Saturday, June 30, 2018

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Murder Made To Order

Murder Made to Order (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)

by Lena Gregory

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (June 19, 2018)
Paperback: 196 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1516104666
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 hardboiled 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 . . .

Review: This is the first Breakfast Cafe mystery that I've read. Its the second book in the series, but it can easily be read as a stand alone, as you can with most.

Gia is a fun character and her dog, Thor is an absolute hoot. When the city council member that is adamant that her cafe is against zoning codes and won't budge is found murdered, Gia knows she has to do something or she may have to move back to NY, and she's not completely sure she doesn't want to do that. Gia is scared of everything! Granted gators, snakes and tornadoes aren't anything to take lightly, but she does seem to go into high fraidy cat mode an awful lot.

There was an interesting inter connecting mystery between the murder of her friend Savannah's mother years ago and what's going on with the murder of the council member and the zoning for her cafe which was once a bar. Learning the history of the cafe and its past owners really makes this story interesting, especially when you start to connect all the pieces.

Gia is really a good person and through the help of townspeople she starts to get more front and center with her cafe.  By the end of the book, its easy to see that she's going to be more at home in Florida.

This was a cute, quick mystery that kept me turning the pages.

I'm definitely going back to read the first book.

Rating: 5 flowers

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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    Lena Gregory said...

    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 hope you enjoy Scone Cold Killer as much. :)

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