Murder on the Orient Espresso

My latest audiobook has been released. Murder on the Orient Espresso by Sandra Balzo is the 8th book in the Maggy Thorsen series.

Maggy Thorsen, co-owner of the Wisconsin gourmet coffeehouse Uncommon Grounds, is in South Florida at an annual crime-writers’ conference. She’s attending with her beau, local sheriff Jake Pavlik, who is due to speak as a forensics expert.

But Maggy’s pledge to behave solely as a tourist becomes much trickier than she anticipated. The conference’s opening night event turns out to be a re-enactment of the Agatha Christie’s classic, Murder on the Orient Express. As Maggy and Jake reluctantly set off on the night train into the Everglades to solve the literary crime, they soon find themselves embroiled in a real-life murder mystery as creepy and baffling as any work of fiction.

Triple Shot

Triple Shot (Maggy Thorsen Book 7) by Sandra Balzo has just been released.

There’s a chill in the Wisconsin air, and it’s a shot in the arm – a triple espresso shot – to Uncommon Grounds, the Brookhills coffeehouse owned by Maggy Thorsen and real estate maven Sarah Kingston. Their new autumn drink is a huge success. But two estate agents have died lately, and Sarah herself is under investigation for irregularities at her job. Then a stench begins to percolate through the coffeehouse, and soon it’s clear that corpses – like other bad things – do indeed come in threes…

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A Cup of Jo by Sandra Balzo

My latest audiobook is book 6 in the Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse mystery series by Sandra Balzo, A Cup of Jo.

Maggy’s heart, uncharacteristically, is swelling with optimism. Sure, her original Wisconsin coffeehouse, Uncommon Grounds, was destroyed in a freak early May blizzard. But, thanks to friend and new business partner, Sarah Kingston, a perfect location for its successor has been found in a quaint Brookhills railroad station recently revitalized by the creation of a commuter-rail connection between the old depot and the city of Milwaukee, fifteen miles east.

Maggy and Sarah hope to piggyback the grand reopening of Uncommon Grounds on the media coverage of Dedication Day for the train’s two terminal points. Maggy even digs deep into her development budget and commissions a giant inflatable Uncommon Grounds coffee cup for the celebrations. All seems perfectly poised for the great day, until Brookhills’ in absentia event manager, JoLynne Penn-Williams, finally makes her appearance – as a corpse in Maggy’s piece de resistance…

©2010 Sandra Balzo (P)2013 Sandra Balzo

From the Grounds Up by Sandra Balzo

The fifth Maggy Thorsen book is out on Audible! From the Grounds Up by Sandra Balzo.

When Maggy Thorsen’s coffee house, Uncommon Grounds, is virtually obliterated by a snowstorm, she and her friend Sarah resolve to reopen – and Maggy’s found the perfect spot near the train station, just in time for the opening of the new commuter route. But when Sarah’s uncle dies suddenly, in the first of a series of ‘accidents,’ it is clear that someone doesn’t want Uncommon Grounds to reopen. Maggy, however, has no intention of yielding…

©2009 Sandra Balzo (P)2013 Sandra Balzo

Brewed, Crude and Tattooed

My latest audiobook: Brewed, Crude and Tattooed (A Maggy Thorsen Mystery) by Sandra Balzo.

It’s May 1st and in Wisconsin that means the daffodils and hyacinths are poking up their heads. Unfortunately, it also means they may freeze their little buds off.
The Perfect Spring Storm arrives without warning or so it seems to Maggy Thorsen, co-owner of the Brookhills coffeehouse Uncommon Grounds. Trapped by the storm which cuts off electricity and downs phone lines, Maggy ventures into the service corridor that connects Uncommon Grounds to the rest of the mall, looking for sustenance beyond espresso and pastries.
What she finds instead is the body of Way Benson, local developer and owner of the mall. Maggy’s discovery unearths other refugees of the storm and it seems that more than one of these people has a motive for killing the arrogant Way. Cut off by the snow, Maggy has to be content to leave Way to become a corpse-sicle until she can get hold of her main squeeze, County Sheriff Jake Pavlik. Content, that is, until another member of their intrepid little group is killed and the coffee – sans electricity – gets even colder than the bodies.
©2009 Sandra Balzo (P)2013 Sandra Balzo