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Pressed to Death

(Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  538 ratings  ·  115 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published March 8th 2017 by Midnight Ink
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Eve (Between The Bookends)


descriptionI 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.description

description 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
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Maddie Kosloski had taken over running the Paranormal Museum, a local town tourist attraction that exhibits artifacts that have a paranormal or haunted history attached to them. Maddie thinks her latest addition will be perfect to display in her booth at the upcoming harvest festival, a haunted grape press. Unfortunately the former owner is now claiming the press had been stolen.

However, the festival must go on even with her newest acquisition being questioned Maddie still tries to set up her b
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Pressed to Death was a fun cozy mystery. I enjoyed this one! It’s quirky and well-written. It has a bunch of interesting side characters and as for the mystery it kept me guessing right up until the end.

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
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was a fun book to listen to while I was walking. Maddie has a lot on her plate with the paranormal museum, setting up a display at the town's fall festival and then finding a dead body. Of course, Detective Hammer immediately accuses her of the murder. Frankly, Detective Hammer's harassment of Maddie is beginning to frustrate me as I read this series. I would think that there is something that could be done to stop her. The mystery plot was well developed and I admire Maddie for her strengt ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cats, cozy, paranormal, e-books
In the second book of this different cozy, that is not really into the unnatural world Maddie Kosloski has personal problems with her boyfriend. The Paranormal museum's entry to Harvest Festival is seized by the police as part of the crime scene because it had been reported stolen. Her accuser was found dead in a truck loaded with grapes. Maddie Kosloski's Mother insists that Maddie investigates the murder. The twists and turns this book takes will keep you turning the pages. The ending is sligh ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
3.5 stars

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
I received a free copy of this book through netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

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
Stewart Tame
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not that we doubted it from volume 1, but this is shaping up to be a fun series.

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
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
. Pressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss was outstanding.
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
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a nice cozy series set in the Paranormal Museum. Between the Museum, the Ladies Aide Society and the unusual festivals the town has a healthy tourism rate. Maddie, owner of the Paranormal Museum is setting up a display for the local wine festival centered around a haunted grape press. When the previous owner of the press is found murdered Maddie becomes a prime suspect. When his wife is murdered a few days later Maddie and the Ladies Aide Society start investigating. This zany town is a ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Maddie Kosloski is the owner of the Paranormal Museum in San Benedetto, California. In this story, an antique grape press that was once used in the wine making business and is rumoured to be haunted, is the newest acquisition of the museum. When Maddie moves it to the Harvest Fair site advertising her museum, her nemesis, Detective Lauren Hammer, comes to tell her that the true owner of the press is claiming that is it stolen and she will have to confiscate it. Even when Maddie produces a receip ...more
Nada Sobhi
"I was going to jail.
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
3, 3.5 stars

"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
Jessica Robbins
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, own-kindle
For complete review check out my blog at http://booksaplentybookreviews.blogsp... ...more
Mar 20, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
Stopped at 50%

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
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
I enjoyed this second book in the series as much as the first. Maddie is back and trying to keep her museum afloat. When she is accused of theft and the accuser later is found dead she knows the finger will point her way. She is reluctant to get involved but her mother pushes her into investigating. Unfortunately she will have to do it without the support of her boyfriend because he is busy with the past coming into the here and now.

I thought I knew who the murderer was but Ms. Weiss threw me of
Paula Adams
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Maddie a curator for a small paranormal museum in wine country California who also huelps out with the harvest festival gets into the middle of a drama she has no control of. Of course she is a suspect as she was the first on the scene and she has to investigate as she didn't do. Has some fun, quirky characters with a haunted plot. It was a fun read and looking forward to the next book in the series.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audio Review

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
Mystereity Reviews
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
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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
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This continues to be a fun, fluffy series. The characters continue to grow on me and the mysteries are fun to try to figure out. I like the ties to the stories behind the "haunted" objects too. And Maddie's "investigating" at least has a reason behind it still.

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Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Weiss's cozy mysteries more than I can possibly explain. They're the perfect combination of silliness, mystery, relationship angst, and entrepreneurship. LOVE.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a really good series. I like the characters, the setting and a good mystery. I wish they were out more than once a year.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another cozy series I've added to my favorites. It's original in that it's main character, Maddie, works in a paranormal museum. How she started there is explained in book one and I would recommend reading in order although it would read as a standalone. The museum adjoins one of her best friend, Adele's, tea shop in San Benedetto which is a lesser known area of wine country that is always trying to promote tourism. Maddie is promoting her museum at an upcoming Harvest Festival and a Hau ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pressed to Death is the second in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum mystery series and I really liked it. It took me a little bit to refresh my mind of the characters but soon as it came rolling back I really got into the story.

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
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery series. The characters are well-rounded and feel like real people. It is a pet peeve of mine with characters in cozy mysteries act like morons for the sake of the plot. There is none of that here.
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
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit-mystery
Thank you to NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
**I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

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.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Although the characters weren't likable or interesting and the writing uneven, the story itself is well thought out and the conclusion believable. It would have been nice if the museum owner actually was knowledgeable about the paranormal
Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I read Pressed to Death because I enjoyed the book before this one, and I received a free copy via Netgalley for review consideration. However, I ended up reading it in print from the public library.

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
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Review was originally posted on The Writer's Inkwell

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
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Kirsten Weiss has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. The latter gives her heartburn, but she drinks it anyway.

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.

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