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Pressed to Death

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Pressed to Death

Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Series, Book 2
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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 agenda? Or is she somehow connected to the murder? Facing down danger and her own overactive imagination, Maddie must unearth the killer before she becomes the next ghost to haunt her museum.

Praise:

"In Weiss's engaging sequel . . . Well-drawn characters and tantalizing wine talk help balance the quirky aspects of this paranormal mystery."—Publishers Weekly

 

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 agenda? Or is she somehow connected to the murder? Facing down danger and her own overactive imagination, Maddie must unearth the killer before she becomes the next ghost to haunt her museum.

Praise:

"In Weiss's engaging sequel . . . Well-drawn characters and tantalizing wine talk help balance the quirky aspects of this paranormal mystery."—Publishers Weekly

 

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  • 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.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 23, 2017
    In Weiss’s engaging sequel to 2016’s A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, Maddie Kosloski, who runs a struggling paranormal museum in her tiny hometown of San Benedetto in California wine country, is convinced that her newly acquired haunted grape press is a perfect draw for the big harvest festival. When the press’s previous owner, Romeo Paganini, accuses Maddie of stealing it, the police seize it as evidence and Maddie ends up with no entry to the festival. Maddie’s subsequent discovery of her accuser dead in a barrel of grapes leaves her a prime suspect. Another murder raises the stakes. San Benedetto residents start taking bets on if and when Maddie will solve the crimes after she turns amateur sleuth in her own defense, to the ire of local detective Laurel Hammer, her nemesis. Well-drawn characters and tantalizing wine talk help balance the quirky aspects of this paranormal mystery.

  • Kirkus

    January 1, 2017
    The curator of a most unusual museum tries to prove she's innocent of murder when the original owner of her latest exhibit winds up dead.San Benedetto Detective Laurel Hammer's grudge against Madelyn Kosloski, which goes all the way back to high school, flared up again quite recently when Maddie accidentally set Laurel's hair on fire in the name of crime solving. So it's no surprise to Maddie that Laurel has it in for her, even going so far as to confiscate a grape press Maddie bought to display at the local Harvest Festival. This isn't just any grape press, but a verified haunted one, a perfectly fitting addition to the booth highlighting Maddie's business, the Paranormal Museum. Laurel's claim that the press is stolen forces Maddie to trace the provenance from the original owner, Romeo Paganini. Almost as soon as she starts to look for Romeo, Maddie finds him, or at least his body. Not only will Maddie never prove her innocence of the grape press theft, but now Laurel's determined to arrest her for Romeo's murder. And Maddie's allies are few. Her overbearing mother insists that Maddie personally investigate Romeo's death, and Maddie's boyfriend, Mason, is nowhere to be found. But Maddie finds a surprising friend in her part-time employee, Leo, who also happens to be Romeo's estranged son. So close do the two of them grow, in fact, that Maddie's friends soon wonder if her relationship with Leo is making her forget that he's a viable suspect in his father's death. Weiss trades down from a focus on her characters' personal lives to something more plot-driven, diminishing the charm of her series debut (The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, 2016).

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