Thursday, September 29, 2011

New Sandra Balzo Mystery: Triple Shot

There's a chill in the Wisconsin air and it's a shot in the arm--or "triple-shot," in this case--to Uncommon Grounds, the Brookhills coffeehouse owned by Maggy Thorsen and real estate maven Sarah Kingston. Not only is their relocation to the town's historic train station a success, the store's autumn drink, a "Triple Shot, Fully-leaded Espresso," is taking off, fueled by hefty doses of caffeine and sugar.

All seems well, if a little jittery, in Brookhills as faded television personality Ward Chitown arrives in search of a long-hidden Mafia stash, money from a raid Chitown's FBI father
commanded some thirty years ago in which three agents died.

A tragedy, but it's agents from another profession, real estate, who are facing modern-day danger in Brookhills. Two of Sarah's fellow brokers have been killed--shot and left to die in the
properties they were showing.

Then a stench begins to percolate through the coffeehouse, forcing the partners to set aside everything else to investigate. In the process, they find that corpses--like other bad things--do
indeed come in threes.

What they're saying about the Maggy Thorsen Mysteries?

"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

"... crisp dialogue, complex characters and a puzzle that can't be beat." --Kirkus Starred Review

"Hilarious one-liners, quirky characters and a lively mystery will have readers begging for more." --Fresh Fiction

"If you like the deadpan wisecracks of Myron Bolitar, you'll love Maggy Thorsen, his female alter ego." --Author Catriona McPherson

"An engaging sleuth, Maggy puts her own humorous, breezy spin on everything, from coffee
lore to the colorful locals." --Publishers Weekly

About the book:

Triple Shot by Sandra Balzo
ISBN: 978-0727880796
Publisher: Severn House
Date of publish: December 2011
Pages: 208
S.R.P.: $27.95

About the author:

Sandra Balzo is an award-winning author of crime fiction, including eight books in two different mystery series--one set in the High Country of North Carolina and the other outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her books have garnered starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, while being compared to those of Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, Joan Hess and Margaret Maron. A recent member of the National Board of Directors for the Mystery Writers of America, Sandy now splits her time between North Carolina and South Florida.

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