A Cup of Jo: A Maggy Thorsen Mystery

Sandra Balzo, Severn, $27.95 (192p) ISBN 978-0-7278-6912-8
In Balzo’s delightful sixth Maggy Thorsen mystery (after March 2010’s From the Grounds Up), Maggy, the co-owner of Uncommon Grounds, a gourmet coffeehouse, which was destroyed during a freak snowstorm, is planning to celebrate the opening of her rebuilt shop at the same time that the town of Brook-hills, Wis., dedicates the new Milwaukee commuter-train line. Maggie is pleased with the giant inflatable coffee cup she hired for the occasion, until it 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. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/16/2010
Release date: 10/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 304 pages - 978-0-7278-7969-1
Paperback - 188 pages - 978-1-84751-256-7
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