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.
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!
Review of The Calamity Cafe
Review (4.5 Stars): I absolutely loved The Calamity Cafe!!! This book was a well-written mystery, with charming characters and down home recipes that will make your mouth water. Amy has been wanting to open her own cafe for a long time and finally has enough money to make her dreams come true. After offering to buy to Lou’s joint and being turned down, Amy decides to build her own from the ground up until she receives a phone call letting her know that the owner has changed her mind. What Amy soon discovers is the body of her former boss in Lou’s joint and Amy is now the prime suspect in her murder. Amy must now clear her name and find the real killer before her dreams of a new cafe go up in smoke.
Such a delightful start to a new series and I loved Amy’s character. She is very sweet, determined to start her own business and kind to the people that she has served at the cafe for so many years. I loved the recipes and descriptions of all the great food that Amy put together for her customers. This mystery had so many entertaining twists and turns and I’m excited to see what is next for Amy and the rest of the gang.
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