Review: Chocolate a la Murder by Kirsten Weiss

Review: Chocolate a la Murder by Kirsten Weiss
Chocolate a la Murder by Kirsten Weiss

Published by Midnight Ink on March 8, 2019
Series: Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery #4
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Paranormal
Format: Print
Source: Kaye Publicity

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I received an advance copy of this book from Kaye Publicity.

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?

I’m pretty picky when it comes to cozy mysteries. Some cozy heroines are a bit too gee-golly-gosh for me, to the point where they seem like caricatures. But give me a protagonist who’s feisty and clever, and I’m hooked! Happily, that was the case with Maddie Kosloski in Chocolate a la Murder by Kirsten Weiss.

Maddie owns a paranormal museum in the heart of California wine country. With the town’s Wine and Chocolate Days celebration drawing near, Maddie is incorporating local chocolatier Reign into her store’s Magic of Chocolate display. She’s also acquired a special artifact: a haunted Mexican whisk that supposedly rattles whenever someone lies.

When Maddie visits the chocolate shop, she finds it empty—except one of the co-owners is in the back room, dead and covered in melted chocolate. This isn’t Maddie’s first rodeo when it comes to running across dead bodies, so she quickly puts on her amateur sleuth hat to get to the bottom of the murder.

I’m a new Kirsten Weiss fan! Chocolate a la Murder is chock-full of twists that advance the mystery plot, while also including a dash of romance for good measure. Although this is book #4 in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery series, I easily read it as a standalone. I plan on going back to book #1 and starting the series properly since I enjoyed this so much. Be advised, the story will make you crave chocolate of all kinds while reading it! You’ve been warned!

Highly recommended for cozy fans who enjoy a sprinkle of paranormal and romance with their mystery.

Rating: 5 stars


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