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A Cup of Jo

A Cup of Jo, October 2010
Maggie Thorsen #6
by Sandra Balzo

Severn House
Featuring: Maggy Thorsen
192 pages
ISBN: 0727869124
EAN: 9780727869128
Hardcover
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"Unique characters, witty narrative and a solid mystery make this 6th book in the series a sure-winner."

Fresh Fiction Review

A Cup of Jo
Sandra Balzo

Reviewed by Suan Wilson
Posted September 9, 2010

Mystery Woman Sleuth | Mystery Cozy

Uncommon Grounds gourmet coffee shop reopens in its quaint new location at a century-and-half-old train depot. Maggy Thorsen, half owner, rents a magnificent 5'-high, 15'- diameter balloon in the shape of a coffee cup and saucer to commemorate the event, along with a mime and dignitaries to add to the celebration of their grand re-opening.

The event proceeds with few glitches, until a body is discovered in the coffee cup. Once again, Maggy proves to be a magnet for murder. Maggy's police chief boyfriend, Pavlik, tackles the investigation with Maggy sleuthing on her own. The list of suspects narrows to the victim's husband and the victim's secret lover. Hints from well- meaning friends suggest Pavlik might be the lover. Maggy prays they are wrong as she pokes and prods trying to find the answers.

This sixth Maggy Thorsen mystery continues with Ms. Balzo's knack for portraying likable and unique characters. Her trademark humor shines through and the mystery is solid. A CUP OF JO is an entertaining cozy mystery!

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SUMMARY

Maggy Thorsen'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. . .


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