Wednesday, March 06, 2024

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway: Double Scoop of Murder (Coffee & Cream Café Mystery, #3) by Lena Gregory

Double Scoop of Murder
Coffee & Cream Café Mysteries
Lena Gregory

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting - New York
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Publication Date: February 27, 2024
Number of Pages: 226 pages
Digital ASIN: B0CKV7QQB8




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.



5 stars!

This series just keeps getting better! 

Double Scoop of Murder is the third book in the Coffee & Cream Café Mystery series by the prolific author Lena Gregory, which, without a doubt, just keeps getting better and better. With its sassy heroine and her cadre of friends and family backing her up, this tale of treasure hunting on Long Island really struck gold with me. 

Danika “Dani” Delaney is focused on building her ice cream café into a successful business and is a reluctant participant in the four billion dollar treasure hunt that has kicked off in town. But once committed, she gives her all to her teammates, Eli, Gwen, and sister Meghan. And even though she does talk Uncle Jimmie and his pal, Harry, into covering her operations one day, she maintains a strong work ethic, unlike many amateur sleuths who grace cozy mysteries. The story is told from her point of view, and her narration is one of my favorite things about the book. It’s sassy, snarky, sometimes vulnerable, but always completely unfiltered. 

The plot is a fun one with the hunt for the $4 billion dollar payout that brings numerous outsiders to their small town, including many social media influencers and stars (which has quickly become my new favorite trope.) The variety of personalities, all vying for attention, content, and “Likes,” and, in this case, the treasure, tickles my funny bone every time. 

With all the newcomers, there are several good suspects for who is behind the murder, with both obvious and not-so-obvious red herrings among the bunch. The story provides twists and turns to keep readers off balance, and the return of Dani’s two potential love interests does the same to her. I have really enjoyed the Long Island setting throughout the series and like reading the descriptions of the different areas the characters visit. 

I recommend DOUBLE SCOOP OF MURDER to cozy mystery readers who enjoy a culinary theme, Long Island settings, and fans of the previous books in the series.


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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