When Maddie Kosloski’s career flatlines, she retreats to her wine-country hometown for solace and cheap rent. Railroaded into managing the local paranormal museum, she’s certain the rumors of its haunting are greatly exaggerated. But a new ghost may be on the loose. A fresh corpse in the museum embroils Maddie in murders past and present.
With her high school bully as one of the officers in charge, Maddie doubts justice will be served. When one of her best friends is arrested, she’s certain it won’t be.
Maddie grapples with ghost hunters, obsessed taxidermists, and the sexy motorcyclist next door as outside forces threaten. And as she juggles spectral shenanigans with the hunt for a killer, she discovers there truly is no place like home.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum sounded like a great introduction to paranormal cozy mysteries. This is the first paranormal cozy mystery I read and it was a fun introduction to this sub genre. I really enjoyed this book, even though the paranormal aspect is very mild and subtle, I did like how it was woven into the plot and the paranormal museum made for a great and original setting. Add in a small town, a murder mystery and a main character who’s finding a new direction in life told from first person perspective this book had everything to make for a fun and enjoyable read.
Main character Madie returns back to the town she grew up in after being fired from her international job, she doesn’t quite know what to do next. All her job hunting leads to nothing so far. Then her friend Adele asks her to take over the Paranormal Museum and she decides to help her out while doing job hunting in the meantime as well. That plot line is a bit predictable, as soon as she starts helping out with the museum I knew how it would end, but nevertheless it was still fun to see Maddie find her place in this town and realize in which directions he wanted to take her life. She learns a bit about herself and seriously considers what she wants to do next.
I loved how Maddie took the paranormal museum job seriously, she started investigating a murder from long ago as the picture hung in the museum and that added a fun side plot. Beside that she’s coming up with new and exciting ideas to make the museum flourish and I loved reading about it. Then there is GD the cat, some paranormal occurrences and I just had a lot of fun with this book.
The murder mystery was interesting and well done, I just wish there had been a few more clues as to whom the murder was. The mystery did kept me guessing and every time I thought I had figured it out I was proven wrong. And when we found out who the killer was it all fell on it’s place and made sense.
Beside Maddie there is a fun cast of side character, they stay a bit flat, but we do learn enough about them to make them come alive. There are some fun hints and bits we learn of the side character which make me curious how that will play a part in later books. There’s this secret that Harper has, Adele her tea room, Dieter who helps renovate Adele her tea room and will probably play a part more in later books and a possible romantic interest for the main character. The romance is only hinted at, although I definitely think there is something brewing there.
To summarize: I really enjoyed this book. Maddie return to her hometown and helps a friend out and get’s more involved with the museum while trying to figure out who murdered Christy at the same time. The mystery kept me guessing and the eventual killer made sense, although I had hoped for a few more hints in that direction. Some plot points are a bit predictable, but the story was still fun to read. The paranormal aspect is subtle and doesn’t play a big part, but it did fit nicely into the story and was woven into the rest of the plot. Bonus points for the unique paranormal museum setting, the fun side plot regarding Cora and the first person perspective. I am looking forward to read more books by this author!