Murder on the Orient Espresso

Murder on the Orient Espresso

by Sandra Balzo


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ISBN-13: 9781847518712
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Series: A Maggy Thorsen Mystery Series , #8
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 700,938
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sandra Balzo is an award-winning author of crime fiction, including ten books in two different mystery series from Severn House--the Wisconsin-based Maggy Thorsen Mysteries and Main Street Murders, set in the High Country of North Carolina and featuring journalist AnnaLise Griggs. Balzo's books have garnered starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, while being recommended to readers of Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, Mary Daheim, Joan Hess and Margaret Maron. A Wisconsin native, Sandy now splits her time between South Florida and North Carolina.

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Murder on the Orient Espresso 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
wendyld More than 1 year ago
Not sure if it's because I grew up in the area and camped in the everglades when I was younger, or because I later lived for many years in the Ft. Lauderdale area where this book is set, but I loved it. Balzo did a terrific job capturing the background as a tourist might discover the Everglades. The idea of the writer's conference and the half built train tracks running through the glades parallel to Alligator Alley was brilliant. It made the setting for this mystery every bit as good as Agatha Christie's original one. Of course there was laugh out loud (break the tension) humor, which is Balzo's trademark. The faux Christie characters were colorful and believable in this setting. It's my favorite Maggie Thorsen Mystery so far!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Maggie and her boyfriend Jake Pavlik, Pavlik as Maggie likes to call him were off to Florida for a mystery writers conference. Maggie had visions of a passion filled weekend. That was until the busty Zoe showed up and had plans of her own for Jake. Zoe was not thrilled that Maggie and Jake were sharing more than a room together, but Zoe needed to get ready for the nights fun. Murder on the orient espresso, a Agatha Christie based murder train ride. On the bus ride to the train Maggie learned a lot about all the other guests. A lot of the guests seems to dislike one another and some even appeared to be old flames. Including Zoe and her boyfriend Jake. The guests were ready to enjoy a murder mystery when one of the guests went missing. Little did this group of readers, writers and reviewers know they were actually in a murder mystery themselves. I truly enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and the detail about Laurence the book reviewer that is not always nice to authors made me laugh. The characters in the book truly are that. The book reminded me of the movie clue with all the outragous personalities. I got a kick out of the fact they see a story and opportunity where ever they look, even if it is a dead body. A great read, can be read in a day, and once you open this book you won't want to put it down. Rating: 4.5 Heat Rating: Sweet Reviewed: By Rae Courtesy Of My Book Addiction And More
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Ritr614 More than 1 year ago
Murder on the Orient Espresso is not only a great title, but also an engaging train ride through the Florida Everglades. This eighth book in the Maggy Thorsen series is entertaining, funny, and a cleverly put together puzzle. I’ve read the entire series and from the first days of Uncommon Grounds, through Bean There, Done That, and after Triple Shot, Maggy and friends have been pure fun. In book eight, Maggy and the oh-so-delicious Jake are off to the Everglades for a Crime Writers’ Conference with attendees playing the Agatha Christie roles. With perfectly believable ingenuity, Maggy again must solve her way out of a murder. Even with humorous dialogue, the far richer comedy of character aspect rounds out each story as you try to sort through the clues. Sandra Balzo creates a realistic sense of place and the narrow confines of the cars create an atmosphere of rising tension, bubbling jealousy, increasing hunger, and flooding swamp waters. And inside is a murderer playing the part of a murderer. I had a couple of laugh-out-loud moments in my quiet little library space and thought I should explain to another patron that pythons, feet, and cake knives were indeed a funny thing. I enjoyed this mystery so much that for a moment I felt bad about having such fun over a murder. But the characters were so stimulating and amusing that I just pretended I had an espresso martini, nodded to the bemused library visitor, and went on reading.