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Publishers Weekly: "Maggy Thorsen, the proprietor of Uncommon Grounds, finds that rebuilding her coffee shop in the "Old Brookhills" section of Brookhills, Wis., can be murder in Balzo's witty, smoothly plotted fifth caffeine cozy...sassy, lighthearted whodunit..."

Booklist:  Missing Mafia money and murdered female real-estate agents mix in the seventh in Balzo's Maggy Thorsen series...Maggy is on-site to put the pieces together, becoming an instant Internet sensation. Multiple bodies notwithstanding, this is appealing, lighthearted fare.

Missing Mafia money and murdered female real-estate agents mix in the seventh in Balzo's Maggy Thorsen series. As always, the intrepid Maggy, co-owner of Uncommon Grounds coffee shop in Brookhills, Wisconsin, lands in the midst of the action. When a dreadful odor leads to the discovery of Brigid Ferndale's body near the coffee shop, Maggy's business partner, Sarah Kingston, finds herself under suspicion, since Brigid (the third real-estate agent killed in a week) was an apprentice with a company that had just filed a complaint against Sarah. As Sheriff Jake Pavlik, Maggy's lover, investigates the killings, a past-his-prime Chicago newsman turns up in town, looking for money presumed hidden after the 1974 Brookhills Massacre, a shootout between the FBI and the Milwaukee Mafia that left three dead on each side and millions in cash apparently gone. Despite irritating Pavlik with her probing, Maggy is on-site to put the pieces together, becoming an instant Internet sensation. Multiple bodies notwithstanding, this is appealing, lighthearted fare. --Booklist, November 1, 2011

About the Author

Sandra Balzo is an award-winning author of crime fiction, including eight books in two different mystery series--one set outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the other in the High Country of North Carolina. Balzo's books have garnered starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, while being recommended to readers of Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, Harlan Coben, Joan Hess and Margaret Maron. A former member of the National Board of Directors for the Mystery Writers of America, Sandy and her fiancé, fellow crimewriter Jeremiah Healy, split their time between South Florida and North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Maggy Thorsen Mystery (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727880799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727880796
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,299,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
Maggy Thorsen is just trying to get ahead and have a life. She co-owns the Brookhills coffe house in Wisconsin with her friend, Sarah Kingston. As the story begins the ladies seem to be doing pretty good, after all everyone loves their autumn drink, a "Triple Shot, Fully-leaded Espresso." But things were about to heat up as Ward Chitown, a television personality whose name is quickly being forgotten, comes to town stirring up the town's dark past. After all, who wants to be known as the town where the Mafia thrived, where murders were committed, and money stashed and never found.
If that wasn't enough real estate agents begin to be murdered, and since Sarah owns her own real estate establishment that was not good. Blackness settles as Sarah's worker is killed, her body discovered in a room no one knew existed, and Sarah may well be one on the list of 'interesting people' in the case. Maggy, who seems to always be where dead bodies are, is thrown into the middle. Her boyfriend is none other than the Sheriff and now her partner and friend is a possible suspect in the murders. What a tangled weave is webbed!

I enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and felt the author did an excellent job at giving you enough insight on each to bring them to life. The local was very well described. I could see the town, the buildings, the coffee house clearly in my minds eye, making the story more real. Of course I especially liked Maggy, she was definitely a frisky woman, one who had overcome battles in her life yet charged forward. The mystery was well laid out, giving you hints along the way, but I have to tell you I really was not sure who done it! The ending had a few twists that surprised me. All in all it was a really good read and I'm pleased to recommend it.
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I hadn't had the chance to read Balzo since the beginning of her Maggy Thorsen Mystery series, so I was pleasantly surprised that her latest, Triple Shot, had taken on the maturity of a seasoned, well-grounded series that both feels comfortable to sink into, but had been updated enough to bring readers new enthusiasm and enjoyment. I don't profess to be a reader of Chick Lit, but I could not help but notice the inclusion of new terms that you might hear on reality television or entertainment programs that spotlight on the dress, activities and life of the rich and famous (or wannabees)...especially when discussions by or about the "Barbie table"--a group of the social elite who came to spend time at Uncommon Grounds after their tennis, to gossip and enjoy their free time while Maggy and her staff served them. Of course, once in a while, one of the customers would even share with Maggy:

"Poor Elaine was an absolute wreck. She lost fifteen pounds and didn't have them to lose. When it first happened, I insisted she stay with me for a while and, after a week or so, I thought she'd turned the corner. Then she went home and the other Choo dropped.
"As in Jimmy Choo, the shoe designer. [Maggy thought] All I could do these days was visit the high-end shoes at Saks Fifth Avenue, like I was touring a museum. Once a salesperson even let me touch one. "The 'other Choo' being?"

Aside from that, however, Balzo continues to bring us fun whodunit mysteries that quickly pull you in and guessing, trying, if you're like me, to solve the puzzle before the author shares it...especially when Maggy Thorsen takes personal interest and decides that she needs to solve the case, even though her "boy-toy" and sheriff, Jack Pavlik is "officially" on the case!
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By Chels on October 13, 2011
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This book was definitely hard to put down. I enjoyed the intrigue and mystery that permeated the novel. There was always an suspenseful undercurrent. The main character, Maggy, and her friend, Sarah, are just becoming successful when everything turns around. Now, rather than sweet drinks they are dealing with the stench of corpses.

The characters were likable, even funny at times. Maggy was intense, but smart. Sarah had a mouth on her at times, but she acted as the comic relief at times. The secondary characters were interesting, rounded out the book. The events were fairly fast-paced, the reader couldn't really predict what was going to happen next. This book is recommended to adult readers.

*complimentary review copy provided, this does not affect my opinion in any way*
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Coffee shop owner Maggy Thorsen and her new business partner, real-estate maven Sarah Kingston, think they smell a rat -- literally. A stench is coming from below their store, Uncommon Grounds, now located at a renovated commuter train station in a space Sarah inherited. When the pair investigate, the dead rat is a metaphorical rather than literal one: Brigid Ferndale, Sarah's erstwhile sales apprentice, who had reported Sarah and Kingston Realty to Wisconsin's Department of Regulation and Licensing for not adequately training her.

Naturally, Sarah fears she's the No. 1 suspect in Brigid's murder. How did Brigid get into a blocked-off underground room -- one that Maggy and most others didn't even know existed? Sarah knew that, in the 1970s, Mafia henchmen had a secret waiting room for trains to Chicago, but she'd never seen it or known where it was. Who did know and enticed Brigid there? And does Brigid's death have any connection to the recent murders of two real-estate agents during showings? Maggy and her boyfriend, Brookhills County Sheriff Jake Pavlik, think there must be, and they fear that Sarah could well be the next realtor to die.

Meanwhile, Ward Chitown, a onetime popular Chicago television host and investigative reporter, has come to Brookhills to produce a show on the Brookhills Massacre, a 1974 shootout between the Mafia and the FBI. (Chitown's father had been the FBI's special agent-in-charge during the raid. The elder man was one of only two survivors -- and only G-man not killed.) The production of the special program makes a crazy situation that much crazier.

I love Triple Shot, the seventh novel in Sandra Balzo's Maggy Thorsen series.
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