Books by Sandra Balzo

MURDER ON THE ORIENT ESPRESSO by Sandra Balzo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Maggy's eighth (Triple Shot, 2011, etc.) moves slower than Hertel's locomotive, proving that not even a South Florida setting guarantees sunny days."
An audience participation stunt at a mystery writers' convention leads unsurprisingly to murder. Read full book review >
DEAD ENDS by Sandra Balzo
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Balzo's cases for AnnaLise pack the punch that her Maggy Thorsen tales lack, swapping a tepid cup of coffee for a bracing belt of chardonnay."
You can run, but you can't hide, reporter AnnaLise Griggs discovers when her ex-lover shows up in her North Carolina hometown just in time to see his wife murdered. Read full book review >
TRIPLE SHOT by Sandra Balzo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Balzo's formula has gone staler than yesterday's cappuccino. Even Maggy's red dress can't save this one."
Murder comes a little too close for comfort when Maggy Thorsen (A Cup of Jo, 2010, etc.) finds a body underneath her coffee shop. Read full book review >
RUNNING ON EMPTY by Sandra Balzo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2011

"Balzo's Maggy Thorsen series (A Cup of Jo, 2010, etc.) was a mild jolt, but her new franchise is a full-throttle joyride."
A Wisconsin reporter comes home to murder and mayhem in a High Country resort town. Read full book review >
A CUP OF JO by Sandra Balzo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Like the Styrofoam cups banned by Amy, the murder in Balzo's sixth is strictly disposable, its flimsiness in no way strengthened by her sexual innuendos and quips about canine flatulence."
Greater Milwaukee's preeminent coffee-shop owner faces heartbreak when an event planner steals her thunder and her boyfriend. Read full book review >
BREWED, CRUDE AND TATTOOED by Sandra Balzo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2009

"Balzo's foray into English country-house territory doesn't quite translate to the Midwest."
A freak May snowstorm provides the perfect cover for murder in a suburban strip mall. Read full book review >
BEAN THERE, DONE THAT by Sandra Balzo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Balzo gives an old formula new life with crisp dialogue, complex characters and a puzzle that can't be beat."
Milwaukee coffee-shop owner Maggy Thorsen (Grounds for Murder, 2007, etc.) is as steamed as the milk in a venti latte when her ex-husband's new wife asks for help proving what a faithless wretch he is. Read full book review >
GROUNDS FOR MURDER by Sandra Balzo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"Bright and breezy Maggy makes a charmingly down-to-earth sleuth. A bit of romance and coffee lore provide the froth on top."
Can too much caffeine lead to murder? Read full book review >
UNCOMMON GROUNDS by Sandra Balzo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 16, 2004

"Maggy's amusingly matter-of-fact delivery helps lift her above the legion of plucky small-town divorcées who start business ventures, find corpses, take a jaundiced second look at their neighbors, and seek true love in the arms of the law."
The opening day of a new coffeeshop is the setting for death by espresso in this bright debut. Read full book review >