Summary

There is a good flow to the story, and it's a quick read as I kept turning the pages. There is nice closure and a happily ever after along with another in the offing. 

4-STAR REVIEW: MISTLETOE CAKE MURDER by Lena Gregory

 

The Description

All-Day Breakfast Cake Mystery: Book 6
Publication Date: October 12, 2021

Tis the season for celebrating when Gia Morelli’s holidays include both a wedding and yuletide festivities. Until someone naughty delivers a most unwanted Christmas gift—murder. . .

For a native New Yorker, palm trees and warm temperatures don’t equal winter, much less Christmastime. Nevertheless, Gia Morelli’s friends have decked the halls and trimmed the trees to truly welcome her into their “family” with an old-fashioned Boggy Creek, Florida holiday season. Even more joyous, Savannah Mills is getting married on Christmas Eve—the greatest gift Gia could ever wish for her best friend.

But when Gia and Savannah stop by the caterer for a final tasting a week before the wedding, they overhear another bride arguing with her son about her husband-to-be. Moments later, the woman is sampling a piece of wedding cake—gorgeously decorated with mistletoe frosting—then suddenly dies.

Now Gia’s caterer friends are the prime suspects in what appears to be murder by poisoning. To clear their names and ensure Savannah has a merry matrimony will require Gia to conjure up a Christmas miracle . . .

Includes recipes from the All-Day Breakfast Café!

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The Review

Mistletoe Cake Murder is the sixth book in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery series by Lena Gregory, and I can’t wait to read more. 

Mistletoe Cake Murder is the first book I’ve read in the series, and there were enough details to give me some background from previous books. It’s also the first book I’ve read by Ms. Gregory, and I look forward to reading more of her books if this is her caliber of writing.

The characters and the story had depth. There were many characters, and while best friends, Gia and Savannah, are front and center, many other characters add layers to the story. Of course, Gia and Savannah are amateur sleuths and help their significant others, who are on the police force, solve several murders. There are clues galore sprinkled throughout, along with lots of finger-pointing of who could be the murderer. Money seems to be the root of all evil in this tale, and there are many stories woven together to get us to the conclusion of whodunnit!

There is lots of food since Gia owns the cafe, and a lot of the story is set there. There are also other businesses sprinkled throughout as well as family and friends. There is angst, sadness, tears, injuries, wedding planning, lots of shout-outs to Christmas, happiness, and a happily ever after, all set in a small town in Florida. There is a good flow to the story, and it’s a quick read as I kept turning the pages. There is nice closure and a happily ever after along with another in the offing. 

The book to me was reminiscent of those written by both Maria Geraci, now writing her mystery series as Maggie March, and the Auntie Clem Bakery series by P.D. Workman.

I look forward to reading the books I missed in the series and hope there will be more since there seem to be more stories to tell.

About The Author

Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island. She recently relocated to Clermont, Florida with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full-time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

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JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 39 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister last fall and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5001736?ref=nav_mybooks JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - NovelsAlive.com and RomanceJunkies.com Previously she reviewed for Romancing-the-Book.com which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!

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    • Oh! It was late last night when JoAnne sent me her review of your book and I forgot to change the reviewers name to JoAnne! But I know she DID indeed enjoy your book and I think it’s high praise to be compared to those other authors! Kudos to you, Lena!

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