Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
One of the delightful things about entering the world of Kirsten Weiss’s Maddie Kosloski is the rich and textured universe she’s created within the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series. In her ninth installment, Sins of the Sarcophagus, Weiss not only offers her readers another enthralling mystery but also adds layers to this universe that keeps the series fresh and invigorating.
The saying goes that "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt," and Weiss plays this quip brilliantly, weaving threads of Egyptian folklore and artifacts into Maddie's world, expanding her museum's allure while complicating her life in ways she never anticipated. When a local building inspector is found dead inside Maddie's newly acquired Egyptian sarcophagus, the tale takes off at a breakneck pace that doesn't let up until the last page.
Weiss's skill at character development shines once again in this installment. Maddie, already a complex and relatable character, grows in her roles both as a museum curator and as an amateur sleuth. The stakes are higher this time, with Maddie juggling an increasing number of responsibilities. Her challenges extend beyond solving the murder case. She is also navigating the complex terrain of running a non-profit paranormal museum that is more than just a hobby—it's a livelihood for her and her employees.
Weiss injects her narrative with a healthy dose of humor that makes the story as laugh-out-loud funny as it is mysterious. The paranormal elements offer just the right level of spice, making the world feel expansive and fantastical without overshadowing the core mystery. The author balances every element—the intrigue, the funny quips, the hints of supernatural—so seamlessly that you're completely absorbed in Maddie's journey.
In summary, Sins of the Sarcophagus is a must-read, not only for fans of the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series but for anyone who enjoys mysteries filled with humor, heart, and a touch of the supernatural. Kirsten Weiss has penned another winner, proving once again that she's a master of the cozy mystery genre. So settle down with this book and get ready for a roller-coaster ride through the fascinating world of Maddie Kosloski. Your only regret will be turning the last page.
More About the Book
Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt…
Maddie Kosloski is about to unveil her new, expanded museum. But when the corpse of a local building inspector is discovered inside her prized Egyptian sarcophagus, Maddie's plans are thrown into disarray.
A modern mummy isn’t all she’s got on her hands. Running a non-profit paranormal museum is no get-rich-quick pyramid scheme. Maddie has stakeholders, more employees, and now donors to placate. Can she balance their demands and an off-the-books murder investigation?
Maddie must race against the clock to unearth a criminal more cunning than the Sphynx. But will the cost of unveiling this killer be more than she’s willing to pay?