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Scone Cold Killer (All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery #1)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 194 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Lyrical Underground
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Carrie
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 wi ...more
LORI CASWELL
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Divorced from her scam artist husband Gia moves to Florida to reboot her life by opening the All-Day Breakfast Café. She has been working on the project for weeks with her old college roommate and best friend Savannah and is excited about her grand opening. The opening wasn’t very smooth, first Gia didn’t have grits on her menu and her fry cook was way out of her depth when she has to cook more than one meal at the same time. Gia can get grits and she can fire the cook but fin
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Sabine
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took a chapter or two but then I was totally hooked by the story. Very well paced and the characters, the setting and a dash of romance make for a true cozy read.

I even had to pull up my feet from the ground to the safety on my couch at one time - you'll know what I am talking about when you get to that scene... Haha....I would have reacted the same way she did!

The twists and turns kept me guessing but I didn't recognize the killer until he was revealed.
I very much enjoyed the writing style.

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Betty
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy, dogs, e-books
The first book in a new series and a new author for me. The writing flows easily and the editing of the book is excellent. This makes it easy to read. The MC, Gia Morelli come off as an unstable person afraid of her shadow. It is hard to understand how a person who plans and opens a restaurant could be afraid of all insect life. No wonder her ex-husband was able to take advantage of her. The author should learn more about dogs and other animals before incorporating them in her books. The mystery ...more
Yvonne
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After her marriage ends in a bitter divorce, Gia Morelli leaves New York and is ready to start over. With some help from her best friend, Savannah, she starts over in Florida. Gia opens an all day breakfast cafe. She’s nervous about the whole endeavor, but also feels good about it.

However, on the day of her grand opening, things take a unexpected nasty turn. Gia discovers a dead body in her dumpster. It’s not just any dead body. It happens to be the body of her ex-husband. Now, all eyes are on G
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Shelly
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Lena Gregory has done it again! She created an engaging mystery with likable characters. A Scone Cold Killer is the debut book in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe series, and it doesn’t disappoint. New York native Gia Morelli is starting over in Florida after a nasty divorce from a sketchy husband, but it seems her ex-husband and his shady past catch up with her despite the 1,000 mile move. When her ex shows up dead in the dumpster behind her new diner, Gia is forced to figure out who did it to clear ...more
Patrizia
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mi è davvero piaciuto questo libro, il primo di una nuova serie. La protagonista mi ha colpito con i suoi attacchi di panico e le sue fobie per ragni e serpenti (non sono ai suoi livelli per quanto riguarda queste ultime, ma la capisco benissimo!). Il detective Hunt è troppo bello per essere vero per quanto è empatico: tutte le donne vorrebbero trovarlo un uomo così!
La storia mi è piaciuta e alla fin fine non avevo capito tutta la soluzione del giallo. Ho già prenotato il volume successivo.
Lisa Morin
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, pet-lovers
Scone Cold Killer is the first in a new series by Lena Gregory.

It took a bit for me to become wrapped u in the story, but once I did, there was no stopping me until I got to the very end. This is no way reflects the book or the writing, it is typical for the first in a new series. There is always a lot to learn about the characters and the settings, and of course to follow the mystery.
Gia is a fun character and very likable. She is trying to rebuild her life after a bitter divorce and when her e
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Author Lena Gregory has served up a wonderful first course in her All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series.

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
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Karen
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yesterday I read Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory and I did not want to put it down, I did not want it to end and I loved everything about it. That doesn't always happen with cozies I read. I honestly would not have changed one thing about this cozy mystery. The characters are great and develop really well over the story. The way the dog comes into main Character Gia's life was perfect and I think her best friend Savannah is perfectly written. I can see great things in this first in series and ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
4.5 stars

I’ve been a fan of Lena Gregory since her first book came out in 2016. Her Bay Island Psychic Mystery series is one of my favorites. When I found out she had a new series, I have to admit I was skeptical. I tend to have a favorite series by an author and find that at times, the new series fall short of my expectations. In my opinion, Lena has proven that she isn’t a one series hit wonder. Scone Cold Killer has captured everything I love about Lena’s writing.

Gia Morelli was living a happ
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Kathleen
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
“Scone Cold Killer” earns 5/5 Fried Eggs with a Side of Karma!

Gia Morelli moved from New York to Florida for a fresh start; her bitter divorce from her scam artist husband, hassling phones calls, and friends no longer friends facilitated a need for a drastic change of scenery. Thanks to her BFF Savannah, she can look forward to the grand opening of her All-Day Breakfast Café in the touristy community of Boggy Creek. But her ex followed her, and Karma followed him. She finds him dead in the dumps
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Kirsti
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I read a lot of cozy mystery, so it's always a shame when one falls flat for me. I didn't really enjoy any single aspect of this book; not the characters, the setting, the mystery or the romance. Even Thor, the puppy, felt like a tool and a badly used one at that!

Basically everything felt like it was too simple; the writing and mystery especially. For me a cozy mystery needs to make you LIKE or at least know the character
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Bea  Charmed
I enjoyed this book very much and am looking forward to the next one. "Scone Cold Killer" is both a mystery, and the story of a woman rediscovering herself after a rough divorce. She's left her life in New York City and moved to a small town in Florida. She has a lot of adjusting to do and I cracked up so many at her thoughts about and encounters with local wildlife. She is not a fan of spiders, lol. Or bears. Or alligators. Gia is feeling raw and insecure after the end of her marriage and her s ...more
Mary Brown
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Scone Cold Killer
All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery, Book #1
Lena Gregory
5 Stars

Synopsis:

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 Fl
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Tari
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything I like in a cozy and more! It's a brand new series by established author Lena Gregory.

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 talk
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Jessica Wilhoite
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. There was much more suspense than in your average cozy mystery - Gia flees New York to get away from her past, but it seems to follow her there and you're just not sure whom you can trust in this book. Of course there is a cute guy and a pet (in this case, a Husky named Thor); the book also takes place in a small-town, which is one of my favorite aspects of a cozy mystery.

I would definitely recommend this book and can't wait to continue reading this series.

I volunta
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Linda
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lena Gregory's first All-Day Breakfast Cafe mystery has knocked it out of the park! The main character, Gia, is one tough, determined protagonist. Florida, with its snakes and bugs and bears, is not exactly New York, as Gia soon finds out. Despite mounting setbacks, she shoves away her fears one by one instead of giving up her dream of making her cafe a success. A budding romance added a sprinkle of spice to the mystery. I am so looking forward to reading the second installment in this delicious ...more
The Cozy Review
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gia Morelli’s marriage falls apart, and no believe her when she tells them she had no idea her husband was a lying, cheating, scumbag. She knows it’s time to get out of New York. Her husband was a scam artist who swindled half the millionaires in town. She has become their target for revenge, and she can’t take any more.

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
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Peggy R
This is the first book in a new series for author Lena Gregory and I found it to be a fun, fast-paced, very enjoyable cozy mystery. The book was well written with a fast pace that kept me turning the pages. For me, Gia Morelli was a likable character and I could relate to her "irrational" fear, having one of my own. Gia is surround by a cast of diverse and likable secondary characters along with a loveable puppy named Thor. Trying to start over, Gia moves to Florida, where her troubles follow. T ...more
Jeanie
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library, obs
Very good first in series, looking forward to reading the next one!

Gia moved from New York City to Florida. Sounds like a dream for those weary of snow and ice. It was a nightmare of a bitter divorce, criminal charges against her ex-husband, and all of the girlfriends she wasn't aware of, and thankfully not being charged with those same offenses all while dealing with death threats that propelled her to the Sunshine State.

Going to Boggy Creek has its good points. Savannah, her best friend, has c
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Jenny Houle
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
How did this book get it's title? And why can I not stop obsessing over that fact long enough to actually enjoy the book?

SCONE COLD KILLER is a new series about Gia Morelli, recent transplant to a small town in FL after having to flee her native NYC once her now ex-husband was charged and convicted of fraud.

So now for my rather standard breakdown of cozy mysteries:
Pluses of the book (and hopefully the new series):
~Great friendship bond that you know will continue to not only help the main charac
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Lynn
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don't forget to add this fast-paced, fun mystery to your summer time cozy reading list! Moving to Florida from New York wasn't in the long term plans for Gia Morrelli, but after her ex-husband was found guilty of fraud, she needed a fresh start! The All-Day Breakfast Cafe was the start of something wonderful, but will it end just as quickly as it begins when a dead body is found in the dumpster out back. Join Gia in opening her new cafe - come in and meet all of the friendly folks that live in B ...more
Bree
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Confession time, this book took me less than four hours to read because I couldn’t put it down! It has been a long time since I have been this enthralled with a mystery that time just didn’t exist. Truthfully, this is a series I can see myself getting lost in with each new book!

Full Review: https://bibliophile.reviews/book-revi...
Brenda
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Scone Cold Killer is the debut of the All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series set in the artsy town of Boggy Creek, Florida. Gia Morelli has fled New York to escape the shame brought on by her scam artist ex husband who'd managed to swindle millions from unsuspecting people including their friends.

With the help of her best friend Savannah, Gia has purchased a small café on Main Street, bought herself a cute little house on the outskirts of town and is ready to start over. Her grand opening day doe
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Ann
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lena Gregory has several good cozy series and this book is the first in the new series All-Day Breakfast Cafe mystery. It introduces you to small town, Boogy Creek Florida and it's cast of strange and eccentric characters who love their food, especially grits. Gia has fled New York to open the All Day Breakfast cafe since her husband has been indicted for stealing money. When he turns up dead in her dumpster and then his lawyer is found dead too, Gia is the perfect patsy for the crimes. Nice tou ...more
Emris Lindsay
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To be free from the criminal activities of her ex-husband Gia Morelli must first find out who murdered him, why and how does it connect to her, why are they after her, what is she holding that she isn’t aware of. A hot cup of coffee along with this book is the right stuff to get your relaxing evening going or in my case your day starting, you find yourself transported right into the storyline, you’re so deeply entwined into the fiber of this tale, you don’t want to put the book down. What can I ...more
Kelly
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
**I voluntarily read this ARC**

This was a fairly strong start to a new series. The pacing was nice and there were some interesting characters.
Jeanie Jackson
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scone Cold Killer sounded great when I saw a review and it was excellent. The plot was intricate and believable and I loved the central characters. For me characters are the key to any good book. Overall I could relate to Gia's excitement and fears. She acted pretty intelligent and was the kind of person I would be glad to have as a friend. The couple of times she made decisions that I could sit back and say, "that is a bad decision" it was obvious that she was acting out of frustration and that ...more
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