Pressed to Death
Paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski has the perfect exhibit for the harvest festival—a haunted grape press. But when she’s accused of stealing the press, and her accuser is murdered, all eyes turn to Maddie. Knowing the perils of amateur sleuthing as she does, Maddie is reluctant to get involved . . . until her mother insists she investigate.
Does her mom have a secret...more
I always love the covers on these cozy mystery books. This one is a very good representation of the story within. It's eye-catching and interesting. The composition is spot on. It has interesting typography and makes great use of graphics.
I enjoyed this one. It was quirky and well-written. It had a nice pace to it. It was filled with twist and turns. It had a bunch of interesting side characters, and it kept me guessing right up until the end.
That said, what I could have done without was the ...more
However, the festival must go on even with her newest acquisition being questioned Maddie still tries to set up her b ...more
We get two mysteries to solve in Pressed to Death, the current murder mystery and the Old Grape Press that Maddie has acquired for her Paranormal Museum. The story is mostly fast-paced, but slows down occasionally due to family angst, community happenings, troubled romance, a betting pool, a hau ...more
Pressed to Death takes us back to San Benedetto and Maddie and her paranormal museum. In this book, it seems everyone has a secret – an element which adds intrigue to the mystery and the overall mood. With so many secrets floating around, narrowing down a murderer proves more difficult than it first appears. The murder mystery is well-plotted and will keep you guessing, as well as looking over your shoulder for rogue Buicks and falling wine barrels.
The hint of romance from book one car ...more
Pressed to death is the second book in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series. I enjoyed the first book and was happy to return this series. My thoughts about this one are a bit mixed, not sure if it was my mood or what, but some parts I really enjoyed and other parts not as much. The start of this book was a bit slow and I had a bit of trouble getting into the book. But there were also some great scenes and ...more
Maddie Kosloski is rather pleased with her recent purchase for the Paranormal Museum: a haunted grape press. She's all set to have it be a featured part of her display at San Benedetto's harvest festival, when she is accused of buying stolen property. When the press' allegedly rightful owner turns up dead in a wine vat at the festival, Maddie is thrust into another mystery. She's reluctant to investigate at first, bu ...more
Not out until March 8th, this advanced reading copy I was granted by net galley was exactly what I needed to get me back into the swing of things! This is the second in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Series and something to put on your to be read list!
I love these characters, the rich history found in the items collected by Maddie and properly investigated. I found I was so caught up in the swirling circles of mystery that surrounded Ma ...more
Worse my arch nemesis would be the one to drag me from my own paranormal museum."
Pressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss starts with the above lines; the cozy, possibly paranormal mystery novel is exciting, quick-paced and fun.
Maddie, the present owner of San Benedetto's Paranormal Museum, is the unlucky person who discovers the body of a man ahead of wine festival. To make things worse, the same man had accused her of stealing his antique grape press and told the police as mu ...more
"Pressed to Death"gets off to a furious, full-throttle start. From there it zooms from story idea to story idea, bouncing around and having trouble settling on just a few. The story is mostly fast-paced, but slows down occasionally due to family angst, community happenings, etc.; there's a troubled romance, a potential new romance, a betting pool, a haunted house, rivalry and intrigue in a local ladies organization, a senseless feud that's already old and tired and needs to be ditch ...more
I picked this book up intrigued by a cozy mystery set in a haunted museum. I was expecting some ghosts or things that go bump, or something paranormal. Unfortunately, there was nothing paranormal. The mystery focused outside the museum and there wasn't anything ghostly. There was a cat in the museum, and I love cats. However, this cat was rather mean spirited. What was up with that? I also wanted a nice cozy, and I wasn't pleased with the lack of cozy. The story centered around a g ...more
I thought I knew who the murderer was but Ms. Weiss threw me of ...more
A body at the grape harvest festival, a cursed and haunted grape press, danger at the haunted house, and mysterious activities among the ladies' aid society all come together to give Maddie Koslowski a Halloween season she won't soon forget.
Pressed to Death is the second installment in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum cozy mystery series. There is some build on the first book, but in a pinch a reader/listener might squeak by getting them out of order.
Like with book one, Maddie ...more
Maddie has just bought a haunted grape press for her Paranormal Museum when she's accused of stealing it by a vintner that Maddie later finds dead. Coerced into investigating by her mother, Maddie puts catching a killer at the top of her to-do list, along with staging a room at a Halloween haunted house and hosting a Death Cafe at the Paranormal Museum.
I liked this, but I was a little disappointed. At the heart of this book is a good premise a ...more
The thing with Mason's ex-girlfriend was really obvious, but it felt like a clunky way to get him out of the picture; it's pretty obvious that the author has been moving to have Maddie and Detective Slate get together from ...more
It starts off with Laurel, the local cop who pretty much despises Maddie, asking about her haunted grape press that she had purchased from her collector, Herb. She is told that the owner is saying that it was stolen and that she stole it but she has a receipt that sh ...more
The small town setting of San Benedetto with the Paranormal Museum as an anchor point is vast enough to keep the locations interesting whilst keeping that cozy feeling.
The story is simple: Maddie is accused of stealing a grape press. Before she ...more
This story revolves mainly around Maddie, who is a nice enough person. Other characters in the book are friendly and sometimes funny (Maddie’s friends) or really hilarious (the chair of Ladies Aid!) but unfortunately there is not a real outspoken ‘killer’ in the book. Of course, after much running around with a grape press that is sometimes invisable, drinking of wine and worrying about her love life, Ma ...more
I just wasn't overly impressed by this one. The premise was great, and there were some funny parts, but the paranormal was practically nonexistent. It takes place at a paranormal museum and has a ghost detecting cat, but the book focuses on the mundane rather than the quirky elements.
Quick Review: Not much paranormal in this story, but a fun mystery anyway
About the Story
In Pressed to Death, Maddie discovers the dead body of a man who had falsely accused her of stealing an antique grape press. There is some connection between his death and the Ladie’s League, which her mother is a ...more
I find the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series to be quirky and fun. Maddie is a flawed character who is both relatable and easy to follow as a reader. She's doing everything she can to ensure her new business venture is a success and that drive leads her into precarious situations where she stumbles onto one murder scene after another. I like how the author uses significantly ordinary events like a festival to incorporate the murder ...more
Now based in Colorado Springs, she writes genre-blending cozy mystery, supernatural and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of fun and enchantment.
If you l ...more