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The Calamity Cafe
Down South Cafe Mystery #1
Gayle Leeson

June 7, 2016/ ISBN 9781101990780
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuths

Reviewed by Katrina Wiese


The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson is the first book in a new series, the Down South Cafe Mystery series. Amy Flowers is ready to purchase Lou's Joint from her irksome boss, Lou Lou, so that she can serve up some delicious meals dressed with southern charm. However, first she has to get Lou Lou to agree to sell Lou's Joint to her. When Lou Lou's son seems to have talked Lou Lou into selling, Amy shows up to talk negotiations. Instead of sweet-talking Lou Lou into selling, Amy finds her murdered. Instead of serving her home-cooking to the loving community of Winter Garden, Virginia, she finds herself being served up as the prime suspect in the murder investigation.

I say, for a debut novel, Gayle Leeson hit this one out of the park! This book had just the right amount of southern charm, good food and lovable characters. I found myself sucked into the story right from the start and I didn't want to leave the Down South Cafe, even after I turned the last page. This mystery was a good one with lots of twists and turns that kept the story moving, making for a quick and enjoyable read.

I can see myself walking into the Down South Cafe and being served up a sausage biscuit with strong coffee and maybe some oatmeal pie for dessert, right from Amy herself. And on the way out, I would definitely buy myself a Down South Cafe t-shirt! Actually I really want one of those now! Don't forget to check the back of the book for some of the delicious recipes mentioned throughout the book, especially for Preacher Cookies and Oatmeal Pie! Overall, The Calamity Cafe is a delightfully delectable book full of heart and southern charm. I can't wait to see what Gayle Leeson dishes up next!


Reviewed 2016