Murder Made to Order (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory
About the Book
Murder Made to Order (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (June 19, 2018)
Paperback: 196 pages
Digital ASIN: B075WBZH6L
To save her cozy Florida diner, Gia Morelli must choke down a heaping helping of murder . . .
New York native Gia Morelli is just getting used to life in Florida when she gets word that the town government wants to shut down her pride and joy: the charming little diner known as the All-Day Breakfast Café. A forgotten zoning regulation means that the café was opened illegally, and hard-boiled council president Marcia Steers refuses to budge. Gia is considering hanging up her apron and going back to New York, but before she gives up on her dream, she discovers something shocking in the local swamp: Marcia Steers, dead in the water. There’s a secret buried in the books at town hall, and someone killed to keep it hidden. To save her café and bring a killer to justice, Gia and her friends will have to figure out a killer’s recipe for murder . . .
Murder, a fire, tornadoes, zoning issues, bears, snakes, ticks, and alligators. Gia didn’t have any of these problems in New York. Maybe Florida isn’t the place for her. Especially now that she found another body. The city council president Marcia Steers was right there, dead in the water. She said she wanted to meet with Gia…why? She was trying to shut down the All-Day Breakfast Café. Why would she want to help Gia now? Is that why she was killed? Gia is going to fight to keep her cafe and just may catch a murderer too.
I was so excited to visit these characters again. They are realistic and engaging, people that would be great to meet in real life. Gia is a great protagonist that makes me laugh out loud. She is a city girl that has moved to Florida, opened a restaurant, and purchased a home surrounded by a woods and all the creatures that live there. She also has a big wonderful Bernese Mountain Dog named Thor. Thor is not afraid of much, but Gia is afraid of almost everything. Her friend, Savannah, is there to guide her through all the most of the treacherous things she encounters. Detective Quinn Hunter has a few things that take him away from Gia, but he seems to be there when it really counts. She also has another friend on the force, Savannah’s boyfriend, Leo tries to keep the girls in the loop on the investigation and safe when he needs to. Gia is still looking for another cook and she finds not 1 but 2 people that may be able to help. A part near the end when the community came together really warmed my heart.
The story sets a nice pace with the murder investigation mixed flawlessly with Gia’s life in Boggy Creek. Gia never really manages to “investigate”. She learns the most by keeping her ears open and following up with the right questions. She truly feels the current murder is tied to the unsolved murder of Savannah’s mother, and that makes it personal for her and really captivated my interest too.
This was a great story. Fun characters with a fantastic whodunit made this cozy mystery top-notch. It checked all my cozy boxes!
I can hardly wait for the next book. A Cold Brew Killing comes out November 6!
About the Author
Lena Gregory lives in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island with her husband and three children.
When she was growing up, she spent many lazy afternoons on the beach, in the yard, anywhere she could find to curl up with a good book. She loves reading as much now as she did then, but she now enjoys the added pleasure of creating her own stories.
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Praise for Murder Made to Order (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory
Murder Made to Order is easy to read and has a steady pace throughout . . . I like the small-town atmosphere of Boggy Creek.
~The Avid Reader
This is a fast-paced mystery with a wide array of characters. Gia and her friends began to feel like old friends.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…
I do believe I enjoyed this book even more than I enjoyed the first! The story again is fast-paced and lively and characters that make you feel like you have known them for, forever.
~The Montana Bookaholic
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Comments on “#Review / #Giveaway – Murder Made to Order (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery) by Lena Gregory – Great Escapes Book Tour”
I like the cover.
When I see anything about Ticks, I always think about Lyme Disease. So much is happening in this cozy, I wonder whether any one catches Lyme.
Ticks are one thing that really creep me out. My daughter was infected with Lyme Disease twice, the first time when she was just about three years old.
Congrats on the new release! It sounds like a great summer read. Cute cover too.
Thank you for your review on “Murder Made to Order” by Lena Gregory. I really love this authors books. Adore this cover and can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.
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Thank you so much!
Thank you, Kay!! I’m so happy you enjoy my stories. 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing the release of Murder Made to Order! And thank you for such a lovely review. 🙂 I’m so happy you enjoyed the story!
I love cozy mysteries which star small towns and the diners they hold dear.
Me too! I live in a small town with a diner much like the one in my Bay Island Psychic Mysteries series. When I walk in the door there, it’s like coming home. 🙂
I really enjoy cozies. Thanks for this opportunity.
Thank you for stopping by, Nancy!
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