Reviews for DeŽja` moo

Library Journal
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Maddie Koslowski's truck breaks down while she's on her way to help her mother guard San Benedetto's traditional 30-foot straw Christmas Cow, so she's not there when four gingerbread men and Santa Claus attack the cow with flaming arrows. But she and sexy police detective Jason Slate are on the scene to discover the body of a local politician with an arrow in his chest. It may have been a prank to set the cow on fire, but someone wanted the president of the dairy association dead. Now that -Maddie is involved, it's easy to blame the death on the cursed cowbells in the Christmas display at Maddie's paranormal museum. When Slate is hit by a car aimed at Maddie, she partners with her inquisitive mother to find the culprit and dispel rumors that the haunted cowbells mean death. VERDICT Although it's easy to identify the story's killer, fans of light, humorous mysteries will enjoy the likable mother-daughter amateur sleuths and other quirky characters. The third volume in this engaging series (following Pressed to Death) will appeal to fans of paranormal cozies by Sofie Kelly and Christy Fifield.-Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly
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Santa Claus and a gang of gingerbread men set fire to the San Benedetto, Calif., Christmas Cow in Weiss's chuckle-worthy third Paranormal Museum mystery (after 2017's Pressed to Death). And while the burning of the straw cow, a tradition started by Swedish immigrants a century ago, is also an annual event, shooting an arrow into the person guarding the cow-Bill Eldrich, the president of the Dairy Association-is not. When Maddie Kosloski, the proprietor of the town's paranormal museum, and her mom, Fran Kosloski, discover Bill's body on the town's gazebo steps, they're met with kindness by Det. Jason Slate and suspicious hostility by Det. Laurel Hammer. Why would anyone want to kill the guy who was just guarding the cow? And did the tolling of the haunted-some say cursed-cowbells in the museum foretell the murder? Maddie feels compelled to join in when her mom starts snooping, and soon they learn that there's no shortage of possible suspects with a variety of motives. Lots of humor and a good whodunit help make this cozy a winner. A ghost-detecting cat adds to the fun. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.