Title: Scone Cold Killer
Author: Lena Gregory
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Page Count: 194
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
For Florida diner owner Gia Morelli, there’s no such thing as too much breakfast—unless it kills you . . .
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 . . .
Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory is the first book in the new cozy All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series. This series introduces readers to Gia Morelli who after recently divorcing her husband who had been accused of stealing money from wealthy clients has decided to make a fresh start by moving from New York to a small town in Florida. The one person in Gia’s life who has stuck by her and believed she was innocent in her husbands crimes was her old friend who invited to move down to Florida with her.
Gia has spent her last cent she had to go about opening her new cafe, the All-Day Breakfast Café, and everything is hinging on it running smoothly when she opens. But for Gia her first day was not off to a good start with her hired cook not working out and a few other errors here and there but nothing could top heading out back to dump the trash at closing and finding her ex-husband’s body shoved into her dumpster.
Now as with most cozy reads our main character is not a detective or knows a thing about crime solving but she is a woman that fears taking the blame for the crime. Gia is actually the total opposite of anyone you’d find crime solving since she jumps at pretty much everything including her own shadow. This over abundant fear in Gia though brought in a trip to the shelter to pick up her very first dog, a cuddly Burnese Mountain Dog puppy she named Thor who of course stole my heart as I’m a sucker for cutsie critters in my books.
As the story gets going I actually came to like Gia and the secondary characters surrounding her. There’s a bit of a glimpse of a possible love interest in future reads and all of the components to make this a solid mystery. So when all was said and done with Scone Cold Killer I found myself looking forward to seeing where the story heads in the next book with Gia and her All-Day Breakfast Café.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Lena 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.