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Publisher's Summary

A body in a pool of skim milk.
An unsavory discovery at any time, but especially inconvenient when the milk puddle is in front of the espresso machine the very morning you're scheduled to open your chic suburban coffee house, Uncommon Grounds.
AND the body is one of your partners, leaving you and your other partner - the one who's still alive - as suspects.
Which would all be bad enough, even if your husband HADN'T dumped you for his dental assistant, Little Miss Tooth de Lay, leading you to jettison your old life and invest what little you have left in Uncommon Grounds, which now appears - like your marriage - to be circling the drain.
©2004 Sandra Balzo (P)2012 Sandra Balzo
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By Beatrice on 05-08-12

I'll have another cup please

This is one of the most entertaining new series I have read in a while. I was hooked after the first page. In a small town in Wisconsin, Caron Egan, Patricia Harper, and Maggie Thorsen open up a gourmet coffee shop, UNCOMMON GROUNDS. On the day they open for business, Patricia dies in what seems like an electrocution accident. But the sheriff sees things differently. Sheriff Pavlik thinks someone tampered with the latte maker to intentionally kill Patricia. He begins to look at the business partners first.

The characters are realistic, likeable, interesting and well-developed. There are many plot twist to keep you guessing. Other than Maggie my favorite character is Sarah. Her blunt sarcastic comments are funny and keep the story rolling at a fast pace.

I wish the entire 7 book series was available through audiobooks. I bought the rest of the series for my Kindle. If you are a fan of light mysteries you will love this book.

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By John S. on 09-02-12

Karen Savage's narration an excellent fit

She kept me listening to an otherwise "O.K. but not great" mystery. One suggestion though: slow it down - your protagonist isn't a Federal Express person!

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By Mr on 07-07-16

fun little mystery

Sandra Balzo has a fun, quirky style to her writing, matching the voice work of Karen Savage perfectly keeping the story bright and full of life even during its darker and grittier moments. As a fan of Agatha Christie and Rex Stout myself, I feel much of what made their writing great is present here while still having a unique voice that engages on an emotive level as well as a reasoning one. the mystery is rich enough to keep you guessing while at the same time the solution makes sense and seems well foreshadowed in hindsight. I have read and enjoyed a number of other books featuring the intrepid Maggie Thorson but this is my first audio book featuring her and I must admit the performance of Karen Savage made a great experience even better and I will be listening to more by them both.

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