Title: A Cold Brew Killing
Author: Lena Gregory
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Page Count: 265
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
When an ice cream vendor discovers a frozen stiff, Florida diner owner Gia Morelli has to serve up some just desserts . . .
Gia has become good friends with Trevor, a fun, flirtatious bachelor who owns the ice cream parlor down the street from her popular All-Day Breakfast Café. Trevor has the scoop on all sorts of local attractions and activities. But when he bursts into her diner, trembling and paler than a pint of French Vanilla, she can tell something’s very wrong. Trevor points her toward his shop then passes out cold. When Gia runs down to his shop, she discovers a chilling sight—a dead body in the open freezer. But the ice cream man’s troubles are just beginning. The police suspect him of this murder a la mode, especially when details of his questionable past surface. Gia believes in her friend and is determined to clear his name and find the real cold-blooded killer before someone else gets put on ice . . .
A Cold Brew Killing by Lena Gregory is the third book in the cozy All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series. Each book in the series centers around it’s own murder mystery so they could be read and enjoyed as a standalone. However, there is some continuing character development from book to book that may be missed if not starting from the beginning of the series.
The All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series features Gia Morelli who is a New Yorker at heart but has moved to Florida and opened up her own breakfast cafe after a divorce. Set in a small town many of the locals are returning characters to the books along with a bit of a romantic interest and Gia’s puppy Thor and all have been fun to get to know.
In A Cold Brew Killing Gia is busy working on her new cold brew menu in her cafe when her friend and fellow shop owner Trevor stumbles into the diner mumbling about a dead body in his freezer. When the police point the finger at Trevor as a murder suspect Gia can’t help but again begin to investigate to prove her friend’s innocence.
From the colorful cast of characters with the small town vibe this is a series that I’ve continued to enjoy coming back to book after book. Gia’s about as far from detective as she can be but she knows how to work the small town gossip mill and get her answers. The only thing I’d somewhat complain about is the author tends to focus a bit too much on the diner work, cooking, waiting tables, plating up dishes of delicious breakfast. It doesn’t need to be overly detailed repeatedly but I’m willing to overlook this to enjoy the rest of the mystery.
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.