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Déja Moo: A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery

Déja Moo: A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery

Написано Kirsten Weiss

Озвучено Emily Durante


Déja Moo: A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery

Написано Kirsten Weiss

Озвучено Emily Durante

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4.5/5 (7 оценки)
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Aug 31, 2018
ISBN:
9781977388117
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The holiday season turns udderly dangerous for Maddie and her paranormal museum.

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.

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Aug 31, 2018
ISBN:
9781977388117
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Based in Colorado Springs, Kirsten Weiss writes genre-blending novels: urban fantasy/mystery, steampunk/suspense, and cozy mysteries. The mix just makes things more fun! Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking red wine. Readers can find her online at www.kirstenweiss.com.


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  • (5/5)
    Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss is the third book in the cozy Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum mystery series and I think I enjoyed this one the most. Each book can be read as a standalone, but because this series is so good, I would read them all.

    Maddie Kosloski owns the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum in San Benedetto and has changed everything up to a Christmas theme. Each year, the Ladies Aide Society and the Dairy Association erect a 30 foot Christmas Cow made from straw, so Maddie purchased and displayed "The Cursed Cowbells" received from their sister city in Sweden where the cow tradition came from. The humorous thing about this cow was that every Christmas, someone ends up setting the cow on fire and this year is no exception. Maddie's mom is on guard the night of the fire and her partner gets an arrow in the chest. Shortly after this, her car is bombed, which pulls Maddie and her mom fully into the investigation. The other storyline has to do with the cowbells. Many in town are calling both the police and the museum about the curse. They are complaining about hearing bells and are worried the curse is responsible for Bill's death. Trying to solve this problem has Maddie paying "Shamans" and psychics to "bind the curse".

    I really enjoyed the humour in this story. I also enjoyed the subtle touches of paranormal and the mystery itself. The characters are wonderfully quirky, loving and loyal as you would expect in a small town. Of course I love GD cat, the ghost detecting kitty who lives in the museum. There is a bit more danger in this story with arrows flying, cars exploding and even cars trying to run people down, but it was not graphic or gory. The love storyline almost became a love triangle with Maddie, Jason and Mason, but fortunately it looks like the Mason story is done and Maddie and Jason (a police detective) may be starting a romance. I like Jason, he tries his best to protect Maddie, but does not treat her like a helpless female. Overall, I love this series and look forward to my next visit to San Benedetto and the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum. The pbulisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
  • (4/5)
    Maddie Kosloski is not a fan of San Benedetto's Christmas Cow, the thirty-foot straw cow that sits in the town square every December. The cow displaces her paranormal museum as the number one tourist attraction, and she can’t afford to have fewer customers. Plus, every year, despite around-the-clock surveillance, the cow goes up in flames.

    This year, there's more than just a straw cow ablaze in Maddie's hometown. One of the Christmas Cow guards has been found with an arrow in his chest, and Maddie's new haunted cowbell exhibit is causing 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.

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    Series: A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery - Book 3
    Author: Kirsten Weiss
    Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal
    Publisher: Midnight Ink - Publishing Date March 8, 2018

    Deja Moo is a fun and easy-to-read book filled with quirky humor and twists and turns that will make the reader happy. A straw Christmas Cow is original and an interesting take on the traditional straw man. Although this book has a holiday theme, it isn’t filled with the normal holiday detail.

    Ms. Kosloski has developed characters that are long-lasting, relatable and likable, a combination that can be hard to achieve. This book is the third installment in the “A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery” series and is a fitting addition. Characters have evolved with well-rounded personalities and unmistakable oddities that readers will love. Returning characters such as Maddie’s mother and friends are an integral part of the plot, and Maddie couldn’t investigate without them.

    Maddie may own a paranormal museum, but she doesn’t believe in the paranormal. At times she wants to shout it from the rooftops, but because it is her livelihood, she must suppress her disbelief and the urge to tell people the truth. It wouldn’t be good for business if her customers found out that the items on display at the museum aren’t really cursed. But when the cursed cow bells cause a panic and are blamed for possible deaths, she tries to convince the townspeople that the bells are not and have never been cursed. Unfortunately, no one believes her.

    Overall, Deja Moo is a fast-paced, action-filled romp that readers will appreciate. It is funny at times, giving the characters a real-life impression with emotions the reader can experience. It is recommended to anyone who likes a quick read with memorable characters. Unfortunately, there are a few too many questions that were left unanswered after the killer was revealed and this may cause some readers to be disappointed.

  • (5/5)
    Maddie Koslowski runs the local paranormal museum. It is time for the yearly Christmas Cow display and she is featuring a set of cursed cowbells to draw tourists her way. Every year, someone finds a way to set the cow on fire but this year there is an added complication. the head of the dairy association is found shot with an arrow when the cow is destroyed by flaming arrows. Maddie's mother was on guard duty which encourages Maddie to get involved investigating the murder.It isn't much later when a member of the town council is also found dead of an arrow shot. Maddie and her mom are busy trying to find out who killed the two and why. There are lots of suspects to choose from. The town councilor was having an affair with the dairy guy which could point the finger at her husband. Or, since her son was part of the group that burned the cow, maybe he was the one who killed the dairy guy. Then there is the question of whether or not the town councilor was taking bribes. Is the person angered by that the woman who wants to build a new housing development or the dairy farmer who wants to sell raw milk?And while Maddie is trying to figure out who the killer is, the whole question of the cursed cowbells is creating an unsettled feeling in the town. Both Maddie and the police are getting lots of calls from people fearful that they will be the next to die because they are hearing cowbells.That would be enough to keep any small business owner busy but Maddie is also dealing with an ex whose old girlfriend came back to town along with the son he never knew she had. She is also a suspect in the deaths because she is the one who won a substantial pot of money in the betting pool for when the Christmas Cow would be destroyed. While Maddie is investigating, she is also growing a new relationship with police detective Jason Slate. This was a fun paranormal mystery will a bunch of engaging characters.
  • (3/5)
    Deja MooAuthor: Kristen WeissPublisher: Midnight InkDate: 2018Pgs: 350Dewey: F WEIDisposition: Irving Public Library - South Campus - Irving, TX_________________________________________________REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERSSummary:The Christmas Cow, 30 foot of straw in the town square to celebrate San Benedetto’s connection to a Swedish sister city, every year, pranksters burn it down. This year, flaming arrows, gingerbread men and a sinister Santa Claus play a part. One of the arrows finds the chest of a guard killing him. Surely, this means that the Cursed Bells of San Benedetto are to blame. Surely, this is just a tragic accident. Surely...then, the second body shows up._________________________________________________Genre:MysteryThrillerSuspenseSupernaturalSleuthsDetectiveLiteratureFictionWhy this book:Paranormal murder mystery...I had to give it a shot._________________________________________________Least Favorite Character: Detective Laurel “Cliche” Hammer. Why? It was going so good. She’s that character that every writer uses. The red herring carrier. The position of power character who is going to hold the protagonist responsible for BS. This character bogged down the story.Favorite Scene / Quote:A flaming arrow attack on a Christmas cow decoration by Santa and some gingerbread men with a body left in their wake. Helluva open.Pacing:Great pacing and flow.Plot Holes/Out of Character:On investigating the older cases from when the bells first came to San Benedetto, it seemed late stage to introduce another suspect, but it worked out.Hmm Moments:I think Velma, I mean Maddie, just met a great suspect. Red Herring, sorry, I mean Kendra. The “don’t tell me you’re one of those no-growth people” comment makes me believe that she had a dust up or two with Bill who definitely, from his description, sounds like a no-growth/no-change kind of person.The food, the tea, the tea house, the Book Cellar, the Fairhope, wine country, the pretentiousness; maybe Breathnach isn’t as good a suspect as I believed. Maybe she’s a peripheral Mary Sue.My quibble about the gentrification of dairy farms and vineyards actually is just that, my quibble. The fact that the story is happening in a story close to Sacramento fits well.Meh / PFFT Moments:With the blurb, and the setup, I was wanting more Scooby Doo/Supernatural/Ghost Adventures than I’m getting. It’s a fine story so far, just not what I was expecting.Missed Opportunity:Was expecting a rapprochement between Maddie and Laurel. Didn’t get it._________________________________________________Last Page Sound:It might not have been what I was expecting, but it was a page turner. Good stuff.Author Assessment:I would read more by the author.Knee Jerk Reaction:glad I read it_________________________________________________
  • (4/5)
    Maddie Koslowski owns a paranormal museum in San Benedetto, California. Right now, the town is gearing up for Christmas and the annual tradition of the Christmas Cow - a 30 foot straw cow that seems to be the victim of an accident every year (almost). This night, Maddie's mother Fran is taking guard duty with the cow; and Maddie is supposed to relieve her soon. However, she's stalled on a road and ready to call for a tow when the handsome Detective Slade happens by...at the same time Maddie receives a frantic call from her mother - who's never frazzled.It seems people dressed as gingerbread men - complete with icing - have sent flaming arrows in the cow, and Maddie and Detective Slade race to the scene. Finding her mother alright, the detective is on the hunt for the other guard, Dairy man Bill Eldrich. But it's Maddie and Fran who find him first - with an arrow in his chest. Now what seems like an annual prank becomes a hunt for a killer - and Fran is determined to find out who that is since it was done on her watch. Unfortunately Maddie gets pulled into the investigation when her mother is almost killed, and now it's two of them who have to elude a murderer before they're next on the listThen there's the issue of the haunted cow bells in Maddie's museum. People are blaming the death on those items, and even insist they're hearing them ring - which doesn't bode well, since the rumor is that hearing the bells portends death. Most people in the town think the death is somehow connected to the haunted cowbells in her museum - it seems that before they die, people hear the sound of the bells. So now Maddie's got a near-panic by the townspeople regarding the curse of the bells, and she has to figure out a way to calm everybody as well as help out her mother, who's being guarded by the police while they try to keep her safe. When a second murder occurs, all bets are off for Maddie as she increases her effort to find a killer before her own mother becomes the next victim...It seems Maddie only has to see a dead body and she's somehow involved in the investigation, and this book is no different. Of course, since her mother's determined on her quest, she really has no choice; but it makes for a very good mystery indeed.I truly enjoyed this book, however I felt the fact that her relationship with Mason too conveniently ended just so she could begin another one right away with Detective Slate. It just felt like both were rushed, especially since she believed she still had feelings for Mason (as she mentioned several times throughout the book). Hence my stating "too conveniently". Therefore, I felt that her entering into another relationship would have taken longer; but I didn't allow this to dampen my enjoyment of the book at all.Although this isn't a particularly humorous book by any means, it is indeed good old-fashioned mystery, and one that the reader will truly enjoy. The characters are likable (with the exception of Detective Hammer - but I am sure others will agree she is not meant to be - and interesting in that the Ladies' Aid stick together through thick and thin, and help each other any way they can. I especially like the character of Leo, even though he's not a main one, as he's young but managed to find his place in the world and cares for those around him.In the end, when we discover the murderer and all is well (as we know it must be) we have a well-written mystery with plenty of twists and turns and quite engaging enough to keep one reading through the night. Recommended.
  • (5/5)
    Deja Moo by Kirsten WeissBook #3: Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum SeriesSource: NetgalleyMy Rating: 4½/5 starsMaddie Kosloski has always known her hometown of San Benedetto is a bit odd, but perhaps the town’s oddest tradition is the construction of the yearly Christmas Cow. And, the inevitable burning of said Christmas Cow. Determined the cow will stay standing through the holiday, Maddie’s mom and select group of Christmas Cow committee members work out a guard duty rotation that should see the cow safely through the days and nights. Unfortunately, things don’t go quite according to plan. Just as Maddie and the delectable Detective Slate arrive on the scene of the burning cow, a dead body shows up. Typical, Maddie is on the scene when a dead body appears. Can her luck get any worse? The answer to that is a resounding yes! Immediately, Maddie’s mother feels responsible for the incendiary incident and wants to get to the bottom of both the burning and the dead body. Though Maddie is beyond hesitant to get involved, she sees the determination in her mother’s eyes and knows resisting would be a futile effort. As the Kosloski women quickly discover, the dead man wasn’t all that well liked and there are a host of people who look good for the crime. There’s the ex-lover, the rogue raw milk dealer, and various members of various committees and groups. With each new question and answer comes a slew of new questions and answers and before Maddie and her mom know it, they’re up to their ears in suspects, information, and puzzle pieces that just don’t quite fit together. Additionally, the closer they get to the truth, the testier the police get about their involvement, and the more attempts are made on their lives. Yeah, Maddie and her mom are up to their butts in this mess and if they can’t figure out whodunit, the Kosloski women might not live to see the New Year. The Bottom Line: The deeper into this series I get, the more I am liking it! This third book came out swinging with a quirky plot – a Christmas COW! – a delightful cast of returning characters, and character evolution that makes my reader bits all kinds of happy. Maddie’s fiercely determined mother steps up to the plate in this one as does Detective Slate, two characters I am ever so glad to get to know better. Maddie’s best friends are still in the picture, as are her employee, paranormal dealer, local bookie, and ex. With the new-to-this-book characters, Deja Moo is full of fun, well-rounded characters who make San Benedetto all the more delightfully weird. The plot is just twisty enough to keep you guessing, there are several could-only-happen-to-Maddie accidents/incidents, and a smallish love triangle. In all, this cozy mystery is a quick, fun read that certainly adds to the strength of the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series!
  • (5/5)
    I love this series! This book is a win, win with for me. I really like all the characters not to mention the witty dialog. If you like cozie mysteries with a little paranormal on the side, you'll love this series for sure. I've already purchased the first book in the series and this is the third installment I got some catching up to do for sure. I would like to thank Midnight Ink and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this e-galley in exchange for my honest opinion.