Review of Whole Latte Murder

Whole Latte Murder

All-Day Breakfast Cafe, Book #5

Lena Gregory

5 Stars


 Ex-New Yorker and local diner owner Gia Morelli is still getting used to the sweltering Florida sun. But this summer she’ll have to deal with a more dangerous kind of heat–when she’s hot on the trail of another murderer . . .

Summer in Boggy Creek has arrived, and Gia’s best friend, successful real estate agent Savannah, is getting hitched. Now she’s enlisted Gia’s sleuthing talents in a desperate search for the perfect wedding dress. But when Savannah mysteriously vanishes after showing a mansion to a bigwig client, Gia investigates the house Savannah was trying to sell. The first clue she finds is Savannah’s car in the driveway. Inside the house, they stumble on Savannah’s potential buyer–dead. Someone had apparently closed the deal–with a two by four full of nails to the client’s head. Soon afterward, a woman’s body is fished from the lake near the same house. The townsfolk are now sweating bullets over the murders, and the heat comes down on poor Gia to find her missing friend, and track down the killer . . . (Goodreads)


The characters are well round, well developed and three dimensional.  The relationship between Gia and Savannah has always been special but when Savannah is kidnapped, their relationship goes to a whole other level.  Gia’s pain and concern are palpable and I could not help but feel for her.  I was turning pages as quickly as I could to see what was going to happen next.  It added more tension that you usually see in a cozy mystery, and that was great.  Gia and Savannah will have their work cut out for them trying to solve the murders. 

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and took me on a terrifying ride.  The mystery was well plotted and had numerous twists and turns and I was actively engaged until the reveal.    

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I think this book was my favorite in the series. 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Whole Latte Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery Book 5) by [Lena Gregory]