Importance of Being Urnest by Sandra Balzo is the 10th book in the “Maggy Thorsen” mystery series. Publisher: Severn House Publishers, December 2017

Maggy confronts a number of mysterious deaths and has an important decision to make about her future with Sheriff Jake Pavlik in the new Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse mystery.

The choice of an antique silver coffee urn as the final resting place for elderly Celeste Bouchard’s ashes might seem a cruel joke. After all, the wealthy boutique owner was taken ill and died while daughter Hannah was off having lattes at Uncommon Grounds. But Maggy Thorsen, the coffeehouse’s owner, has more pressing things on her mind: a jail break and subsequent shoot-out has forced her main squeeze, Sheriff Jake Pavlik, to take refuge with her.

And Maggy has a serious decision to make: marriage or not? And with an escaped convict still on the loose, Maggy suddenly has a difficult and dangerous puzzle to solve.

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Another great book in this series where everything hinges on what Maggy will do. This was a fast-paced and well written drama that immediately grabbed my attention, quickly becoming a page-turner as I had to know how this will end. The mystery was nicely done, keeping me glued to the pages as suspect after suspect and clues after clues percolated from a simmer until the only person left was the killer rising to the op. The narrative was visually descriptive with dialogue that kept me engaged in all that was happening on the page. The characters all played pivotal roles that enhanced how well the story was being told, especially that one little twist that caught me unawares. This is one of the favorite books and I can’t wait to see where we go next with Maggy, Jake and the rest of the gang in this most endearing series.

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