Thursday, June 9, 2016

Review: The Calamity Cafe by: Gayle Leeson

Title: The Calamity Cafe
Author: Gayle Leeson
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Down South Cafe Mystery #1
Pages: 304
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley &GEBT


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.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Amy Flowers who wants to start a cafe and goes to her previous boss Lou Lou to buy her joint which has all sorts of issues but Lou Lou isn't interested in selling so Amy decides to give up getting her joint and look for a place to build hers or buy another building to use.  When Pete Lou Lou son's shows up to Amy and tells him his mother has changed her mind but they have to act fast setting up a meeting for later that night.  Amy shows up only to find Lou Lou slouched over her desk dead!  Amy finds herself in trouble as a suspect so she finds herself determined to find out who killed her previous boss and why?

This book was great it had southern charm mixed in with old history and crime and alot of different people you get to meet and find out more about who they are and their connection to Lou Lou and the Holmans.  I loved it can't wait to see what is next in this fabulous series!


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diannekc said...

This sounds like a such a fun read. Really looking forward to reading.

diannekc said...

This sounds like a such a fun read. Really looking forward to reading.

Anonymous said...

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Jeanetta said...

The Calamity Café sounds like an exciting read.