Pressed to Death By Kirsten Weiss: Review/Giveaway

Apr 1, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Fantasy & Fangs, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Double Up. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

A haunted grape press seemed like the ideal new display for a paranormal museum, but that was before it was reported stolen, the owner murdered, and the press hauled away as evidence. Maddie Kosloski had purchased the antique press for San Benedetto’s upcoming harvest fair, and she can’t explain why Romeo Paganini declared it as stolen after his wife sold it to a dealer. Detective Laurel Hammer, who has bullied and loathed Maddie since childhood (a recent incident involving hair and fire hasn’t helped matters), was eager to confiscate the press as evidence even before Romeo was found at the Harvest Festival buried in pile of grapes. Exhibiting an “Invisible Grape Press” now that Laurel has absconded with the actual press was a brilliant move, but it will take far more marketing ingenuity to keep Maddie and her friends out of Laurel’s grasp and off of the suspect list. book

Maddie’s previous exploits in murder investigation have her leery of becoming involved in another, so she’s unable to understand why everyone seems to intent on her delving into this one. Maddie’s mother is the first to throw her under the bus by pressuring her to solve the crime for the Ladies Aid Society, which is apparently undergoing a power struggle between ruthless factions. As a result, Maddie finds herself having four days to plan not just an entirely new haunted house display, but solve a murder as well. Maddie’s two best friends, self-involved Adele Nakamoto and secret Strega/financial planner Harper Caldarelli, provide less investigative aid than they do emotional support when Maddie’s boyfriend Mason Hjelm goes MIA. The reappearance of his ex-girlfriend may have been the cause of his sudden absence from her life, but Maddie is in no great hurry to find an answer that could possibly break her heart. As a result, she is able to focus on the sabotage of Romeo’s winery, the mystery of the double-homicide haunting the antique grape press, and why delicious lemon bars seem to be such an important clue.

“Mad” Maddie Kosloski may have moved past her much detested nickname, but she still finds herself in the midst of a romp of mayhem and unavoidable chaos. Maddie proudly heralds the Paranormal Museum as San Benedetto’s second most important tourist attraction (after the annual torching of the Christmas Cow), and with her Ghost Detecting cat they create eccentric exhibits to lure in visitors. Maddie’s mother is a delight as she works behind the scenes to cement her place within competing women’s charity groups, and a certain amber-eyed detective may be assuming a greater role in Maddie’s life. This second in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery series somehow surpasses the promise of its debut, delivering a completely unexpected conclusion topped off with a laugh-inducing twist.

To enter to win a copy of Pressed to Death, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “pressed,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 8, 2017. US residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. Thanks! Sounds good!

  2. Thank you for taking the time to review the book!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! barbie17 (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Thank you for the chance.

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  6. Thank you for the chance, the book sounds amazing.

  7. Thank you for the chance, the book sounds amazing.hope to read it soon!

  8. Loved the first book & can’t wait to read this one.

  9. Thank you for the chance to win a print copy and read. I will also post reviews on goodread and amazon.

  10. Looks like an interesting read. Thanks for entering me.

  11. This sounds like a very interesting read and I look forward to reading it. utaker555(@) gmail(dot)com

  12. Mads is my niece’s nickname! Would love to win this book and give it a try! Thanks for the chance! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. I’ve not read this series before but it looks interesting.

  14. This sounds like my kind of book. A haunted story set in wine country soinds like an amazing read.

  15. We have a winner!


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