Wendy “Jake” Jacobus appreciates the man’s artistry, but as the television producer covering Firenze’s current display at the Lake Days festival, she has more pressing considerations. At least until Pasquale is killed–live on-camera–by an explosion, and Jake is hurled into a tangled web of emotions triggered by her job, her legacy as a cancer survivor, and her growing attraction to Simon Aamot, the federal agent assigned to the investigation.
Aamot has own problems as well, but when the two are forced together by the tragedy, the man unable to let go of his past and the woman afraid to trust her future must race to prevent another catastrophic explosion–this one at the county’s Fourth of July celebration.
Sandra Balzo turned to mystery writing after twenty years in corporate public relations, event management and publicity. TRIPLE SHOT, her seventh Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse mystery, was released in December and DEAD ENDS, the second of Balzo’s new Main Street Mysteries, is just out. The series, set in the popular vacation destination of North Carolina’s High Country, alternates with the Maggy Thorsen mysteries.
Balzo’s novels have been nominated for both the Anthony and Macavity awards and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist. In addition to her books, Balzo writes short stories, two of which have been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, winning the Macavity, Derringer and Robert L. Fish awards.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was in charge of the Fourth of July Fireworks in Milwaukee for more than 15 years and found the idea of creating beauty with what’s essentially a weapon fascinating. Even more interesting are the people–often whole families — who make their living in the pyrotechnics industry. I lost a friend in an explosion and his brother –also a friend — nearly lost HIS son a few years later. All this heartache in one family and, yet, they continue. This book is an homage to them.