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Sandra Balzo

Mystery-lover and author of two series--the Maggy Thorsen Coffeehouse Mysteries (Uncommon Grounds) and Main Street Murders set in NC mtns

Pompano Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Uncommon Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated By Karen Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    A body in a pool of skim milk. An unsavory discovery at any time, but especially inconvenient when the milk puddle is in front of the espresso machine the very morning you're scheduled to open your chic suburban coffee house, Uncommon Grounds. AND the body is one of your partners, leaving you and your other partner - the one who's still alive - as suspects. Which would all be bad enough, even if your husband HADN'T just dumped you for his dental assistant....

    beatrice says: "I'll have another cup please"
    "Karen Savage as Maggy Thorsen is TERRIFIC!!"
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    I have a bit of a bias here (okay, a HUGE bias), since I wrote the book. But . . . .well, this is the first of my nine books (seven in this series and two in another) and the first available as an audio book.

    I auditioned a number of narrators and Karen Savage had me, to paraphrase, at "Chapter One." She IS the voice I hear in my head when I write my books.

    Maggy Thorsen, my protagonist, is not your usual amateur sleuth so she's a little tricky to voice. Maggy's got a bit of a chip on her shoulder--she's funny, cynical and all too human. As narrator, Karen Savage does a wonderful job of portraying a woman you may not always love, but you will unswervingly root for.

    I'm very pleased to have Karen as the voice of Maggy in this first book and, by the end of the year, another three Maggys!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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