Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pressed to death by Kirsten Weiss

Pressed to Death
by Kirsten Weiss

Pressed to Death (A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery)
2nd in Series
Publisher: Midnight Ink (March 8, 2017)
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750316
Kindle ASIN: B01FOR0Z7G

Paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski thinks she has the perfect paranormal exhibit for the harvest festival—a haunted grape press. But when she’s accused of stealing the press, and her accuser is found murdered, all eyes turn to Maddie.

Maddie knows well the perils of amateur sleuthing and is reluctant to get involved. But her mother insists she investigate. Does her mom have a secret agenda? Or is she somehow connected to the murder?

Facing down danger and her own over-active imagination, Maddie must unearth the killer before she becomes the next ghost to haunt her museum.
My review: 3*
  Maddie Kosloski is the owner of a paranormal museum. The town se lives in is having a Harvest Festival, The whole town turns out. There will be lots of booths and exhibits. the rules are they all have to have something to do with wine, since the town she lives in is known for its wine. Maddie buys a wine press to add to her exhibit. Before the festival gets started though she is accused or stealing the press. Then the accuser ends up murdered and Maddie is the top suspect since the wine press fiasco.

  I have mixed feelings on this book. I chose it because I LOVE paranormal. A good Haunting is just up my alley. What I got was more a mystery with very little paranormal. So the book wasn't as good to me because of my expectations. It although was not a bad book. There were some parts where I had to call some people an idiot now and then. I would think if I was accused of stealing something I wouldn't be smart mouth to the police and then just take off with my mother, while be questioned, I would be trying prove my innocence. And then again if I was accused of murder I would be all over the place trying to prove it wasn't me. Stupid moves are a pet peeve of mine. I started to put the book down and call it done but decided to keep reading. The book does start out slow, then you have the crazy then the book does about half way through pick up and starts getting better. I do wish Mom wasn't so crazy, Maddie wasn't so lazy, the cop wasn't so hateble, and there had of been more paranormal happenings,  etc. I think if the characters were a little more realistic this would of been a great book. The story line was a great idea though. I think if I had of liked the characters more this would of been a really good book.



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.
Author Links
Follow her on Twitter @KirstenWeiss, or on her Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/metaphysicaldetective or at her blog at http://kirstenweiss.com
Purchase Links: Amazon B&N

Interview with Kirsten Weiss – Pressed to Death

  1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?

For me, one of the funnier parts of the book is the Ladies Aid “mafia.” The heroine’s mother is in the organization, and it has a new president who swaggers around like a mafiosa. Because the heroine, Maddie, has a vivid imagination, she sees skullduggery where there’s none really going on. I had a lot of fun with this running gag.
2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I’d hang out with Maddie, get a personal tour of her paranormal museum, and then go wine tasting. Since one of her best friends’ parents owns a vineyard, I know we’d end up there!
3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
I know I should probably say something like Pride and Prejudice, but I have to say The Harry Potter novels! JK Rowlings is amazing, and her world is so vivid and detailed. I was a big reader as a child, and good books had a big impact on me. So I have massive respect for children’s authors who do it right. JK Rowling definitely did it right.
4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
My characters are usually mixed up bits of real people and imagination. As a writer, I can’t help but noticing certain personality traits and thinking, hm… what if? But I’m very careful not to actually base a character on a real person. The funny thing is, friends of mine keep accusing me of turning them into certain book characters when I honestly did not.
5. What made you want to become a writer?

I’ve wanted to become a writer since I was eight. I was a bookish kid, and reading provided me with so much enchantment that I wanted to create that magic for others. But as an adult, becoming a writer didn’t seem practical, so I got an MBA instead of an MFA. I’m not sorry about my meandering career path, because it’s given me lots of material to write about. But I’m thrilled to finally have been able to realize a childhood dream.

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  1. Thanks for hosting me today! I really enjoyed doing the interview!

  2. Have added this to my TBR list and can't wait to read it.