Saturday, January 13, 2018

Scone Cold Killer

Author:  Lena Gregory
Series:  All Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery #1
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Lyrical Underground
Publication Date:  January 23, 2018

Description:  When Gia Morelli’s marriage falls apart, she knows it’s time to get out of New York. Her husband was a scam artist who swindled half the millionaires in town, and she doesn’t want to be there when they decide to take revenge. On the spur of the moment, she follows her best friend to a small town in Central Florida, where she braves snakes, bears, and giant spiders to open a cheery little diner called the All-Day Breakfast Café. Owning a restaurant has been her lifelong dream, but it turns into a nightmare the morning she opens her dumpster and finds her ex-husband crammed inside. As the suspect du jour, Gia will have to scramble fast to prove her innocence before a killer orders another cup of murder.

My Review

This is the first book in a new series for author Lena Gregory and I found it to be a fun, fast-paced, very enjoyable cozy mystery. The book was well written with a pace that kept me turning the pages. For me, Gia Morelli was a likable character.  There were some reviews from readers who thought her fears made her unsympathetic, but having an "irrational" fear of my own, I could relate. Gia is surround by a cast of diverse and likable secondary characters along with a loveable puppy named Thor.  I thought the author did a good job of showing some growth in Gia's character through this book.  She was through something traumatic, which made her gun shy about strangers and new places.  I thought that by the end of the story she had made some progress in starting to put her past behind her.  There is even a hint of some romance in her future.

Trying to start over, Gia moves to Florida, where her troubles follow. That is the basis of a mystery that I thought was solid and woven nicely throughout the story.   Because Gia was new to Florida and given what she went through with her husband, there was plenty of room for the author to drop hints and clues about who could be the killer.  I think the mystery wrapped up nicely.

I think this is a terrific start to what I hope is a long running series for this author. I will be back for the next book to see what the author has in store for her readers.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Lyrical Underground, through Netgalley.

1 comment:

  1. I still have this one to read. Thanks for sharing your review.