3.5 stars (release date March 8, 2018)
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.
This was a fun, fluffy, quick cozy mystery read. This is the third book in the series. I haven’t read the other books in the series, but there was enough backstory in the book so that I didn’t feel too lost. Maddie Kosloski runs a paranormal museum in the small town of San Benedetto. Normally her museum is the number one tourist attraction in town. Every Christmas, however, the town puts up a 30 foot straw cow and puts it in the town square – and every year someone sets it on fire.
One night Maddie’s mother and Bill, the head of the Dairy Association, are tasked with guarding the cow. A group of people dressed up as gingerbread men attack the cow and set it on fire with flaming arrows. After they set the fire and run, it’s discovered that Bill has been shot in the chest by an arrow and dies. As that mystery is investigated, Maddie’s “haunted” cowbells display instigates panic that there is a curse in town. Not content to leave the murder investigation to the police, Maddie and her mother set out to debunk the cowbell curse and find out who killed Bill. As the women investigate the crime, someone tries to kill them.
I consider this a mystery-lite book. Nothing is too gory or scary. Storylines are quickly and easily resolved and the people are pretty standard, small-town characters. Overall, it was a fun read.