Friday, March 8, 2024

Book Review and Giveaway - Double Scoop of Murder (Coffee & Cream Café Mysteries) by Lena Gregory

My Review
Dani Delany is enjoying running her family malt shop cafe on Long Island when she encounters a mystery.  A local billionaire passes away and leaves a four billion dollar treasure hunt for the community to solve.  Dani gets talked into joining a treasure hunting team with her friends/family but they uncover a murder ... which leads her to investigate.

I wanted to read Double Scoop of Murder because I really enjoyed the last book in the Coffee & Cream Cafe mystery series, and want to continue reading the books in this series.  I like the malt shop setting and the characters.

Dani is a fun detective. She's an amateur, but she has great instincts for sleuthing, and she's smart and brave. I like her friends and family as well (we see more of them in this mystery), and her love triangle with her high school sweetheart and the handsome detective in town.

The mystery aspects of this book were very well done, starting with a slower pace, but then picking up with several good suspects.  I enjoyed watching Dani solve the case!  The treasure hunt was a fun mystery device.

I recommend Double Scoop of Murder, and this series, for cozy mystery fans.  You are in for a treat with the malt shop setting, the fun cast of characters, and a great amateur detective.

Book Synopsis

From author Lena Gregory comes a hunt for more than just treasure…

Danika Delany is loving running her uncle’s old fashioned malt shop on eastern Long Island and putting her own modern spin on the treats they serve. Life is finally looking up for her! That is, until local billionaire Maxwell Crumbholtz dies and leaves his fortune in the form of a treasure hunt. Chaos descends on Watchogue, and Dani and the rest of the gang from the Coffee & Cream Café join the melee when they enter the contest, try to decipher the clues, and go in search of the treasure. But Dani digs up more than she expected when she discovers a dead body buried instead of a treasure! To make matters worse, a witness claims to have seen Dani at the scene of the murder. Now, instead of a four-billion-dollar payday, Dani is on the hunt for a killer.

Author Bio

Lena Gregory is the author of the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, which take place on a small island between the north and south forks of Long Island, New York, the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries, which are set on the outskirts of Florida’s Ocala National Forest, the Mini-Meadows Mysteries, set in a community of tiny homes in Central Florida, and the Coffee & Cream Café Mysteries, which take place in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island, New York.

Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island, but she recently traded in cold, damp, gray winters for the warmth and sunshine of central Florida, where she now lives with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, 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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