A quirky murder mystery with plenty of small town charm and an occasional haunting, The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum follows Maddi Kosloski to her childhood stomping grounds in the wine country of San Benedetto. There, she warily assumes the role of owner/curator of the “tackiest museum in San Benedetto.” When the museum becomes the scene of a murder and numerous break-ins, Maddie decides to do a little sleuthing of her own, attracting attention from a variety of colorful residents including an eager taxidermist, shady carpenter, hot neighbor, and a justice-seeking spectre.
With attractions like “the creepy doll room” and a resident ghost hunting cat, The Paranormal Museum is a delightful mix of macabre curiosities and understated humor, much like its erstwhile proprietress herself. Struggling with the loss of her fast-paced international career, dismal job prospects, and inevitable comparisons to her wildly successful brother and best friends, Maddi’s self-deprecating commentary, philosophy, and simultaneously hopeful and despairing outlook anchor the fanciful while maintaining a lighthearted quality, even while tracking down a killer.
Pallas Gates McCorquodale
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