Triple Shot

Triple Shot

Sandro Balzo

Severn House, Dec 1 2011, $27.99

ISBN: 9780727880796


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

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