Review of Silence of the Jams

Posted April 13, 2017 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 11 Comments

Review of Silence of the Jams

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson
Published by Berkley Books on April 4th 2017
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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The new cozy mystery featuring Southern cooking from the author of "TheCalamity Cafe." It's Independence Day in Winter Garden, Virginia, and the residents are gearing up for their annual celebration. The Down South Cafe is open and flourishing, and Amy Flowers is busy making pies and cakes for the holiday. The only thorn in her side is Chamber of Commerce director George Lincoln, who is trying to buy the cafe so he can tear it down and build a B&B on the site. When George collapses while eating at the Down South, everybody assumes it's a heart attack until the autopsy declares it to be poisoning. Now it s up to Amy to prove her innocence before her liberty is lost. Includes delicious Southern recipes!"

Also by this author: The Calamity Café


Here is what I thought

Silence of the Jams is the second book in the Down South Cafe series and it was just as good as the first one.

Amy Flowers has only been open a few weeks and trying to forget about the murder that happened before she became owner. Things were going smoothly then George Lincoln a man who keeps trying to buy the cafe from her dies in her cafe. One of the waitress though he gurgled something about being poisoned and it puts Amy back into a murder investigation.

Ryan a deputy that Amy has been seeing tells her later that the death is suspicious and he knows that she had nothing to do with it. She is worried how it will impact things at the cafe but it seems not to hinder her business. Not only does she have to deal with this but her Aunt is back in town. She is Jackie’s mom and it seems she is never around for long only long enough to cause trouble.

It seems that there are a lot of people who could be on the suspect list since George had files on a lot of people, he is not a well liked man. It has a good mystery though I figured out who the bad guy was, it doesn’t hinder anything.

I like Amy, she is a good character. She has a great family around her (her cousin Jackie and her Mom) and her male friend Ryan (don’t think they are at the boyfriend stage yet). I think my favorite character is Homer who is an older man who comes into the cafe and always has a hero of the day. He was really feeling the crime fighting heroes this go around from Robert Urich (Spencer for Hire) or Humphrey Bogart (Sam Spade).

It was a good one and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series when it comes out!

Recommend if you like

Cozy mystery, great characters and foodie themes

Author Bio

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!

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11 responses to “Review of Silence of the Jams

  1. I love the author’s dog and the title of this book cracks me up every time. Seems like a really good week. I think April is getting away from me with my reading. Hope to get some decent reading done this weekend!

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