Maggy Thorsen

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 412 ratings

Uncommon Grounds Publisher's Summary

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 dumped you for his dental assistant, Little Miss Tooth de Lay, leading you to jettison your old life and invest what little you have left in Uncommon Grounds, which now appears - like your marriage - to be circling the drain.

©2004 Sandra Balzo (P)2012 Sandra Balzo
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  • Book 1

    • Uncommon Grounds

    • By: Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated by: Karen Savage
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 163
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 144

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'll have another cup please

    • By Beatrice on 05-08-12

    Regular price: $18.49

  • Book 2

    • Grounds for Murder

    • A Maggy Thorsen Mystery
    • By: Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated by: Karen Savage
    • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    Maggy Thorsen is back! When the coffeehouse owner is dragooned into emceeing the barista competition (think Iron Chef, but with coffee) at the industry's scaldingly competitive trade show, she fears nothing good will come of it. Sure enough, the morning of the finals, Maggy discovers the body of her chief rival and conference organizer, Marvin LaRoche, under the trophy table.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not particularly recommended

    • By John S. on 04-07-13

    Regular price: $18.49

  • Book 3

    • Bean There, Done That

    • Maggy Thorsen
    • By: Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated by: Karen Savage
    • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    Here's a tip: if your ex-husband's mistress-cum-missus asks for your help in proving that he cheated on her while he was married to you, just say no. And, whatever you do, don't invite her in for a cup of coffee... "Wine?" coffeehouse owner Maggy Thorsen offers, moving aside reluctantly to let the home-breaking Rachel into her living room and her life. When the new Mrs. Thorsen disappears that same evening, Maggy finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation involving Rachel's hotelier family - Milwaukee's answer to the Hiltons.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved this book

    • By Judy on 01-30-13

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  • Book 4

    • Brewed, Crude and Tattooed

    • A Maggy Thorsen Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated by: Karen Savage
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    It's May 1st and in Wisconsin that means the daffodils and hyacinths are poking up their heads. Unfortunately, it also means they may freeze their little buds off. The Perfect Spring Storm arrives without warning or so it seems to Maggy Thorsen, co-owner of the Brookhills coffeehouse Uncommon Grounds. Trapped by the storm which cuts off electricity and downs phone lines, Maggy ventures into the service corridor that connects Uncommon Grounds to the rest of the mall, looking for sustenance beyond espresso and pastries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • charming and pleasant

    • By A. on 02-08-14

    Regular price: $18.49

  • Book 5

    • From the Grounds Up

    • A Maggy Thorsen Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated by: Karen Savage
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    When Maggy Thorsen's coffee house, Uncommon Grounds, is virtually obliterated by a snowstorm, she and her friend Sarah resolve to reopen - and Maggy's found the perfect spot near the train station, just in time for the opening of the new commuter route. But when Sarah's uncle dies suddenly, in the first of a series of 'accidents,' it is clear that someone doesn't want Uncommon Grounds to reopen. Maggy, however, has no intention of yielding...

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  • Book 6

    • A Cup of Jo

    • Maggy Thorsen Mysteries, Book 6
    • By: Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated by: Karen Savage
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Maggy's heart, uncharacteristically, is swelling with optimism. Sure, her original Wisconsin coffeehouse, Uncommon Grounds, was destroyed in a freak early May blizzard. But, thanks to friend and new business partner, Sarah Kingston, a perfect location for its successor has been found in a quaint Brookhills railroad station recently revitalized by the creation of a commuter-rail connection between the old depot and the city of Milwaukee, fifteen miles east.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great dialogue

    • By Col on 06-19-18

    Regular price: $18.49

  • Book 7

    • Triple Shot

    • Maggy Thorsen Mysteries, Book 7
    • By: Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated by: Karen Savage
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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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