My Review: 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.
Synopsis: 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.
Now based in San Mateo, CA, I write genre-blending novels: urban fantasy/mystery, steampunk/suspense, and cozy mysteries with a touch of paranormal. The mix just makes things more fun!
I believe that life is as magical as you want to make it. I’ve never met a dessert I didn’t like, and my guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking red wine.