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Murder a la Mocha: A Coffeehouse Cozy

(Maggy Thorsen Mystery #11)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Coffee, a canine and a corpse: a bad feeling leads to an even worse discovery when Maggy tries to return a Chihuahua to its owners in the new coffeehouse mystery.

Maggy Thorsen's evening with her fiancé Sheriff Jake Pavlik and his parents in Chicago takes a dramatic turn when Jake's mother falls ill, then a Chihuahua jumps in front of Maggy's car on her drive back to Un
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Severn House Publishers
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Ivonne Rovira
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humorous cozy lovers
When coffee shop owner Maggy Thorsen finds a bedraggled mop of a tiny dog on the highway, she doesn’t know she’ll be drawn into yet another mystery. The snarling lump of fur turns out to be Mocha the high-strung long-haired Chihuahua. Maggy’s wise-cracking business partner Sarah Kingston realizes that the dog is being dog-sat by Sarah’s own niece (Arial), and they return Mocha to the house.

Soon after, Arial, Mocha and the man who owns Mocha are missing, but a young corpse is very much in evidenc
Lisa Morin
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been a long time reader of this series and the cover of Murder a la Mocha was irresistible.
Maggy Thorsen is meeting her fiance's parents for the first time and when the evening ends in tragedy, Maggy feels helpless.
When Maggy finds a dog late at night,it sets off a string of events that puts Maggy in the line of fire.

I enjoyed the different stories that were going on and the mystery was well told and well thought out.
I was engaged from the beginning and the story kept my attention until t
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although this is a coffee house mystery, Mocha is a dog, not a cup of Joe. Maggy finds Mocha roaming around late at night, which leads to texting the owner. When returning the dog, Maggy encounters a dead body, which leads to the start of this cozy mystery. Maggie and Pavlik’s relationship has developed over the series, as does her witty repartee with Sarah, co owner of Uncommon Grounds. A quick, enjoyable read, for dog and mystery lovers.
Linda Smatzny
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
In this book, the main character, Maggy Thorsen, is constantly talking about various ideas as more information becomes available. Maggy along with two other women discover the body of a man that no one knows inside the house of one of the women. Maggy is asking questions because the main suspect is the niece of her business partner, Sarah. Mocha of the title is a tiny chihuahua that Maggy finds along side a road and takes home since it is early morning or late late night. The book was a very qui ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Recommend This Book

This is the 11th in series and a delightful cozy mystery read. I enjoyed the dogs, the story and the sleuth. I look forward to the next in series. . Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the ARC. My opinion is my own.

Maggy Thorsen and fiancé Sheriff Jake are excited to meet his parents for dinner. During dinner the night takes a sad turn when his Mom has a heart attack. Maggy is on her way home when she stops and rescues a abandoned chihuahua that jumps in front
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a Maggy Thorsen fan and a Chihuahua enthusiast, so this book was a natural for me.

Coffee shop owner Maggy is driving home after a visit with her fiance's parents when she spots a bedraggled, runaway Chihuahua and takes the dog home--much to the chagrin of Maggy's sheep dog Frank. Her effort to reunite Mocha with her owner lead Maggy straight into a(nother) murder mystery in which the chief suspect is the niece of Maggy's business partner, Sarah Kingston. Arial (named after the font, not the
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Maggie's coffeehouse partner Sarah can be difficult, but Maggie loves her anyway. And she sympathizes when it looks like Sarah's niece Arial, who dogsits for a living, is the suspect when a dead man is found in the house where she's been living, and Arial is missing. Perhaps, Maggie ponders, Arial has run away with the man of the house and his little dog? But then the dog turns up at Maggie's house, and the man turns up dead...Unfortunately, Maggie's fiancé Pavlik, who is the county sheriff, is ...more
Kathleen Gray
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poor Maggy! Things went sideways when at her meeting with Jake's parents (even worse for them, to be sure) and then she narrowly misses hitting Mocha the dog and he leads her to finding a body. Whew. And, to top it off, the main suspect in the murder is her business partner Sarah's niece Ariel. Of course, Maggy is going to work this one out, even as she keeps juggling her coffee house, her relationship, and the investigation. There are some nice twists. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is a ...more
Arlene Arredondo
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, fiction
Entertaining from start to finish.
Love the writing style of this author, it is funny and intriguing with clues along the plot that will keep you guessing what is really happening.
We have a lost and found dog: Mocha, a dead body and the mysterious disappearance of two of the main suspects.
Love the interactions between the characters, and how it can relate to reality by giving away the flaws and bickering of day to day life.

Note: I received an ARC for review purpose and an honest and unbiased o
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good cozy mystery. There are quite a few books in this series, but it is a first for me.

Coffeehouse owner Maggy finds a little dog on her way home one night. When she returns the dog, the niece of her partner is dog sitting and something seems off. Later Maggy and Sarah return to check and there are no sign of the dog or niece, but owner just got home and they all find a dead body. The characters were quite good and the mystery was original. Will look for others in the series.
Susan  Kiehnhoff
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read this entire series and eagerly awaited this latest edition. I was not disappointed. One of the things I like the most is the plot makes sense. It is logical and if readers try, they can figure it out. I have read so many cozy mysteries with plots that are impossible to figure out because the author does not leave clues to the murderer. I'm looking forward to the next Maggy adventure.
Helen Fell
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I couldn't read the book before this one in the series, it was just so slow, but this one is a return to form - an intriguing mystery, gentle humour, and characters you've become interested in. Highly recommended.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Missing people and a found chihuahua. The usual except for the non-mystery portion of the plot seems to be more of an after thought than in other books. Still, a fun, easy, read and a nice way to spend a couple of hours.
Kyle Fisher
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This should be a 3.5. It was a quick read but was what I've come to expect from this series - well written, interesting plot.
Peggy Banks
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome book in the Maggy Thorsen series. Nice light reading and humor and mystery all wrapped nicely together.
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Shelves: cozy-mystery
The 11th installment of the Coffeehouse Cozy series quickly propels Maggy Thorsen into two storylines. First, she and fiancé Sheriff Jake Pavlik meet his parents for dinner only to have his mother collapse from a heart attack. Then, as Maggy travels home she rescues an abandoned chihuahua, Mocha, an act that leads to murder.

Jake and his father deal with his mother’s death in a very personal way. Meanwhile, Maggy returns Mocha to her owner’s pet sitter, Arial. Maggy’s partner, Sarah, is Arial aun
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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.

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