Silence of the Jams (Down South Cafe Mystery Series #2)

Silence of the Jams (Down South Cafe Mystery Series #2)

by Gayle Leeson

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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101990810
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Down South Cafe Mystery Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 66,640
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent, who also writes the nationalbestselling Embroidery Mystery series as Amanda Lee. She lives in Virginia withher family and is having a blast writing the Down South Café Mystery series.

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Silence of the Jams 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
A nice cozy, enjoyed reading it I have not read the first book in this series, "The Calamity Cafe", yet but I will have to get a copy and do so. This was a good read, I will say that I thought I had the 'murderer' figured out before the end, and for once I was right, lol. Grab a copy for yourself and enjoy! OH, and there is a third book, "Honey-Baked Homicide", coming out in December so keep your eye out for that one too, I am.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
Amy Flowers is busy running her Down South Cafe and trying to deal with all of her family issues. The Chamber of Commerce director George Lincoln pays a visit to the cafe and collapses while eating. Due to George's less than health life style, it looks like he died of a heart attack. The town soon learns that the manner of death was from poison. Amy needs to find the killer before people start blaming her and the cafe, after all it has only been a few weeks since she opened her dream cafe. This is a fun series full of endearing characters.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
The down-home, Southern feel comes through author Gayle Leeson’s delightful new release, SILENCE OF THE JAMS. Protagonist Amy Flowers is spunky and fierce, but still a bit vulnerable. Her charming personality pops off the page and invites readers in. The secondary characters are witty and entertaining giving more depth to the story. The author blends the right amount of intrigue and suspense with friendship and family relationships for a well-balanced read. She demonstrates the close-knit community friends create. The twists and turns will keep you on your toes as you puzzle out the killer. The story moves at a steady pace as the mystery unfolds. Sprinkled among the clues is a group of characters you’ll come to love and be able to relate to. It’s not necessary to read the first installment in the series in order to keep up with the characters and events. However, to get the full enjoyment of the setting and characters don’t be surprised if you’re drawn to catch up. This is a tantalizing mystery filled with engaging characters, an entertaining tale, and tasty recipes. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I have been excited to read this story since I finished The Calamity Cafe back in December! I donned my Down South Café T-shirt and started reading as as soon as the book arrived. We have returned to Winter Garden just in time for their Independence Day Celebration but before the fireworks even start there is drama at The Down South Café. Chamber of Commerce director George Lincoln has been a real pain in the butt for Amy. He is still burning about his inability to buy her building just so he can tear it down. But today he finds himself permanently silenced. He keels over right at the counter while eating his breakfast. At first look it seems to be a heart attack but the autopsy points to murder. Poisoning to be exact. This is not good for Amy or her business. Sensible people know there is now way she could be responsible but Amy needs to move fast before she gets so jammed up she loses everything. Amy Flowers is the perfect protagonist. She is liked by everyone. She is friendly and caring. She also has the right business to keep up with all the happenings around Winter Garden. I love the way her family works together to help the cafe succeed and still deal with all the commotion of a murder and Aunt Renee swooping in for a visit. Amy’s mom, her cousin, Jackie and Aunt Bess are all fabulous supporting characters. I enjoyed Amy’s moments with Homer as well. I can’t forget Amy’s beau, Deputy Ryan. He is an excellent match for Amy. This story is very fast paced. The clues kept circling round and round. I had an early inkling about the murderer but the clues just weren’t adding up. The Aunt Renee subplot also drew my attention. I really felt bad that she and Jackie were not close. Renee was not the mother Jackie needed but her Granny (Aunt Bess) did her best to raise the girl right while Renee just floated in and out of their lives. Amy does get herself in a little trouble for being too trusting and Renee is dealing with something everyone around her hopes she can start to make headway on. I applaud the author for the way these issues were handled in this book. I can’t review these books without talking about the food. Thank goodness, there are recipes in the back of the book. The Fudgy Chocolate Cake as well as the Beef and Cheese Pasta Bake had my mouth watering. And yes, there is a Strawberry Jam recipe too! Gayle Leeson has whipped us up a fine cozy mystery in Silence of the Jams. A great plot featuring fantastic characters filled with mystery, suspense, humor and a little bit romance. A delicious way to spend an afternoon or two. I know y’all will enjoy this one.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
SILENCE OF THE JAMS gave me that down home, easy living feeling, but with murder! ;-) With the wait finally over (it felt like years) I dived into this book, and didn’t come up for air until I was finished! Page after page I was captivated by this delightful cozy. As with the first installment in this series, SILENCE OF THE JAMS was a fast moving mystery without one wasted word. (You know the kind of drag-it-out filler I’m talking about.) Seriously, there was not one slow or boring part in this entire tale. Every scene dealing with the characters doing their normal, everyday routines, made me long to be a part of this group of people. And every scene focusing on the murder was intelligently crafted by author Gayle Leeson to keep the reader’s mind working to solve the deadly puzzle. She truly has a gift for writing a killer mystery. Be prepared to get hungry reading this story. There are some yummy sounding foods. Thankfully, Ms. Leeson includes some of the amazing recipes from the story. I will be trying them out for sure! I don’t care how jammed up your reading list is. You have got to add SILENCE OF THE JAMS to the top. Haven’t read book one, THE CALMITY CAFÉ? Get them both and read them back to back. You’ll be happy that you did!
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Southern cozy mystery fans, welcome back to Winter Garden, Virginia! Silence of the Jams is an entertaining whodunit story with a southern twist! In Silence of the Jams, the second book in the Down South Cafe Mystery Series, Author Gayle Leeson weaves an intriguing southern cozy murder mystery tale that follows The Down South Cafe chef/owner Amy Flowers latest amateur sleuth adventures! Amy draws the reader into her latest adventure when she finds herself a suspect in the murder of Commerce director George Lincoln, who collapsed while eating at the cafe, and dies from a suspected case of poisoning. George tried to buy the café so he can tear it down and build a B&B on the site. Amy takes the reader along on her amateur sleuth adventure as she tries to clear her name and find the real killer. This captivating and fast-paced mystery tale has enough quirky humor, drama, and intriguing twists and turns that will keep you guessing. Rich in detail and vivid descriptions, the story takes place in Winter Garden, Virginia, a picturesque southern town with a lot of heart and charm. The description of the town and its residents was simply wonderful, there's nothing better than down home country charm and living. I loved how the author masterfully interwove Amy's growing Down South Cafe, where her customers think of it as Southern hospitality in a sweet home town, while also dealing with the trials and tribulations of trying to clear her name, and solve the murder of the small town businessman who had plans to take her cafe away from her. This laugh-out-loud cozy mystery tale will keep you in stitches as you turn the pages following along with the townsfolk's southern charm and quirky interactions, and you can't help but get caught up in the drama and calamity that follows Amy and friends as they try to solve the murder. Amy's story unfolds with a wonderful balance of comedy, drama, and suspense that easily kept me guessing, and left me wanting more. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the author includes some delicious recipes at the end of the book that will make your mouth water! Silence of the Jams is a riveting southern cozy murder mystery that will engage you to join in the crazy adventures and trials and tribulations that occur, while providing you with a dose of good ol' southern charm and humor. So pull up a rocking chair and set down for a spell with some sweet tea while Amy and the townsfolk of Winter Garden tell y'all their story! Silence of the Jams is the second book in the Down South Cafe Mystery Series. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
First I sure wished I was part of Amy Flowers family, she could whip up a delicious meal in seconds, or was planning another. Miss Amy is kind to everyone including grumpy George Lincoln, but she sure didn’t expect him to drop dead in her Café. Thus a new mystery is born and as we go through the list of suspects, I kept changing my mind, and when you think you are sure, guess again. There is a bit of sweet romance here, and an abundance of family, and everyone seems to be welcome at the dinner table. As we go about trying to find out who killed George, we become immersed in the daily life of this Southern Town, and get to know just about everyone, some are better off not knowing. Does Amy have to kind of a heart for her own good, or will she learn who was responsible and then put her own life in jeopardy. I want to read more by this author, and keep up with her darling pets and family. There are some unanswered personal questions here, and I want to find out. I see there are two other books in this series, and they are now on my must read list. Enjoy! I received this book through Great Escapes Book Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a fast paced culinary treat SILENCE OF THE JAMS by Gayle Leeson The Second Down South Cafe Mystery Amy Flowers is gearing up for the Independence day holiday when George Lincoln stops by her Down South Cafe. Although he doesn't pester her as much as usual, he ends up causing more trouble when he drops dead right after eating his breakfast! Although everyone is sure he keeled over from a heart attack, including the doctor sitting with him at the time, Amy wonders if he may have been murdered. After all, George rubbed most people the wrong way. Amy decides to look into who may have wanted George dead in order to protect her reputation and that of her cafe, especially since it turns out George was poisoned! This second Down South Cafe is a fast paced culinary treat. Not only to we have the mystery of George's death, we also have the repercussions of Renee's return to town. Amy's aunt is a fly by night wreaking havoc and upturning the lives of her family whenever she flits into Winter Garden. A solicitous doctor, a threatening brother, an unhappy wife, and a secretary who may have her own agenda make enthralling characters. Gayle Leeson also tackles the serious topic of addiction. The author handles this subject matter realistically without detracting from the storyline. SILENCE OF THE JAMS combines the love and interdependence of family with a well plotted mystery amidst a backdrop of lip smacking comfort food to create a delectable read. Recipes included. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Silence Of The Jams is the second book in the A Down South Cafe Mystery series. Another enjoyable visit to the Down South Cafe and to visit with Amy, Jackie and Sarah at the cafe. The remodeling on the cafe has been completed and business has been good for Amy. Then one morning George Lincoln, president of the Chamber of Commerce comes in for breakfast. While eating his breakfast and chatting with Dr. Kent, he falls off his stool and dies. It appears that he has suffered a heart attack, but a waitress is sure she heard him say poi or poise just before he expired, so some doubt is raised. George Lincoln has been trying to buy the cafe for some time so he could tear it down and build a B&B and hardly a time goes by that he doesn’t ask Amy if she is ready to sell. Foremost in her mind is how his death will affect her business, what with a second death have happened in the cafe. She soon learns that Lincoln has been keeping files on many of the people in Winter Garden, so if turns out he was murdered there could be a number of suspects. In addition to wanting to determine who the murderer might be, the reader was able to learn more about Amy family, which this reader considered very entertaining. Amy’s mother and great Aunt Bess live in the “big-house” and she lives in the house on the property that meant to be a guest house. Aunt Bess is well into her senior years and is a real character. Being somewhat computer savvy, she has a Pinterest board called Lord Have Mercy where she posts things that she finds interesting. Another of her current projects on the computer is checking out various dating sights. We also learn more about Amy’s cousin Jackie and Jackie’s relationship with her estranged mother. The reader is also able to follow the possible budding romance of Amy and Deputy Ryan Hall. Delicious recipes are also included in the book. I find this a fun and very entertaining series and will be watching for the next book.