Published: April 4, 2017
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address: Gina Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com
Amy Flowers’ Down South Café is doing quite the good business despite the recent murder – for which Amy was the original suspect. And her love life isn’t doing too badly either with local deputy, Ryan, dancing attendance on her. But life has its share of twists and turns and all in one fell swoop Amy’s life takes one of those turns. First her cousin Jackie’s wayward mother, Renee, arrives in town. Worse, however, is when one of her patrons, George Lincoln drops dead in the middle of his breakfast at the café. While his death initially looks like a heart attack the coroner comes back with a report of poisoning. At least this time the Sheriff doesn’t have Amy in his sights at Suspect #1. That, however, doesn’t stop Amy from trying to find the killer. After all, if a murder happened in your café, wouldn’t you want to find the killer?
I enjoyed Gayle Leeson’s first book in her Down South Café mystery series so when book 2, SILENCE OF THE JAMS arrived I had to immediately dig in. Leeson gives readers several stories wrapped up in one good mystery. Aside from who killed George, there’s the question of some missing files, a Chamber of Commerce election and just what is going on with Aunt Renee. There are a couple of deeper threads which the reader can dwell on if he or she wishes—or just go with trying to suss out who the killer is before Amy finds him…or her. It basically comes down to reader’s choice. There is some nice character and relationship development between books 1 and 2—nothing is rushed and those changes are an integral part of the story. You don’t have to read book 1 to thoroughly enjoy book 2, but if you don’t, you’ll be missing out on a good read.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.