Triple Shot

Triple Shot

by Sandra Balzo


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Triple Shot by Sandra Balzo

The new Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse mystery
There's a chill in the Wisconsin air, and it's a shot in the arm - a triple espresso shot -“ to Uncommon Grounds, the Brookhills coffeehouse owned by Maggy Thorsen and real estate maven Sarah Kingston. Their new autumn drink is a huge success. But two estate agents have died lately, and Sarah herself is under investigation for irregularities at her job. Then a stench begins to percolate through the coffeehouse, and soon it's clear that corpses - like other bad things - do indeed come in threes . . .

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ISBN-13: 9780727880796
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Series: Maggy Thorsen Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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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.
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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