Review of Silence Of The Jams


Silence Of The Jams

Down South Cafe Mystery, Book #2

Gayle Leeson

5 Stars


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!

From the Paperback edition. (Goodreads)


The writing styles flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place and listening in on conversations.  And it felt like I could smell all of the delicious aromas coming from the cafe.  If I lived in Winter Garden, I would definitely be a patron at The Down South Cafe.

The characters are well rounded and three dimensional.  Amy is a smart, hardworking and funny woman and is someone I would like to get to know better.  Her cousin, Jackie, has a heart of gold but can have a quick fuse if someone threatens her family.  I really enjoyed reading about the interaction and conversations between the two.  They both have love interests that seem like good guys.  And Aunt Bess is a quirky older lady and I had to laugh at some of the things that she says.

The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and there were enough suspects to consider to make it difficult to figure out the killer.  Throw in some red herrings and a lot of clues to sift through and you have a top notch mystery to try and solve.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. With a great cast of characters, a wonderful small town feeling and a difficult mystery to solve, what’s not to love?