Mini-Review: A Cold Brew Killing (Book #3: All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery) by Lena Gregory

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Gia has become good friends with Trevor, a fun, flirtatious bachelor who owns the ice cream parlor down the street from her popular All-Day Breakfast Café. Trevor has the scoop on all sorts of local attractions and activities. But when he bursts into her diner, trembling and paler than a pint of French Vanilla, she can tell something’s very wrong. Trevor points her toward his shop then passes out cold. When Gia runs down to his shop, she discovers a chilling sight—a dead body in the open freezer. But the ice cream man’s troubles are just beginning. The police suspect him of this murder a la mode, especially when details of his questionable past surface. Gia believes in her friend and is determined to clear his name and find the real cold-blooded killer before someone else gets put on ice . . .

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Source: NetGalley and Purchase          My Rating: 3/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  Generally speaking, I enjoyed the third installment of the All-Day Breakfast Café series, but perhaps not as much as I expected to.  It took me an unusually long time to get through this book and I think it is because I just couldn’t get fully on board with the plot.  Typically, I very much enjoy a good past meets present read, but this one isn’t quite as seamlessly woven together as it could have been.  What’s more, there are A LOT of characters in this book and most won’t make another appearance in future installments of the series. Along with the beloved regular cast of characters, there are so many people to keep up with that I found it somewhat frustrating.  With all that being said, I was so pleased with the regular cast of characters and how they are all moving forward in their own lives and diving in to help Gia solve yet another mystery.  In fact, the group effort is one of the things I am beginning to really love about this series.  Everyone in Gia’s circle now fully appreciates she isn’t going to stay out of the messes that come her way, so they all find ways to help and keep her safe if possible.  While I wasn’t totally thrilled with this individual plot, I was overjoyed by the continuing sense of a growing community and binding friendships.  The larger themes are what kept me going with this one and I truly am looking forward to the next adventure undertaken by this motley crew of friends and neighbors.

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