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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 sl 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 . . .


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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 sl 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 . . .

30 review for Whole Latte Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    Having just finished an egg and cheese sandwich on toast, what better time could there be for me to write my review for book 5 in the All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series, WHOLE LATTE MURDER? WHOLE LATTE MURDER is the perfect installment to the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries. I’ve enjoyed watching the characters grow from book to book. I really feel like I know these people, which, has me truly invested in each new story. Author Lena Gregory has a lot going on in this addition to her series. Having just finished an egg and cheese sandwich on toast, what better time could there be for me to write my review for book 5 in the All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series, WHOLE LATTE MURDER? WHOLE LATTE MURDER is the perfect installment to the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries. I’ve enjoyed watching the characters grow from book to book. I really feel like I know these people, which, has me truly invested in each new story. Author Lena Gregory has a lot going on in this addition to her series. Page after page I was glued to this book, unwilling to put it down until all my questions were answered. As the facts and the fake outs kept coming, I found I was second guessing myself. Heck, more than second guessing. By the time all had come to light, I was exhausted in that way that only comes after reading a really good book. And kudos to author Gregory for a murder weapon I’ve yet to see in a cozy mystery. It was as disturbing as it was original. A lot has happened since the first in this delicious series released back in 2018. Over the years, each new book, much like a new ingredient, has added depth and flavor to this recipe of a mystery series. WHOLE LATTE MURDER has added another whole layer.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Whole Latte Murder All-Day Breakfast Cafe, Book #5 Lena Gregory 5+ Stars Synopsis: 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 perf Whole Latte Murder All-Day Breakfast Cafe, Book #5 Lena Gregory 5+ Stars Synopsis: 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) Review: 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    Whole Latte Murder is the fifth book in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe mystery series and my favorite book in the series to date. This book started off with a bang, grabbing my attention and keeping me engaged throughout the entire book. It is a well-plotted mystery with a fast pace that will keep readers following the clues to try and figure out the culprit. I enjoy Gia and Savannah. They really do complement each other very well as friends. Savannah has helped Gia come out of her shell more and ha Whole Latte Murder is the fifth book in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe mystery series and my favorite book in the series to date. This book started off with a bang, grabbing my attention and keeping me engaged throughout the entire book. It is a well-plotted mystery with a fast pace that will keep readers following the clues to try and figure out the culprit. I enjoy Gia and Savannah. They really do complement each other very well as friends. Savannah has helped Gia come out of her shell more and has given her a family. This time around, Gia becomes involved in a murder investigation when Savannah disappears while showing a house and they find the client she was meeting dead. From there, it is a race to find Savannah and unravel the mystery behind her kidnapping and the murder of her client. The author does a great job of keeping the pace moving along at a good pace, dropping clues along the way. There are a lot of strings to untangle before the mystery is resolved and the culprit unmasked. Along the way, readers can be assured that Gia and Savannah are in the thick of investigating and getting themselves into trouble along the way. This was an excellent addition to this series and my favorite book to date. I am looking forward to more adventures for Gia and Savannah in future installments. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington Books, through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I really liked this cozy mystery thriller set in and around a small all-day breakfast cafe. Two great friends, Savannah and Gia, are working on Savannah's wedding plans but are having a hard time finding a place. Savannah has to leave to show a house to someone that others in town say is bad news, but she goes anyway. She's supposed to be back in 3 hrs but she doesn't show up! Who took her and why, and where is she? The man she showed the house to is found dead in the bathtub, apparently murdere I really liked this cozy mystery thriller set in and around a small all-day breakfast cafe. Two great friends, Savannah and Gia, are working on Savannah's wedding plans but are having a hard time finding a place. Savannah has to leave to show a house to someone that others in town say is bad news, but she goes anyway. She's supposed to be back in 3 hrs but she doesn't show up! Who took her and why, and where is she? The man she showed the house to is found dead in the bathtub, apparently murdered. Will this be the end of their friendship, or will Savannah turn up? I liked the characters and the action in the book. This was my first book in this series, so I might have even liked it more if I had started from the beginning. But if you like cozy mysteries, with a little crime, pets, and passion, then this might just be a good book for you. I received an e-ARC of this book by the author and publishing via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Two ditzy women with police detectives as boyfriends interfere in a case and nearly get themselves killed. I have read other books in this series, but this one turned me off from the series. Barely able to give it a two star rating.

  6. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    Gia’s back in the fifth book in the “All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery “ series, Whole Latte Murder (I’m not sure where the Latte part comes in). This time around, Gia’s best friend Savannah is planning her wedding, and Gia is helping. But when Savannah’s client is killed while viewing a house and Savannah disappears, things get serious. These books have been enjoyable, and this one is not an exception. However, there are times when characters become bogged down in details that make it difficult to Gia’s back in the fifth book in the “All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery “ series, Whole Latte Murder (I’m not sure where the Latte part comes in). This time around, Gia’s best friend Savannah is planning her wedding, and Gia is helping. But when Savannah’s client is killed while viewing a house and Savannah disappears, things get serious. These books have been enjoyable, and this one is not an exception. However, there are times when characters become bogged down in details that make it difficult to enjoy reading about them, or a plot just doesn’t fit. In the case of this book, there are a few issues I could not get past. For instance, even though Gia spends most of her time at the cafe, it doesn’t matter; the setting could have been anywhere. Unlike the other books in this series, the cafe just isn’t the center of attention, and it should be. Savannah’s wedding, although it is supposed to be part of the overall plot, doesn’t play a part other than a couple of mentions about a location for the reception and dress shopping. The “mob” connection is, in my opinion, a subterfuge that just didn’t work. I liked the idea; I just didn’t feel it fit in with the other books in this series. The suspects, what there are of them, and the killer were easy to figure out immediately; the author more-or-less gave it away as soon as they were introduced, making it hard to enjoy the who-dun-it portion of it the story. The evidence was insignificant and didn’t play a true role in solving the murder. Gia stayed at the cafe all day waiting for what the police said could be a ransom call. But why would a kidnapper call Savannah’s best friend and not her family, who don’t seem to be out hunting for their missing loved one? Even Savannah’s fiance, a cop, isn’t out tearing up the countryside looking for his future bride. Overall, this story didn’t work on many levels, the wedding, cafe, mob, murder, investigation: none of them seemed to play a significant enough role to make an impact. I enjoyed Whole Latte Murder for the relationship aspects more than anything. The closeness of Gia and Savannah is terrific, the cafe employees and patrons are fun and entertaining, and hopefully, we will get to enjoy Savannah’s wedding in the next installment. There are moments in this book that invoke real emotion and intrigue, but I would recommend that readers who haven’t read any of the other books in this series do not start with this one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I enjoyed this entry in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Series. Besides wishing I could stop in for the wonderful sounding food and the feel like friends characters, I found this book refreshing because it didn't focus exclusively on the murder. There were plenty of other things happening to distract from the who done it, which can sometimes get overwhelming. I'm pleased to know that there is already another one with a set release date, and I'll be waiting to read it! I enjoyed this entry in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Series. Besides wishing I could stop in for the wonderful sounding food and the feel like friends characters, I found this book refreshing because it didn't focus exclusively on the murder. There were plenty of other things happening to distract from the who done it, which can sometimes get overwhelming. I'm pleased to know that there is already another one with a set release date, and I'll be waiting to read it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Thank you to Kensington, Amazon and GoodReads for the book contest. All opinions expressed in my review are all my own opinions and not affected by the giveaway. Things are going well for Gia Morelli. She's finally gotten used to Florida, aside from some of the creepie crawlies, and now her BFF Savannah is getting married. Savannah is having a tough time coming up with the perfect, affordable venue. Gia has an idea but before she can tell Savannah, Savannah has to dash off to show Oakley Mano Thank you to Kensington, Amazon and GoodReads for the book contest. All opinions expressed in my review are all my own opinions and not affected by the giveaway. Things are going well for Gia Morelli. She's finally gotten used to Florida, aside from some of the creepie crawlies, and now her BFF Savannah is getting married. Savannah is having a tough time coming up with the perfect, affordable venue. Gia has an idea but before she can tell Savannah, Savannah has to dash off to show Oakley Manor House to Buster Clarke. Everyone is uneasy about Savannah going out into the woods and into an empty house alone with such a notorious and dangerous person. She agrees to take her own car and promises to meet Gia later to go dress shopping. After Savannah fails to return and doesn't check in with Gia, Gia is worried. Another half hour goes by and no Savannah. Trevor agrees to go with Gia to check out the property and see if they can find Savannah. While Savannah doesn't turn up, Buster Clarke does, dead in a bathtub. Hank and Leo arrive but are just as frantic as Gia. They need to gather as much evidence as possible before they're pulled off the case. Gia returns to the café to wait for news and finds the whole community gathered there to support Savannah's family. One person Gia didn't expect to find there is Paige Clarke, Buster's sister. Paige indicates she either knows where Savannah is or knows something more than she's telling. Can Gia trust Paige to conduct her own investigation and return Savannah safely? Someone steals money from Gia and breaks into her home and hurts her dog. She's scared and furious. Who would do something bad to an innocent animal? She wants to know and wants answers NOW. Is there a connection to Savannah's disappearance? When Savannah does return, she's terrified and confused but determined to track down her abductor and solve the mystery of Buster's murder. This story grabbed me right away and didn't let go. I had to put it down briefly but then once I picked it up again, I couldn't put it down until I was done. I thought I had it figured out pretty early on but there's a twist I didn't see coming that really surprised me. I normally don't care for the mob-type plot. That's not my thing and so unrealistic but the writing is strong and not cliched so I ended up enjoying it. Mild spoilers ahead Gia has come a long way since she first moved to Florida. She has a cute dog, an adorable kitten, a nice house, a hot boyfriend who loves her and a BFF who brings along a large and loving family. She's no longer scared of her own shadow, although she still gets nervous taking out the trash at the café. Gia has learned to accept most of the creepy crawlies, enjoy the sunshine and the natural beauty of the parks. She is an incredibly loyal friend and her relationship with Savannah really goes to the next level here. They're like twins almost they're so close. Gia would do ANYTHING for Savannah. In this book they truly become family. Savannah's behavior for much of this novel is very uncharacteristic. She's clearly traumatized by whatever happened to her so it's understandable. I don't usually like her but I feel so bad for her in this novel. My heart kept breaking for her. Then she suddenly returns to normal and starts acting more like her usual crazy self. Her "investigations" are more like interrogations that nearly get them killed more than once! (again). Her schemes are harebrained, crazy and illegal. Why catch a bad guy if whatever evidence you get isn't allowed in court? Trevor is much more of a true friend. He's become close to Gia and he seems to feel about Gia the way she feels about Savannah. He's there for Gia when she needs someone and there for Savannah too. It's a little weird and creepy that he has guard dogs and a lot weird that he has a "poop pavilion" for one dog. He's eccentric but I like him. We get to know more of Savannah's family. Her father ,"Pop", is so broken. I can't bear for him to have to wait for news to see if he's lost yet another loved one to murder. How awful! He's not totally withdrawn from the world though. He's kind, loving, supportive and even seems to have a sense of humor. Savannah's brother Michael is not such a great guy. He goes from girlfriend to girlfriend without making a commitment. He seems to know something he's not sharing and it is NOT good. I don't blame Hunt for losing it when he finds out. Michael's girlfriend, Tempest, is what the Regency writers call "a watering pot." She's nervous about something and afraid to tell. She also works in the real estate office where Savannah works so it could be personal or business. Buster Clarke was a spoiled, wealthy, man child who thought he could just take whatever he wanted. We've seen that type before and it doesn't end well for his victims. Let's hope Savannah isn't one of them, personally or professionally. He was a slimy dude but didn't deserve to be murdered. His sister Paige seems to call the shots in the family. She's clever and crafty. Paige seems to know something about Savannah or maybe she doesn't but has ways of finding out that are not totally ethical if not illegal. Her other brother Robert is a dunce. He's her goon who does whatever she tells him. I don't think he has enough brains to have abducted Savannah, at least not on his own. Their biggest rivals are the Esposito clan. Frankie Esposito appears to be some kind of loan shark. He's very slick and suave. He gives off a creepy old Las Vegas vibe. Does he have something to do with Savannah's disappearance? His words indicate otherwise and he's very polite and kind but his tone of voice and the way people react to him set off warning bells for Gia. He is not a good guy. If he teams up with Paige, they could be one heck of a dangerous duo. Savannah's rival, Ward Bennett, has the listing for Oakley Manor House. He seems upset that Savannah went to show the house without his knowledge or consent. Savannah is doing him a favor he wouldn't do for her. I don't like him any better than Savannah does. His business practices are shady at best. Who knows what else he's up to? Angelina Lombardo, owner of the real estate office and Savannah’s boss, seems sketchy too. She's tough and no-nonsense, scary. Her comings and goings are all too frequent and timed coincidentally too. Perhaps she's just having an affair with Ward? The things we learn about her are shocking and really terrible. She is not a good person in any way shape or form. One or both of them is up to no good. Is it something like kickbacks or favoritism or is it something more like abduction, murder or theft? This series keeps getting better and better. I can't wait for Savannah and Leo's wedding!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    1 stars I will preface this to say two things, I was really enjoying this book and was immediately drawn in to the characters. But, as soon as the victim's sister asked for details, she spilled her guts to what she found even knowing and acknowledging the police wouldn't want her too. I am so fed up with cozy mysteries that feel the main character is smarter, and better than the cops! It's not good and in real life all of this interference could cause issues in court. I did not finish. 1 stars I will preface this to say two things, I was really enjoying this book and was immediately drawn in to the characters. But, as soon as the victim's sister asked for details, she spilled her guts to what she found even knowing and acknowledging the police wouldn't want her too. I am so fed up with cozy mysteries that feel the main character is smarter, and better than the cops! It's not good and in real life all of this interference could cause issues in court. I did not finish.

  10. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts It’s summer in Boggy Creek and Gia is excited to help her BFF Savannah plan the perfect wedding. They just have to find a venue that meets their needs without breaking the bank. A big commission could really help real estate agent Savannah have the wedding of her dreams. She sets off to meet a wealthy client at the priciest home for sale in the area planning to meet Gia for some dress shopping later. There were some concerns about her meeting this man by herself and when Savann Dollycas’s Thoughts It’s summer in Boggy Creek and Gia is excited to help her BFF Savannah plan the perfect wedding. They just have to find a venue that meets their needs without breaking the bank. A big commission could really help real estate agent Savannah have the wedding of her dreams. She sets off to meet a wealthy client at the priciest home for sale in the area planning to meet Gia for some dress shopping later. There were some concerns about her meeting this man by herself and when Savannah fails to pick up Gia and doesn’t answer her phone Gia sets off to find her friend. She arrives at the mansion and finds Savannah’s convertible in the driveaway but no Savannah. She does however find her client, dead, looking like he was hit upside the head with the nearby two by four full of nails. The police arrive and also find a woman’s body in the nearby lake. Thank God, it wasn’t Savannah, but where is she? Friends and family gather at Gia’s cafe while the police start a search. Everyone is frantic with whole latte worry. Will they find Savannah? and will they catch the killer before they strike again? Gia will not rest until they do! The characters in this series have grown so much over the course of five books. Gia and Savannah are such a great team. When Savannah goes missing you can feel Gia’s pain jump off the pages. Savannah’s fiance Leo and her cousin Hunt along with most of the community search to find the real estate agent. It was heartwarming the way everyone came together. With Savannah in peril, we get to see her brothers and father in action. They are a close-knit family and have welcomed Gia as one of their own. Trevor also has a larger role in this story and Alfie returns for a little technical support. All the cafe regulars return as well. Ms. Gregory has created a cast of truly genuine characters. What I really love about the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mysteries is the emphasis on friends and family. The characters really feel like old friends who would open their arms and hearts to anyone in need. The mystery gets off to a very quick start. Savannah’s client has a shady past and possible mob connections. Gia’s house gets broken into and the treatment of a certain Bernese Mountain Dog had me absolutely livid. Money is missing from several places and there is something hinky going on at Savannah’s real estate office. All these things are tangled together in a way that had the pages flying so fast I think my Kindle was steaming. Again the girls go to some crazy and dangerous lengths that had me holding my breath but I wouldn’t expect any less from this dynamic duo. Whole Latte Murder is a Whole Latte good! Great characters and a fantastic story full of twists and turns along with just a little humor and romance make this book a Perfect Escape! I am excited about Savannah and Leo’s wedding and look forward to pulling up a virtual seat for it and whatever murder mystery the author comes up with. I highly recommend every book in this series!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Whole Latte Murder is the 5th book in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery series. Gia Morelli runs the 'All-Day Breakfast Café', a diner in Boggy Creek, Florida. Gia is on a mission to help her BFF property and estate agent Savannah Mills find a wedding frock for her upcoming nuptials. Before they go shopping together Savannah has an appointment showing potential buyer Buster Clarke around Oakley Manor House, a large empty property out in the woods. When Savannah doesn't show up for their shopping Whole Latte Murder is the 5th book in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery series. Gia Morelli runs the 'All-Day Breakfast Café', a diner in Boggy Creek, Florida. Gia is on a mission to help her BFF property and estate agent Savannah Mills find a wedding frock for her upcoming nuptials. Before they go shopping together Savannah has an appointment showing potential buyer Buster Clarke around Oakley Manor House, a large empty property out in the woods. When Savannah doesn't show up for their shopping trip, Gia begins to fret and heads out to Oakley Manor to look for her friend taking Trevor Barnes, the owner of Storm Scoopers, an ice cream parlour, with her. They don't find Savannah, but they do find Buster... dead in the bath. Whole Latte Murder was my 2nd in this series as I dived in late at book four in A Waffle Lot of Murder. I had no difficulties keeping up with characters and events and it worked for me as an individual story. Gia and Savannah have a brilliant friendship and protagonist Gia is a great character who I find to be instinctive and keen. Cole Barrister and Willow Broussard, a cook and a waitress at the café work with Gia and are eager to help her out when Gia needs to go and search for clues. The great cast of characters, including the hilarious townsfolk, and strong friendship bonds, help to zhoosh up this summer cozy as does Thor, Gia's Bernese Mountain Dog. I was sold on this summer-themed compulsive story from the very beginning, and Lena Gregory once again really impressed me with her fluid writing. The details of the plot were very well-executed, the story was amusing and easy to follow, and every chapter left me with a compelling need to read on. The story was scattered with scrumptious food references, and clues were sprinkled throughout. As a lover of a good breakfast myself Lena Gregory's mentions of delectable sounding meals and treats were pure joy and I could almost taste the iced chocolate macadamia nut lattes! The killer's identity eluded me until the very end. This was an amazingly good cozy and I am looking forward to reading book six, Mistletoe Cake Murder. If you adore a great cozy mystery, don't miss out on Whole Latte Murder! Thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours, Lena Gregory and Kensington Books for a complimentary copy of Whole Latte Murder at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Vu

    Rating - 4.5/5 When I saw the title of this book, I was like, "LATTE and a MURDER?! OK, COUNT ME IN!" This was such an adorable novel. Lena Gregory's writing reminds me a little like Joanne Fluke's writing (in the sense that the main character is always trying to solve cases around food or a cafe), but not as predictable. This was the first time I read a book by Lena Gregory, and I hope to read some more from this author! As you've probably read, Gia Morelli, the main character, is best friends wi Rating - 4.5/5 When I saw the title of this book, I was like, "LATTE and a MURDER?! OK, COUNT ME IN!" This was such an adorable novel. Lena Gregory's writing reminds me a little like Joanne Fluke's writing (in the sense that the main character is always trying to solve cases around food or a cafe), but not as predictable. This was the first time I read a book by Lena Gregory, and I hope to read some more from this author! As you've probably read, Gia Morelli, the main character, is best friends with one of the other main characters in the novel, Savannah. Savannah, who is a real estate agent, is scheduled to show an expensive but old mansion out in the country. She states who her client is, and everyone at the cafe warns her NOT to go out there alone. Savannah ignores everyone's warnings and head over there herself. When she's late to her appointment with Gia later on in the day, Gia starts to get worried. She tries to contact her, but to no avail, so she ends up heading over to the mansion along with one of her good friends. It seems that Savannah is missing, and Gia discovers a dead body. As previously mentioned, what I like about this book was how it wasn't as predictable as some of the other murder mysteries I've read. I've read murder mysteries with a similar theme, and sometimes it lacks the element of suspense, but this book did not! I was surprised to figure out what happened in the end; it wasn't something I could've easily thought out at all. I also really liked how daring the characters were; they weren't scared to "go out on a limb" when it comes to searching for/helping a friend. Even though it wasn't predictable, I was surprised to see how forthcoming a lot of the characters were when it came to being questioned by the main character. To me, realistically, it's very rare that people open up and volunteer information as easily as lots of the characters did in this novel. For that, it kind of decreased the "thriller" level of the novel for me a little bit. Overall, I enjoyed this book; it was adorable, short, and an easy read. Highly recommend if you like a quick but exciting mystery novel! **A huge thank you to Goodreads, Kensington Publishing Corp., and Lena Gregory for this book; all thoughts and opinions are my own, and are in no way influenced by this giveaway.**

  13. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Gia Morelli owns the All Day Breakfast Café in Boggy Creek, Florida. Her best friend Savannah is a real estate agent, and has been given the opportunity to show a mansion to Buster Clarke. When Earl, the cafe's first (and regular) customer hears about it, he asks Savannah not to go. When she won't budge, he asks her to bring someone with her. But Savannah, insistent she knows what she's doing, doesn't take his advice. When Savannah doesn't return at an allotted time when she was supposed to pick Gia Morelli owns the All Day Breakfast Café in Boggy Creek, Florida. Her best friend Savannah is a real estate agent, and has been given the opportunity to show a mansion to Buster Clarke. When Earl, the cafe's first (and regular) customer hears about it, he asks Savannah not to go. When she won't budge, he asks her to bring someone with her. But Savannah, insistent she knows what she's doing, doesn't take his advice. When Savannah doesn't return at an allotted time when she was supposed to pick out her wedding dress with Gia, Gia gets worried enough that she enlists the help of her friend Trevor to go find her. When they arrive at the mansion, they don't find Savannah, but they do find a very dead Buster. They call the police, and Savannah's police officer boyfriend Leo, and cousin Hunt, chief detective, show up and are worried sick for her. But Gia feels guilty and isn't about to let Hunt look for Savannah without her. Now Gia needs to figure out who took her friend -- but when rival business people (and possibly underworld figures) the Clarkes and Espositios get involved, it soon becomes clear that something much larger is occurring -- and Gia might be right in the middle of it... This is the fifth book in the series, and I must say that I enjoyed it so thoroughly that I read it in one sitting. The action starts right at the beginning, and then twists all its threads to go in different directions that keep you wondering where they're going to lead. Once you decide that you know where everything is heading, it changes, and there's secrets and surprises galore. One big surprise shows up later in the book, and it could change everything that's been going on, and the person to figure it out isn't Gia, which is another surprise. But the threads finally come together, and you get to see the picture that is being woven. When it all comes together in the end, it does so not without losses, but gives us something to look forward to in the next book. Oh, and did I say that I love Alfie? Highly recommended. I was given an advance copy from the publisher, but this in no way influenced my review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sapphyria

    Warm weather in Boggy Creek is here. Gia and Savannah are preparing for Savannah and Leo's upcoming nuptials. Savannah is also getting ready to show a million dollar house. When Savannah is late for an appointment after the showing, Gia treks out to the mansion. She discovers the dead body of Savannah's client and Savannah missing. Now Gia, Hunter, Leo, and the rest of the crew must locate Savannah, find out who murdered the client, and keep their heads on straight when all they want to do is pa Warm weather in Boggy Creek is here. Gia and Savannah are preparing for Savannah and Leo's upcoming nuptials. Savannah is also getting ready to show a million dollar house. When Savannah is late for an appointment after the showing, Gia treks out to the mansion. She discovers the dead body of Savannah's client and Savannah missing. Now Gia, Hunter, Leo, and the rest of the crew must locate Savannah, find out who murdered the client, and keep their heads on straight when all they want to do is panic. Whole Latte Murder is another great book in the All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series. The book is perfectly paced - not too fast and not too slow. I was pulled in from the very beginning and engaged in the plot. The character development continues as we learn more about the characters, old and new, without being bogged down with useless filler. The story was fun, exciting, suspenseful, and full of twists and turns. I had a wonderful time trying to figure out just what happened and who was responsible. The continued world building is great, and I was able to visualize the story. This book was especially emotional for me, not from personal experience, but because the author does such an exceptional job with Gia, Savannah, Hunter, and Leo during a very traumatic experience. Gia came from New York one person and has since evolved into another as she gets used to the differences in Florida. Gia is a very strong character and I enjoy the books about her world. I love that the author does not, at any time, write her as weak or unstable. She's just had a very rough past that she thought she would escape by moving away from her former life and completely starting over. Samantha and Hunt are stability characters for Gia. Savannah is a wonderful best friend and Hunt proves to be another person who has Gia's back. Every single character in this book is likable, the setting in Florida is nice, and the assortment of suspects kept me on my toes. The chemistry between Gia and Hunt is sweet and believable. I prefer a little bit of soft romance in my cozy mysteries and this series hits the mark. I really enjoy the author's writing style and devour every book she publishes.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    I said in my review of A Waffle Lot of Murder that my favorite part of this cozy mystery series is the friendships Gia has formed with the people of Boggy Creek. In this latest book, Whole Latte Murder, those friendships are brought into sharp focus yet again when Savannah goes missing. Gia is living proof that family isn’t just the lineage you’re born into; it’s also who you’ve gathered around you. And though Gia didn’t have a bustling family upbringing with lots of siblings for support, she ha I said in my review of A Waffle Lot of Murder that my favorite part of this cozy mystery series is the friendships Gia has formed with the people of Boggy Creek. In this latest book, Whole Latte Murder, those friendships are brought into sharp focus yet again when Savannah goes missing. Gia is living proof that family isn’t just the lineage you’re born into; it’s also who you’ve gathered around you. And though Gia didn’t have a bustling family upbringing with lots of siblings for support, she has built that very thing with her close friends (and their families) in Boggy Creek. Savannah is a big part of the glue that brings the whole group together, and watching everyone deal with her disappearance and the search to find her was quite touching. The mystery is somewhat two-fold in Whole Latte Murder, and honestly Gia sorta takes a back seat in the crime solving this time around. Savannah spearheads most of the investigation in the latter half of the book, but of course Gia is right there by her side. And both of them stay just a step ahead of their policemen beaus, Leo and Hunt… much to the law officers’ fond-but-anxious dismay. There’s all sorts of twists and turns and layers to this mystery, and while I figured out a couple of things ahead of the female dynamic duo I was way off on others. Bottom Line: Whole Latte Murder by Lena Gregory keeps readers engaged from beginning to end. The mystery takes several surprising detours, and the cast of potential suspects could easily fill Gia’s cafe to capacity. Savannah’s storyline in this installment is heartwarming and touching – but you’ll also cheer at her courage and strength. Along with the complexities of the whodunnit & the yummy breakfast food sizzling on the griddle, the power of friendship and community shines brightest of all. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    As this story got underway, I found that I couldn't put my Kindle down and even read with an extra long charger cord. Yep, it was that good. This mystery was very Savannah-focused and just showed how close she and Gia have always been as friends. They'd literally do anything for the other and consider each other the sister they never were born with. Something was off with one of Savannah's brothers after she was abducted, and no matter what the danger was, Gia was determined to find her bestie. I As this story got underway, I found that I couldn't put my Kindle down and even read with an extra long charger cord. Yep, it was that good. This mystery was very Savannah-focused and just showed how close she and Gia have always been as friends. They'd literally do anything for the other and consider each other the sister they never were born with. Something was off with one of Savannah's brothers after she was abducted, and no matter what the danger was, Gia was determined to find her bestie. I love that Trevor had a nice bigger role in this book too, and we did get some insight into one of Savannah's brothers and a little more visting with her dad--I like her dad a lot! Another fun character that I don't quite remember how he came into the previous stories (and I've read them all), but I really like him too is Alfie who has some mad hacking skills and loves electronics. I was thinking he was a lot like Sebastian on NCIS: NOLA and it'd be fun to see Alfie again sometime. I might have to cruise through the previous books and refresh my memory on him! I had my suspicions about who was behind the abduction, but wasn't quite sure who the killer was. That was some showdown though, and both girls were extremely brave (and actually crazy to have gone there to begin with but hey, there'd be no plot if they didn't do stuff like that) during the showdown. That was another time when Alfie was pulled in to help. Just reading about where and when Savannah's wedding might be makes me excited to read the next book when it comes out. From what I saw, it's definitely a Christmas theme and comes out in October. I can't wait! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the fifth book in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe mystery series by Lena Gregory. She also has a very popular Bay Island Psychic mystery series that is awesome too. This book starts off with a bang as Gia is frantically searching for her missing friend, Savannah who is a successful real estate agent in town. Come to find out the person she was showing a house to ends up dead, then she is found alive behind Gia’s cafe but had given a sleeping agent. The family and friend aspect of this 4.5 stars This is the fifth book in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe mystery series by Lena Gregory. She also has a very popular Bay Island Psychic mystery series that is awesome too. This book starts off with a bang as Gia is frantically searching for her missing friend, Savannah who is a successful real estate agent in town. Come to find out the person she was showing a house to ends up dead, then she is found alive behind Gia’s cafe but had given a sleeping agent. The family and friend aspect of this book is what makes it amazing, They are all looking out for each other and there is quite a big group of them. Cole and Willow work with Gia and are quite eager to help her out when the detective aspect of her mind needs to go out and search for clues. Hunt and Leo work for the police department and seem okay with her sleuthing too which is unusual for a cozy mystery. The secondary storyline revolves around Savannah/Leo and their upcoming nuptials. The entire book is just good. You get sucked in immediately as Gia freaks out about her missing friend. And the craziness never stops. It is quite a page turner. The mystery is compelling and the whodunit is hard to figure out. I think the best part is the community and friendships in here. It gives you all the feels. Loved so much about it. If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title. Opinions are completely my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Whole Latte Murder is the fifth installment in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery series set in Boggy Creek, FL and featuring Gia Morelli, owner of the cafe. Gia is looking forward to helping plan her best friend, Savannah Mills wedding to policeman Leo Dumont. Savannah is upset because she can't find an affordable wedding venue but Gia has an idea - unfortunately, before she can follow up with her surprise Savannah goes missing. Savannah had left earlier in the day to show the Oakley Manor House Whole Latte Murder is the fifth installment in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery series set in Boggy Creek, FL and featuring Gia Morelli, owner of the cafe. Gia is looking forward to helping plan her best friend, Savannah Mills wedding to policeman Leo Dumont. Savannah is upset because she can't find an affordable wedding venue but Gia has an idea - unfortunately, before she can follow up with her surprise Savannah goes missing. Savannah had left earlier in the day to show the Oakley Manor House to reputed loan shark Buster Clarke against the advice of Cafe cook, Cole Barrister. It seems that the house is owned by the Esposito family, rumored to have mob connections and sworn enemies of the Clarkes. When Savannah fails to return from her showing, Gia sets out in search of her friend and stumbles upon the body of Buster in the bathtub, another woman dead in the pond behind the house and Savannah nowhere to be found. Anxious to find her friend, Gia sets out with the help of Leo's partner, Hunt Quinn and quickly finds herself in the midst of a real estate rivalry and a mob war. With her house being broken into, her trusty canine Thor drugged and someone stealing money from the Cafe, Gia realizes that this time she just might be in over her head. A twisting plot filled with the return of series regulars makes for a quick and easy afternoon read. I received an advanced copy of Whole Latte Murder from NetGalley via Kensington Publishing. While not required to write a review I am happy to offer my honest opinion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katreader

    WHOLE LATTE MURDER by Lena Gregory The Fifth All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery Everyone at the All Day Breakfast Cafe is nervous when Savannah leaves to show the Oakley Manor House to a potential client. The estate is in a secluded location outside of town and her client happens to be a known member of a local crime family. When Savannah doesn't return to the cafe on time, Gia Morelli and Trevor decide to risk Savannah's wrath and head out to the estate only to discover Buster's murdered body and n WHOLE LATTE MURDER by Lena Gregory The Fifth All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery Everyone at the All Day Breakfast Cafe is nervous when Savannah leaves to show the Oakley Manor House to a potential client. The estate is in a secluded location outside of town and her client happens to be a known member of a local crime family. When Savannah doesn't return to the cafe on time, Gia Morelli and Trevor decide to risk Savannah's wrath and head out to the estate only to discover Buster's murdered body and no sign of Savannah. When reading a murder mystery I expect a murder, but I generally don't expect a missing person. When Gia found Buster's body, I figured Savannah would become the prime suspect. Her disappearance, however, colored the whole book, raising the emotions of everyone involved...mine included. I love the sense of community in this series, not only with Savannah's relatives, but with Gia, Trevor, Harley, and the whole All Day Breakfast Cafe family. Practically everyone in the whole town of Boggy Creek, in fact, turns up to show support and search for Savannah. WHOLE LATTE MURDER is about family, loyalty, and doing whatever you can for each other. It's about sticking together and trying to make things right...even by doing something wrong. I enjoyed the mystery involved in this fifth All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery. While I deduced one aspect of the mystery about half way through, I didn't know all the whys and wherefores...or what exactly was going on leading to a surprising finale. WHOLE LATTE MURDER is a pulse pounding mystery that pulls at the heart strings. I look forward to the upcoming wedding and can't wait to see what Gia and the gang get up to next! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura Salas

    This mystery didn't really do it for me. CAUTION: SEMI-SPOILERS AHEAD. There were just too many things that called attention to the writer's choices--that felt like devices needed to make things happen. For instance, everyone's insistence that Gia stay at the cafe in case a ransom demand comes in is ludicrous. Savannah has a boatload of family in town--all of whom she's close to. The idea that a kidnapper would approach her best friend instead of her family boggles the mind. And it's repeated ov This mystery didn't really do it for me. CAUTION: SEMI-SPOILERS AHEAD. There were just too many things that called attention to the writer's choices--that felt like devices needed to make things happen. For instance, everyone's insistence that Gia stay at the cafe in case a ransom demand comes in is ludicrous. Savannah has a boatload of family in town--all of whom she's close to. The idea that a kidnapper would approach her best friend instead of her family boggles the mind. And it's repeated over and over again. And then the thought that Savannah's entire family would gather all day at the cafe, when their loved one is missing...so Gia should stay at the cafe in case of a ransom call, but the kidnapping victim's actual family doesn't need to be at home? And then it turns out there's a plot reason that the family needs to be out of their home that day. The whole thing just feels like an awful lot of machinations put in place to make the plot work out. On top of all that, the whole feuding crime families angle just seems silly, especially since there's no details about the kinds of crime they are into, and the basis of the longstanding feud, and the motive of the killer(s)...ugh. Not for me. I feel sort of guilty being so negative, because the writing on a scene-by-scene level is generally fine. But the whole thing feels very heavy handed and illogical to me. Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Gia Morelli, owner of All-Day Breakfast Café in Boggy Creek is helping her friend Savannah, a real estate agent plan her wedding. Meanwhile, Savannah is in the process of selling an expensive property— the old Oakley Manor House—to a man named Buster Clarke. Buster happens to be a loan shark with a colorful reputation. Savannah and her prospective buyer are scheduled to meet at the cafe and then drive to the house together but one of the cafe’s patrons, an elderly man named Earl who knows of Bus Gia Morelli, owner of All-Day Breakfast Café in Boggy Creek is helping her friend Savannah, a real estate agent plan her wedding. Meanwhile, Savannah is in the process of selling an expensive property— the old Oakley Manor House—to a man named Buster Clarke. Buster happens to be a loan shark with a colorful reputation. Savannah and her prospective buyer are scheduled to meet at the cafe and then drive to the house together but one of the cafe’s patrons, an elderly man named Earl who knows of Buster’s reputation has tried talking Savannah out of going alone to the house with Buster. Savannah eventually agrees to go in a separate car. She’s supposed to come back to the cafe so she and Gia could go shopping. When Savannah doesn’t show up Gia heads to the house with a friend named Trevor to check on Savannah only to find Buster Clarke lying dead in a bathtub in one of the rooms. In his hand is a nail gun. Soon afterward, a woman's body is discovered in the lake near the same house. 🏠 Savannah is still nowhere to be found. Gia later finds Savannah lying unconscious at the back of the cafe building. How did she wind up there? And who killed Buster and the unknown woman? Overall an interesting cozy mystery. Would recommend Thank you to Gregory Lena, NetGalley, and Kensington for the ARC of this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Whole Latte Murder is a cozy mystery that takes place in Boggy Creek, Florida, near Ocala. Gia Morelli owns an all day breakfast cafe. When her best friend Savannah, a realtor, disappears after showing an old Florida estate, Gia goes looking for her ... and finds herself embroiled in a complex murder with lots of local drama and danger between warring families. I wanted to read this book because I liked the first book in the series. I have not kept up with the other books but remembered enjoying Whole Latte Murder is a cozy mystery that takes place in Boggy Creek, Florida, near Ocala. Gia Morelli owns an all day breakfast cafe. When her best friend Savannah, a realtor, disappears after showing an old Florida estate, Gia goes looking for her ... and finds herself embroiled in a complex murder with lots of local drama and danger between warring families. I wanted to read this book because I liked the first book in the series. I have not kept up with the other books but remembered enjoying it. This was a fairly complex mystery with a large cast of characters. The author, thankfully, included a cast of characters list -- and it was so helpful! I enjoyed the small town Florida setting, especially the breakfast cafe (owning a similar cafe is one of my dream jobs!). Gia is a smart and resourceful amateur detective - although she and Savannah take some big risks that put them in jeopardy. There is even a lovable dog (Thor, the Bernese Mountain dog) and kitten (Klondike). Pets always make cozy mysteries even nicer! The mystery is well written and fast paced. It kept me guessing right up to the denouement! I recommend Whole Latte Murder (and the series) to fans of cozy mysteries, and especially for anyone who enjoys southern settings, small town mysteries, and foodie fiction.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Gia owns the All Day Breakfast Cafe and has found a life that makes her happy. Usually. She's a New York transplant and summer in Florida is out to get her, so to speak. One thing that will distract her is spending time with her best friend Savannah in preparation for her upcoming nuptials. Before they meet for shopping, Savannah, a top notch real estate agent, has to meet a prospective buyer. Things go sideways when she fails to show up for their shopping date. What does turn up? The buyer, who Gia owns the All Day Breakfast Cafe and has found a life that makes her happy. Usually. She's a New York transplant and summer in Florida is out to get her, so to speak. One thing that will distract her is spending time with her best friend Savannah in preparation for her upcoming nuptials. Before they meet for shopping, Savannah, a top notch real estate agent, has to meet a prospective buyer. Things go sideways when she fails to show up for their shopping date. What does turn up? The buyer, who has a very shady side, is found dead at the house Savannah was going to show him. Savannah is missing but later is found after having been drugged. That's only the beginning. An unknown woman turns up dead, Gia's home is tossed and her sweet pup, Thor, is also drugged. Time to defy the police and do her own investigating. Besides the satisfying puzzle to keep me guessing and the people who Gia calls friends, I really enjoy the animals and how Gia and her friends love them. It's a nice thread that runs through the series. This is a series that makes for a lovely escape during these stressful times. I'm already saving a spot for book #6, Mistletoe Cake Murder due out October 12, 2021. My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    Savannah still needs a venue for her wedding Gia thinks she may have the perfect place. While Savannah goes off to show a prospective client a home, Gia hopes to figure out the wedding venue and get through the rest of the work day so she and Savannah can go shopping for a wedding gown! But Savannah doesn’t show up and no one can find her, so Gia drives to the house Savannah was showing and finds the client dead and Savannah missing. With the whole town wanting to find Savannah safe, Gia keeps b Savannah still needs a venue for her wedding Gia thinks she may have the perfect place. While Savannah goes off to show a prospective client a home, Gia hopes to figure out the wedding venue and get through the rest of the work day so she and Savannah can go shopping for a wedding gown! But Savannah doesn’t show up and no one can find her, so Gia drives to the house Savannah was showing and finds the client dead and Savannah missing. With the whole town wanting to find Savannah safe, Gia keeps beating herself up over letting her friend go to show the house alone. When Gia finds an unconscious Savannah outside the restaurant’s backdoor, she’s beyond relieved, but still committed to finding out who did this to Savannah and why. Can Gia and the gang figure it out before the killer strikes again if and when Savannah’s memories of the kidnapping come back? This is the fifth book in the series, and it keeps getting better with each new entry. From New York City to Florida, Gia and Savannah are more than BFFs they are sisters and that makes this series even more cozy. Looking forward to book numbers six and hopefully many more over time.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This go-round finds our favorite Boggy Creek characters planning a wedding! Savannah and Leo are getting hitched! Unfortunately, not everyone cares about this exciting event. Savannah finds herself in the midst of a quarrel when she shows a house to local man who's less than upstanding. When she goes missing and a body is found- Gia, Hunt, Leo and the rest of the crew want answers and want Savannah found. She is eventually- but there are more questions than answers. Will Savannah and Leo get to This go-round finds our favorite Boggy Creek characters planning a wedding! Savannah and Leo are getting hitched! Unfortunately, not everyone cares about this exciting event. Savannah finds herself in the midst of a quarrel when she shows a house to local man who's less than upstanding. When she goes missing and a body is found- Gia, Hunt, Leo and the rest of the crew want answers and want Savannah found. She is eventually- but there are more questions than answers. Will Savannah and Leo get to finishing planning their "I Do's"? I really like this series, and this edition is no exception. And character development! I can't explain how much of a fan of this I am. Unfortunately, the mystery itself wasn't my favorite. And I like relationship development just as much as character development. While the friendships between characters has been well-done, the relationship between Gia and Hunt has been just about "molasses in the middle of February in Vermont" slow. While get the characters are busy, if it's going to be talked about and shown, then please do something. It's just getting stale now. I'm hoping for some movement in the next book, which I'm excited for!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: The book begins with Gia and Savannah making a date to do wedding planning after Savannah shows a house to a client. When Savannah doesn’t meet up with Gia her friends and family start to worry. The dead client they find at the house does not bode well and the search is on for Savannah. This is not, by any means, a simple murder/kidnapping. The house that is up for sale is owned by a crime family and the would be purchaser is a member of a rival family. By the time Savan Princess Fuzzypants here: The book begins with Gia and Savannah making a date to do wedding planning after Savannah shows a house to a client. When Savannah doesn’t meet up with Gia her friends and family start to worry. The dead client they find at the house does not bode well and the search is on for Savannah. This is not, by any means, a simple murder/kidnapping. The house that is up for sale is owned by a crime family and the would be purchaser is a member of a rival family. By the time Savannah is found, it is clear as mud that the blood feud is deeper and more pervasive than either woman ever imagined. It feels like someone is playing deadly games and the two friends are in the cross-hairs, literally. Even cops Hunt and Leo are shocked and dismayed how dangerous family ties can be. As in the previous books, Gia and especially Savannah are reckless. They do some very silly things that put them in greater danger than they are already. While it makes for some exciting moments, it also comes close to a Darwin Award. Somehow, the likability of the characters and the complexity of the mystery keep me coming back for more. Four purrs and two paws up.

  27. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    WHOLE LATTE MURDER, the fifth book in the All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series by Lena Gregory, is another terrific addition to a great series! Protagonist, Gia Morelli, and her best friend, Savannah, are busy making plans for Savannah’s wedding. I love how the two interact with each other and their repartee adds plenty of humor… along with ex-New York city girl Gia’s heebie-jeebies about Florida’s abundant insects, Arachnids, snakes, and alligators (which I can relate to). The author vividly p WHOLE LATTE MURDER, the fifth book in the All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series by Lena Gregory, is another terrific addition to a great series! Protagonist, Gia Morelli, and her best friend, Savannah, are busy making plans for Savannah’s wedding. I love how the two interact with each other and their repartee adds plenty of humor… along with ex-New York city girl Gia’s heebie-jeebies about Florida’s abundant insects, Arachnids, snakes, and alligators (which I can relate to). The author vividly paints the setting so readers feel like they’re there experiencing everything that happens on page. It doesn’t take long before the action starts with the disappearance of Savannah after showing a house to a potential client, who’s found murdered. Ms. Gregory writes an edge-of-your-seat story, filled with emotional upheaval by the characters. It had me turning pages faster and faster and I was glued to the book as the story progressed until the final heart-stopping conclusion. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Noreen Trotsky

    Book five in the All-Day Breakfast Mysteries is a fun and cozy read. I had not read the previous four titles in this series, but had no problem following the story line and its characters. However, I did have a few questions about past history of some of the characters which only makes me want to go back and start at the beginning of the series. Gia, the owner of a diner that serves breakfast all day, and her best friend Savannah are going dress shopping for Savannah's upcoming wedding. But befor Book five in the All-Day Breakfast Mysteries is a fun and cozy read. I had not read the previous four titles in this series, but had no problem following the story line and its characters. However, I did have a few questions about past history of some of the characters which only makes me want to go back and start at the beginning of the series. Gia, the owner of a diner that serves breakfast all day, and her best friend Savannah are going dress shopping for Savannah's upcoming wedding. But before doing that, Savannah, a real estate agent, needs to show a house to a reputed mafia man. When Savannah doesn't show up to meet Gia, the whole town gathers to find her. While looking for her, two bodies are found. I'll stop there because it will be more fun for you to read! Well written, with well-developed characters, this is a sure bet for cozy mystery lovers. Now I'm going back to the beginning- happy reading! Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for a digital copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Whole Latte Murder is the fifth book in Lena Gregory's All-Day Breakfast Cafe Cozy Mystery series. Divorced ex-New Yorker, Gia Morelli, owns the All-Day Breakfast Cafe in Boggy Creek, Florida. Her best friend is Savannah Miles, a successful real estate agent. Savannah went to show a mansion to her client, Buster Clarke, and never returned to go wedding dress shopping with Gia. Worried, Gia goes looking for her and finds Savannah's car but no Savannah. Inside the mansion she finds Buster's dead b Whole Latte Murder is the fifth book in Lena Gregory's All-Day Breakfast Cafe Cozy Mystery series. Divorced ex-New Yorker, Gia Morelli, owns the All-Day Breakfast Cafe in Boggy Creek, Florida. Her best friend is Savannah Miles, a successful real estate agent. Savannah went to show a mansion to her client, Buster Clarke, and never returned to go wedding dress shopping with Gia. Worried, Gia goes looking for her and finds Savannah's car but no Savannah. Inside the mansion she finds Buster's dead body! Gia contacts Hunt, Savannah's cousin/a Boggy Creek police officer. Assisting Hunt is his partner who is also Savannah's fiance. It's nice to see a community and a kidnapped victim's family come together to start a search. The people who work at or just hang out at the cafe are an eclectic group of likable people. I liked the fact that Gia and Savannah are loving pet owners. I think animals are nice additions to cozy mysteries. I enjoyed this book and it was different than other cozies I've read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is the 5th book in this popular cozy series. i have enjoyed this series from the beginning and highly recommend it for your cozy reading enjoyment. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley. My review opinion is my own., Our savvy protagnist Gia is busy running her popular breakfast cafe and getting used to the unrelenting Florida sun in Boggy Creek. Her best friend Savannah is getting married and they are both busy with details of the wedding. Savannah vanishes when she goes to show a h This is the 5th book in this popular cozy series. i have enjoyed this series from the beginning and highly recommend it for your cozy reading enjoyment. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley. My review opinion is my own., Our savvy protagnist Gia is busy running her popular breakfast cafe and getting used to the unrelenting Florida sun in Boggy Creek. Her best friend Savannah is getting married and they are both busy with details of the wedding. Savannah vanishes when she goes to show a house and a man is found brutally murdered inside. Gia is desperate to find her friend and investigates both her disappearance and the murder. This mystery was very well plotted and had clues abound to keep every reader guessing to conclusion. This was such a exciting read with non stop action. I loved the sleuth and the all the suspense the author built for the reader. The charcters all add to the series. This was a very enjoyable next in series that I highly recommend for your cozy mystery reading enjoyment.

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