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Friday, December 15, 2017

Honey-Baked Homicide

Honey-Baked Homicide (A Down South Café Mystery)
by Gayle Leeson

Honey-Baked Homicide (A Down South Café Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting - Virginia
Berkley (December 5, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101990827

The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery . . .

It’s fall in Winter Garden, Virginia, and business at Amy Flowers’ Down South Café has never been better. So when struggling beekeeper Stuart Landon asks Amy to sell some of his honey, she’s happy to help. The jars of honey are a sweet success, but their partnership is cut short when Amy discovers Landon’s body outside the café early one morning.

As Amy tries to figure out who could possibly have wanted to harm the unassuming beekeeper, she discovers an ever-expanding list of suspects—and they’re all buzzing mad. She’ll have to use all of her skills—and her Southern charm—to find her way out of this sticky situation...

What I Thought:

 This was another great installment in the Down South Café Mystery Series, and it was just as good and entertaining as the first tow in the series.  I really enjoy visiting Amy and her family and friends and the Down South Café in Winter Garden VA.  In this one, Amy agrees to let a local beekeeper display his honey in her café.  When he winds up dead in her parking lot, she, of course, has to find out who the killer is.  This was another well-written story from Gayle Leeson.  The plot was well thought out and believable.  This one kept me guessing and the ending is a total surprise.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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.
The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The heroine, Daphne, has returned to her hometown of Brea Ridge to open a cake baking and decorating business and is wrestling with the question of whether or not one can go home again. She enjoys spending time with her sister, nephew, and niece, but she and her mother have a complicated relationship that isn’t always pleasant. Daphne has also reconnected with her high school sweetheart and is pursuing a rekindled romance while desperately trying to put her past behind her.
Kerry Vincent, Hall of Fame Sugar Artist, Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show Director, and Television Personality says the series is “a must read for cake bakers and anyone who has ever spent creative time in the kitchen!”
Says Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author, “One day I found myself happily reading . . . mysteries by Gayle Trent. If she can win me over . . . she’s got a great future.”
The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. Marcy Singer left her home in San Francisco, along with the humiliation of being left at the altar, in order to move to Tallulah Falls and realize her dream of owning her own shop. She takes along her faithful companion, a one-year-old Irish wolfhound named Angus O’Ruff. She makes many new friends in Tallulah Falls, but she also makes a few enemies. Thankfully, her best friend Sadie MacKenzie and her husband Blake run the coffeehouse right down the street from Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch; and Detective Ted Nash always has her back.
Publishers Weekly says, “Fans of the genre will take kindly to Marcy, her Irish wolfhound, Angus O’Ruff, and Tallulah Falls. This is a fast, pleasant read with prose full of pop culture references and, of course, sharp needlework puns.”
Pat Cooper of RT Book Reviews says, “If her debut here is any indication, Lee’s new series is going to be fun, spunky and educational. She smoothly interweaves plot with her character’s personality and charm, while dropping tantalizing hints of stitching projects and their history. Marcy Singer is young, fun, sharp and likable. Readers will be looking forward to her future adventures.” (RT Book Reviews nominated The Quick and the Thread for a 2010 Book Reviewers’ Choice Award in the Amateur Sleuth category)
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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Why Don’t Young ‘Uns Trick-or-Treat Anymore?

Back when my daughter Jenna was a little girl, she used to go trick-or-treating with her friends. They'd all gather together--we didn't live here in Winter Garden then, we lived in Pocahontas, Virginia--and go around the neighborhood gathering treats. We all enjoyed the young 'uns showing off their costumes. We didn't care if they were homemade or store-bought outfits, as long as it made the children happy and they could see, hear, and move around all right in them.

The tradition continued a while when Amy was a little girl, but somewhere along the way, trunk-or-treats and going to stores to get treats became the things to do. Of course, you know why stores offer treats to kids--to get their parents through the door to buy something. Trunk-or-treats is a thing they started doing at churches so they could be sure the young 'uns would be safe. That's a sorry commentary on the world when a body can't trust her neighbors to be good to children.

Now when Halloween rolls around, I mostly see costumes on television or online. I don't even recognize most of the characters anymore. Back in my day, you had witches and ghosts, and that was about it. When Jenna was growing up, there was Barbie, Superman, princesses, Dracula.... Jenna got really creative with Amy's costumes. One year, Amy was dressed in purple with balloons taped all over her--she was a bunch of grapes. Another time, she was a sunflower. And she teamed up with three of her friends one year, and they all went as a different color crayon--Amy was pink.

So, tell me, do you still have trick-or-treaters come to your house? And, if so, could you send them my way next year? I miss seeing them.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your terrific blog today and for your great review! I appreciate you! :)