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Friday, June 17, 2016

The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson

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The Calamity Cafe
The Calamity Café: A Down South Café Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Series: A Down South Café Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: NAL (June 7, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1101990780
First in a new cozy mystery series featuring Southern cooking that is to die for.
Aspiring chef and small-town Virginia native Amy Flowers is ready to open her own café offering old-fashioned Southern food. But her dream may go up in smoke when someone kills the competition…
Tired of waiting tables at Lou’s Joint, Amy Flowers doesn’t just quit—she offers to buy the place from her bully of a boss, so she can finally open the café of her dreams. Amy can’t wait to serve the kind of Southern, down-home treats and dishes that her grandmother always loved to the kooky cast of regulars at the restaurant. She knows her comfort food will be the talk of the sweet, small town of Winter Garden, Virginia.
At first Lou Lou refuses to sell, but when she seems ready to make a deal, she tells Amy to come see her.  Showing up at the eatery ready to negotiate, Amy is shocked to find her former employer murdered. As the prime suspect, Amy will have to clear her name by serving up the real killer—and with Lou Lou’s stack of enemies, that’s a tall order.

Includes delicious Southern recipes

What I Thought:

This was one of the best books that I have read in a while. It caught my attention from the beginning and kept it till the very end.  I really liked the plot of this story and the characters.  I thought it was a great mystery and it kept me guessing till the very end.  There was more going on in this story than just the murder of Lou Lou, there is also a decades old mystery involving a bank robbery.  I enjoyed getting to know the residents of Winter Garden, VA.  Amy is a strong protagonist and she was bound and determined to figure out who killed Lou Lou so she could clear her name.  I am so looking forward to the next installment in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.


About The Author –
Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. I also write as Amanda Lee. As Gayle Trent, I write the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, I write the Embroidery Mystery series. I live in Virginia with my family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff. I’m having a blast writing this new series!
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