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Product Details

  • Series: A Maggy Thorsen Mystery (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (December 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727883119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727883117
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Maggy Thorsen series, with its coffee-themed titles (Grounds for Murder; Bean There, Done That; Triple Shot; etc.), reaches book number eight. Maggy, amateur sleuth and co-owner of a Wisconsin coffee shop, is in Florida attending a conference for crime writers in the company of her sheriff-boyfriend, Jake, who’s a speaker at the conference. When a reenactment of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express turns deadly, Maggy is determined to get to the bottom of things, even if it means putting her own safety at risk. In keeping with its lighthearted title, the book is an appealing, gentle mystery, a cozy with a shot of Christie. Needless to say, the book will be a hit with series fans, but readers of similarly themed novels from writers such as Mary Daheim (the Bed-and-Breakfast mysteries) or Kerry Greenwood (the Corinna Chapman series) should also be steered in Maggy’s direction. --David Pitt

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“A nicely hewn homage to Agatha Christie’s iconic mystery" (Library Journal)

"An appealing, gentle mystery, a cozy with a shot of Christie". (Booklist)

Balzo’s exciting eighth mystery (Publishers Weekly)

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It made the setting for this mystery every bit as good as Agatha Christie's original one.
Wendyld
Great story, interesting supporting characters, lots of info on pythons in the Everglades, and lots of Maggy's wonderful sense of humor.
Mystery Fan
A great read, can be read in a day, and once you open this book you won't want to put it down.
April A. Renn

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Fan on October 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I thought that Murder on the Orient Expresso is the best Maggy Thorsen book yet. The title alone is great! Gourmet coffee shop owner Maggy and significant other, Sheriff Jake Pavlik, aren't in their usual Wisconsin locale this time. Maggy accompanies Jake to a mystery writers conference in South Florida, where mayhem takes place on a Murder Mystery train ride into the Everglades. Great story, interesting supporting characters, lots of info on pythons in the Everglades, and lots of Maggy's wonderful sense of humor. Can't wait for the next one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mystery freak on October 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Maggy Thorsen takes Maggy and her beau, Sheriff Jake Pavlik, to South Florida, where they join a group of mystery writers on a train outing billed as "Murder on the Orient Espresso.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D.A.Sarac on December 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Murder on the Orient Espresso is not only a great title, but also an engaging train ride through the Florida Everglades. This eighth book in the Maggy Thorsen series is entertaining, funny, and a cleverly put together puzzle. I’ve read the entire series and from the first days of Uncommon Grounds, through Bean There, Done That, and after Triple Shot, Maggy and friends have been pure fun.

In book eight, Maggy and the oh-so-delicious Jake are off to the Everglades for a Crime Writers’ Conference with attendees playing the Agatha Christie roles. With perfectly believable ingenuity, Maggy again must solve her way out of a murder. Even with humorous dialogue, the far richer comedy of character aspect rounds out each story as you try to sort through the clues.

Sandra Balzo creates a realistic sense of place and the narrow confines of the cars create an atmosphere of rising tension, bubbling jealousy, increasing hunger, and flooding swamp waters. And inside is a murderer playing the part of a murderer.

I had a couple of laugh-out-loud moments in my quiet little library space and thought I should explain to another patron that pythons, feet, and cake knives were indeed a funny thing. I enjoyed this mystery so much that for a moment I felt bad about having such fun over a murder. But the characters were so stimulating and amusing that I just pretended I had an espresso martini, nodded to the bemused library visitor, and went on reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By book & bird lover on December 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have read and loved all her books. This one didn't measure up to her others. It was an ok read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra K. Stiles on December 25, 2013
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I love Sandra Balzo’s stories. One, they are a great mystery, two they are full of humor. Maggy and her sheriff boyfriend are on their way from Wisconsin to Florida to a Writers’ conference. The sheriff is going to speak on forensics at the conference. They will then board a train headed towards the Everglades with an Agatha Christy reenactment on the Orient Express. Once again Maggie and Jake find themselves in the middle of a real mystery to be solved. They must figure out who the real murderer is on the train. This is a quick and enjoyable read. She is an author I highly recommend.
I received a copy for review from the author. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelby Welch on December 3, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoy the Maggy Thorsen series, and this latest edition lived up to the series reputation. Maggy's humor is delightful, and my giggles rent the quietness of my living room at 2 a.m. The mystery was top-notch; I didn't have a clue who the culprit was until the reveal! The relationship between Pavlik and Maggy is a little slow but definitely progressing. I look forward to more from one of my favorite authors Sandra Balzo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April A. Renn on December 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Maggie and her boyfriend Jake Pavlik, Pavlik as Maggie likes to call him were off to Florida for a mystery writers conference. Maggie had visions of a passion filled weekend. That was until the busty Zoe showed up and had plans of her own for Jake. Zoe was not thrilled that Maggie and Jake were sharing more than a room together, but Zoe needed to get ready for the nights fun. Murder on the orient espresso, a Agatha Christie based murder train ride. On the bus ride to the train Maggie learned a lot about all the other guests. A lot of the guests seems to dislike one another and some even appeared to be old flames. Including Zoe and her boyfriend Jake. The guests were ready to enjoy a murder mystery when one of the guests went missing. Little did this group of readers, writers and reviewers know they were actually in a murder mystery themselves.
I truly enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and the detail about Laurence the book reviewer that is not always nice to authors made me laugh. The characters in the book truly are that. The book reminded me of the movie clue with all the outragous personalities. I got a kick out of the fact they see a story and opportunity where ever they look, even if it is a dead body. A great read, can be read in a day, and once you open this book you won't want to put it down.
Rating: 4.5
Heat Rating: Sweet
Reviewed: By Rae
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miamigrrl on May 17, 2014
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This is the first book I've read by this author - don't know if all her books have "red herrings" or if she was just following Agatha Christie's style. I liked the main characters, eager to read the earlier books in the series to get the back story.
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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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