It’s no secret- I love books about the business side of the paranormal, so, of course, I couldn’t wait to read The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss. From her GD Cat to the creepy doll room, this is pretty interesting concept. Here are some questions Kirsten was kind enough to answer for me!
1. What inspired you to write this book?
This idea percolated for a couple years. I’d read a Wall Street Journal article on a paranormal museum attached to a hot dog joint. The museum made more money than the hot dogs. The business concept was wacky enough to make an intriguing setting for a cozy murder mystery, where off-beat characters and quirky, small-town settings rule the day. Of course, I switched the details. In The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, the museum used to be attached to Chuck’s Chicken Shack before its owner sold out. The book opens with a tea room going in next door and the museum’s fate in limbo.
2. What was your favorite part of the book after you finished it? Was it a character, a scene or a plot twist?
I think my favorite part was the end, where everything tied up so neatly. As I was writing the book, I wasn’t sure I was going to pull that off. And it’s definitely a “feel good” ending, which I wanted. But I’ve also came to appreciate GD Cat, who sort of operates as the heroine’s id. The heroine, Maddie, is a nice person, but GD Cat… is a cat.
3. What authors do you like to read?
Ian Rankin is currently my favorite mystery writer. His characters and situations are dark and a bit gritty, but he really knows how to write believable, likable characters — even when they’re not behaving in such a likable way. And I love Charlaine Harris’ new, Midnight Texas, series.
4. Is this a part of a series?
Yes! Currently, three books are planned. The second is with my publisher right now, and I’m starting work on book three this March.
5. Where can readers find your book?
Aside from on the usual Internet suspects — Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc. — readers can find The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum in bookstores.
My Review–4 Stars
I really enjoyed this mystery. The idea of a museum dedicated to the paranormal and cat named Ghost Detector (GD) made this a fun read. You root through the entire book for Maddie to keep the museum and solve the mystery. I’d love it if a friend sold me a paranormal museum for $1!