From the grounds up by Sandra Balzo.
Sandra Balzo was kind enough to send me an ARC of her forthcoming
(March 1, 2010, according to Amazon.com) Maggy Thorsen mystery, and I'm so glad she did, because I enjoyed it immensely.
Since Maggy and Caron's coffeehouse, Uncommon Grounds, was pretty much destroyed in the previous book, Brewed, Crude and Tattooed, Maggy is searching for a new site. Caron doesn't seem terribly interested, so Maggy finds herself a new partner: real estate agent Sarah Kingston. Sarah finds the perfect location, near a soon-to-be reopened train station.
But when Sarah's uncle is killed in the first of a string of apparent accidents which affect the welfare of the shop, it becomes obvious that someone is trying to keep Uncommon Grounds from opening.
Despite the disapproval of her significant other, Sheriff Joe Pavlik, Maggy finds it in her best interest to find out who is behind the accidents.
Maggy is a charming single mother, dealing with a very typical empty-nest syndrome (all-too familiar to this reviewer), and other trials and tribulations endemic to almost every suburban woman.
I love this series, and I look forward to the reconstruction of Uncommon Grounds.