I received this book for free from Great Escape Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Calamity Café by Gayle Leeson
Published by NAL on June 7th 2016
Source: Great Escape Tours
Also by this author: Silence of the Jams
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!
I took a deep breathe, tightened my ponytail, and got out of my yellow Volkswagen beetle.
What I thought of this book
This is my first time reading this author and I love trying new cozy authors, especially ones that involve food and Southern food at that!
Amy wants to buy Lou Lou’s cafe but she refused to sell, then later that day she gets a call from Pete Lou Lou’s son who said he thinks he has her changing her mind about selling. He wants her to come by later and he would meet her there and they could talk to his mom. Only thing is when Amy gets there Lou Lou is dead and there isn’t anyone else around.
Amy could be a prime suspect because she wanted to buy the cafe. She will need to figure out whodunit or she may never get the cafe of her dreams up and running. Amy is a good character and I felt bad for her that this happened to her because she really worked hard to be a chef. I loved that she was realistic about being a suspect and incorporated her friends into helping her come up with other suspects to help the police.
It has a lot of great side characters and I can’t wait to get to know them more as the series evolves. The mystery was done good and it has great southern recipes included in the book!
A very good start to a new series and if you like cozies then I think you will enjoy this one. 🙂