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Product Details

  • Series: Maggy Thorsen Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727867350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727867353
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,624,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Near the start of Balzo's lively fourth Maggy Thorsen mystery (after 2008's Bean There, Done That), a sudden spring thundersnow traps Maggy and friends in Benson Plaza, the Brookhills, Wis., strip mall where Maggy rents space for her coffee shop, Uncommon Grounds. Cut off from all communication, with minimum light and no heat in her store, Maggy decides to seek help elsewhere in the plaza. In the snow she stumbles on the mall's landlord, Way Benson, with a hatchet or cleaver buried in his back. Since Way was threatening to evict Maggy and other Benson Plaza proprietors in order to sell the mall to a superstore chain, Benson had no lack of enemies. Murder suspects include the mall's barber, an elderly pharmacist, the lone worker at the Bible Store and the Vietnamese father and daughter with a food shop. Credible characters and a well-constructed plot compensate for Maggy's sometimes tedious deductive methods. (June)
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Publishers Weekly: "Near the start of Balzo's lively fourth Maggy Thorsen mystery, a sudden spring "thundersnow" traps Maggy and friends in Benson Plaza, the Brookhills, Wis, strip mall where Maggy rents space for her coffee shop, Uncommon Grounds.. . . Credible characters and a well-constructed plot."
 
Kirkus Reviews: "A freak May snowstorm provides the perfect cover for murder in a suburban strip mall [and,] armed with flashlights from Goddard's Pharmacy, Maggy leads her mighty band of retailers on a quest to capture the killer."

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl A. Reynolds VINE VOICE on September 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
In this great fourth Maggy Thorsen 'coffee house' mystery, an unexpected spring snowstorm leaves Maggy and several other tenants from the strip mall where her coffee shop Uncommon Grounds is located totally stranded and cut off from the outside world. So when the owner of the mall, Way Benson, is found stabbed in the back and his head mutilated by a snowblower, the suspect list is pretty small, since the opportunity for an outsider to have done it is minimal. Maggy, who's already seen her share of dead bodies, starts asking questions, trying to think like her boyfriend, Sheriff Jake Pavlik, who is nowhere around. Just about everyone who knew Way had good reason to hate the man, but trying to find someone who had not only motive but means and opportunity as well isn't going to be easy. And things get even more complicated when Way's ex-wife is also killed.

I am really enjoying this series a lot. It's cozy, but an edgy, funky kind of cozy where 'adult themes' and the occasional four-letter word aren't swept under the rug. Maggy has a wicked sense of humor and I find myself liking her very much--she's sort of a fish out of water, since the suburb she lives in is a gossipy, high-class enclave and Maggy is struggling to make ends meet and isn't so worried about what the Joneses think of her.

I think I especially liked this entry in the series because the boyfriend wasn't around so the romancey bits which I often find annoying weren't there at all in this one. I have to admit that the little bit of 'love interest' in this series isn't ever intrusive though, and it doesn't take over the whole story line, so kudos to the author for that, too! A mystery that's actually a mystery instead of a romance in disguise! Imagine that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Davis on December 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the fourth novel in the Maggy Thorsen mystery series. I am enjoying watching the author mature as a writer. The earliest novels in the series were almost too light-weight for my taste; characters were rather shallow and the romance was amateurish. But with each successive novel, the author has improved. The plots become more complicated, the characters are fleshed out, and the reader develops a relationship with the characters. This mystery is "scarier" than the others so far. People just keep on dying and you wonder if a main character might be next. In this story, a freak spring snowstorm strands a group of tenants and others in the strip mall where Maggy's coffee shop is located. Slowly, over the course of a day, three of them are murdered and Maggy needs to figure out who the killer is before another in the group dies.
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By MAC on May 9, 2014
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This is the fourth book I have read of this author. Really like her writing. The murderer and the why the victim was murdered is always a surprise.
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