by Kirsten Weiss
Series: Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum #3
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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A holiday tradition turns deadly, but is the paranormal museum to blame?
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.
Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss is the third book in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series and I was drawn to the series because of the paranormal museum. I just love strange oddities and cursed objects. Don’t you? A burning cow, cursed bells, and murder have our heroine and her mother investigating. A touch of romance, humor and meddling mommas offered up a suspenseful and fun tale.
I have not read the previous books but decided to jump in any way. I like that while previous cases were mentioned the author was careful not to spoil the outcome. I am hoping to go back and read the first two.
Maddie Kosloski, own the local paranormal museum and its the Christmas season, which means the local dairy association is proudly displaying a thirty-foot straw bovine known as the San Benedetto’s Christmas Cow. Hoping to increase sales, Maddie secures a set of haunted cowbells, gifted by the town’s sister city and reported to be cursed to bring in customers. Since the late nineties, one way or another the straw cow has burned. The association has set up surveillance cameras, and guards but it doesn’t prevent the bovine from going up in flames. Only this year one of the guards is shot with an arrow. Was it a prank gone awry or murder?
Maddie’s mom is determined to find out, and despite protest that her investigative days are over Maddie is soon knee-deep in the case. Politics, suspects, enemies and a rather charming detective made for an interesting murder-mystery. Problems at the paranormal museum with her haunted bells and interesting side stories added depth and problems for Maddie. Even, Maddie’s ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend is a possible suspect, and the closer Maddie and her mother get to solving the case the more dangerous it becomes.
I enjoyed Maddie and loved the paranormal museum, although I was disappointed we didn’t get more paranormal aspects. Maddie isn’t a believer but the museum cat reportedly is, as are the townspeople and things get a little crazy. I wish there were pictures of the fairies and creepy dolls. I will admit, I was hoping for ghosts.
Deja Moo was a fun cozy, and I quickly became caught up in the comings and goings of this wine-country town and its dairy farm community. It has charm and the characters were realistic, flawed and inviting.A burning cow, cursed bells, and murder have our heroine investigating in Deja Moo by Kristen Weiss. #NewRelease #cozy #mystery Click To Tweet
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