Any Pot in a Storm
by Sandra Balzo

Trouble is brewing for coffeehouse owner Maggy Thorsen when she’s caught up in a storm and murder at a writers’ retreat.

Brookhills coffeehouse owner Maggy Thorsen has reluctantly travelled north with her business partner, Sarah Kingston, and chef, Tien Romano, to cater a crime-writing retreat. Although Maggy is no fan of the outdoors, Payne Lodge’s remote location deep in Wisconsin’s woods seems an ideal spot for their local writers’ group to plot the perfect murder.

But even Maggy doesn’t realize quite how perfect until a violent thunderstorm leaves the group stranded with no power or means of communication, and the retreat’s organizer, Kate McNamara, is found dead in one of the guestrooms. It’s no secret that Brookhills newspaper editor Kate delighted in stirring up trouble, but which of their number hated the woman enough to travel nearly four hundred miles north to kill her?


“An inventive mashup of cozy subgenres”

Kirkus Reviews

“The body count rises quickly as Balzo’s quirky cozy turns darker than a freshly brewed espresso”

Kirkus Reviews on French Roast

“Vividly drawn characters and dialogue crackling with wit propel the fair-play plot”

Publishers Weekly on French Roast

“Balzo’s latest will keep readers on their toes . . . Solid cozy fare”

Booklist on French Roast

“Connecting murders past and present provides a welcome challenge for coffeehouse cozy fans”

Kirkus Reviews on The Big Steep

“Lively, intelligent characters and Maggy’s refreshingly anxiety-free relationship with her fiancé, Brookhills County Sheriff Jake Pavlik, make this stand out from the cozy pack. This is a perfect entry point for newcomers'”

Publishers Weekly on The Big Steep

“Numerous plot twists, nicely delineated characters, dry humor, and details of running a coffeehouse define this cozy. Suggest to those who enjoy Laura Childs’ Tea Shop mysteries”

Booklist on Flat White

“Readers who like their heroines on the spunky side will enjoy Maggy’s company”

Publishers Weekly on Flat White

Sandra Balzo

Sandra Balzo built an impressive career as a public relations consultant before authoring the successful ‘Maggy Thorsen’ coffeehouse mysteries, the first of which, Uncommon Grounds, was published to stellar reviews and nominated for an Anthony and Macavity Award. She is also the author of the ‘Main Street Murders’ mystery series published by Severn House.

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Any Pot in a Storm by Sandra Balzo is available in the following formats

Hardback97814483067495th September 2023145 X 225mm208$29.99
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