Book Review: Chocolate à la Murder by Kirsten Weiss

Chocolate à la Murder

Kirsten Weiss

Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery Series

March 8, 2019

Chocolate à la Murder by Kirsten Weiss is the fourth book in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery series.

San Benedetto, California, is launching its Wine and Chocolate Days festival—pairing the fruits of the local vineyards with various chocolatey treats—and it features one of the town’s newest businesses, the artisanal chocolatiers Reign. Maddie Kosloski and her paranormal museum are getting into the spirit of things by setting up a display to showcase the Magic of Chocolate—only they haven’t any actual chocolate to sell.

Reign is supposed to be supplying the treats to both her and Adele Nakamoto, owner of the Fox and Fennel Tearoom next door to Maddie’s museum. Adele is, unfortunately, turning into my least favorite type of socially acceptable caricature, the Bridezilla. In order to help manage Adele’s skyrocketing stress levels, Maddie volunteers to swing by Reign to pick up their orders herself.

When Maddie arrives, a person she swears is a Reign employee is out front picketing the store. Maddie sneaks past but, oddly, finds no one inside. Things only go from strange to terrible when she investigates a weird noise from further in the shop and finds a dead body in the kitchen under layers of still-warm chocolate. Her attempts to perform CPR nearly put her off chocolate for life, but not even the arrival of Detective Laurel Hammer—her former bully in grade school and still antagonist—can put Maddie off the trail of a killer who soon shows a sick flair for pranks and violence.

Chocolate à la Murder effortlessly blends some of my favorite topics—murder, chocolate, and a dash of the paranormal—to create a fresh, funny cozy mystery. Don’t worry if you don’t love the paranormal as much as I do; this book is very much grounded in reality, apart from a few spooky incidents that could (probably) be explained away with logic.

That said, I really enjoyed how it introduced me to some cool new concepts, such as hot-chocolate readings done in much the same manner as tea-leaf readings. Ursula, the steampunk psychic Maddie hires for the event, offers to do a reading for Maddie towards the end of the festival, and the results are pleasantly chilling:

“See this stain here, shaped like a knife?”

“Yes,” I said. Once she’d pointed it out, the chocolate shape did look like a dagger, complete with blood dripping from the blade. An image of [the murder victim] flashed into my head, and I shuddered.

“Usually, that means danger. Real and immediate.” She shivered. “Sorry, I don’t usually have such dark readings.”

I frowned. I’d gotten feedback from all her customers, and none had left frightened or disturbed. They’d all been delighted with their readings.

It isn’t all dark deeds, however! A lot of the fun of the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery series comes from Maddie’s friends, family, and acquaintances. I especially loved Leo’s idea for a podcast (and the hilarity that ensued at their beta test) as well as the way that Maddie uses her connections to dig up information that might help her find and stop a murderer. Here, she is putting pressure on Penny, the president of the Wine and Visitors Bureau, to lend a hand, as Penny doubtfully asks about a recent scare:

“You think the bomb threat is connected to the murders?”

“I’m not certain, but … yes, I do.”

She frowned. “But you’re an associate member of the Wine and Visitors Bureau!”

“Ye-es.”

“That’s outrageous! An attack on one member is an attack on all. We’re like NATO.”

Whoa. Maybe Penny took her duties a little too seriously. I hoped I hadn’t unknowingly signed on to any containment pacts. “So, will you help me?”

She leaned back in her chair. It creaked beneath her bulk. “I wish I could.”

Oh, come on. “Penny, please. NATO!”

The subplot with the haunted Mexican whisk also added a poignancy to the proceedings that balanced out the lightness of the book with a reminder of the grave tragedy of murder. Overall, this was a blend of plot ingredients I enjoyed as much as a good artisanal chocolate square—in fact, the book had me craving chocolate so much, I had to break out my emergency stash! I’m looking forward to visiting Maddie’s Paranormal Museum again in the future, even without the chocolate theme (though I’ll be heartily glad when Adele gets married and I won’t have to read about her pre-wedding neuroses any longer).

Learn More Or Order A Copy

Comments

  1. admission essay help

    Kirsten Weiss has published many novels. He is the best selling author of many books. You can buy that book from Amazon, Barnes&Noble and Indiebound. You can listen to audiobook on an audible free.

  2. assignment help uk

    we provide assignment help uk likes as manage the assignments in college , buying assignment help and etc. our website is number 1 assignment help services in UK.

  3. rent laptops oman

    Nice post thanks for sharing.

  4. dissertation writing help UK

    A review is a critical evaluation of a text, event, object, or phenomenon. Reviews can consider books, articles, entire genres or fields of literature.

  5. Jacob luthor

    I bought that book for my wife two years ago.

  6. Jack Patterson

    criminalelement is nice website

  7. Computer Data Recovery

    Amazing post. In order to help manage Adele’s skyrocketing stress levels, Maddie volunteers to swing by Reign to pick up their orders herself. Thanks!!

  8. Bob Thomas

    Nice Post.Thanks for sharing.

  9. Assignment Help

    Students are required to master crucial skills and effective strategies to write a bang-on conclusion. Unable to do so, they seek the help of assignment masters who can save their day.

  10. Jacob Oram

    Thanks for this nice novel by Kirsten Weiss. He has published many novels. I really all his novels. Great work among the novelists. I really appreciate this hard work.

  11. Cheap dissertation writing services

    Nice post. Students can get benefit from this post. Every writer writes articles according to his choice and nature. But as a student, I liked this article.

  12. assignment writing service

    A very great book review. Ias I am very much impressed by the reviews. will surely gonna read this

  13. Johnson Ted

    Choose the best and professional Dissertation Help Service in the UK. UKDissertationHelp has been in the business of providing dissertation help to UK students as well as all over the world for 7 years.

  14. Saudi Arabia essay writer

    Hi there, I found your post through internet searching, I found that it’s a very informative post I look very helpful for readers. if any student needs help in essay writing contact Saudi Arabia essay writer we are assisting students in essay writing and also so in other’s academic content writing such as Assignment, research papers, and thesis writing.

  15. AeshA

    Nice review!! It seems interesting story.

  16. online assignment help

    The review must include a comprehensive summary so that anyone can make his mind for the purchase and read.

  17. Information Technology Writing Services

    Online information technology assignments help companies are very keen when it comes to Information Technology Writing Services for IT students in order for them to score straight A’s in their information technology research papers.

  18. Social Science Writing Services

    Social science essay writing help has become very popular among students seeking Social Science Writing Services and social science coursework writing services.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *