Sandra Balzo

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Sandra Balzo is an award-winning author of crime fiction, including fourteen books in two mystery series--one set outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the other in the High Country of North Carolina. MURDER a la Mocha, the eleventh Maggy Thorsen Wisconsin coffeehouse mystery, will be released in January, and the series has been optioned for development as a TV series/film.

Balzo's books have garnered starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, while being recommended to readers of Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, Joan Hess and Margaret Maron.

In addition to Twitter and her website, Sandy also hangs out at https://www.facebook.com/SandraBalzoM... and http://pinterest.com/sandrabalzo/
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Sandra Balzo Thanks, Jennifer--so glad you like Maggy! I'm currently at work on Book 10 in the series, The Importance of Being Urnest. It's due the end of March (e…moreThanks, Jennifer--so glad you like Maggy! I'm currently at work on Book 10 in the series, The Importance of Being Urnest. It's due the end of March (eek, better get to work!) and should be out late this year. (less)
Sandra Balzo Murder on the Orient Espresso is the 8th book in the Maggy Thorsen Coffeehouse mysteries and I decided Maggy needed a vacation. She accompanies her ma…moreMurder on the Orient Espresso is the 8th book in the Maggy Thorsen Coffeehouse mysteries and I decided Maggy needed a vacation. She accompanies her main squeeze, Sheriff Jake Pavlik, to South Florida to a mystery writers' conference, where Pavlik is to speak. I have to admit this was not as much of a stretch for me as it was for Maggy. I now live in Fort Lauderdale and a member of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, which puts on the premier mystery writers conference in the world, Sleuthfest.

[Disclaimer: Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is unintentional and purely coincidental. Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear.]

For the record, Sleuthfest does NOT pile various warring factions of writers, reviewers and fans onto a night train into the Everglades to re-enact Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. And if we did, we'd make damn sure the weather was good, the tracks were solid and . . . well, I can't promise you an absence of pythons. They are becoming a bit of a nuisance down here. :-)(less)
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“Goody. That must be why they were looking for a 22-caliber anything when they came by with their search warrant this morning.'

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'When?'

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Sandra Balzo Beth wrote: "Hi Sandra,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author on Goodreads!"


Happy to see you here, Beth!


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Beth Hi Sandra,
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