Flat White
by Sandra Balzo

Coffee and romance – the perfect way to warm a freezing winter at Uncommon Grounds! Until Maggy Thorsen’s new barista’s beau turns up on the doorstep, bringing a deadly chill with him…

Maggy Thorsen and her business partner Sarah Kingston have taken on a new barista at their Wisconsin coffee house, Uncommon Grounds, to fill Amy Caprese’s boots while she takes a much-needed vacation. Unfortunately Christy Wrigley’s barista skills are as underwhelming as her love life, but is her luck about to change with her new beau?

Christy gushes about her long distance, online relationship with Barry Margraves from Denver, leading Maggy to urge caution. When the new love of her life turns up unexpectedly on the coffee shop’s doorstep on a snowy winter morning, Christy is shocked – but what follows next is even more staggering, and Maggy is soon drawn into a deadly blend of betrayal, deception and lies.


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


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

Publishers Weekly

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

Booklist on Death of a Bean Counter

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 on Death of a Bean Counter

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

Witty ... loads of eccentric suspects and juicy motives

Publishers Weekly on The Importance of Being Urnest

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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Flat White by Sandra Balzo is available in the following formats

Paperback978178029766827th January 2022140 X 216mm208£13.99
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