- File Size: 2997 KB
- Print Length: 194 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Underground (January 23, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 23, 2018
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y52XG4B
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Scone Cold Killer (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery) Kindle Edition
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Gia Morelli has come to Florida to start her own cafe, the All-Day Breakfast Cafe. Her life has been really crazy up to this point. Her ex-husband Bradley Remington was running a lot of schemes and scamming money out of people. Gia is tired of having anything to do with him and being in the spotlight. She just wants a quiet place to live and run her business so her friend Savannah talked her into coming to Boggy Creek, FL. Gia's bought a house and even adopts an adorable puppy--Savannah insisted on a medium size breed since due to Bradley's schemes, she thinks her friend will need protection.
The diner is off to a nice start with the exception of Gia having hired a woman who turns out to be too lazy to be a cook. Finding the body of her ex in the dumpster outside sort of tops that off. Savannah's cousin, Det. Hunter Quinn is on the case and he's going to make sure that Gia is protected while he investigates. Gia and Savannah take matters into their own hands when another body is found, this time in Gia's own backyard. At least she's not the one that finds it. Their trip to snoop around a local bed and breakfast is actually really funny. I could totally see it happening in a funny mystery show.
There were so many awesome characters that quickly became new friends. I just loved Earl, the regular at the cafe who made sure that Gia knew to serve grits. Harley, the local homeless guy with a real heart of gold is another one. I loved that Gia was kind to him and left him food--he didn't want to come inside buildings but when push came to shove, he overcame that just for Gia. It was fun to meet one of Savannah's brothers too. The one named Joey watched Gia's puppy Thor for a little bit while the girls went on their little errand.
The ending was pretty exciting and although I was suspicious of someone all along, the reveal still came as a surprise to me because I wasn't suspecting that person of actual murder.
With the case officially solved and Gia happy with her new little family in Florida, I'm super anxious to read the next book. Hunter has been so sweet to her so I hope they become even better friends in the following books.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance reader's copy of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley. However, I had already pre-ordered a copy of it so I am also a verified purchaser. I like to support the authors but I also sometimes like to read their books ahead of time.
New York native Gia Morelli has gone through a divorce and learned that her ex-husband, Bradley Remington, not only cheated on her, but also swindled his investment clients. Now she’s moved to the small, artsy, tourist town of Boggy Creek, which is just south of Central Florida’s Ocala National Forest to be near her best friend and open the All-Day Breakfast Café. One of her employees, Willow, is a young woman with a nose ring and an eager smile, and the other, Maybelle, is a middle-aged woman who claimed to be an experienced cook. Gia’s nervous about her opening day, but other than discovering her cook is lazy and probably won’t work out, things go well until she’s closing up and taking the trash to the dumpster. The first thing Gia notices is an awful stench and then she sees an arm sticking out of the dumpster. At first, she believes the arm belongs to Harley, a local homeless man, but when he didn’t respond to her, she stepped closer and recognized the manicured fingernails and run as belonging to Bradley. Detective Hunter Quinn, Savannah’s handsome and competent cousin, is assigned to the investigation and promises to help her if she’ll just trust him. When Gia starts getting threats to hand over something she is in the dark about, and because of her experiences with the police, Gia doesn’t trust them to do their jobs properly and feels she must investigate on her own prove her innocence and save her café.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
I was hungry for this series the moment I heard about it! I mean, an All-Day Breakfast Café? That’s my kind of place to eat! So, I had very high hopes going into SCONE COLD KILLER. I wasn’t disappointed.
I enjoyed the setting, and could vividly picture the café in my mind. The eclectic cast of characters made for an interesting read. I enjoyed most of them. There is one character that I’m still unsure about, but am withholding judgment until the next book in the series. I look forward to seeing how all the characters grow, and how author Gregory fleshes them out.
An easy, flowing read, I flew through this tale quickly in one setting. The mystery was tight, and well done. I thought I had it figured out, only to find I had missed an important clue, and guessed wrong. So, that made for a surprising ending for me.
SCONE COLD KILLER is story cozy fans are sure to love. And the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries will certainly be on your must read list!
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