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Review: Chocolate a la Murder by Kirsten Weiss

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 bittersweet?

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It was nice to return to the paranormal museum after such a long hiatus (mine, not the authors).  It amazes me how Kirsten Weiss comes up with all of these spooky-themed settings for the museum in every book. Who would ever think of a haunted molinillo? To be honest, I didn’t even know what a molinillo was until it was explained more than halfway through the book.  I love how the author uses different cultural influences and ideas. It’s a refreshing take on a classic cozy mystery.

Maddie once again finds herself finding the local newly deceased in this latest installment.  It’s getting to the point where people are going to start thinking she’s cursed, because if I lived in her small town, I’d avoid her like the plague.  On top of finding dead people, Maddie continues to have run ins with Laurel.  I’m not sure what constitutes a “good cop”, but ignoring leads from a potential witness and then hauling them in for questioning for an entire night is illegal.  I’m really hoping Kirsten takes the plunge and puts Laurel as a potential murderer, even if it just knocks her down to size for one.

I’ll admit, I was a bit confused by Maddie’s relationship with Jason.  He treats her like a child and basically ignores her for a large part of the book. However, it’s been some time since I read the series and I completely forgot about Maddie and Mason’s relationship and why it deteriorated.

The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series is a fantastic cozy mystery with a paranormal undertow that doesn’t overwhelm the reader. I enjoy how Maddie is always on the search from the true history of her museum pieces and yet, can’t help but get herself spooked from time to time. It’s relatable, relaxing and entertaining!

 

Reviewer’s note: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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