Death of a Bean Counter
by Sandra Balzo

Trouble is brewing for coffeehouse owner Maggy Thorsen when her barista’s wealthy beau is murdered.

Maggy Thorsen’s head is spinning thanks to partner Sarah Kingston’s latest idea – selling luxe espresso machines in their Wisconsin coffeehouse, Uncommon Grounds. But Maggy soon faces a far bigger problem when her fiancé, sheriff Jake Pavlik, makes an official call on the coffee house’s star barista, Amy Caprese.

Amy’s wealthy new beau, investment adviser Kip Fargo, has been shot dead in his bed – and Amy is the last known person to see him alive. Kip had just proposed to Amy, but she turned him down, triggering a terrible argument and making Amy the prime suspect. Determined to prove her barista’s innocence, Maggy soon makes a number of disturbing discoveries. Can she untangle lies, jealousy and Kip’s shady dealings in time to avert the disaster that’s brewing?


The twisty mystery is well supported by the coffeehouse frame ... And there are also two lovable dogs! A satisfying cozy, perfect for those who enjoy Laura Childs’ Tea Shop mysteries starring Theodosia Browning


Balzo smoothly blends eccentric characters, lively dialogue, and a fair-play plot with a touch of discreet romance. Cozy fans will happily keep turning the pages

Publishers Weekly

Maggy’s stream-of-consciousness rambles are sure to please series fans

Publishers Weekly on Murder a la Mocha

Plot twists, snippets of coffeehouse culture, and plenty of dogs and dog behavior are integrated nicely with the mystery. This character-rich series will appeal to readers who enjoy Laurien Berenson’s Melanie Travis cozies, also featuring a host of canines

Booklist on Murder a la Mocha

Entertaining ... Maggy makes an appealing amateur sleuth

Publishers Weekly on To the Last Drop

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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Death of a Bean Counter by Sandra Balzo is available in the following formats

Ebook97814483036943rd February 2020N/A208$14.99
Ebook97814483036941st February 2020N/A208£4.99
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