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A holiday tradition turns deadly, but is the paranormal museum to blame? Maddie Kosloski is no fan of San Benedetto's Christmas Cow, a thirty-foot straw bovine that graces the town square every December. For one thing, the cow displaces her paranormal museum as the number one tourist attraction. Plus, every year, despite around-the-clock surveillance, the cow goes up in fla A holiday tradition turns deadly, but is the paranormal museum to blame? Maddie Kosloski is no fan of San Benedetto's Christmas Cow, a thirty-foot straw bovine that graces the town square every December. For one thing, the cow displaces her paranormal museum as the number one tourist attraction. Plus, every year, despite around-the-clock surveillance, the cow goes up in flames. But this year, there's more than just a fire blazing in Maddie's wine-country hometown. One of the Christmas Cow guards has been found with an arrow in his chest, and Maddie's new haunted cowbell exhibit is fueling a panic. Are the spirits in her museum getting too hot to handle? If Maddie can't stop the hysteria--and the murderous archer--her holiday plans might not be the only thing full of holes.

30 review for Deja Moo

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss is the third book in the cozy Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum mystery series. Each book in the series features a new murder case to be solved so they could be read as a standalone if one chooses although some character/setting building would be missing if not starting at the beginning. In this installment of the series we pick back up with Maddie Kosloski who owns the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum in San Benedetto as she is about to join her mother guarding the t Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss is the third book in the cozy Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum mystery series. Each book in the series features a new murder case to be solved so they could be read as a standalone if one chooses although some character/setting building would be missing if not starting at the beginning. In this installment of the series we pick back up with Maddie Kosloski who owns the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum in San Benedetto as she is about to join her mother guarding the thirty foot Christmas Cow that is on display every Christmas season. Unfortunately though as much as the cow being displayed is a San Benedetto tradition so is the yearly vandalism of setting the cow on fire. On the way to meet with her mother though Maddie’s truck breaks down and as she is getting help on the side of the road she gets a frantic call from her mother that the cow is under attack. Arriving at the scene with her police officer friend in tow Maddie finds her mother very upset and the other man guarding with her shot with an arrow so Maddie again finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation as rumors fly that the curse of the cowbells that Maddie had just purchased for the museum has returned to the town. I have to say this installment of the series gave me quite the chuckle with it involving the Christmas Cow. Some old family friends of ours decorate for Christmas every year with including a cow in their yard so I couldn’t help but think of it with every mention, although it’s no where near as big. But that cute little tie in to something in I know of in real life gave me a smile for sure. As for the rest of the book, I still absolutely love this cozy series with a paranormal touch. There’s quirky characters, a ghost detecting kitty and a lot of fun packed in each installment. The book also goes a bit further than a normal cozy with actual intense danger while investigating to keep one hooked into the story. The one thing I’m not a big fan of is the relationship/s in the series. Maddie started out dating a neighbor but that fell apart and now she’s crushing on a cop giving the book a bit of a love triangle feel that needs sorted out. It’s such a small part of the story as it is that I’m not sure why the switch up and back and forth so hopefully it will be sorted in the series soon. Otherwise, this was a nice addition and I’ll look forward to the next. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    jv poore

    There’s a Halloween-ish vibe to San Benedetto’s Christmas celebration. Perhaps it’s the 30-foot straw cow erected by the Ladies Aid Society, in honor of their Swedish sister-city. Or the fact that, most years, someone is going to turn that bovine-tribute into the ultimate bonfire. This year’s event surpassed haunting and was actually horrible, even with Fran Kosloski herself standing guard. The sacred statue was still attacked and set ablaze. When the smoke cleared, a human casualty was discover There’s a Halloween-ish vibe to San Benedetto’s Christmas celebration. Perhaps it’s the 30-foot straw cow erected by the Ladies Aid Society, in honor of their Swedish sister-city. Or the fact that, most years, someone is going to turn that bovine-tribute into the ultimate bonfire. This year’s event surpassed haunting and was actually horrible, even with Fran Kosloski herself standing guard. The sacred statue was still attacked and set ablaze. When the smoke cleared, a human casualty was discovered. A humorous prank gone horribly wrong, or a devious plan perfectly implemented? Maddie Kosloski knows she isn’t actually to blame, although she is beginning to rethink her decision to dust off the cursed cowbells to display in her paranormal museum. The story of death following their delivery is spooky, but not so old. Plenty of people recall those events and talk around town tightens tensions and creates panic leaving Maddie and her mother no choice but to try to solve the maybe-murder themselves. Ms. Weiss has crafted the quintessential cozy mystery. A relatively new sub-genre that I’ve heard about, but had a hard time envisioning. I can definitely dig the downplaying of s-e-x, and the absence of graphic violence is not annoying, but I didn’t grasp the groovy vibes of an unconventional crime-solver in a small community. I get it now. As the title implies, Deja Moo: For Whom the Cowbells Toll is not a stand-alone story. Although I started the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery series with the third book. I didn’t feel lost or less invested. And I learned about the Icelandic Christmas Ogress. So, I am going to go back and read the first two. Just for fun. This review was written for Buried Under Books by jv poore.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

    This one was OK. The mystery aspect was well done and kept me guessing until the end. It had an excellent cast of likable secondary characters. Maddie continues to be a likable heroine. Again, as with the previous book, I thought the Mason and Belle stuff was rather pointless. And I am sorry, but I still think the dude is a major douche. He sure had ZERO issues dumping his girlfriend for some shady chick he knocked up years before. But this is a cozy mystery, not a romance. Last, I really wish t This one was OK. The mystery aspect was well done and kept me guessing until the end. It had an excellent cast of likable secondary characters. Maddie continues to be a likable heroine. Again, as with the previous book, I thought the Mason and Belle stuff was rather pointless. And I am sorry, but I still think the dude is a major douche. He sure had ZERO issues dumping his girlfriend for some shady chick he knocked up years before. But this is a cozy mystery, not a romance. Last, I really wish this author would dial Laurel's character down about ten notches. Her over the top attitude distracts from the story every time she is in a scene. So there was some good and some not so good. That said, I'll probably give the next book in the series a read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ☕ Kimberly

    I have not read the previous books but decided to jump in any way. I like that while previous cases were mentioned the author was careful not to spoil the outcome. I am hoping to go back and read the first two. Maddie Kosloski, own the local paranormal museum and its the Christmas season, which means the local dairy association is proudly displaying a thirty-foot straw bovine known as the San Benedetto's Christmas Cow. Hoping to increase sales, Maddie secures a set of haunted cowbell, gifted by t I have not read the previous books but decided to jump in any way. I like that while previous cases were mentioned the author was careful not to spoil the outcome. I am hoping to go back and read the first two. Maddie Kosloski, own the local paranormal museum and its the Christmas season, which means the local dairy association is proudly displaying a thirty-foot straw bovine known as the San Benedetto's Christmas Cow. Hoping to increase sales, Maddie secures a set of haunted cowbell, gifted by the town's sister city and reported to be cursed to bring in customers. Since the late nineties, one way or another the straw cow has burned. The association has set up surveillance cameras, and guards but it doesn't prevent the bovine from going up in flames. Only this year one of the guards is shot with an arrow. Was it a prank gone awry or murder? Maddie's mom is determined to find out, and despite protest that her investigative days are over Maddie is soon knee-deep in the case. Politics, suspects, enemies and a rather charming detective made for an interesting murder-mystery. Weiss weaved in problems at the paranormal museum surrounding haunted bells. Interesting side stories added depth and problems for Maddie. Even, Maddie's ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend is a possible suspect, and the closer Maddie and her mother get to solving the case the more dangerous it becomes. I enjoyed Maddie and loved the paranormal museum, although I was disappointed we didn't get more paranormal aspects. Maddie isn't a believer but the museum cat reportedly is, as are the townspeople and things get a little crazy. I wish there were pictures of the fairies and creepy dolls. I will admit, I was hoping for ghosts. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    This book was a real page turner! I got absorbed into the mystery so fast that I could barely put this down. I finished it by reading straight through since just after lunch. Even though this is the third book in the series, it could be a stand alone if anyone isn't familiar with the series. I hadn't read any of the previous books but I quickly got acquainted with the characters and knew what was going on since not too much backstory was really needed. It's almost Christmas in San Benedetto, CA w This book was a real page turner! I got absorbed into the mystery so fast that I could barely put this down. I finished it by reading straight through since just after lunch. Even though this is the third book in the series, it could be a stand alone if anyone isn't familiar with the series. I hadn't read any of the previous books but I quickly got acquainted with the characters and knew what was going on since not too much backstory was really needed. It's almost Christmas in San Benedetto, CA which means the annual burning of the straw cow, a tradition started by ancestors in Sweden. Maddie Koslosky, Paranormal Museum owner, now has some cow bells that are supposedly cursed and with the murder of one of the people guarding the cow, some are beginning to think the curse has returned. Maddie doesn't believe in curses but she likes the publicity the stories bring her museum. For the good of the community, she agrees to a de-cursing of the bells after another body is found murdered the same way as the first man. Can Maddie find the killer before the killer takes care of her and her mom once and for all? And can she do this without incurring the wrath of Detective Hammer, her high school nemesis...only one way to find out! There were so many fun characters in this well-written book. I love that there's a trio of girlfriends, kind of like in the Nancy Drew stories. Maddie and her friends Adele and Harper have a weekly girls' night out to talk over their week or in this case, talk about the investigation she's not supposed to be holding. I was glad to see Maddie got closure with her ex-boyfriend and was now able to possibly move forward with Jason Slate, handsome detective partner of Laurel Hammer. Maddie's mom Fran cracks me up. She's kind of that typical mom that means well but somehow gets into situations she shouldn't. It was pretty funny when she had some policemen guarding her house and she was so bored she baked and fed them cookies. I was definitely not sure who the killer was since everyone that was a suspect did have a good reason. There were some great twists and turns along the way and I was surprised with whodunnit. I loved the take down and ending, exciting and just plain fun. I'd like to go back and read the first two books now and will definitely keep an eye out for the next book in this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The third book of this cozy mystery with aspects of the paranormal is a fun and a relaxing read on a cold winter night or a sunny beach. San Benedetto's Christmas Cow has been attacked by a group of men shooting flaming arrows as straw replica destroying it. Maddie Kosloski's Mother was guarding the cow when the attack occurred. The guard has died from one of the arrows and Maddie's Mother becomes a person of interest. Maddie looks into the matter to clear Mother's name. Rumors begin to be widesp The third book of this cozy mystery with aspects of the paranormal is a fun and a relaxing read on a cold winter night or a sunny beach. San Benedetto's Christmas Cow has been attacked by a group of men shooting flaming arrows as straw replica destroying it. Maddie Kosloski's Mother was guarding the cow when the attack occurred. The guard has died from one of the arrows and Maddie's Mother becomes a person of interest. Maddie looks into the matter to clear Mother's name. Rumors begin to be widespread they'll die if they hear cowbell ring. Maddie plans an event to remove the CURSE. At the event, there are cries something bite is biting people Maddie's cowbell becomes a major trouble for Maddie and the SBPD. I highly recommend this book and series. Many thanks to Midnight Ink for my copy for review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

    “Madelyn, this is your mother,” she said, terse. “Don’t come. I repeat, do not come.” My scalp pricked. “What-?” “The cow is under attack.” “Attack?” My grip tighten on the phone. “What’s happening?” Slate straightened. “Maddie?”  “Oh my God. The gingerbread men!” she shrieked, and the phone disconnected. I had a great laugh with that start to Deja Moo. It’s another delightful cozy mystery in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series. In Deja Moo we get a few different mysteries; in the Ch “Madelyn, this is your mother,” she said, terse. “Don’t come. I repeat, do not come.” My scalp pricked. “What-?” “The cow is under attack.” “Attack?” My grip tighten on the phone. “What’s happening?” Slate straightened. “Maddie?”  “Oh my God. The gingerbread men!” she shrieked, and the phone disconnected. I had a great laugh with that start to Deja Moo. It’s another delightful cozy mystery in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series. In Deja Moo we get a few different mysteries; in the Christmas Cow that’s burned down, one of the guards is killed, their is the cowbells which are reported to be cursed, and someone is out to kill Maddie and her mother. I've been having a charming time with this series. I really enjoy the small town portrayed. It’s quaint with a wonderful cast of characters. I also really like the small paranormal elements that we get with the museum. As for the story it flows nicely and the mysteries where well done that they kept me guessing until the end. Maddie’s mom is a character. She is determined to find out who shot one of the guards at this year’s Christmas Cow and so that brings us to Maddie who finds herself in another investigation, even though she says her investigating days are over. I like Maddie. She has a knack for getting people too open up and share with her, which gains her information to work with in discover who the killer. I also love Maddie’s friends. They are a great cast of characters. There are some interesting side stories that add depth and problems for Maddie. I also enjoyed how the haunted bells where weaved into the story. The only thing I didn’t care for is the Mason and Belle stuff which I felt was rather pointless. If you’ve read the series in order then you know I wasn’t to happy with Mason in book 2 and was hoping that that relationship aspect was over with and we could move onto Detective Slate. I will say that I’m glad to see the Mason issue resolved by the end, but I could have done without it Deja Moo. Though the Mason and Belle stuff got to me, it didn’t take away from the mysteries featured in Deja Moo. This was another engaging and splendid read for me. I’m looking forward to the next installment. Rated: 4 Stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    The last two books have referred to San Benedetto’s Christmas Cow. In this book, it finally makes its appearance. Every year, the town constructs a giant cow made of straw. During the holiday season, it's the town’s second biggest tourist attraction … knocking poor Maddie’s Paranormal Museum to third. Part of the draw for tourists is the Cow’s unfortunate tendency to catch fire. There's even a betting pool every year to pick the date it will burn. Despite posting guards, it seems to happen every The last two books have referred to San Benedetto’s Christmas Cow. In this book, it finally makes its appearance. Every year, the town constructs a giant cow made of straw. During the holiday season, it's the town’s second biggest tourist attraction … knocking poor Maddie’s Paranormal Museum to third. Part of the draw for tourists is the Cow’s unfortunate tendency to catch fire. There's even a betting pool every year to pick the date it will burn. Despite posting guards, it seems to happen every year. Except the one year when it was flattened by an RV. Anyway, Maddie receives a panicked call from her mother, who is one of two people guarding the Cow that night. A band of ruffians dressed as gingerbread men (plus a Santa Claus) have pelted it with flaming arrows! Maddie rushes to the scene to find smoldering embers and a wire framework. Her mother is safe, fortunately, but the other person on guard duty with her is dead with an arrow in his chest. Her mother insists on investigating, which draws her in as well, and they're soon on the trail of a ruthless killer as the bodies begin to pile up. Adding to the chaos is the public outcry over Maddie’s latest exhibit at the Museum: a set of cursed cowbells. This series continues to delight. Maddie Kosloski is a fun character. San Benedetto is a charming setting. Is this a series that reveals deep truths about the human condition? Heck, no! But it's breezy and heaps of fun. This is a highly entertaining book, and the ending is the best of the series so far. Highly recommended!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeri

    A great addition to the series! Every year the town puts up a "Christmas Cow" made of straw and every year without fail it gets destroyed. This year is different though, a local dairy farmer is hit and dies. Was it murder or just an accident? Maddie's mom was also guarding the cow and soon is in danger too. When the local legend of the cursed cowbells comes back to life Maddie has to put it to rest before it gets out of hand along with finding out who is the murderer before her or her mom is nex A great addition to the series! Every year the town puts up a "Christmas Cow" made of straw and every year without fail it gets destroyed. This year is different though, a local dairy farmer is hit and dies. Was it murder or just an accident? Maddie's mom was also guarding the cow and soon is in danger too. When the local legend of the cursed cowbells comes back to life Maddie has to put it to rest before it gets out of hand along with finding out who is the murderer before her or her mom is next. I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elliot A

    I received this ARC from Red Coat Publishing and the author in exchange for an honest review. Before I begin this review, I should admit that I have not read the first or second part of this murder mystery series, therefore all of my impressions have been formed only by this third installment. I found there were too many characters to keep track of to make for an interesting story. The main character felt slightly too confident and distant to allow for the reader to make a connection with her. My g I received this ARC from Red Coat Publishing and the author in exchange for an honest review. Before I begin this review, I should admit that I have not read the first or second part of this murder mystery series, therefore all of my impressions have been formed only by this third installment. I found there were too many characters to keep track of to make for an interesting story. The main character felt slightly too confident and distant to allow for the reader to make a connection with her. My greatest obstacle with this story was the amount of detail it contained. I noticed that by page 50 the story had not progressed any further than halfway through the first day after it began, with so many descriptions that felt like deliberate red herrings to throw the reader off suspecting the murderer too soon. Overall, I felt that for a murder mystery the story moved too slow with too much external noise that distracted from the main focus: solving the murder. I know this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I just could not enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. I might suggest the first installment to a reader looking for a cozy murder mystery. You can find all of my book reviews at elliotscribbles.com

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I found Kirsten Weiss' upcoming March release Deja Moo, to be a very uplifting holiday themed cozy. This one is Christmas themed even though there are three lovely Witch dolls on the fun cover, it is a Christmas Cozy through and through and a great addition to this series. This is a very light paranormal cozy in that it is implied but not overly paranormal. I like the diverse characters and the really different job that main character Maddie has in owning and running a Paranormal Museum, even wh I found Kirsten Weiss' upcoming March release Deja Moo, to be a very uplifting holiday themed cozy. This one is Christmas themed even though there are three lovely Witch dolls on the fun cover, it is a Christmas Cozy through and through and a great addition to this series. This is a very light paranormal cozy in that it is implied but not overly paranormal. I like the diverse characters and the really different job that main character Maddie has in owning and running a Paranormal Museum, even when she is a very large skeptic herself. In this story she and her mother have a great adventure and work together to help solve the mystery of the Christmas Cow Cursed bells, Seriously loved the idea of this mystery! You will have to wait until March but I recommend this series and this mystery to be added to your to be read list for sure!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss is the third book in the cozy Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum mystery series and I think I enjoyed this one the most. Each book can be read as a standalone, but because this series is so good, I would read them all. Maddie Kosloski owns the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum in San Benedetto and has changed everything up to a Christmas theme. Each year, the Ladies Aide Society and the Dairy Association erect a 30 foot Christmas Cow made from straw, so Maddie purchased Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss is the third book in the cozy Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum mystery series and I think I enjoyed this one the most. Each book can be read as a standalone, but because this series is so good, I would read them all. Maddie Kosloski owns the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum in San Benedetto and has changed everything up to a Christmas theme. Each year, the Ladies Aide Society and the Dairy Association erect a 30 foot Christmas Cow made from straw, so Maddie purchased and displayed "The Cursed Cowbells" received from their sister city in Sweden where the cow tradition came from. The humorous thing about this cow was that every Christmas, someone ends up setting the cow on fire and this year is no exception. Maddie's mom is on guard the night of the fire and her partner gets an arrow in the chest. Shortly after this, her car is bombed, which pulls Maddie and her mom fully into the investigation. The other storyline has to do with the cowbells. Many in town are calling both the police and the museum about the curse. They are complaining about hearing bells and are worried the curse is responsible for Bill's death. Trying to solve this problem has Maddie paying "Shamans" and psychics to "bind the curse". I really enjoyed the humour in this story. I also enjoyed the subtle touches of paranormal and the mystery itself. The characters are wonderfully quirky, loving and loyal as you would expect in a small town. Of course I love GD cat, the ghost detecting kitty who lives in the museum. There is a bit more danger in this story with arrows flying, cars exploding and even cars trying to run people down, but it was not graphic or gory. The love storyline almost became a love triangle with Maddie, Jason and Mason, but fortunately it looks like the Mason story is done and Maddie and Jason (a police detective) may be starting a romance. I like Jason, he tries his best to protect Maddie, but does not treat her like a helpless female. Overall, I love this series and look forward to my next visit to San Benedetto and the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum. The pbulisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    A fun series with a great premise. When the Christmas Cow is burnt down and a local dairy farmer found dead, shot with an arrow, Maddie can't help but investigate. Her mother was helping guard the cow that night and is a suspect, at least in one officers eyes. Maddie is also worried about some decorations that she has on display for the holidays. See Maddie has bought the haunted cowbells that were brought over from the towns sister town. Her exhibit has brought forth the story of when the bells A fun series with a great premise. When the Christmas Cow is burnt down and a local dairy farmer found dead, shot with an arrow, Maddie can't help but investigate. Her mother was helping guard the cow that night and is a suspect, at least in one officers eyes. Maddie is also worried about some decorations that she has on display for the holidays. See Maddie has bought the haunted cowbells that were brought over from the towns sister town. Her exhibit has brought forth the story of when the bells first arrived and several people from a couple of committees died. Has the curse come back to seek revenge on more members of the town, Maddie doesn't believe so she thinks curses aren't real. She is determined to find out just what happened that fateful night and keep her mother safe in the process. Did the people who shot up the cow also kill the guard? Was the killer the lone person dressed as Santa Claus? Has the curse come back to take more lives? Dive in and find the answer to these questions and more. This was the first book I read of the series and I loved it, I'll now be going back and reading the previous books and waiting for a next one to come out. The characters were great and easy to get to know, I had no trouble following along with the story and keeping up with what was happening. This was truly an amusing read. I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    Maddie Koslowski runs the local paranormal museum. It is time for the yearly Christmas Cow display and she is featuring a set of cursed cowbells to draw tourists her way. Every year, someone finds a way to set the cow on fire but this year there is an added complication. the head of the dairy association is found shot with an arrow when the cow is destroyed by flaming arrows. Maddie's mother was on guard duty which encourages Maddie to get involved investigating the murder. It isn't much later wh Maddie Koslowski runs the local paranormal museum. It is time for the yearly Christmas Cow display and she is featuring a set of cursed cowbells to draw tourists her way. Every year, someone finds a way to set the cow on fire but this year there is an added complication. the head of the dairy association is found shot with an arrow when the cow is destroyed by flaming arrows. Maddie's mother was on guard duty which encourages Maddie to get involved investigating the murder. It isn't much later when a member of the town council is also found dead of an arrow shot. Maddie and her mom are busy trying to find out who killed the two and why. There are lots of suspects to choose from. The town councilor was having an affair with the dairy guy which could point the finger at her husband. Or, since her son was part of the group that burned the cow, maybe he was the one who killed the dairy guy. Then there is the question of whether or not the town councilor was taking bribes. Is the person angered by that the woman who wants to build a new housing development or the dairy farmer who wants to sell raw milk? And while Maddie is trying to figure out who the killer is, the whole question of the cursed cowbells is creating an unsettled feeling in the town. Both Maddie and the police are getting lots of calls from people fearful that they will be the next to die because they are hearing cowbells. That would be enough to keep any small business owner busy but Maddie is also dealing with an ex whose old girlfriend came back to town along with the son he never knew she had. She is also a suspect in the deaths because she is the one who won a substantial pot of money in the betting pool for when the Christmas Cow would be destroyed. While Maddie is investigating, she is also growing a new relationship with police detective Jason Slate. This was a fun paranormal mystery will a bunch of engaging characters.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    I really wanted to give this series another try. Like any reviewer, it's difficult to write a review that is not very flattering. Deja Moo fell flat for me. I just can't relate to the characters. There is no closeness or familiarity that really grabs me and brings me inside to the story. I feel like the story is disjointed and I was unable to finish the book. I read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl

    I love this series! This book is a win, win with for me. I really like all the characters not to mention the witty dialog. If you like cozie mysteries with a little paranormal on the side, you'll love this series for sure. I've already purchased the first book in the series and this is the third installment I got some catching up to do for sure. I would like to thank Midnight Ink and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this e-galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    Although I guessed the killer within the first fifty pages of Kirsten Weiss' Deja Moo, the third in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery series was worth reading. The likable team of sleuths, along with the paranormal museum added up to a fun story. Maddie Koslowski's reliable truck broke down, so she didn't make it to the thirty-foot straw Christmas Cow display to help her mother guard it. She missed the four gingerbread men and Santa Claus who attacked the cow with flaming arrows. But Although I guessed the killer within the first fifty pages of Kirsten Weiss' Deja Moo, the third in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery series was worth reading. The likable team of sleuths, along with the paranormal museum added up to a fun story. Maddie Koslowski's reliable truck broke down, so she didn't make it to the thirty-foot straw Christmas Cow display to help her mother guard it. She missed the four gingerbread men and Santa Claus who attacked the cow with flaming arrows. But, she and sexy police detective Jason Slate arrive in time to discover a body. The president of the San Benedetto Dairy Association is dead, with an arrow in his chest. And, Leo, Maddie's employee at the Paranormal Museum, filmed the entire event. It's too bad the killer was in costume. With Maddie's mother in protective custody, it's up to her to ask enough questions to protect her mom and find a killer. But, it's the busy season at the museum with plenty of customers to see the haunted Christmas displays. That includes the haunted cowbells from Sweden that arrived when the Dairy Association and Ladies Aid brought the tradition of the Christmas Cow to the small community. Now, the town is in a panic, with stories of the "cursed" cowbells. Maddie's determined to protect her mother and save her museum's business. But, when Slate is injured, pushing Maddie out of the way when a car aims at her, it's up to Maddie and a small group of her mother's quirky friends to find out who is behind the rumors and a murder. I loved Maddie, her mother, and the other characters in this humorous cozy. The confrontational ending was marvelous. My only problems with the book were probably ones of proofreading because I read an Advanced Reader's Copy. Several key points were missing in my copy, ones that were crucial to the story. It felt as if they had been overlooked in the editing process. Despite the editing issues, Deja Moo is exactly was a cozy mystery should be, the story of a community split by a murder, and the amateur sleuths who work to restore that feeling of unity.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I enjoy reading this cozy series, (Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, book 3). Maddie realizes the 30 foot Christmas Cow takes over the town's tourist business so she plans to do a little relaxing and helping her Mother "guard" the Christmas display. When the local president of the dairy association is killed during a raid to burn the cow, (I know, some strange tradition) the local police want to pin it on Maddie and her mom. This series incorporates just enough paranormal activity to think the I enjoy reading this cozy series, (Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, book 3). Maddie realizes the 30 foot Christmas Cow takes over the town's tourist business so she plans to do a little relaxing and helping her Mother "guard" the Christmas display. When the local president of the dairy association is killed during a raid to burn the cow, (I know, some strange tradition) the local police want to pin it on Maddie and her mom. This series incorporates just enough paranormal activity to think there may be magic and ghosts active around San Bennedetto. I like the characters and enjoy the small town grape vines.

  19. 4 out of 5

    RoloPoloBookBlog

    Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss Book #3: Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Series Source: Netgalley My Rating: 4/5 stars Maddie Kosloski has always known her hometown of San Benedetto is a bit odd, but perhaps the town’s oddest tradition is the construction of the yearly Christmas Cow. And, the inevitable burning of said Christmas Cow. Determined the cow will stay standing through the holiday, Maddie’s mom and select group of Christmas Cow committee members work out a guard duty rotation that should see Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss Book #3: Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Series Source: Netgalley My Rating: 4½/5 stars Maddie Kosloski has always known her hometown of San Benedetto is a bit odd, but perhaps the town’s oddest tradition is the construction of the yearly Christmas Cow. And, the inevitable burning of said Christmas Cow. Determined the cow will stay standing through the holiday, Maddie’s mom and select group of Christmas Cow committee members work out a guard duty rotation that should see the cow safely through the days and nights. Unfortunately, things don’t go quite according to plan. Just as Maddie and the delectable Detective Slate arrive on the scene of the burning cow, a dead body shows up. Typical, Maddie is on the scene when a dead body appears. Can her luck get any worse? The answer to that is a resounding yes! Immediately, Maddie’s mother feels responsible for the incendiary incident and wants to get to the bottom of both the burning and the dead body. Though Maddie is beyond hesitant to get involved, she sees the determination in her mother’s eyes and knows resisting would be a futile effort. As the Kosloski women quickly discover, the dead man wasn’t all that well liked and there are a host of people who look good for the crime. There’s the ex-lover, the rogue raw milk dealer, and various members of various committees and groups. With each new question and answer comes a slew of new questions and answers and before Maddie and her mom know it, they’re up to their ears in suspects, information, and puzzle pieces that just don’t quite fit together. Additionally, the closer they get to the truth, the testier the police get about their involvement, and the more attempts are made on their lives. Yeah, Maddie and her mom are up to their butts in this mess and if they can’t figure out whodunit, the Kosloski women might not live to see the New Year. The Bottom Line: The deeper into this series I get, the more I am liking it! This third book came out swinging with a quirky plot – a Christmas COW! – a delightful cast of returning characters, and character evolution that makes my reader bits all kinds of happy. Maddie’s fiercely determined mother steps up to the plate in this one as does Detective Slate, two characters I am ever so glad to get to know better. Maddie’s best friends are still in the picture, as are her employee, paranormal dealer, local bookie, and ex. With the new-to-this-book characters, Deja Moo is full of fun, well-rounded characters who make San Benedetto all the more delightfully weird. The plot is just twisty enough to keep you guessing, there are several could-only-happen-to-Maddie accidents/incidents, and a smallish love triangle. In all, this cozy mystery is a quick, fun read that certainly adds to the strength of the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andreia Nuno

    A fun, cosy-mystery, perfect for a relaxing evening filled with laughter. Maddie Kosloski shouldn’t be surprised when the Christmas Cow of San Benedetto’s does up in flames. Every year the same thing happens and she can’t say she doesn’t feel a little bit happy since the cow moves the attention from her paranormal museum. However, this year proves to be a bit different. One of the guards of the Christmas Cow is found dead with an arrow through the chest. When the haunted cowbell in her museum sta A fun, cosy-mystery, perfect for a relaxing evening filled with laughter. Maddie Kosloski shouldn’t be surprised when the Christmas Cow of San Benedetto’s does up in flames. Every year the same thing happens and she can’t say she doesn’t feel a little bit happy since the cow moves the attention from her paranormal museum. However, this year proves to be a bit different. One of the guards of the Christmas Cow is found dead with an arrow through the chest. When the haunted cowbell in her museum starts developing a weird behaviour, the spirit animals in the place also start going a bit out of control. Can Maddie discover the truth before the killer puts a hole in someone else and madness takes over her museum? This novel, just like the title indicates, is very amusing and fun. This was the second novel I read from this collection (yes, I still didn’t read the first book) and the Kristen Weiss never ceases to surprise me with her humour and her different plots. The cast from the previous instalment is back and it was nice to see the evolution of these characters compared with the previous novel. They are still a delight to accompany in the adventure and their depth makes the reader want to get to know them better. Maddie is a great main character, determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, together with Detective Slate. Her best friends The plot is easy to follow but not easy to predict. There are enough twists to keep the reader guessing and all the weirdness of it makes the read very enjoyable. It was a treat to read and a delight to go deeper into the murder. You’ll never see San Benedetto’s the same way! This book is definitely a good addition to the collection of the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Collection. I recommend it to the fans of a weird-in-a-good-way cosy-mystery type of book. Thank you NetGalley, the publisher Midnight Ink and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Storm Reads

    Maddie has her museum all decked out with some cool paranormal type Christmas decor and she even bought the towns cursed Christmas cow bells. Each year at Christmas time their town builds a Christmas cow out of haystacks. It's a Swedish tradition they got from their sister town and it was the Swedish town that gave them the cow bells. A few years back the cow caught fire and now it's a new tradition with some of the local teens to see who can light it up. So the Ladies Aid along with the Dairy fa Maddie has her museum all decked out with some cool paranormal type Christmas decor and she even bought the towns cursed Christmas cow bells. Each year at Christmas time their town builds a Christmas cow out of haystacks. It's a Swedish tradition they got from their sister town and it was the Swedish town that gave them the cow bells. A few years back the cow caught fire and now it's a new tradition with some of the local teens to see who can light it up. So the Ladies Aid along with the Dairy farmers association have put guards on the cow to try and make sure nobody burns it down. Maddie was on her way to meet her mother at the cow but her old truck had other plans, Detective Slate stops to offer assistance when she gets a call from her mother. She is frantic telling her the cow is under attack and not to come. Detective Slate gives Maddie a ride as they are both worried about what is going on. What has always been a prank has turned into murder though as the other person who was supposed to be guarding the cow is found with an arrow sticking out of him. It was flaming arrows that hit the cow  but a regular arrow that hit the man, so was it a prank gone wrong or someone taking the opportunity to use the prank to commit murder? It's something Maddie needs to find out as her mom was there when it happened and she want's Maddie to look into things. Then some other things happen and panic sets in as someone is spreading rumors that it's the cursed cowbells causing everything which could be good or bad for Maddie's business. I really like Maddie and her museum, her mother would be hard to get use too but she makes things fun. I also like her friends and feel that she has a really good couple of friends and even those who are not friends seem to watch out for each other. I was a little bummed about what happened between her and Mason, but I do like Detective Slate and it seems that maybe there is a budding romance there. :) I really liked how this one ended as it showed the dynamics of a small town and the author did a great job of making me go back and forth between suspects trying to figure out who done it. If you like cozies then you should check out this series, if your not big on paranormal then don't worry, there isn't a lot of spook in these books just a fun series around a fairly odd little museum. :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    What do I like about this book? Absolutely everything! Maddie, the proprietor of the Paranormal Museum is busy getting ready for the big Christmas holiday in her little hometown. Shock runs through the San Benedetto community when their 30 ft Christmas Cow is put aflame by Gingerbread archers. The shock continues when the President of the Dairy Association is found murdered by 'Santa Claus?' Adding to the confusion is Maddie's newest acquisition, haunted Swedish Bells. If you hear the bells you w What do I like about this book? Absolutely everything! Maddie, the proprietor of the Paranormal Museum is busy getting ready for the big Christmas holiday in her little hometown. Shock runs through the San Benedetto community when their 30 ft Christmas Cow is put aflame by Gingerbread archers. The shock continues when the President of the Dairy Association is found murdered by 'Santa Claus?' Adding to the confusion is Maddie's newest acquisition, haunted Swedish Bells. If you hear the bells you will die...so believes the community. There was a rash of deaths in the 1980's and fear is running rampant that the 'curse' is still alive. As Maddie tries to figure out all this commotion, her Mother comes under attack as well. The entire community becomes involved and justice will prevail, also, Maddie finds a bit of romance. Yes, I enjoyed every word of this novel and hope the next one is being written as I write this review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss is the 3rd book in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum mystery series, and another delightful addition. Maddie Kosloski owns the Paranormal Museum in her home town of San Benedetto, CA and is use to her towns quirky traditions and people. Every Christmas the town builds a 34 foot straw cow, and even though the cow is guarded, it gets burned down. This year it not only gets burned down, someone is killed. I really enjoy the uniqueness of this book/series, and it alway Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss is the 3rd book in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum mystery series, and another delightful addition. Maddie Kosloski owns the Paranormal Museum in her home town of San Benedetto, CA and is use to her towns quirky traditions and people. Every Christmas the town builds a 34 foot straw cow, and even though the cow is guarded, it gets burned down. This year it not only gets burned down, someone is killed. I really enjoy the uniqueness of this book/series, and it always makes me smile. If you like unique and fun cozy mysteries, I recommend this book and series. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Charming, quirky and laugh out loud tell you snort like a pig funny. It's a well written mystery, with a down to earth female protagonist that you will love. There is something in this book for everyone, mystery, secrets a little romance, burning straw cow set on fire by crossbow shooting gingerbread men, cursed cow bell's all that good stuff and so much more. Hope there will be a book 4 and that it tops this one. I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  25. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    Maddie Kosloski is not a fan of San Benedetto's Christmas Cow, the thirty-foot straw cow that sits in the town square every December. The cow displaces her paranormal museum as the number one tourist attraction, and she can’t afford to have fewer customers. Plus, every year, despite around-the-clock surveillance, the cow goes up in flames. This year, there's more than just a straw cow ablaze in Maddie's hometown. One of the Christmas Cow guards has been found with an arrow in his chest, and Maddi Maddie Kosloski is not a fan of San Benedetto's Christmas Cow, the thirty-foot straw cow that sits in the town square every December. The cow displaces her paranormal museum as the number one tourist attraction, and she can’t afford to have fewer customers. Plus, every year, despite around-the-clock surveillance, the cow goes up in flames. This year, there's more than just a straw cow ablaze in Maddie's hometown. One of the Christmas Cow guards has been found with an arrow in his chest, and Maddie's new haunted cowbell exhibit is causing panic. Are the spirits in her museum getting too hot to handle? If Maddie can't stop the hysteria, and the murderous archer, her holiday plans might not be the only thing full of holes. -- Series: A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery - Book 3 Author: Kirsten Weiss Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal Publisher: Midnight Ink - Publishing Date March 8, 2018 Deja Moo is a fun and easy-to-read book filled with quirky humor and twists and turns that will make the reader happy. A straw Christmas Cow is original and an interesting take on the traditional straw man. Although this book has a holiday theme, it isn’t filled with the normal holiday detail. Ms. Kosloski has developed characters that are long-lasting, relatable and likable, a combination that can be hard to achieve. This book is the third installment in the “A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery” series and is a fitting addition. Characters have evolved with well-rounded personalities and unmistakable oddities that readers will love. Returning characters such as Maddie’s mother and friends are an integral part of the plot, and Maddie couldn’t investigate without them. Maddie may own a paranormal museum, but she doesn’t believe in the paranormal. At times she wants to shout it from the rooftops, but because it is her livelihood, she must suppress her disbelief and the urge to tell people the truth. It wouldn’t be good for business if her customers found out that the items on display at the museum aren’t really cursed. But when the cursed cow bells cause a panic and are blamed for possible deaths, she tries to convince the townspeople that the bells are not and have never been cursed. Unfortunately, no one believes her. Overall, Deja Moo is a fast-paced, action-filled romp that readers will appreciate. It is funny at times, giving the characters a real-life impression with emotions the reader can experience. It is recommended to anyone who likes a quick read with memorable characters. Unfortunately, there are a few too many questions that were left unanswered after the killer was revealed and this may cause some readers to be disappointed.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    A cute cozy with a fair mystery and solution that kept me guessing. Maddie Kosloski is getting a handle on running the Paranormal Museum in San Bernadetto when she gets involved with investigating another death. For the past several decades, a straw Christmas cow is built for the Christmas holiday celebration. Unfortunately, part of that tradition has been for pranksters to burn the cow. And even worse, one of volunteers trying to protect it has been killed. Maddie is helped by her mother, a cha A cute cozy with a fair mystery and solution that kept me guessing. Maddie Kosloski is getting a handle on running the Paranormal Museum in San Bernadetto when she gets involved with investigating another death. For the past several decades, a straw Christmas cow is built for the Christmas holiday celebration. Unfortunately, part of that tradition has been for pranksters to burn the cow. And even worse, one of volunteers trying to protect it has been killed. Maddie is helped by her mother, a charming assortment of friends and a special police detective. An enjoyable read. Thanks to netgalley and Midnight Ink for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl

    I love this series! This book is a win, win with for me. I really like all the characters not to mention the witty dialog. If you like cozie mysteries with a little paranormal on the side, you'll love this series for sure. I've already purchased the first book in the series and this is the third installment I got some catching up to do for sure. I would like to thank Midnight Ink and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this e-galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Deja Moo is a delightful Christmas mystery that can be enjoyed any season of the year! The paranormal aspects of the story were stepped up a bit in comparison to the first two in the series, and all the regular characters are back. It was great to see the first hints of a new romance developing for Maddie. I'm really having fun with this series and look forward to reading the next installment. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Maddie Koslowski owns a paranormal museum in San Benedetto, California. Right now, the town is gearing up for Christmas and the annual tradition of the Christmas Cow - a 30 foot straw cow that seems to be the victim of an accident every year (almost). This night, Maddie's mother Fran is taking guard duty with the cow; and Maddie is supposed to relieve her soon. However, she's stalled on a road and ready to call for a tow when the handsome Detective Slade happens by...at the same time Maddie rece Maddie Koslowski owns a paranormal museum in San Benedetto, California. Right now, the town is gearing up for Christmas and the annual tradition of the Christmas Cow - a 30 foot straw cow that seems to be the victim of an accident every year (almost). This night, Maddie's mother Fran is taking guard duty with the cow; and Maddie is supposed to relieve her soon. However, she's stalled on a road and ready to call for a tow when the handsome Detective Slade happens by...at the same time Maddie receives a frantic call from her mother - who's never frazzled. It seems people dressed as gingerbread men - complete with icing - have sent flaming arrows in the cow, and Maddie and Detective Slade race to the scene. Finding her mother alright, the detective is on the hunt for the other guard, Dairy man Bill Eldrich. But it's Maddie and Fran who find him first - with an arrow in his chest. Now what seems like an annual prank becomes a hunt for a killer - and Fran is determined to find out who that is since it was done on her watch. Unfortunately Maddie gets pulled into the investigation when her mother is almost killed, and now it's two of them who have to elude a murderer before they're next on the list Then there's the issue of the haunted cow bells in Maddie's museum. People are blaming the death on those items, and even insist they're hearing them ring - which doesn't bode well, since the rumor is that hearing the bells portends death. Most people in the town think the death is somehow connected to the haunted cowbells in her museum - it seems that before they die, people hear the sound of the bells. So now Maddie's got a near-panic by the townspeople regarding the curse of the bells, and she has to figure out a way to calm everybody as well as help out her mother, who's being guarded by the police while they try to keep her safe. When a second murder occurs, all bets are off for Maddie as she increases her effort to find a killer before her own mother becomes the next victim... It seems Maddie only has to see a dead body and she's somehow involved in the investigation, and this book is no different. Of course, since her mother's determined on her quest, she really has no choice; but it makes for a very good mystery indeed. (view spoiler)[I truly enjoyed this book, however I felt the fact that her relationship with Mason too conveniently ended just so she could begin another one right away with Detective Slate. It just felt like both were rushed, especially since she believed she still had feelings for Mason (as she mentioned several times throughout the book). Hence my stating "too conveniently". Therefore, I felt that her entering into another relationship would have taken longer; but I didn't allow this to dampen my enjoyment of the book at all. (hide spoiler)] Although this isn't a particularly humorous book by any means, it is indeed good old-fashioned mystery, and one that the reader will truly enjoy. The characters are likable (with the exception of Detective Hammer - but I am sure others will agree she is not meant to be - and interesting in that the Ladies' Aid stick together through thick and thin, and help each other any way they can. I especially like the character of Leo, even though he's not a main one, as he's young but managed to find his place in the world and cares for those around him. In the end, when we discover the murderer and all is well (as we know it must be) we have a well-written mystery with plenty of twists and turns and quite engaging enough to keep one reading through the night. Recommended.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Deja Moo Author: Kristen Weiss Publisher: Midnight Ink Date: 2018 Pgs: 350 Dewey: F WEI Disposition: Irving Public Library - South Campus - Irving, TX _________________________________________________ REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS Summary: The Christmas Cow, 30 foot of straw in the town square to celebrate San Benedetto’s connection to a Swedish sister city, every year, pranksters burn it down. This year, flaming arrows, gingerbread men and a sinister Santa Claus play a part. One of the arrows finds the che Deja Moo Author: Kristen Weiss Publisher: Midnight Ink Date: 2018 Pgs: 350 Dewey: F WEI Disposition: Irving Public Library - South Campus - Irving, TX _________________________________________________ REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS Summary: The Christmas Cow, 30 foot of straw in the town square to celebrate San Benedetto’s connection to a Swedish sister city, every year, pranksters burn it down. This year, flaming arrows, gingerbread men and a sinister Santa Claus play a part. One of the arrows finds the chest of a guard killing him. Surely, this means that the Cursed Bells of San Benedetto are to blame. Surely, this is just a tragic accident. Surely...then, the second body shows up. _________________________________________________ Genre: Mystery Thriller Suspense Supernatural Sleuths Detective Literature Fiction Why this book: Paranormal murder mystery...I had to give it a shot. _________________________________________________ Least Favorite Character: Detective Laurel “Cliche” Hammer. Why? It was going so good. She’s that character that every writer uses. The red herring carrier. The position of power character who is going to hold the protagonist responsible for BS. This character bogged down the story. Favorite Scene / Quote: A flaming arrow attack on a Christmas cow decoration by Santa and some gingerbread men with a body left in their wake. Helluva open. Pacing: Great pacing and flow. Plot Holes/Out of Character: On investigating the older cases from when the bells first came to San Benedetto, it seemed late stage to introduce another suspect, but it worked out. Hmm Moments: I think Velma, I mean Maddie, just met a great suspect. Red Herring, sorry, I mean Kendra. The “don’t tell me you’re one of those no-growth people” comment makes me believe that she had a dust up or two with Bill who definitely, from his description, sounds like a no-growth/no-change kind of person. The food, the tea, the tea house, the Book Cellar, the Fairhope, wine country, the pretentiousness; maybe Breathnach isn’t as good a suspect as I believed. Maybe she’s a peripheral Mary Sue. My quibble about the gentrification of dairy farms and vineyards actually is just that, my quibble. The fact that the story is happening in a story close to Sacramento fits well. Meh / PFFT Moments: With the blurb, and the setup, I was wanting more Scooby Doo/Supernatural/Ghost Adventures than I’m getting. It’s a fine story so far, just not what I was expecting. Missed Opportunity: Was expecting a rapprochement between Maddie and Laurel. Didn’t get it. _________________________________________________ Last Page Sound: It might not have been what I was expecting, but it was a page turner. Good stuff. Author Assessment: I would read more by the author. Knee Jerk Reaction: glad I read it _________________________________________________

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