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The Calamity Café (A Down South Café Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – June 7, 2016
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“Entertaining.…Readers will enjoy spending time with the friendly folks of Tallulah Falls as well as Marcy’s adorable Irish wolfhound.”—Publishers Weekly
“This great cozy has a lively cast….The pace is fast and the puns are amusing.”—RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, top pick)
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About the Author
Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent, who also writes the national bestselling Embroidery Mystery series as Amanda Lee. She lives in Virginia with her family and is having a blast writing the Down South Café Mystery series.
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In sum, I thought the story was well written with a steady pace that kept the reader turning page with a nicely crafted mystery and full, round characters. I just had trouble with Amy's instance that she had to find the killer because her life was on the line. I liked the book well enough that I will give the second book in the series a try when it is released.
The main character, Amy Flowers, wants to buy the cafe she's working in but the owner doesn't want to sell. Shortly, the owner is murdered
and Amy seems to be the main suspect. She and her close friends decide to solve the murder while remodeling the cafe which Amy
managed to purchase. The character are all likable and I related easily to them. I didn't realize that this author also writes under the name
of Amanda Lee until the day I ordered the book. Need to remember to read all the information Amazon provides. But I do wish these
authors would find a name they really really like and stick with it:)
Amy Flowers is sick and tired of her job as a waitress at Lou's Joint cafè. She was professionally trained as a chef and if tired of being belittled and bullies by her boss Lou Lou. She puts in her notice and offers to buy the place, her dream always having been to own her own cafè, but Lou Lou is determined not to sell. When Lou Lou's son calls her and asks her to meet him and his mom at the cafè to talk about a sale, Amy is doubtful but hopeful. When she arrives, she finds herself alone with Lou Lou, and Lou Lou is clearly dead. Being suspected of homicide is not what Amy was planning to put on the menu!
This was a great start to a cozy mystery. The characters were interesting and either likable or despicable. Amy was a fun narrator with a sense of humor, curiosity, but not TSTL. The mystery itself was a little too simple and even the twists were pretty easy to figure out. I don't think it is because I have read a lot of mysteries either. I just think it was blatantly obvious. That did not stop me from enjoying the book though. I will definitely be checking out the next book in this series. (It has recipes also!!!)