Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Truffles and Tragedy by Gayle Leeson

Posted March 23, 2021 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, Gayle Leeson, giveaway, mystery/suspense / 4 Comments

A Down South Cafe Mystery #6
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Grace Abraham Publishing
RELEASE DATE: March 16, 2021
PAGES: 271

Down South Cafe owner Amy Flowers learns her chocolate truffles might not be the only things her patrons find “out of this world.”

When her cousin, Jackie, asks her to give a presentation to her online class, Amy thinks all she has to worry about is speaking before a group. But then the nitpicky professor collapses. He has been murdered, and hot-tempered Jackie is the prime suspect. Some online forums are even speculating that the professor was an extra-terrestrial, so Amy must sort out fact from fiction to get to the truth.

Certain the real killer is setting Jackie up, will Amy be able to outwit the killer and save her cousin?


Other Books in This Series

Gayle Leeson’s Down South Cafe series is one of my very favorite cozy mystery series. It’s always clean, always fun, and always has me craving yummy comfort food haha! Sadly, I missed the last two books in the craziness that was last year, but I jumped at the chance to review Truffles and Tragedy and will make it a priority to catch up on those two books I’ve missed. Because I. Love. This. Series.

Amy and her crew of family and friends (Jackie, Roger, Ryan, Scott, Homer, her mom, her dog, her cat, other diner regulars & staff, and of course Great Aunt Bess) are a delightful mix of personalities who each add their own special something to every book. This latest installment is no exception. Catching up with these characters is like catching up with dear friends, and the fact that Jackie is in the crosshairs this time around had me solidly invested in solving the case right along with Amy.

Bottom Line: I adore the Down South Cafe series, and I adored the latest installment, Truffles and Tragedy! Despite the fact that a man was murdered, I still managed to smile most of the way through the book (especially when Aunt Bess was up to her usual feisty antics). Amy and crew are fabulous as always, and the mystery was very well-plotted and layered. Add in a spoiled raccoon (yes, you read that right) and a surprise wedding reception and you’ve got a delightful read from beginning to end. I can’t wait for my next visit to the Down South Cafe, courtesy of Gayle Leeson!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!

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Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. Gayle has also written as Amanda Lee and Gayle Trent. Going forward, Gayle intends to keep her writing under the Gayle Leeson name. She lives with her beautiful family in the hills of Southwest Virginia.

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