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!
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.
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.
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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