The Calamity Café (A Down South Café Mystery #1) (Mass Market)

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Amy offers to buy a cafe, and the next day the owner is murdered. Full of Southern, small town charm and great characters. - John

— From John's Cozy Corner


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!

About the Author

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent, who also writes the national bestselling Embroidery Mystery series as Amanda Lee. She lives in Virginia with her family and is having a blast writing the Down South Café Mystery series.

Praise For…

Praise for the Embroidery Mysteries by Gayle Leeson writing as Amanda Lee

“Entertaining.…Readers will enjoy spending time with the friendly folks of Tallulah Falls as well as Marcy’s adorable Irish wolfhound.”—Publishers Weekly

“This great cozy has a lively cast….The pace is fast and the puns are amusing.”—RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, top pick)

“[A] crafty mystery series that continues to successfully balance a light tone and humor with a dramatic plot.”—Kings River Life Magazine
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101990780
ISBN-10: 1101990783
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: A Down South Café Mystery