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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"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."
"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" Publishers Weekly on Bean There, Done That "Balzo gives an old formula new life with crisp dialogue, complex characters and a puzzle that can't be beat" Kirkus Reviews on Bean There, Done That "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 Booklist on Bean There, Done That "All the right ingredients...Balzo's keep-em-guessing plot and fresh, breezy prose are more than enough to ensure that this series will continue to delight" Booklist (starred review) on Grounds for Murder "Bright and breezy Maggy makes a charmingly down-to-earth sleuth. A bit of romance and coffee lore provide the froth on top" Kirkus on Grounds for Murder"