Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson
Title: Silence of the Jams
Series: A Down South Café Mystery, Book 2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publish Date: April 4, 2017
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01IAUG44C
About the Book:
In the latest Southern cozy from the author of The Calamity Café, small-town chef Amy Flowers can’t take her freedom for granted when she’s served up as a murder suspect…
It’s Independence Day in Winter Garden, Virginia, and the residents are gearing up for their annual celebration. The Down South Café 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 café 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!
My review of A Calamity Cafe, Book 1, can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3OAIX9APVGOTY/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1101990783
Silence of the Jams is a wonderful second book in Gayle Leeson's Down South Cafe Mystery series. After the murder in book 1, things have settled down in the small town of Winter Garden, VA. The townsfolk are preparing for the Independence Day Festival, including Amy Flowers, owner of the newly remodeled Down South Cafe. Her clientele is starting to build and Amy has several regulars that frequent the cafe for down home cooking. When a well known citizen dies while dining at the cafe, Amy's reputation is on the line.
Silence of the Jams has the perfect ingredients for a cozy mystery hit! Between the delicious sounding food (and recipes in the back of the book) and the fast-paced mystery, the reader can't help but be drawn into this book. The murder takes place in a small town with family roots and stories that span several generations. The death occurs near the beginning of the book, giving the author a lengthy time frame to develop more of the Winter Garden, VA world. We are reacquainted with the key characters from book 1 and introduced to many new ones.
The plot of Silence of the Jams is engaging and fast paced, pulling the reader along on a wild tale of murder and suspense. The descriptions of the world in Winter Garden were vivid and I felt like I was right there in the middle of the town and involved in the investigation. The dialogue between all of the characters was believable and well done. I enjoyed the sweet interactions between Amy and Ryan and like the pace the author is using to build up a potential relationship.
I was slightly clued in on who may have committed the murder but the author did a great job disguising everything and making me question myself. I highly recommend the Down South Cafe Mystery series and suggest you start with Book 1. You'll get to know the key players before meeting them again in Silence of the Jams.
Meet 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!
Webpage – http://www.gayleleeson.com
Gayle Trent Webpage – http://www.gayletrent.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/GayleTrent