Grounds for Murder: A Maggy Thorsen Mystery

Sandra Balzo, Author . Severn $27.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-7278-6549-6

At the start of Balzo’s lukewarm second Maggy Thorsen mystery (after 2004’s Uncommon Grounds ), Maggy, a 40-something divorcée who owns a coffee shop in suburban Brookhills, Wis., discovers the corpse of Marvin LaRoche, proprietor of the HotWired coffeehouse chain and Maggy’s biggest competitor, under a banquet table at a coffee convention. Though Maggy was no great fan of LaRoche, she didn’t kill him, and she wants to find out who did before she becomes a suspect. LaRoche’s wife is a little too cheery for a new widow, and an angry activist who thought LaRoche exploited Third World coffee growers might have wanted to make a bloody statement. Some clumsy character development and awkwardly placed commentary on the art of coffeemaking will make fans of Uncommon Grounds , which was an Anthony Award finalist, hope for a return to form in Maggy’s third cozy. (Dec.)

Reviewed on: 10/15/2007
Release date: 12/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 318 pages - 978-0-7278-7710-9
Paperback - 217 pages - 978-1-84751-027-3
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