Friday, March 17, 2017

Pressed to Death - A Review & Giveaway


PRESSED TO DEATH by Kirsten Weiss
The Second Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery

After nearly being killed, Maddie Kosloski declares she will never get involved in another murder investigation. Yet when she finds the body of a local vineyard owner in a wine vat, everyone expects her to get involved, including her mother! Will Maddie be able to solve the murder while simultaneously helping with the town's annual haunted house and evading Detective Laurel Hammer's attempts to make her life as difficult as possible?

With a caustic, self-deprecating wit Maddie reflects on the strange things occurring in her life. From her mother kowtowing to the president of the Ladies Aid Society (which is showing serious similarities to the mafia), a surly cat, a disconnect from her boyfriend, and the ramifications of having a cursed grape press, Maddie attempts to make sense of it all with the help of her best friends.  Ultimately PRESSED TO DEATH is a story about friendship, family, and sacrifice. Those three themes intertwine characters and their actions giving meaning and motive.

The second Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum presents more than one puzzling mystery. Kirsten Weiss combines a historical mystery with a current murder, adds concern to the romance, a hint of the paranormal, and plenty of charm to create an absorbing read. I really enjoyed this second entry to the series. The characters have grown, showing greater depth and complexity. In addition, the paranormal aspect to the series is more pronounced and given more serious consideration.I look forward to reading more about Maddie and her perfectly proper paranormal museum!



Kirsten Weiss grew up in San Mateo, California. After getting her MBA, she joined the Peace Corps, starting an international career that took her around the fringes of the defunct USSR and into the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.
She writes paranormal mystery and suspense, blending her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of magic and mayhem.
Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn't like, and her guilty pleasures are watching ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking good wine.

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review the book, Kathy!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! You're always welcome at Cozy Up With Kathy.

  2. Great review, I definitely want to start this series, thanks for the giveaway!

  3. What a great review. Definitely makes me want to read this series from the beginning.

  4. This is a new series to me. I like the paranormal museum storyline and the wine country location. Can't wait to read the series.

  5. This looks like another interesting cozy that I'd like to read. Thanks for this opportunity.

  6. Thank you for hosting Kirsten Weiss's latest book on your blog. It is always great to be able to get familiar with a book and author prior to actually purchasing it.

  7. I liked to read more about this surly cat.

  8. We never learn.
    Stay out of murder investigations - Can't.