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Silence of the Jams (A Down South Café Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – April 4, 2017
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Praise for The Calamity Café
“A delightful cozy mystery...that will leave you wanting more...you'll be drooling over the delicious southern dishes Amy is serving up.”—Fresh Fiction
“Leeson's first in a new series gives readers everything they could ask for in a pleasing summer read. Likable and relatable characters are in abundance, as is a fascinating mystery that needs to be solved. But the best part of the book is the addition of several good old Southern recipes in the back.”—RT Book Reviews
“I absolutely loved The Calamity Café!!! This book was a well-written mystery, with charming characters and down-home recipes that will make your mouth water.”—Moonlight Rendezvous
“We are treated to a murder mystery and some romantic overtones… If you’re looking for a fun summer read, this would be a wonderful choice.”—Book Babble
About the Author
Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent, who also writes the nationalbestselling Embroidery Mystery series as Amanda Lee. She lives in Virginia withher family and is having a blast writing the Down South Café Mystery series.
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Top Customer Reviews
Amy Flowers has opened her remodeled restaurant, Down South Cafe, in fertile Winter Garden, Virginia; a rural farmland area. It's time for the Independence Day Festival and the townsfolk are getting into the spirit for celebrating. The director of the Chamber of Commerce, George Lincoln, has a grudge against Amy because he wants the land her Cafe is built on and she won't sell. When he suddenly chokes and dies in the Cafe after a home-cooked breakfast, Amy may be in hot water. In her defense, the local doctor--an eyewitness--says Lincoln had a heart attack--plain and simple. Of course, nothing's plain and nothing's simple about the death as a tox report reveals poison.
Author Gayle Leeson (aka Gayle Trent) does a fine job of leaving a trail of juicy morsels for readers to follow and savor through the ending. I'm looking forward to reading more satisfying stories in this culinary series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced Readers copy for NetGalley.
Amy is really busy in the cafe lately and hardly has time to visit with the customers. To her dismay in walks George Lincoln. He is the president of the Chamber of Commerce and is not very friendly. He seems to be pushy and intimidating. George has had his sight on Amy's cafe for some time. His plan is to tear down the cafe and build a B&B. Amy is having none of this and is really not in the mood for him this morning. After he is severed breakfast he starts talking to Dr.Kent. A commotion is heard as George falls to the ground. It doesn't look good for poor old George. Can you imagine eating at a cafe and suddenly a customer falls dead?
George's death raises suspicion when it is discovered that someone may have poisoned him. He had plenty of enemies and for some reason he had secret files on people in the town. What was George doing with these files? Did he know something that got him killed? The mystery is well written and I had a hard time figuring out who the killer was. It was fun reading about the different townspeople and to me they were all on my suspect list. I was very surprised when the killer was revealed and thought the author did a brilliant job of keeping readers guessing.
I really enjoyed getting to know more about Amy's family and applaud the author for writing about a subject that is hard to have a family member go through. It was written with sensitivity and I loved how the author gave details that were helpful and encouraging . I can't forget about Aunt Bess. She is quirky and funny and most definitely a hand full. She lightened up the story with her shenanigans and I loved her compassion for her family and friends. I will be looking forward to the next book in this series. I'm sure as you read the story you found yourself getting hungry with all the wonderful dishes being served up at the cafe. As a bonus the author has included several amazing recipes at the end of the book. I know what I'm having for dinner tomorrow.
I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.
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