Great Escapes Tour: The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson – Review

11 Jun


The Calamity Cafe
by Gayle Leeson

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.
~Moonlight Rendezvous

We are treated to a murder mystery and some romantic overtones… If you’re looking for a fun summer read, this would be a wonderful choice.
~Book Babble

A cleverly constructed plot, well-written characters, and a setting that feels like the town next door all blend together to form the perfect recipe for a new series!
~Reading is my SuperPower

The first book in a new cozy mystery series is full of colorful characters, delicious food, a solid mystery and a light touch of romance.
~Queen of All She Reads

The plot is engaging and fast paced, pulling the reader along on a wild tale of murder and suspense.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

This book was great it had southern charm mixed in with old history and crime…
~Community Bookstop

This is a stellar start to the Down South Café Mystery series!
~Cinnamon and Sugar and A Little Bit of Murder


The Calamity Café: A Down South Café Mystery 
Cozy Mystery
Series: A Down South Café Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: NAL (June 7, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1101990780

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. 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!

Authors Links:

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Purchase Links 

Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Books-a-Million – Kobo 

My thoughts:

FTC Disclosure – I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is another brand new series. My summer reading has gotten off to a great start with The Calamity Cafe. Leeson’s Down South Cafe Mystery series promises to be an awesome new series. It has all the things that appeal to cozy readers: engaging mystery, wonderful characters (especially Amy), and delicious recipes.

The mystery which not only includes a current day murder, but is also tied in with a mystery surrounding the victim’s family history, is engaging and kept me guessing almost until the end.

I loved Amy from the start and not just because of her love for her deceased Nana – I’m a sucker for grandparent relationships – but because she’s such a no-nonsense well rounded character.  She knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to go for it. I also liked the way she treats those around her – even mean, cranky Lou Lou.

Leeson has created a wonderful supporting cast of characters as well. I think my favorite is Homer.  His hero a day has sparked some ideas of an activity for me to do with my elementary students in the fall.

Bottom line: The Calamity Cafe is an all round good read. Don’t miss out on this new series – I’ve already added it to my must read list.  Be sure to check out the tour page for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card and don’t forget to visit the other stops on the tour.

Tour Participants

June 7 – Moonlight Rendezvous – Review

June 7 – The Self-Rescue Princess – Character Interview

June 8 – Reading Is My SuperPower – Review, Giveaway

June 8 – Book Babble – Review

June 9 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Giveaway

June 9 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Review

June 9 – Community Bookstop – Review, Giveaway

June 10 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – Review

June 10 – Books Direct – Guest Post, Giveaway

June 10 – Mystery Playground – Guest Post – Drinks and Reads

June 11 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review

June 12 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Giveaway

June 13 – A Holland Reads – Review, Character Guest Post, Giveaway

June 14 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my – Review

June 14 – Classy Cheapskate – Review

June 15 – Back Porchervations – Review

June 16 – The Book’s the Thing – Review

June 16 – Island Confidential – Interview

June 17 – Melina’s Book Blog –  Review

June 18 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

June 19 – I Read What You Write – Review, Interview

June 20 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Character Guest Post, Giveaway

June 20 – cherylbbookblog – Review

June 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review

June 21 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review



Posted by on June 11, 2016 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Great Escapes Tour: The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson – Review

  1. Gayle Trent

    June 11, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Thank you! ❤

  2. Melissa

    June 14, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    This sounds like a interesting cozy!


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