Review: Chocolate a la Murder (Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum #4) by Kirsten Weiss

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Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum #4
Kirsten Weiss
Cozy Mystery
Midnight Ink
March 8th 2019


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?


Chocolate a la Murder is book four in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss. I’d suggest reading in order, but it’s not necessary. 

I’ve enjoyed this cozy mystery series from the very first book. What has kept me coming back for more is the paranormal museum which is our main location. It adds this spooky atmosphere. Then there’s a lot of detail and history with the museum as well. The other thing I like about this series is Maddie, her cat GD “Ghost Detector”, and her girlfriends. The friendship these ladies have is strong and makes them a well-rounded unit. 

In Chocolate a la Murder we find Maddie stumbling on another dead body. She always seems to find herself stumbling on things she shouldn’t. She try’s to stay out of the investigation this time, but in the end she can’t stay away and so we see her looking into who the killer might be. Besides that she’s got to get ready for the Wine and Chocolate Days and help her friend Adele plan her wedding. Their’s a lot happening!

On the romance front: Maddie is dating the cop, Jason. He’s ok. Kinda bland, but I’m glad she’s not with Mason anymore. Though I will say I’m not happy the author brought Belle and Mason back into the picture. I had thought we where done with the ex-boyfriend and that storyline, drama. With them hoping back in the author added some awkward moments. I really hope he doesn’t show up in the next book.

Chocolate a la Murder was an enjoyable read. I had fun with the mystery and didn’t see who it was until the reveal. I’m also glad that the relationships are cleared up and stronger by the end. This was a nice cozy mystery with a little paranormal element added in. 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

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Sophia Rose
August 10, 2019 12:23 pm

Man! I listened to the first two and need to get caught up. I love the museum and GD cat, too. Ugh, I don’t like the Mason storyline with his ex popping in either, but I’ll tolerate it to get the rest.

Great review, Angela

Btw, the summer blog banner is fun!

sherry fundin
August 8, 2019 11:42 am

now i want chocolate. lol

August 8, 2019 11:29 am

I would be curious to try this series too

Laura Thomas
August 8, 2019 8:12 am

I had so much fun with the first two books. Need to catch up. And I’m glad you enjoyed this one!

August 8, 2019 6:23 am

This sounds cute. I’m really enjoying cozies and para cozies. I feel you on the ex/drama front. Is this something common with cozies? I have noticed it in a couple series, that the drama of a relationship keeps coming back after it seemed concluded. The stories don’t need that to make them interesting.