Triple Shot

Triple Shot

by Sandra Balzo

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Triple Shot by Sandra Balzo

The state of Wisconsin has never been known for its mild winters and this particular season is no exception. But that�s all good news for Maggy Thorsen and Uncommon Grounds, her newly renovated Brookhills coffeehouse.

Now that Maggy and her real estate maven pal, Sarah Kingston, have finally completed the relocation of Uncommon Grounds to the town�s historical train station, they�ve concocted just the perfect drink special to warm up the residents of Brookhills � Triple Shot, a heady coffee drink with massive doses of sugar and caffeine � during this especially cold season.

And all is going well for Maggy (okay, maybe she�s a little over-caffeinated, but what do you expect?) when Ward Chitown, a has-been TV personality, rolls into town in search of a long-hidden Mafia stash. And Chitown knows the stash is here because his father led the FBI bust some thirty years ago, in which three agents lost their lives�

But now, it�s the real estate agents in Brookhills that should be looking over their shoulders. Two of Sarah�s fellow brokers were shot and left to die at the properties they were showing�and the whole town is feeling nervous, staying home with their windows drawn�

When the stench of death starts to pervade Uncommon Grounds, Maggy and Sarah are forced to put all other business aside and find the killer before Sarah becomes the recipient of the murderer�s third shot�

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015018011
Publisher: NYLA
Publication date: 07/23/2012
Series: A Maggy Thorsen Mystery , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 174
Sales rank: 182,450
File size: 297 KB

About the Author

Sandra Balzo turned to mystery writing after twenty years in corporate public relations, event management and publicity. Triple Shot, her seventh Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse mystery, was just released, and Sandy's second series, Main Street Mysteries, debuted in April with Running on Empty. The books, set in the popular vacation destination of North Carolina's High Country, will alternate with the Maggy Thorsen mysteries. Heaven's Fire, about a fireworks show gone badly wrong, was released directly to Kindle with excellent reviews.

Balzo's novels have been nominated for both the Anthony and Macavity awards and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist. In addition to her books about coffee-maven Maggy Thorsen and displaced journalist AnnaLise Griggs, Balzo writes short stories, two of which have been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, winning the Macavity, Derringer and Robert L. Fish awards. Those psychological thrillers, along with a third original story, are available on Kindle in The Grass is Always Greener and Other Stories.

Balzo has handled publicity for three Bouchercons (World Mystery Conventions), as well as the International Association of Crime Writers, and has served a national board member of Mystery Writers of America. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, she currently splits her time between Florida and the High Country of North Carolina.

And roots for the Green Bay Packers.

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Triple Shot 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely hard to put down. I enjoyed the intrigue and mystery that permeated the novel. There was always an suspenseful undercurrent. The main character, Maggy, and her friend, Sarah, are just becoming successful when everything turns around. Now, rather than sweet drinks they are dealing with the stench of corpses. The characters were likable, even funny at times. Maggy was intense, but smart. Sarah had a mouth on her at times, but she acted as the comic relief at times. The secondary characters were interesting, rounded out the book. The events were fairly fast-paced, the reader couldn't really predict what was going to happen next. This book is recommended to adult readers.
JDHoliday51 More than 1 year ago
In Triple Shot, Maggie Thorsen and her BBF, Sarah Kingston have a nonstop time of it in the coffeeshop, Uncommon Grounds. They discover that the coffee shop was once a hangout for the mob with a connection to her friend Tien grandfather killed in a shot out between the mob and FBI, a 'secret room' the old mob use to use, a hint of unfound money they might have left behind, bodies still piling up and Sarah is  a murder suspect. (Sort of like Geraldo Rivera's mystery of Al Capone's vault, but with a much, much better plot.) Add to this mix, Maggie has to deal with out of towners showing up in Brookhills running about stirring it all about and not to forget about another woman who tries to horn in and finger that buttery leather jacket Maggie so loves. Speaking of Pavlik, he mood is so warm and loving in the book! In Triple Shot, Maggie's fun sense of humor, a hallmark of Sandra Balzo's character, keeps you entertained and the story moving with scenes. Maggie doesn't share all her thoughts with her fellow characters... just with me, (Okay, and you.) In this one, Maggie imagines Pavlik thinking of their relationship: 'How the hell did I get myself involved with this broad? It's like I'm Lassie, she's Timmy, and every day is a new well!' This is my favorite Maggie Thorsen mystery written skillfully by Sandra Balzo. Maggie is one of the strongest characters I know. Well... as well as a reader can know a fictional character, that is. Triple Shot has everything I love in a good book. ~ Author and Illustrator, J.D. Holiday
EurekaDB More than 1 year ago
I read the entire series and I would rank #3 in the entire series of my favorites, but that is because I read it on the heels of her last book A Cup of Joe which was my favorite. All her books are clever and quick reads, but sometimes they could use a little more detail. If you are fan, you will be happy to know that she has further developed a few more of our favorite characters. I hope she continues the series, because I am sitll along for the ride on what will happen between Maggie and Pavlik and her son after he is done with college, Tien and Amy too. Also, will Sarah make a complete career change or stradle the two? I guess I will have to stay tuned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
harstan More than 1 year ago
At the Brookhills Junction Depot in Wisconsin, the owners of Uncommon Grounds Maggy Thorsen and Sarah Kingston are ecstatic as their gourmet coffeehouse appears on the brink of success especially their popular autumn espresso while a chill is in the air. At the same Sarah the Kingston Realtor is being investigated for a complaint filed by her apprentice Brigid Ferndale. Not long afterward, the smell of a rotting corpse overwhelms the usual pleasant odor of A Cup of Jo. They follow the nasty scent into a room neither knew existed. Inside a closet is the dead body of Brigid. Brookhills County Sheriff Jake Pavlilk investigates the homicide while thinking he is Lassie to Sarah's Timmy as he likes her but she seems to become brewed in too many homicides. As he works the case in which Sarah is the obvious prime suspect, Maggy also investigates From the Grounds Up. The latest Thorsen caffeine crime cozy affirms that this series remains one of the best gourmet amateur sleuths on the market. The whodunit is cleverly constructed as sassy Sarah seems to be the solo suspect. Courageous Maggy knows her partner is a hemorrhoid bringer, but would never murder anyone so she sets out to find the real killer. Although their location seems to be a "morgue", armchair readers will enjoy sipping coffee as Maggy does the leg work. Harriet Klausner