- Series: Maggy Thorsen Mysteries
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers (July 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847512569
- ISBN-13: 978-1847512567
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,867,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Balzo's delightful sixth Maggy Thorsen mystery (after March 2010's From the Grounds Up), Maggy, the co-owner of Uncommon Grounds, a gourmet coffeehouse, which was destroyed during a freak snowstorm, is planning to celebrate the opening of her rebuilt shop at the same time that the town of Brook-hills, Wis., dedicates the new Milwaukee commuter-train line. Maggie is pleased with the giant inflatable coffee cup she hired for the occasion, until it accidentally deflates and reveals the body of missing Brookhills event manager JoLynne Penn-Williams sprawled at the bottom. When amateur sleuth Maggy begins to investigate, she's dismayed that clues point to her boyfriend, county sheriff Jake Pavlik, as the killer. Devastating innuendos that Jake has been unfaithful shatter Maggy, but don't prevent her from seeking the truth. As ever, Maggy's wit and wisdom help keep the pages turning through this lighthearted cozy.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Poor Maggy Thorsen (From the Grounds Up, 2010) just can’t seem to get her coffee business going. Her original Wisconsin café, Uncommon Grounds, was destroyed in a blizzard. Now, with a new business partner, Sarah Kingston, and a site in a renovated railway depot that serves a commuter line, things should be going well. They hope to have the grand opening when the new rail line is dedicated. Maggy even commissions a giant inflatable coffee cup and saucer for the roof, but unfortunately, Jo, the event manager, turns up dead inside it. The ensuing investigation turns up some surprising information about some of the community’s most upstanding members. The fast-moving plot makes the most of the author’s quirky characters and will have readers wondering if Maggy will ever be able to make a go of it in the coffee business, but they will be happy to read another installment in hopes of finding out. Solid cozy fare. --Barbara Bibel --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Maggy Thorsen, co-owner of Uncommon Grounds coffee shop, is on hand at the celebration with her partner, the prickly real-estate agent Sarah Kingston, when JoLynne turns up dead, marring the celebration.
Poor Maggy deserves a break: First, in Uncommon Grounds (A Maggy Thorsen Mystery), her marriage broke up when her dentist husband recently left her for his 24-year-old dental hygienist. Then, when Maggy begins a new life and a new business, her coffee shop was destroyed in a freak May blizzard in Brewed, Crude and Tattooed (Maggy Thorsen), and the re-opening nearly spoiled due to mayhem in From The Grounds Up (A Maggy Thorsen Mystery). But Maggy's not about to catch a break in "A Cup of Jo," the sixth novel in the series. Turns out the pretty and petite victim JoLynne, although married, was very promiscuous -- even bedding her sister's boyfriend and, according to rumor, Maggy's main squeeze, sexy Sheriff Jake Pavlik. When she's not waxing jealous about promiscuous JoLynne, Maggy's worried about Milwaukee County Executive Wynona Counsel, who once dated Pavlik, too. It's not a pretty picture, but, considering Maggy's history -- she was oblivious of her ex's philandering -- it's understandable.
So who killed JoLynne? Was it her cuckolded husband, whom police have arrested? Or could one of JoLynne's many lovers or their spurned wives or girlfriends have decided that enough was enough? You'll be rooting for Maggy to find out the truth. While most will also be rooting for Maggy to patch things up with Jake, I'm ambivalent. Maggy's a strong woman, and Jake's a bit bullying and emotionally distant. As the kitchen magnet proclaims, "It's better to have loved and lost, than to live with a psycho for the rest of your life." Jake's not a psycho, but Maggy can do better.
Still, don't let my demur put you off. "A Cup of Jo" will brew up a funny and clever page-turner you'll drink in no time flat.
After all, this was a very special occasion for Maggy after she lost her first business due to a freak snowstorm. She was excited about relocating to the Brookhills Junction commuter train station depot where a direct line to Milwaukee 15 miles to the East should bring the the gourmet coffee shop many thirsty customers.
Just as the train carrying the dignitaries arrived, the mime tripped over an air hose to the huge inflated cup and saucer display above the podium area causing the whole display to collapse to the ground. As a hundred people watched the public relations nightmare unfold, Maggy found her missing event planner.
A Cup of Jo is the sixth Maggy Thorsen mystery by Sandra Balzo, and I am sure fans will welcome this new edition. Balzo writes with a sassy sense of humor that makes her stories fun to read. The eccentric characters and entertaining story line keeps readers wondering what can possibly happen next to our heroine.
There is never a dull moment in this story, and the author wisely keeps the reveal to the very end allowing readers the chance to guess who committed the crime and why. Whether you are already a fan or have just discovered this wonderful series, you will definitely want to grab a copy of A Cup of Jo.
A special thank you goes to Sandra Balzo and Severn House publishers for providing an ARC copy for me to review.
A Cup of Jo (Maggy Thorsen Mysteries)