From Publishers Weekly
At the start of Balzo's lukewarm second Maggy Thorsen mystery (after 2004's Uncommon Grounds
), Maggy, a 40-something divorcée who owns a coffee shop in suburban Brookhills, Wis., discovers the corpse of Marvin LaRoche, proprietor of the HotWired coffeehouse chain and Maggy's biggest competitor, under a banquet table at a coffee convention. Though Maggy was no great fan of LaRoche, she didn't kill him, and she wants to find out who did before she becomes a suspect. LaRoche's wife is a little too cheery for a new widow, and an angry activist who thought LaRoche exploited Third World coffee growers might have wanted to make a bloody statement. Some clumsy character development and awkwardly placed commentary on the art of coffeemaking will make fans of Uncommon Grounds
, which was an Anthony Award finalist, hope for a return to form in Maggy's third cozy. (Dec.)
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Booklist (starred review):
"All the right ingredients...Balzo's keep-em-guessing plot and fresh, breezy prose are more than enough to ensure that this series will continue to delight." Kirkus Reviews:
"Bright and breezy Maggy makes a charmingly down-to-earth sleuth. A bit of romance and coffee lore provide the froth on top."