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Product Details

  • Series: Maggy Thorsen
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727866532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727866530
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Balzo's spirited third Maggy Thorsen mystery (after 2007's Grounds for Murder), Rachel Thorsen, the wife of Maggy's ex-husband, Ted, shows up at Maggy's Brookhills, Wis., coffeehouse, Uncommon Grounds, and confides she suspects Ted is cheating on her. When Rachel disappears and is later found murdered, Ted is the chief suspect. Since Maggy and Ted share a son, she feels compelled to help, despite her budding relationship with Sheriff Jake Pavlik. Convinced that Ted is the killer, the members of Rachel's wealthy family spare no expense in trying to prove him guilty. It's up to Maggie to find the truth, even if that means helping the man who dumped her. An engaging sleuth, Maggy puts her own humorous, breezy spin on everything, from coffee lore to the colorful locals, in a cozy that will leave readers guessing until the end. (Oct.)
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From Booklist

Brash, sassy Maggy Thorsen, amateur sleuth and owner of a Milwaukee coffee shop, is back in another high-speed adventure. Her bitter divorce still rankles, even after all this time, so she is shocked when her ex-husband Ted’s new trophy wife, Rachel, drops by the coffee shop and asks Maggy to help her find evidence that Ted is cheating on her. With the phrase “some things never change” running through her head, Maggy reluctantly agrees. But that same evening, Rachel disappears. Her family is quick to point the finger of blame at Ted, and although Maggy wouldn’t mind seeing her ex brought down, she is too good-hearted to want him to take the blame for a crime he didn’t commit. Maggy is determined to find out what happened, even if it upsets her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Sheriff Jake Pavlik. Lively pacing, snappy dialogue, tongue-in-cheek humor, and a cast of attention-grabbing characters—not the least of whom is Maggy’s giant pooch, Frank—make for another successful entry in this agreeable series. --Emily Melton

More About the Author

Sandra Balzo is an award-winning author of crime fiction, including eleven books in two different mystery series from Severn House--the Wisconsin-based Maggy Thorsen Mysteries and Main Street Murders, set in the High Country of North Carolina and featuring journalist AnnaLise Griggs.

Film rights for the Maggy Thorsen Coffeehouse Mysteries have been optioned toward development for television or film. Garnering starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, Balzo's novels are recommended to readers of Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, Harlan Coben, Joan Hess and Margaret Maron.

Find Sandy online at www.SandraBalzo.com, Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/sandrabalzo), Facebook (Sandra Balzo Mysteries) and Twitter (@SandraBalzo).

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Great stories, just enough humor to make it thoroughly enjoyable.
Leah
This is my second Maggy Thorsen mystery, and again I found it to be a pleasant, easy read.
J Davis
Bean There, Done That made me by the next Maggy Thorsen book in the series.
J.D. Holiday

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl A. Reynolds VINE VOICE on April 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
#3 Maggy Thorsen coffee house mystery set in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookhills. Maggy is somewhat aghast when her ex-husband's new wife approaches her with allegations that Ted is cheating on her--and was even cheating on her when he was cheating on Maggy with Rachel! Although she knows she should hate the girl, for some reason she likes her and agrees to help her by checking her calendars from the years involved to see if Ted's whereabouts can be corroborated. However, when Rachel goes missing and then her body turns up in Lake Michigan a couple of days later, Ted goes to the top of the suspect list. Although Maggy could believe Rachel's story of him cheating on her, she doesn't see Ted as a killer, although her sort-of boyfriend Sheriff Jake Pavlik likes him for the deed. Thus, Maggy does some nosing around on her own to see if she can counter that theory, if only for the sake of their college-age son, Eric--and as usual, she ends up in a heap of trouble.

For some reason, I keep being surprised that I like this series. I'm not a cozy fan, but this isn't really cozy...there's a bit more of an edge to it, a bit more of the dark comedy that appeals to me. I like the author's easy-to-read writing style, and in this book I totally didn't see the plot twist coming, although I had an inkling about the baddie. Aside from the usual 'amateur sleuth curse' of needing to work almost against the police while investigating (and thus putting oneself in some really stupid, dangerous situations) I found this to be a very enjoyable, top-notch book and highly recommend it to those who like a lighter mystery with a bit of a dark side.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have read all three of the Maggie Thorsen Mysteries and enjoyed them. Good writing, good character development, and not too much overkill on the coffee angle.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ITZME on September 29, 2008
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I REALLY LIKE THE MAGGIE THORSEN BOOKS. THE CHARACTERS ARE VERY REAL AND LIKEABLE. LOOKING FORWARD TO READING MORE BOOKS IN THIS SERIES (SO FAR 3 HAVE BEEN WRITTEN AND I HAVE READ ALL THREE).
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By Miss Ivonne on January 1, 2014
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Coffee shop owner Maggy Thorsen lost her husband, dentist Ted Thorsen, to another woman about a year ago: his then 24-year-old blonde dental hygienist, Rachel. So you can imagine Maggy's surprise when Rachel, now Ted's new wife, visits Maggy to brazenly ask for a favor: Can Maggy help her prove that Ted, while he and Maggy were still married, was betraying not just Maggy but Rachel with yet a third woman? Talk about chutzpah!

Although at first reluctant, Maggy finally agrees. That very evening, Rachel Slattery Thorsen disappears, and the No. 1 suspect is, of course, her husband Ted. As cops say, the nearest and the dearest have the motive with the mostest.

Big-hearted Maggy feels sorry for Ted, despite everything -- and she also feels that she owes it to their son Eric to save him the heartbreak of seeing his father go to prison. Maggy sets out to investigate Rachel's disappearance and prove Ted innocent -- although even Maggy sometimes wonders whether he really is. How well do you know someone if he was able to betray you for years during your marriage without you ever suspecting?

Bean There, Done That is the best yet, even better than author Sandra Balzo's first entry in the Maggy Thorsen series, Uncommon Grounds. (The second novel in the series, Grounds for Murder (A Maggy Thorsen Mystery), wasn't quite as good.) For readers looking for a quick read -- a humor-laced mystery with a charming, plucky heroine and lots of surprises -- here's your cup of joe.
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By Calico on October 12, 2013
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The book was very good...the plot was a little thin in a couple of places...all in all love Sarah, hate Ted...great twist at the end!

I have a friend who enjoys ALL coffee house mysteries so she will like this one as well.
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By Leah on September 13, 2013
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Love all these Balzo mysteries, featuring Maggy Thornsen. Great stories, just enough humor to make it thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended - you won't be disappointed.
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By J.D. Holiday on August 20, 2013
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Bean There, Done That made me by the next Maggy Thorsen book in the series.

~author and illustrator JD Holiday
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