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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat fun
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2018
Maggy and Sarah and Amy hire Tien to bake and serve part time. At the inaugural trip of the new Milwaukee to Brookhills station another body is found in a giant coffee cup.
3.0 out of 5 starsVERY DISAPPOINTING 6TH BOOK OF SERIES
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2010
Very disappointing. I have read the other 5 books in this series and the last 2 have been written differently - too many similes and cliches. I will probably stop reading this series. Plot recap of this one: During the grand opening of the new location for Uncommon Grounds, a body falls out of the balloon over the shop front. Maggy goes snooping for the murderer and hopes that it isn't her beau Sheriff Jake.
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2014
I find these books entertaining. There is some character development from book to book, although not with tremendous depth. The puns and humor are fun, the heroine likeable. A nice way to pass a couple of hours. I'll keep reading.
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2014
That's not a typo in the title: Jo is JoLynne Penn-Williams, the events manager for a dedication of the commuter train line that will run between Milwaukee and Brookhills, Wisconsin, a small fictional town located 15 miles west of Milwaukee.
Maggy Thorsen, co-owner of Uncommon Grounds coffee shop, is on hand at the celebration with her partner, the prickly real-estate agent Sarah Kingston, when JoLynne turns up dead, marring the celebration.
Poor Maggy deserves a break: First, in
Uncommon Grounds (A Maggy Thorsen Mystery)
, her marriage broke up when her dentist husband recently left her for his 24-year-old dental hygienist. Then, when Maggy begins a new life and a new business, her coffee shop was destroyed in a freak May blizzard in
Brewed, Crude and Tattooed (Maggy Thorsen)
, and the re-opening nearly spoiled due to mayhem in
From The Grounds Up (A Maggy Thorsen Mystery)
. But Maggy's not about to catch a break in "A Cup of Jo," the sixth novel in the series. Turns out the pretty and petite victim JoLynne, although married, was very promiscuous -- even bedding her sister's boyfriend and, according to rumor, Maggy's main squeeze, sexy Sheriff Jake Pavlik. When she's not waxing jealous about promiscuous JoLynne, Maggy's worried about Milwaukee County Executive Wynona Counsel, who once dated Pavlik, too. It's not a pretty picture, but, considering Maggy's history -- she was oblivious of her ex's philandering -- it's understandable.
So who killed JoLynne? Was it her cuckolded husband, whom police have arrested? Or could one of JoLynne's many lovers or their spurned wives or girlfriends have decided that enough was enough? You'll be rooting for Maggy to find out the truth. While most will also be rooting for Maggy to patch things up with Jake, I'm ambivalent. Maggy's a strong woman, and Jake's a bit bullying and emotionally distant. As the kitchen magnet proclaims, "It's better to have loved and lost, than to live with a psycho for the rest of your life." Jake's not a psycho, but Maggy can do better.
Still, don't let my demur put you off. "A Cup of Jo" will brew up a funny and clever page-turner you'll drink in no time flat.
Uncommon Grounds coffee house co-owners Maggy Thorsen and Sarah Kingston were checking last minute details for their grand opening in a new location when they began to question why their event planner JoLynne Penn-Williams hired an obnoxious mime for the festivities. And, by the way, why wasn't said planner present and helping them with preparations and the press?
After all, this was a very special occasion for Maggy after she lost her first business due to a freak snowstorm. She was excited about relocating to the Brookhills Junction commuter train station depot where a direct line to Milwaukee 15 miles to the East should bring the the gourmet coffee shop many thirsty customers.
Just as the train carrying the dignitaries arrived, the mime tripped over an air hose to the huge inflated cup and saucer display above the podium area causing the whole display to collapse to the ground. As a hundred people watched the public relations nightmare unfold, Maggy found her missing event planner.
A Cup of Jo is the sixth Maggy Thorsen mystery by Sandra Balzo, and I am sure fans will welcome this new edition. Balzo writes with a sassy sense of humor that makes her stories fun to read. The eccentric characters and entertaining story line keeps readers wondering what can possibly happen next to our heroine.
There is never a dull moment in this story, and the author wisely keeps the reveal to the very end allowing readers the chance to guess who committed the crime and why. Whether you are already a fan or have just discovered this wonderful series, you will definitely want to grab a copy of A Cup of Jo.
A special thank you goes to Sandra Balzo and Severn House publishers for providing an ARC copy for me to review.