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    Murder Made to Order - awesome cozy mystery

    “MURDER MADE TO ORDER” by Lena Gregory is the second book in the All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series. It’s the story of former New Yorker Gia Morelli who now resides in the very small town of Boggy Creek, Florida and the proud owner of All-Day Breakfast Café. It’s a story of a set fire, trying to solve the mystery of not one but two murders (one that just happened and one that happened over twenty years ago with both seeming to be connected), and of community pulling together in times of disaster like the tornado and to help a friend out when a zoning issue that may close down the café. It’s also about love, honesty and the bond of true friendship. MURDER MADE TO ORDER shows you how a dyed in the wool city gal finds happiness in a small town, how she deals with her fears of anything that crawls, wiggles or walks from snakes and ticks to bears and how if your patient and honest you just may find happiness and true love. You will fall in love with Gia’s Bernese mountain dog named Thor who is there to defend Gia and isn’t scared of anything. If like me, you will adore the folks in Boggy Creek like Savannah, (Gia’s best friend who Gia is trying to help find out who murdered her Mom, Sarah Mills, years ago), Willow, (Gia’s young waitress who has fast became an invaluable employee and dear friend), Earl (Gia’s friend who is always the first to show up at the café every morning and isn’t scared to lend a helping hand), Detective Quinn Hunter aka Hunt (Savannah’s cousin who is sweet on Gia and works for the police department), Leo (Hunt’s co-worker and Savannah’s boyfriend), and Cole (who always seems to be at the right spot at the right time to help save the day), and Harley (a local street person that Gia has taken under her wing and worries about). You will also meet others you aren’t as happy to meet but they sure make the story very interesting like Marcia Steers the Council President who turns up dead, Maybelle and Hank who really desire one another and Sean McNeil who proves that things aren’t always as they seem. The book was one you want to keep reading with great interest trying to figure it out who the murderer is. I was close to the end of the book knowing that the murderer had to be revealed soon and still was surprised at the reveal. That to me is a great sign of an amazing book when it keeps you guessing and flipping pages to the very end. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it to those that love cozy mysteries. I can’t wait for book #3 to come out.
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    A Fun Cozy That's Hard to Put Down!

    MURDER MADE TO ORDER is so good, y'all! I think you'll really enjoy it. I like how native New Yorker Gia has begun to feel at home in Boggy Creek, Florida. She's met a lot of people there, mostly friends — and some even feel like family. Gia is surprised, even shocked, to discover (during the events of MURDER MADE TO ORDER) that someone she believed to be an enemy was possibly an ally, and someone else who was surely an ally turns out to be an enemy. These are just two of the twists and turns that make MURDER MADE TO ORDER so hard to put down. It's amazing, and I can't wait to read the next All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery, A COLD BREW KILLING. I highly recommend MURDER MADE TO ORDER — five stars!
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    I couldn't put it down!

    Another wonderful story, MURDER MADE TO ORDER was a book I couldn’t put down until I was finished. When I finished reading book one in the All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series, Scone Cold Killer, I was already hungry for the next book. I was thrilled when MURDER MADE TO ORDER was announced. Author Lena Gregory sure didn’t disappoint. She cooked up tale so tasty I devoured it! Murder past and present are brought together brilliantly in this mystery. My mind was racing trying to solve them both. I didn’t no a great job at it because I was blown away at the end! I’m impatiently awaiting the next installment needing to know even more of what’s in store for protagonist Gia, and the rest of the cast of characters. My imagination is already running wild with want to expect. Fans of book one are in for a total treat with MURDER MADE TO ORDER. If you haven’t read Scone Cold Killer get yourself a copy now and read these books back to back.
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    Second novel in series!

    Murder Made to Order by Lena Gregory is the second book in An All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series. Gia Morelli has been settling into her new life in Boggy Creek, Florida when she receives a startling letter from Marcia Steers, the president of the city council. It seems that the building for the café is zoned residential and Gia will have to close the café. Before Gia can act, a nervous Marcia stops by and schedules a meeting with Gia for Monday. Before their meeting can take place, Gia and Thor stumble over a dead Marcia half submerged in muck in the woods. Captain Hayes and Detective Quinn Hunter quickly arrive, but after a disagreement, Captain Hayes tosses Quinn off the case. Following the clues, Gia finds that the issue regarding her café started twenty years ago and can be related to the death of Savannah Mill’s mother. But someone is not happy with Gia’s snooping and attempts to shut her down permanently. Murder Made to Order can be read alone. Everything a reader needs to know is included in this installment in the series. Murder Made to Order is easy to read and has a steady pace throughout. I thought Murder Made to Order was an improvement over Scone Cold Killer. Gia is settling into life in Boggy Creek, but she has doubts when the future of her café is in jeopardy. One of my favorite characters is Earl. He was the café’s first customer and has been a loyal customer as well as friend ever since. There are many cozy moments in Murder Made to Order. Cooking, visiting with Savannah, spending time with Quinn, taking care of Thor (her large and adorable dog), kayaking, eating, hiking and chatting. I am still having trouble warming up to Gia. Her terror of things related to nature continues in this book. Gia should have moved into the apartment over the café instead of finding a home surrounded by woods (which she walks in regularly). She is afraid of bears, spiders, ticks, snakes (I can relate to this one), and tornadoes in Murder Made to Order. Gia overreacts (panic attacks, hyperventilates) when confronted with things that scare her. The author intends it to be humorous, but it loses its humor the more times it happens. The mystery had some good aspects (multiple suspects, misdirection, good clues), but it was a cinch to pick out the guilty party. It is nice how the townspeople rally around to help each other out in troubling times. I like the small-town atmosphere of Boggy Creek. My rating for Murder Made to Order is 3.5 out of 5 stars. I am curious to see what happens to Gia next in An All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series (let’s hope she does not encounter a panther).
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    A NYC Girl in Boggy Creek FL--What Could Go Wrong?

    Gia Morelli is making real progress with her All-Day Breakfast Cafe and has a growing number of true and loyal diners. Unfortunately, her success may have spurred the city council to recall an old zoning regulation and now the local council president is spearheading the drive to shut her down. Gia has been wrestling with the changes to her life anyway, from the bears and alligators to the bugs and snakes, and she's been freaking out over the differences the small town of Boggy Creek offers compared to her former NYC life. Her friend Savannah is there to interpret everything southern and Gia has managed to make a number of friends along with a possible romantic interest in Tall, Dark, and Compelling. She's adopted Thor, a Bernese Mountain dog who doesn't walk so much as bound through the tick-infested brush and together they stumble across Marcia Steers, half in, half-out of the swampy bog. She was supposed to have met with Marcia, the council president to discuss the matter of zoning. Oh well... The protagonist, Gia, follows the bread crumbs from the murder and thankfully doesn't sit down with possible suspects and skewer them with questions. She does, however, give us a close-in kitchen account for whipping up breakfasts for groups of eight or more. I really enjoyed Savannah as well as Earl, the cafe's early and first loyal customer.) The author does a great job fleshing out her characters and you quickly learn to appreciate them as well as Boggy Creek. This series entry could function as a standalone as details carried forward from the debut answer most questions. Strong character-driven book gives an affectionate look into a small southern town with all the flavors of the season. I might have done without all the short-order lessons, but enjoyed the side-trips into the hinterlands, and the sleuthing is very subtle. Red herrings aside, the conclusion is smooth and was fun to see played out. The plot is well paced and satisfying. Recommended for cozy fans, southern fried or not. 4.5/5 stars
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