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3.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2018
Have read book one and two. Book one was better as characters were fresh. This time out in book two I find the characters a tad annoying. Cozy mysteries seem more and more to be about a female in B&B, food, or small business being harassed and pressured by everyone to “fix” or “find” a solution. I get tired of this stereotypic female lead as I end up thinking she needs to learn how to say no to rude, aggressive characters or get a lawyer regarding police harassment and that takes away from enjoyment of book. Longer series goes on worse it gets for me. This series is prime example. I won’t be moving past book two.
Isn't it amazing how our mothers can get us to do almost anything with a look and one or two words? In this book, Maddie falls victim to her mother's wishes and is soon investigating a murder, even though she might be a suspect. When she volunteers to help with the haunted house display, she is in for more than simply decorating. The Ladies' Aid has firm control over this project and thinks they can also control Maddie. And if that's not enough headache, there's trouble with her love-life. The wine press from the Paranormal Museum is truly haunting; it even has the cat spooked. Twists and turns weave their way into the story, and the characters become more real. The side characters have interesting parts too, and I love the conflict between Maddie and her childhood nemesis. Even the cat is taking on some sassy overtures. The murders are piling up, and so are personal conflicts. I enjoyed this second book in the series and recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of fun with their hauntings.
5.0 out of 5 starsFour Murders To Solve Dealing With Wine and Ghosts
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2017
I really enjoy this series. This volume finds Paranormal Museum owner, Maddie Kosloski helping her mother and the Ladies Aid Society during the annual Harvest Festival. Maddie's contribution is exhibiting her museum's 'Haunted Grape Press.'
Then, Maddie, as per her luck, finds a dead man under a dump of grapes. Not only is the Grape stomp affected...Maddie is expected to 'solve' the case. There is even a bet going on regarding Maddie's chances of beating the police to the solution. Pressure. Since her part-time help is the son of the victim, Maddie feels she has to try.
There is also the murder-suicide from 1922 that revolves around the Grape Press. Why is it haunted? What really happened.
You'll have to read in order to find the answers to both crimes. The story ties up nicely, but, leaves you wanting the next volume now...however, we must wait until it is released...
I truly like the characters, and touch of paranormal, and a well-written storyline that this series provides.
2.0 out of 5 starsCan't get past misuse of language
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2018
How can I take Ms. Weiss seriously as a writer when she doesn't appear to know the difference between providence and provenance and can't be bothered to look up the correct spelling of memento mori? I was so busy waiting for the next glaring faux pas, I couldn't lose myself in the story. Even if I were willing to accept that too many writers simply never learned the proper use of personal pronouns, I can't get past such obvious carelessness. It's just insulting to the reader.
5.0 out of 5 starsA Perfectly Proper Paranormal Mystery!
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2017
This second book in this series is an excellent blend of murder, mystery, & the paranormal. Maddie follows her instincts & intuition to ultimately solve the cases, but not without causing a great amount of chaos along the way. At the beginning it appears she is finally making a success with her Paranormal Museum & seems happy with her life. Unfortunately this doesn't last very long. Her nemesis Detective Laurel Hammer is constantly looking for ways to antagonize her, her boyfriend Mason is acting strangely, & oh yeah, someone keeps trying to kill her. I had a hard time putting this book down. It was cleverly plotted with lots of twists & turns to keep it very interesting.
Just finished this book. I actually bought it because I was such a big fan of the first Book. This one was so boring I had trouble finishing. It should definitely not be labeled paranormal and it didn't even involve the museum at all. So disappointed, I really wanted to be fan.
This is book two of the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum. It is fun. This is a well crafted mystery with a secondary (antique) mystery woven in.
As before, Weiss creates characters that make you think, "hey, I know someone like that." Or "That's me." It gives her readers an extra reason to be intrigued by the situations and invested in their lives. It matters when murders happen and the heroine Maddie is in danger.
This is a funny, satisfying sequel to the first book and equal in every measure.
Kristen Weiss creates compelling protagonists and surrounds these flawed & fun heroines with a motley crew of back-up "singers." Pressed to Death is great fun! The mystery is not difficult to solve, but it's the ride there that counts and the atmosphere is intriguing. Halfway through the book I decided I have to visit California's wine country soon.