- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Sandra Balzo
- Audible.com Release Date: September 18, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F9NL5CU
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From the Grounds Up: A Maggy Thorsen Mystery, Book 5 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Early on, Sarah's uncle by marriage, Kornell Eisvogel dies when a train hits his Buick. But authorities discover that someone sabotaged his car. Sure, Uncle Kornell -- dubbed Crazy Kornell -- was a thoroughly obnoxious old man, but who would kill him? But crazy Uncle Kornell's death is just the first of a series of accidents at the proposed new site for Uncommon Grounds: the old train depot at Brookhills, the wealthy exurb west of Milwaukee where Maggy and Sarah live. The site will prove pretty lucrative when commuter service from Brookhills to Milwaukee resumes in a few months. Could someone be trying to jettison the women's plans? Or is the threat more personal? So much of the "bad luck" seems to affect Sarah. Maggy doesn't think it's all a coincidence.
Sandra Balzo makes an excellent recovery from the lackluster "Brewed, Crude and Tattooed" with "From the Grounds Up." The novel spells the return of some wonderful characters and the introduction of a few delightful new ones. You won't regret picking up this book when you're looking for a breezy read.
However, as soon as the papers are signed and they begin making plans, accidents start happening at the depot site, including the death of Sarah's crabby step-uncle, whose car was t-boned by a passing train when it stalled on the tracks. Maggy senses that someone doesn't want her to re-open Uncommon Grounds--at least not at the depot--but who? Of course she begins poking her nose in and with a few dropped clues from her boyfriend the Sheriff, discovers that Uncle Kornell's 'accident' was actually a murder.
Love this series with its edgy, slightly irreverent humor, relaxed atmosphere and easy reading style. Maggy is a breath of fresh air compared to most of the cookie-cutter cozy heroines, and her friends are fully-fleshed, great characters too--including her gassy sheepdog, Frank. (She really ought to be nominated for a Watson award for the best sidekick! LOL) Very much looking forward to the next book in the series.