Title: Chocolate a la Murder
Author: Kirsten Weiss
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Publication Date: March 8, 2019
Page Count: 312
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Maddie gets rattled by a candy-coated murder
It’s Wine and Chocolate Days in San Benedetto, and paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski has sweet dreams about her new Magic of Chocolate exhibit. Her latest attraction is a haunted Mexican whisk called a molinillo that rattles if someone lies. When Maddie visits the town’s new boutique chocolate shop, she finds one of the owners dead and covered in melted cocoa.
Maddie’s determined to catch the killer, and she soon uncovers deadly dealings in the world of artisan chocolate. But the deception surrounding those dealings are enough to make the molinillo rattle all night. Will Maddie have to temper her passion for sleuthing before a killer makes her fate a bittersweet one?
Chocolate a la Murder by Kirsten Weiss is the fourth book in the cozy A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery series. Each book in the series features a new murder case to be solved so they could be read as a standalone if one chooses although some character/setting building would be missing if not starting at the beginning.
In this installment of the series we pick back up with Maddie Kosloski who owns the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum in San Benedetto. The museum is a local town tourist attraction that exhibits artifacts that have a paranormal or haunted history attached to them. Maddie’s latest artifact is a haunted Mexican whisk called a molinillo that rattles if someone lies.
As Maddie jumps in and gets involved in Wine and Chocolate Days in San Benedetto she finds that she is missing the key chocolate to make her Magic of Chocolate exhibit a success. Maddie decides to just head over to the chocolate shop and pick up the delivery herself but when she walks into a quiet business only to discover the owner in the back covered in chocolate and an apparent murder victim so Maddie again finds herself hunting down a murderer in her small little town.
I have been following the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series since the beginning and really enjoy picking up each new installment. This would be one that definitely has that quirkiness to it that I enjoy and a great cast of character returning from book to book, along with GD the ghost detecting kitty cat. It’s not overly heavy on the paranormal but that little touch just gives it a bit of something extra fun. Already looking forward to the next visit with Maddie and friends.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Kirsten Weiss (San Mateo, CA) writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem. She is also the author of the Riga Hayworth series and the Pie Town series (Kensington).