Maddie hears laughing. At first I thought it was the patrons laughing, and I wanted to know what they were laughing about. But then I started wondering if it was the dolls, or a spirit in the room. With this, and other things that happen at the museum, I am excited to see how Weiss will write about it in the upcoming books in this series. A wonderful start to this cozy mystery series. Since this one just came out in March, I will probably have to wait a year (I couldn’t find out when the next one is scheduled for release), and I am excitedly awaiting it already.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum - Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum 1 Author: Kristen Weiss Published: 3-18-16 Publisher: Midnight Inc Pages: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Cozy Mystery; Female Sleuths; ISBN: 9780738747514 ASIN: B01A5OGVGC Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . After losing her job for failing to bribe an official Maddie Kosloski returns to San Benedetto in California Wine Country. Failing to find employment she lets one of her best friends, Adele Nakamoto talk her into taking the managerial position at her Paranormal Museum which is rumored to be haunted by more than one ghost. When she and Adele walk to the museum to discuss the position they find something unexpected. They come across the body of Christy Huntington the woman who slept with and stole Adele's fiancé. Christy has been bludgeoned to death with one of the artifacts, which Adele picks up. Upon calling the police, who should arrive but Laurel Hammer, who tormented and bullied the women all through high school. She zeroes in on Adele as the killer and will not look elsewhere When Adele is arrested Maddie sets out to clear her friend by finding the true killer. AS she investigates and asks questions, she catches the killer's. Will Maddie be able to prove Adele innocent before the killer makes her the next ghost to take up residence at the museum. Open the story, read the first page and you will never look back. Fast paced with plenty of twist and turns to keep you involved in the action of the book. A wanted to personally kick Detective Hammer's tail. The bully from school has not changed, but rather grown to abuse her position of authority to continue being a bully. All of the characters are so well done that they will elicit strong feelings of like or dislike. Ms. Weiss's descriptions of the town enable the reader to envision it and brings it to life for them. There is so much to love about this new series. I cannot wait to see where it goes next.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a tale of expectations THE PERFECTLY PROPER PARANORMAL MUSEUM by Kirsten Weiss The First Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery Maddie Kosloski has returned home to the small Californian town of San Benedetto after losing her international job. The town is known for vineyards, its flaming Christmas cow, a Paranormal Museum, and not much else. After job hunting with no success, Maddie is roped into managing the museum for her friend Adele. Maddie gets much more than she bargained for when Adele and she find a dead body in the museum, and not just any dead body. The murdered woman happens to be the woman who slept with Adele's fiance (currently, ex-fiance)! As loath as she is to remain manager of the museum, Mad has to help out Adele, especially after Adele is arrested, and soon finds herself captivated by one of the photos there, and a long ago murder. In addition, as disparaging comments about the museum begin, Mad becomes both possessive and protective. Will she find her new job right here in San Benedetto? There's more to this museum than meets the eye and Maddie is only just beginning to uncover its secrets. THE PERFECTLY PROPER PARANORMAL MUSEUM is a tale of expectations; how reality interferes and new expectations are found. I admit to difficulty at the beginning of this book. I so wanted to love it, but I felt the three friends, Maddie, Adele, and Harper, were spoiled and relatively unlikeable.However, as the book progressed Maddie grew and as her expectations changed along with her values I began to appreciate who she was becoming. Harper also revealed an intimate part of herself which made her infinitely more interesting and made me like her even more. I hope this part of her will be explored more in depth in future books. My expectations changed as well and I enjoyed the book more and more as I went on. There's plenty to explore in San Benedetto. The wineries, future tea house, the paranormal museum, and the Christmas cow combine to create a cozy setting and make the town a character unto itself. We've only just scratched the surface of the museum, which is really another character, and indeed discovered a whole other story in the mystery of the picture. Maddie begins to be enchanted, not by the two diametrically opposed romantic interests, but by the museum itself. THE PERFECTLY PROPER PARANORMAL MUSEUM is a solid opener in what looks to become an intriguing new series. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I read Kirsten’s Riga Hayworth: The Metaphysical Detective series and her science fiction/ steampunk book, Steam and Sensibility, and enjoyed them very much. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read her paranormal cozy mystery. Maddie Kosloski got canned for standing by with her ethics and now she’s back in her home town, San Bendetto, wine country. She’s soon tricked into taking over the quirky paranormal museum. It’s purported to be haunted. Now, Maddie doesn’t buy into that. But the museum cat, GD, (stands for ghost detection), has her wondering when he reacts to things she can’t see. When a dead body is found in the museum and Maddie’s friend is arrested for murder, she doesn’t hesitate to do a little sleuthing of her own. Who knows, maybe one of the museum’s ghosts will lend a hand. That’s just a taste of what lies in these pages. There’s a closet witch, I mean someone who doesn’t want others to know she’s a witch. A high school bully who keeps putting the screws to Maddie. The town uppity ups of the Ladies Aid Society want the museum closed. A strange man claims he knows something about the murder, but then disappears. A lawyer with questionable morals who gives Maddie the heebie jeebies. These are just some of the eclectic characters that make this cozy such a lively romp. Mustn’t forget the romance. There are two men interested in Maddie. The tall drink of water, Lieutenant Slate, and the man with the muscles neighbor, Mason. Either one sounded good to me. I do like a man in uniform. But I also like a rugged hunk who rides a motorcycle. What’s a girl to do? It took me some time to choose who I thought the killer was as I was having such fun I forgot to try to figure it out. I recalled a few tiny crumbs the author had sprinkled around. Talked it over with my son. Was pretty sure I knew. And when I got to the end I was….right. There’s a scene in the book that really tickled me. The character, Maddie, is reading a book, and it’s one by this very author. I even remember the pie scene she was reading. I thought that was so funny. Enough gushing. This review is getting too long. Cozy up with a copy for yourself and have a spooky good time. I guarantee, when you reach the end, you’ll feel like me. Hoping this will be a series.
JennMcLean More than 1 year ago
"The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum" By Kirsten Weiss comes out March 8, 2016. I had never read the author but the premise sounded fun and I felt like adding a cozy mystery to my reading list. The general outline of the story goes like this... Maddie Kosloski was fired from her high powered international job because she has ethics. She refused to pay a bribe to facilitate an ongoing project. Now, she finds herself back in her small hometown running the local Paranormal museum. Maddie tells herself she's just doing this to help a friend but when that same friend is accused of murdering the woman found dead in the museum, Maddie finds herself with a second job, trying to find the real killer. As the bodies start to pile up, Maddie has to figure out what she really wants before the killer targets her as the next victim. What I found as I read through this cozy mystery was an unusual growing like of the book. I started out disappointed when a character did something colossally stupid in the first five minutes of the mystery. Unfortunately, that set the mood for the first half of the book. But a weird thing happened as I hit about sixty percent read. I found that I actually did NOT know who was the killer and even stranger, after only experiencing an average amount of joy reading until then, that I really, really wanted to know who did all the killing. I found myself actually enjoying the second half of the book much more than I expected. I'll say, that almost never happens when I start out not enjoying a book. If cozy mysteries are your thing then you actually might like this one. The writing is tight and the details are so well winnowed out that I really couldn't figure out "who done it" until the end. I have to say the first half of the book was only a three star but by the end I'd give it a four. I think, if I came across this author again I'd try her a second time, I like where she's taking the main character. The book is an easy read, probably perfect for a lazy day cuddled next to the fire to keep warm with a cuppa by your side. Oh, and don't forget the chocolate covered cookies!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! I am not really sure what it was about the book that first caught my attention. The word "paranormal" in the title automatically made me take a second look but I also really like the cover. I hadn't read a cozy mystery for years before picking up this book so I was also wanting to read something a little different from my normal pick. I am so glad that I decided to read this book because it was an incredibly enjoyable read in the end. This book ended up being heavy on the cozy and very light on the paranormal. That was fine with me since I read a lot of paranormal and was wanting more of a cozy mystery anyway. The Paranormal Museum that was featured in the book was a fun setting with a lot of interesting exhibits to really set the atmosphere. I am not sure that I would ever want to set foot in the scary doll room. I really liked the characters a lot. Maddie is trying to figure out what her next move will be when she is pushed into managing the museum for just a little while. When she goes to see the museum with her friend, Adele, they find a body just outside the door. Maddie soon finds herself trying to find out what actually happened to the victim when her friends is accused of the crime. This book did a lot of things really well. There were times that the book made me chuckle with some of the more outrageous characters. There was more than a few crazy moments. The mystery was interesting and I wasn't quite sure who the culprit was until the end. There was a touch of paranormal which added a bit of fun too. I thought that the book was very well balanced. I liked the way the book was written. The pacing of the story was well done with enough build up leading to the more exciting moments. I found myself quickly turning pages and never felt that the book dragged at any spot. The characters were all very vivid and unique with a wide range of individuals represented. Even the cat from the museum had a spunky personality. I would recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries. This is the first book by Kirsten Weiss that I have read but I wouldn't hesitate to read her work again in the future. I will definitely be sure to read any future books featuring this cast of characters. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Midnight Ink via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clean good read