Monday, December 4, 2017

I'm thrilled to join Berkley Mystery in celebrating the December 5 release of 
by author
Gayle Leeson

is book 3 in the Down South Café Mysteries

The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery . . .
It’s fall in Winter Garden, Virginia, and business at Amy Flowers’ Down South Café has never been better. So when struggling beekeeper Stuart Landon asks Amy to sell some of his honey, she’s happy to help. The jars of honey are a sweet success, but their partnership is cut short when Amy discovers Landon’s body outside the café early one morning.
As Amy tries to figure out who could possibly have wanted to harm the unassuming beekeeper, she discovers an ever-expanding list of suspects—and they’re all buzzing mad. She’ll have to use all of her skills—and her Southern charm—to find her way out of this sticky situation...


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For the third straight year, the Down South Café Mysteries has a permanent place on my top 5 favorite cozy mystery series list!

From the first sentence of book one in this series, THE CALAMITY CAFÉ, I knew it was a series I was going to love. Now having read this third book, HONEY-BAKED HOMICDE, I have no doubt I will remain a forever fan.

The words of this excellent story flew across the pages with ease, making for a quick read. I became lost in the words. I could hear the sounds, and smell the aromas of the different dishes, making me feel like I was a part of the story, and not just a reader.

HONEY-BAKED HOMICIDE was a well thought out mystery. Ms. Leeson had me going around in circles trying to guess who the killer was, and the reasoning behind it.

On a small negative note (Not neg enough to keep me from giving HONEY-BAKED HOMICDIE a 5 star rating), protagonist Amy Flowers is unfortunate enough to discover another body. I know that’s the way it goes in cozies, and I accept it 100%. That being said, I don’t care for all the victims from each book being found in or near the café. Any more deaths around her business would have to start scaring away her customers. Well, except Homer LOL.

On a big happy note, this delightful series by author Gayle Leeson is everything I look for in cozy mysteries. A lovely small town setting, characters I adore, a business that I would totally frequent, and wonderful writing that follows the outline of true cozies. Perfect for all ages, the author proves you can have a successful mystery without the use of cursing, or getting “edgy”. Series like this one are what hooked me on the cozy mystery sub-genre to begin with.


Now available for pre-order
December 5



Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent, who also writes the national bestselling Embroidery Mysteries as Amanda Lee. She lives in Virginia with her family and is having a blast writing the Down South Café Mysteries.


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  1. Thanks, Lisa. I am SO looking forward to reading this! I am really enjoying this series. (I totally agree with the last paragraph of your review.) Monday blessings, to you.

  2. How can you not love a book that's in a DOWN SOOUT Café Mysteries (I live in Arkansas and love food ;) ) and has an adorable dog and cat (love animals) on the cover? Well, I sure can't!

    Thanks for the review. I love a book that wraps it's pages around you and pulls you into the story. I also love mysteries that have you second guessing whodunit. I've love to read HONEY-BAKED HOMICIDE. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. I really loved the first book in this series. Looking forward to catching up!

  4. Thank you so much, Lisa, for hosting me AND for your fabulous review! Noted: next time, I'll have the body discovered at least a little way down the road! LOL!

  5. I always like to hear that an author conveys the five senses through their writing. I want to know what they are trying to convey and I do like to be helped along in this way. Great review. It sounds like a great book series. Now I want to also know why all the dead bodies around the cafe......hmmmm

  6. Another review about a book that I am adding to my very very long list of books that I just HAVE to get. :)

    Cynthia B.

  7. Thanks for the review of HONEY-BAKED HOMICIDE. It sounds like an amazing book and one that I'd love to read.