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The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum

(Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,555 ratings  ·  391 reviews
When Maddie Kosloski’s career flatlines, she retreats to her wine-country hometown for solace and cheap rent. Railroaded into managing the local paranormal museum, she’s certain the rumors of its haunting are greatly exaggerated. But a new ghost may be on the loose. A fresh corpse in the museum embroils Maddie in murders past and present.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Midnight Ink
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Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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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
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
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 g
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
When Maddie Kosloski loses her job overseas she moves back to her hometown to try to find a new career closer to home. After Maddie's friend Adele tries to rope Maddie into taking over the Paranormal Museum, a town tourist attraction that is part of the property Adele bought to open a tea shop, Maddie figures she could at least help her friend while she job hunts.

Unfortunately, when Maddie and Adele go to inspect the museum they stumble upon a murder and find the victim is the woman Adele's ex-
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

A "perfectly" delicious cozy mystery with an endearing undertone of recognizing self-identity and life purpose, A PERFECTLY PARANORMAL MUSEUM was a one-sitting, I-can't-stop read. Truly delightful! I would love to see this extended to a series_especially as our heroine Madelyn comes to term with her paranormal experiences, and expands her mind
Mary  (Biblophile)
A very enjoyable cozy mystery with a paranormal twist. Likeable characters and a story that moved at a nice pace.
This is a perfectly proper cozy mystery. Maddie has returned to her home town in disgrace, in her mind, having been from her high power job in European banking. Everyone in her family is an overachiever and her friends are rich, brilliant or both. In some ways that really got on my last nerve; everyone in the book is sort of a diametric opposite of say a Janet Evanovich Trenton character. Even the 'bad boy' is a college graduate motorcycle mechanic.
In her hometown there is a
Of course I was lured to this book by the "Paranormal" themed museum the main character gets to manage when coming back to her home town. However, the book turned out to be a very lightweight women's whodunit mystery, whereas the paranormal museum served only as an unusual setting. So, apart from the obvious murder, there is the GD (ghost detecting) cat and an unsolved historical murder case that our heroine gets intrigued with and starts to investigate. Also, some mysterious sounds, temperature ...more
Katie W
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Durante did a great job of defining each character throughout this audio book. I enjoyed meeting Maddie, Harper and Adele and getting to know them in this first book of the series. The mystery was quite complex and the secondary mystery involving a ghost just added to the fun. This was an excellent companion for me as I walked.
Stewart Tame
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fired from her most recent job, Maddie Kosloski returns to her hometown of San Benedetto, CA. A friend of hers, who owns the town’s paranormal museum, offers Maddie a chance to buy it from her. She refuses, but reluctantly agrees to manage it for a while as a favor. The museum comes complete with ghost-detecting cat, vintage spirit cabinet, and creepy doll room … and newly acquired dead body. And there's more murder to come, as Maddie finds herself drawn into the investigation …

This is a nice, s
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-books, cats, paranormal
Maddie Kosloski has returned to her hometown after being "fire" her job for refusing to pay a bribe. She has sent out resumes but all she gets back are rejection answers. To aid a friend accused of a murder she takes over a Paranormal Museum. She meets some weird people including GD Cat, a Ghost Detecting cat, a motorcycle neighbor, a bookie, a witch and an old school friend who is now a cop. The murder occurred between an open partition between a tea room being remodel and the museum. Strange s ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I hope this is book one of a new cozy mystery series. Maddie has returned to her small hometown and is roped into running the Paranormal Museum connected to her best friend, Adele's new tea shop. When they discover a dead body inside the police decide Adele is the killer and it's up to Maddie to prove her innocence. With GD cat as her helper Maddie flushes out the killer while catching the attention of the motorcycle mechanic next door. I see that Kirsten Weiss has several other series published ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit I picked this up because I liked the title. And it was free. I've read other books by this author before. They're generally enjoyable. In the end, this world may be one I like more than some of the others. I like the idea of the museum. I like some of the characters (notably the owner of the motorcycle shop next door). I could have done with a better set-up. Mostly, I found the extreme dichotomy between the protagonist who has just gotten fired from her international job (for obviously t ...more
Laura Thomas
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 museu
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
This was another fun find in the cozy mystery genre! And since it’s the first in a new series, there is the promise of more fun on the way :)

While I normally avoid the paranormal genre, I do love a good ghost story. Emphasis on good. The story and the ghost. I’m not into evil or creepy paranormal beings, thank you. I very much enjoyed both the story and the ghost in The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum. It always helps when there is a compelling historic mystery surrounding the ghost, in addit
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My cozy mystery trend continues with another soon-to-be-published offering by Midnight Ink, and thankfully, this one is miles apart from the last one I read, To Catch a Treat. I wasn't thrilled with that particular title, so I was a bit unsure about picking up another Midnight Ink. But I'm glad I gave them another chance. I really, really liked this one.

One of the reasons I enjoyed this book was the leading lady, Maddie. She is a smart, charming, yet very human. She doesn't try to be a Mary Sue,
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Loved this book and the quirky Paranormal Museum - after all, who wouldn't want to see a room called the Creepy Doll Room? But don't think that because Paranormal is in the title that it means this is a book heavy on paranormal characters/sightings/etc. Sure all the artifacts in the museum supposedly have a spirit or something attached, it isn't like there are ghosts and such flying around.

There is an interesting cast of characters - Maddie, who is back home after being fired for not paying a b
Sci-Fi & Scary
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, given that this book is a bit outside of my normal reading genres, my view on it might be a little ‘off’. So, take it with a large grain of salt.

This was a cute book. The title/cover made me chuckle, the setting was so small-town, and the characters so typical that it really did fit the ‘cozy mystery’ tag. I had to keep reminding myself that there was a mystery (there legitimately is one, by the way), because this was just such a light read for me that I couldn’t take it seriously.

Light on
Terrance Zepke
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of the best cozy mysteries I've ever read. It was just a fun read! I loved the storyline and protagonist. Maddie Kosloski is brilliant and on the fast track with her career, when she loses her job. While she is trying to find a job and get her life back on track, she returns home and gets sucked into running the local tourist attraction, Paranormal Museum. Can life get any worse, she wonders? Yes, it can and it does. Right away she discovers a dead body in the museum one night and th ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The concept of this cozy mystery intrigued me from the start. A paranormal museum complete with a ghost detecting cat (appropriately named GD Cat), what could be more fun than that?

The story has a wonderful cast of characters from loyal friends to bitter enemies with a couple of quirky ones thrown in. Together, it makes for an enchanting story. It’s actually two stories in one – a current day murder mystery with the backdrop of a long ago murder.

This is a whimsical, light cozy mystery that will
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would rate this between 3 1/2 to 4 stars. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from net galley. I think this was a solid effort from the author and that the series has lot of promise. I like the main character, the ghost and the mystery aspect. I am curious to see how the rest of the series plays out.
Audiobook Review

It was the title. I couldn't help myself and had to see what that was all about. This was a new to me author and a new cozy mystery series that may have a spooky element.

The story opens with Maddie back in town and meeting up with her best friends. She's a bit sensitive about returning to her home town because she got fired for not doing an unethical thing and she feels that with such talented brother and sister that there is pressure on her to find something in her career fiel
Ashleigh Stevens
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
When Maddie gave up her international career to return to her California hometown, she didn't realize she would still be job-hunting nine months later. A temporary job as curator of the Paranormal Museum wasn't exactly what she had in mind. But, when a dead body is found before her first day and her best friend is arrested, Maddie knows she needs to help figure out what happened to clear her friend's name.

The more cozy mysteries I read, the more obsessed I become with when the murder takes place
Susan Ferguson
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, nook, cozy-mystery
Maddie was fired from her international job because she refused to pay a bribe to get some work done. Now, she can't find a job and has returned home to the place she grew up. Her friend, Adele, wants her to take over the paranormal museum in the other part of the tea room she is planning on opening. The museum is supposed to be haunted with GD cat (Ghost Detecting Cat) in residence. There are odd things happening, but then someone keeps breaking into the museum. When Adele and Maddie go to chec ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Eh, I just don't think that I was in the mood for this. I tempted fate by reading too many cozies in a row. I also don't think that the sub subgenre of cozy mystery that takes place in a paranormal museum was for me. It's just a personal preference that I tend to enjoy cozy mysteries that are about food, hotels/B&Bs, or a supernatural bent. This wasn't bad, but it didn't stand out for me. There are some, unfortunately typical of the genre, comments throughout the book about the character bemoani ...more
AUTHOR Weiss, Kirsten
TITLE The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum
DATE READ 4/B 10/08/20
GENRE/ PUB DATE/Format / Length Cozy Mystery/2016/Hoopla Audio/8 hr 14 min
CHALLENGE Good Reads 2020 Reading Goal 172/120;
CHARACTERS Maddie Kosloski
COMMENTS Maddie Kosloski has returned to San Benedetto, CA and is offered the job of manager of the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum. Nothing she would ever have thought about but.. she
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Considering the title, it is interesting that this book just kind of happened to me. The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum is a cozy with all the elements perfectly in balance- the setting is interesting, the cast of characters is nicely mixed. The mystery itself seems both organic to the place and reasonable that main character Maddie would want to get involved in finding out who the murderer is, since her best friend is being held for murder and the death occurred in the museum Maddie is curr ...more
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A wonderful first book in a cozy mystery series. Maddie is an interesting character. Well-educated, smart and a go-getter. When she returns home she reconnects with friends and while deciding the phase of her life, is roped into managing the local paranormal museum. While there is a touch of paranormal in the story (a ghost detecting kitty, sounds etc.), this is actually a pretty solid mystery. I enjoyed the characters and potential relationships in the town and with family. I'm looking forward ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Likeable first in series.
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Amazon bestselling author Kirsten Weiss writes laugh-out-loud, page-turning mysteries. Her heroines aren’t perfect, but they’re smart, they struggle, and they succeed. Kirsten writes in a house high on a hill in the Colorado woods and occasionally ventures out for wine and chocolate. Or for a visit to the local pie shop.

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