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Product Details

  • Series: Main Street Murders Mystery
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727881744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727881748
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Well-crafted second mystery featuring Wisconsin reporter AnnaLise Griggs"
Publishers Weekly


“Recommend this series to fans of Margaret Maron’s Deborah Knott novels, both for its strong female lead and its rural North Carolina setting.”
Booklist

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 as a television series or movie. 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.

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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The second Main Street Murders (see Running on Empty) is a great regional rural whodunit.
Harriet Klausner
The mystery is a delight, full of red herrings that keep the reader guessing as the clues all come together in unimaginable ways.
Lori Caswell
This character-driven whodunit boasts a wonderful supporting cast, good conversations and southern charm.
D. Love

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Love on August 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
AnnaLise gets involved in a murder when her married ex-lover arrives in town with his wife and child. By asking questions, AnnaLise suddenly becomes a threat to a killer who's hiding in plain sight.

This was a good read and the author did a great job in keeping me in suspense with the many twists and directions the story took in unraveling and exposing a killer. AnnaLise is a strong yet vulnerable heroine as her search for answers brings her face-to-face with some of her own past actions. This character-driven whodunit boasts a wonderful supporting cast, good conversations and southern charm. The ending left us with new possibilities and I look forward to reading the next book in this charismatically appealing series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GABixler VINE VOICE on August 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Some authors spoil me...I know when I receive one of their books that I can get a cup of tea, sit back, and prepare to enjoy and have fun with a cozy mystery. Sandra Balzo is one of those authors... And, as usual, I read throughout the day into the evening to finish Dead Ends that day! As soon as I started to read, I remembered the characters from the first book, Running on Empty, so if you haven't started to read this series yet, you might want to click to my review later and maybe start at the beginning! You may just become a fan too!

AnnaLise is still visiting her hometown, living with her mother after she had received a call about her mother's health. Leaving her job in Wisconsin as a journalist, she spends most of her time helping her mother and Mama Phyllis who owned the main street restaurant named after her mother, Mama Philomena's. Phyllis had never learned the recipes that had made her mother's food so famous. Instead, she started using the easy recipes off of convenience food boxes and cans, making her own reputation in the small town!

Her mother had had some problems with memory, so AnnaLise had started talking to several of her friends about having a web site and blog for the town, the blog being one on which town members, including her mother, could write about the past and present and thus begin keeping the town's history...of course that didn't really start until after the murder...

And AnnaLise was right in the middle this time!

Because her former lover had come to town with his wife and daughter! And his wife was the one murdered--her yellow Porsche had gone over a mountain-side and they later found that a shot from a gun had caused the accident...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What should have been a simple trip home for journalist AnnaLise Griggs has turned into a nightmare. It is time for college to start and who shows up in Sutherton, North Carolina to start class, Suzanne Rosewood with her parents in tow. Her mother, Tanja and her father, Benjamin, the district attorney of Urban County, Wisconsin. AnnaLise and Ben have a bit of a past. A past she would love to forget. Now it has followed her home.

AnnaLise has errands to run and the Rosewoods all have plans so the visit is none to sweet but very short. That is until AnnaLise learns that Tanja has had an accident on the treacherous mountain road outside of Sutherton. The tragic accident turns out to be deadly. Then there is another death and AnnaLise just can't shake the feeling that these deaths are related. Her journalist instincts take over causing her to learn just how far people with go to get and keep what they believe is theirs.

When you think of Sandra Balzo you think of Small Towns - Big Crimes and that is the story she delivers.

The story is full of southern charm. The Woolly Worm Festival is right around the corner. Mama Philomena's restaurant serves up recipes like Corn Flakes Crunchy Baked Chicken, Grape Nuts Pudding and complimentary Chex Mix, the comfort food Mama (Phyllis) grew up on. And like any small town everyone knows everybody's business. Or do they?

The mystery is a delight, full of red herrings that keep the reader guessing as the clues all come together in unimaginable ways. Funny by the end everything makes perfect sense.

The twists and turns are not all in the story. The roads around Sutherton are crazy. I was gripping the book and holding on for dear life in several places.
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