Review of Apples and Alibis

Apples and Alibis
A Down South Cafe Mystery Series, Book #4
Gayle Leeson
5 Stars

46815950. sy475 Synopsis:

That’s the last time Amy agrees to do a favor for a stranger…

Down South Cafe owner, Amy Flowers is in over her head. Operating a cafe while hosting the first Farmers’ Market in Winter Garden has her swimming in apples. And when an elderly woman calls the cafe, pleading for a delivery for her upcoming party, Amy relents, feeling compelled to help the desperate customer.

But when she arrives, the woman is slumped over her kitchen table, and Amy is catapulted into the middle of a small-town crime. Guilt-ridden for not arriving earlier to save the woman, she sets out to unravel the mystery surrounding her death. Now, between running the cafe and dealing with the chaos of the farmers’ market, Amy is squeezing in a murder investigation, a run-in with her boyfriend’s mom, and her own mother’s quirky life decisions. Life can’t get any worse…or can it? This cafe owner needs a break–in the case. (Goodreads)



The writing style flows smoothly and is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and pulled me along for a thrilling ride. At times I felt like I was a customer at the Down South Cafe, listening in on conversations (some would say eavesdropping) and watching all the action taking place.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Any time I get to spend with Amy, Jackie and Aunt Bess is time well spent. You can tell how much everyone cares about each other and is willing to go the extra mile to help each other.

The mystery is well plotted and not easily solved. There were numerous clues to sift through and suspects to consider, and you will have to call on your inner sleuth if you want to solve it.

I would recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Whenever I read a book by this author, I know I’m in for a treat.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by BookFunnel, which I greatly appreciate.


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