My review of cozy mystery Going, Going, Dead by Kirsten Weiss
At an auction, competition can be deadly…
When Maddie attends an estate auction of artifacts from America’s spiritualist era, it’s just another day in the life of a paranormal museum owner…. Until she discovers the body of the murdered auctioneer.
Her mother is convinced the murderer is after a mysterious statuette that once belonged to the town’s Ladies Aid Society. With the holidays approaching, Maddie and friends dive into the mad world of obsessive collectors to find the missing statuette… and a killer.
Maddie tracks her suspects through a secluded gothic estate, in the wineries of Central California, and along the streets of small-town San Benedetto. But this clever criminal is determined to win at all costs. Will the killer use Maddie’s friends as the ultimate weapon against her?
If you love laugh-out-loud mysteries, witty heroines, quirky cats, and a touch of the paranormal, you’ll love Going, Going, Dead, book 6 in the Paranormal Museum mystery series. Read this twisty cozy mystery today!
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Excerpt from Going, Going, Dead
I stared down at an antique traveling chest, fit for the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary. The trunk’s leather straps lay undone on the hardwood floor. A sticker with a number and barcode had been loosely affixed to the top, and I checked my catalog.
“Whoa,” I said. “This belonged to Houdini.” The famous magician had also been known for exposing spiritualist frauds. Was that why Solomon had acquired the chest?
“Anything connected to Houdini is potentially—” Herb clamped his mouth shut.
“No,” he said quickly. “There are no rumors of any hauntings attached to this chest.”
I bit back a smile. He didn’t have to worry about me making a bid. I was all in for Zoltan. “Do you think it’s a magic show chest, or just a traveling chest?” A winsome magician’s assistant could easily fit inside it.
“Traveling,” he said, “definitely.” He reached for the lid.
“I don’t think we’re allowed to touch the items that are for sale.”
“Please.” He rolled his eyes. “You’d be a fool to buy anything without thoroughly examining it first.” Herb lifted the lid.
I’d like to say I had a premonition, a foreboding. But I didn’t even feel a quiver of remorse as I leaned forward, like a rube, to peer inside.
A woman curled in the fetal position stared back at us, her head turned at an awkward angle, her blue eyes blank and very, very dead.
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My Review of Going, Going, Dead
Another fun and fantastic mystery from Weiss. I spent a few years in my early twenties going to auctions with my parents, so the auction angle in this book was interesting. It didn’t really dive into the competitive nature of the auction itself, but there was plenty of tension, nonetheless. I mean, dead bodies tend to have that effect.
Lots of laugh-out-loud moments, as I expected there would be. The quirky cast of characters is a hoot, and the ending had me chuckling a lot. The cat is also a grand edition, and I admire the main character’s patients. If a cat bit me that many times in one book, I’d kick it. Lol
Definitely recommend this book and the series as a whole. Especially for cozy mystery fans, but this is good for anyone wanting a dash of the paranormal wrapped in a fun read.
About Kirsten Weiss
Kirsten Weiss writes laugh-out-loud, page-turning mysteries. Her heroines aren’t perfect, but they’re smart, they struggle, and they succeed. Kirsten writes in a house high on a hill in the Colorado woods and occasionally ventures out for wine and chocolate. Or for a visit to the local pie shop. Kirsten is best known for her Wits’ End, Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, and Tea & Tarot cozy mystery books. So if you like funny, action-packed mysteries with complicated heroines, just turn the page…
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