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Triple Shot (A Maggy Thorsen Mystery) Hardcover – December 1, 2011
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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
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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.
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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.
"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!Read more ›
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*
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just finished reading "Maggy Thornsen Series" Wow, This was fast paced story series with a lot of excitement, murder, mystery and romance. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ruby
This book would have been tolerable if it were not for the speed reading attitude of the reader during the first few chapters. Read morePublished 21 months ago by MaryAnn
I found my first Maggy Thorsen mystery at a used bookstore. I then proceeded to order every book in the series through Amazon and was very pleased with my purchases.Published on December 26, 2013 by San Antonio Rose
As always this series fulfills it's promise of entertainment. A lovely light read, easy to pick up for any length of reading opportunityPublished on October 5, 2013 by candy
Love all Sandra Balzo book, but Triple Shot is my favorite Maggy Thorsen Mysteries!
In Triple Shot, Maggie Thorsen and her BBF, Sarah Kingston have a nonstop time of it... Read more
I found the book to be slow moving, with undeveloped characters. I live in the Midwest - this book does not cut the territory.Published on July 22, 2013 by G. Smith
Sandra Balzo is an amazing author. Her books are dramatic and funny at the same time. Everyone should read her series.Published on July 21, 2013 by Patti A. Beaumont
This is the seventh Maggy Thorsen cozy I've read, so obviously I enjoy this series. This latest installment, however, is not the best for several reasons. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by J Davis
This is a murder mystery set in a small town, so all the characters know each other and know all about each other. Yet it definitely can't be classified as a cozy mystery! Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Maria