Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Chocolate a la Murder - Cozy Mystery Review

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

Rating: Good
Source: NetGalley

Description:  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?

Genre: Mystery - Cozy 

Why I Picked This Book:  I've read the first three mysteries in this quirky cozy and enjoyed them so how could I pass up one about chocolate?

My Impression:  I read a lot if quirky cozy mystery series but I think this one just might be the quirkiest.  Between the paranormal museum itself and Maddie's own distinct level of hot messness there's a lot of craziness going on.  Most of that is a lot of fun though sometimes Maddie does drift a bit into too stupid to live and her friend Adele's uptightness can drive me crazy.  Both are fairly minor though.

The mystery was definitely different.  I've read a death by drone mystery recently and thought that was unique but I must say death by chocolate literally might be even stranger.  I enjoyed the mystery and all the mayhem - connected or otherwise - that occurred around it.  I enjoyed catching up with Maddie, Leo, Adele, Harper, and everyone else in Maddie's life and seeing what was happening at the museum this time. 

This is a really fun series and a thoroughly enjoyable mystery.  And for once a mystery involving chocolate didn't make me crave chocolate!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  I would.  This is a fun series and I'm always curious to see what the next haunted artifact the Paranormal museum gets in!

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy quirky cozies this is a fun series.  While you can definitely jump into the mystery here it is probably better to start at the beginning so you can get a feel for all the different relationships.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I've read a book or two in this series and really need to pick them back up. They are quirky :)

  2. If I read the word chocolate, I instantly want it! Sometimes pizza is a trigger word.

  3. Ha! That definitely sounds like one I need to check out. :)

  4. Lol... I would read it - but the chocolate element would put me off as chocolate gives me migraines:)). It sounds like the rest of the series is fun, though.

  5. This series definitely sounds quirky and fun. I need to check it out!

  6. THis does sound quirky! And a magical whisk? I always wonder if paranormal works with cozies and I think sometimes it does!

  7. I've had fun with this series too. I'm glad you're still enjoying it. I have to grab this one and catch up now.

  8. Hmm I wouldn't want to be put off by chocolate. Good to know you liked the story and enjoyed the fun.

  9. I love this series. I haven't yet read this one, but am glad you enjoyed it.

  10. Not my kind of story, but I had to comment about how much I love that cover! 👍✨