A Day in the Life with Sarah Kingston by Sandra Balzo

to-the-last-dropAutumn in Wisconsin means pumpkin lattes on the menu, colorful leaves falling from the trees and dead bodies dropping out of the sky.

Or at least that’s autumn in the world of Maggy Thorsen.

No, I’m not Maggy, thank God. I’m Sarah Kingston, Maggy’s partner in the Wisconsin coffeehouse, Uncommon Grounds.

Now I’m the first to admit I’m not perfect. Bi-polar, I’m not great at taking my meds and consider vodka one of those clear liquids you’re allowed when prepping for a colonoscopy. But Maggy has bigger problems. Repeatedly. This time it’s her dentist ex-husband, Ted, who has a blowout with his new partner—in our shop, I might add–and presto change-o, the next morning there’s a corpse on the ground outside their dental office.

Coincidence?

Please.

And then there’s the situation with Maggy’s sheriff boyfriend. Jake Pavlik has dark wavy hair and eyes that change from sunny blue to cloudy gray depending on his mood. He rides a Harley. Rescued a toothless pit bull from a breeding cage at a fight club and brought her home to live with him. Named her Muffin. On paper, Pavlik is the perfect man. So what’s the problem?

Weren’t you paying attention? He’s the SHERIFF. And Maggy, the Corpse Stumbler.

And if that all weren’t bad enough, it’s nearly Thanksgiving, and we need to make up a gazillion gift baskets to sell before Christmas. Apparently holiday gift sales account for half our profits. Who knew? Not me, certainly, before I signed on as Maggy’s newest partner.

What happened to the last partner, you ask?

Not to worry, she’s not dead.

That was the first one.


To The Last Drop is the ninth book in the Maggy Thorsen mystery series, published by Severn House Publishers, November 2016.

Maggy Thorsen returns in this brand-new coffeehouse mystery, where the death of her ex-husband’s colleague leads to events that hit Maggy close to home – in more ways than one . . .

Maggy Thorsen’s shock at finding her ex-husband Ted in a fight with William Swopes, an oral surgeon at Ted’s dental practice, outside Uncommon Grounds, the Wisconsin gourmet coffeehouse she co-owns, is soon usurped by the horror of discovering a dead body outside Thorsen Dental’s office block the next morning. Did he jump from the tenth-floor office window, or was he pushed?

It’s not long before Maggy is uncovering disturbing family secrets, lies and betrayal.

As Maggy tries to piece together the clues, her beau, Jake Pavlik, hits her with another bombshell. Can she keep her emotions in check and find out the truth about a possible murder?

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About the author
Sandra Balzo is an award-winning author of crime fiction, including twelve books in two mystery series from Severn House–the Wisconsin-based Maggy Thorsen Mysteries and Main Street Murders, set in the High Country of North Carolina and featuring journalist AnnaLise Griggs. Film rights for the Maggy Thorsen Coffeehouse Mysteries have been optioned toward development as a television series or movie. Connect with Sandy at Sandy@SandraBalzo.com, SandraBalzo.com or Facebook and Twitter at (you guessed it) @SandraBalzo.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of To The Last Drop. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends November 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

27 responses to “A Day in the Life with Sarah Kingston by Sandra Balzo

  1. This one sounds really good!

  2. Sounds like an interesting series!

  3. Pauline Barlow

    “To the Last Drop” sounds to me to be a book I’d like to read. I believe I read some of the ones early in the series: “Grounds for Murder” and “Uncommon Grounds”. I’ll catch up on the ones in between by going to a book store or our library.

  4. No time like the present to start a new series/author….

  5. elainehroberson

    I’ve got a pot of coffee brewing now. I just need a good book to go with it and this one sounds great. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  6. Have read the first seven books and loved them. Have Murder on the Orient Espresso on my e-reader and would love to have To the Last Drop for my tbr pile.

  7. To The Last Drop sounds captivating and special. Thanks.

  8. Instead of the season being Fall, it should be renamed Pumpkin Spice season. lol! Today if you want to open a business and prosper a coffee shop or a winery are two that are at the top of the list. Thanks for the review of Sandra Balzo’s latest in her series.

  9. Yes please Dru. This one is just too funny to miss out on. Toss my name into the Magic Hat and let’s hope I’m the winner.

  10. I’ve enjoyed reading all the books in this series and would love to win a print copy of To the Last Drop. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. That sounds sufficiently complex to keep a reader entertained.

  12. Sounds like great characters in a seasonal pressure cooker. Definitely on my TBR list.

  13. This is a great series. Anxiously waiting to read this newest installment to the series. Thank you for the chance to win a copy

  14. I haven’t read this series yet, but it definitely sounds like my type of read. Can’t wait to read “To The Last Drop”.

  15. I would love to read To the Last Drop — I’ll need to look up this series ~

  16. Looking forward to reading the latest Maggie Thorsen mystery.

  17. I love this series and had to chuckle at Maggie being called the corpse stumbler

  18. Cheryl Corbitt

    I LOVE discovering new-to-me cozy series set in my “new as of two years ago” home state! Thanks for a chance to win while I start tracking down the first eight books!!

  19. Sounds like a great story with wonderful characters. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  20. I have to read this series. Have added it my TBR list. I would love to win a copy of Too the Last Drop. My mom was born in Wisconsin and this is series I know she will like to read once I have.

  21. What a fun sounding series, can’t wait to start reading it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  22. To be added to my TBR pile. Coffee and a good mystery perfect combination

  23. Love to win this! Thanks for the chance!

  24. Barb Bristol Wiesmann

    I’ve loved this series from the first one.

  25. This sounds like a great read.

  26. It’s excitement time again. New author/new series. Thanks dru. Hoping to read sooner. Rather than later.

  27. a must-binge-read series……
    thank you for the giveaway………