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Maggy Thorsen Mysteries
Number of Books in this Series: 8
Maggy Thorsen, a 40-something divorcée running a coffee shop, Uncommon Grounds, in the small fictional town of Brookhills, Wisconsin.
1
Uncommon Grounds
by Sandra Balzo
Audiobook Narration by Karen Savage
Released: September 02, 2005

Retailers: Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo

Reviews
“In her delightful debut, Balzo puts a 21st-century spin on the traditional cozy, replacing tea with coffee as the comfort beverage of choice. Readers will want to curl up with this winner with a cappuccino or maybe even a Viennese cinnamon latte.” - Publishers Weekly

“…as wonderfully rich and sharply written as anything going. What moves Balzo’s book high above other writers who try to cover the same territory is a sharp and often amusing skill that convinces us that this is real life, and that it matters.” - Chicago Tribune
2
Grounds for Murder
by Sandra Balzo
Audiobook Narration by Karen Savage
Released: May 01, 2008

Retailers: Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo

Reviews
“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.” - Booklist (starred review)

“Bright and breezy Maggy makes a charmingly down-to-earth sleuth. A bit of romance and coffee lore provide the froth on top.” - Kirkus Reviews
3
Bean There, Done That
by Sandra Balzo
Audiobook Narration by Karen Savage
Released: September 01, 2008

Retailers: Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo

Reviews
“Balzo gives an old formula new life with crisp dialogue, complex characters and a puzzle that can’t be beat.” - Kirkus (starred review)

“An engaging sleuth, Maggy puts her own humorous, breezy spin on everything, from coffee lore to the colorful locals, in a cozy that will leave readers guessing until the end.” - Publishers Weekly
4
Brewed, Crude and Tattooed
by Sandra Balzo
Audiobook Narration by Karen Savage
Released: February 01, 2010

Retailers: Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo

Reviews
“Near the start of Balzo’s lively fourth Maggy Thorsen mystery, a sudden spring “thundersnow” traps Maggy and friends in Benson Plaza, the Brookhills, Wis, strip mall where Maggy rents space for her coffee shop, Uncommon Grounds.. . . Credible characters and a well-constructed plot.” - Publishers Weekly

“A freak May snowstorm provides the perfect cover for murder in a suburban strip mall [and,] armed with flashlights from Goddard’s Pharmacy, Maggy leads her mighty band of retailers on a quest to capture the killer.” - Kirkus Reviews
5
From the Grounds Up
by Sandra Balzo
Audiobook Narration by Karen Savage
Released: January 01, 2011

Retailers: Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo

Reviews
“Maggy Thorsen, the proprietor of Uncommon Grounds, finds that rebuilding her coffee shop in the “Old Brookhills” section of Brookhills, Wis., can be murder in Balzo’s witty, smoothly plotted fifth caffeine cozy…sassy, lighthearted whodunit…” - Publishers Weekly

“A witty cozy with eccentric characters and a fast-moving plot.” - Booklist
6
A Cup of Jo
by Sandra Balzo
Audiobook Narration by Karen Savage
Released: July 01, 2011

Retailers: Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo

Reviews
"In Balzo's delightful sixth Maggy Thorsen mystery, Maggy is planning to celebrate the opening of her rebuilt shop [until] the giant inflatable coffee cup she hired for the occasion 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." -Publishers Weekly
7
Triple Shot
by Sandra Balzo
Audiobook Narration by Karen Savage
Released: November 01, 2012

Retailers: Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo

Reviews
"In Balzo's stimulating seventh Maggie Thorsen mystery, over-the-hill TV star Ward Chitown plans to do a show about a shootout in Brookhills, Wis., in 1974 between the FBI and the Mafia that left six dead and a fortune missing. This amusing, well-written entry should win Balzo more fans.
--Publishers Weekly


"How the hell did I get myself involved with this broad? It’s like I’m Lassie, she’s Timmy, and every day is a new well."
--Jake Pavlik in Triple Shot
8
Murder on the Orient Espresso
by Sandra Balzo
Audiobook Narration by Karen Savage
Released: December 01, 2013

Retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo

Reviews
VERDICT: A nicely hewn homage to Agatha Christie’s iconic mystery gives Balzo’s seventh caffeinated series entry (after Triple Shot) a light and breezy boost. The Florida setting jazzes up the plot, and attentive readers will delight in Balzo’s plentiful book and movie references.
--Library Journal

"Readers will be happy to jump on board.
--Publisher Weekly

. . . a hit with series fans, but readers of similarly themed novels from writers such as Mary Daheim (the Bed-and-Breakfast mysteries) or Kerry Greenwood (the Corinna Chapman series) should also be steered in Maggy’s direction.
-Booklist
9
To the Last Drop
by Sandra Balzo
Released: November 01, 2016

Retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo

Reviews
“Suggest Maggy’s adventures to fans of Chris Cavender’s Pizza mysteries, Elizabeth J. Duncan’s Penny Brannigan series, and Laura Child’s Tea Shop mysteries”
--Booklist

"Someone kills dental surgeon William Swope by throwing him out his 10th-floor office window in Balzo’s entertaining ninth mystery featuring Brookhills, Wis., coffee shop owner Maggy Thorsen."
--Publishers Weekly
10
The Importance of Being Urnest
by Sandra Balzo
Released: December 01, 2017

Retailers: Amazon

Reviews
"In Balzo’s witty 10th mystery featuring fast-talking Maggy Thorsen (after 2016’s To the Last Drop), wryly observant Maggy, the owner of the Uncommon Grounds coffee shop in Brookhills, Wis., holds forth on books, popular songs, Botox, and other more unlikely topics, but the main focus is on the Goddard Group, whose members are all “mature” java lovers. Many of them reside at the local assisted living facility, Brookhills Manor. A shoot-out at the facility, which ends with one deputy dead and Sheriff Jake Pavlik, Maggy’s fiancé, in the hospital, leaves the residents chattering. Soon afterward, two of the Goddard Group’s members die within days of each other. Speculation grows: was one or both of the deaths murder? There are loads of eccentric suspects and juicy motives, and the clues are wrapped in lively conversation. Don’t expect much detective work; the real pleasure is to be found in spending time with these outspoken people."
--Publishers Weekly
11
Murder a la Mocha
by Sandra Balzo
Released: January 01, 2019

Retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Reviews
"Who can resist a jacket featuring a rather gorgeous chihuahua? The brilliant new coffeehouse mystery starring Maggy Thorsen (and Mocha!), is coming 28 Sept in Great Britain and 1 January in the US!"
--Severn House
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