Book Review of The Calamity Cafe (Down South Cafe, Bk 1)

The Calamity Cafe (Down South Cafe, Bk 1)
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This is the first book in the new Down South Café Mystery series by Gayle Leeson.

Amy Flowers is sick and tired of her job as a waitress at Lou's Joint cafè. She was professionally trained as a chef and if tired of being belittled and bullies by her boss Lou Lou. She puts in her notice and offers to buy the place, her dream always having been to own her own cafè, but Lou Lou is determined not to sell. When Lou Lou's son calls her and asks her to meet him and his mom at the cafè to talk about a sale, Amy is doubtful but hopeful. When she arrives, she finds herself alone with Lou Lou, and Lou Lou is clearly dead. Being suspected of homicide is not what Amy was planning to put on the menu!

This was a great start to a cozy mystery. The characters were interesting and either likable or despicable. Amy was a fun narrator with a sense of humor, curiosity, but not TSTL. The mystery itself was a little too simple and even the twists were pretty easy to figure out. I don't think it is because I have read a lot of mysteries either. I just think it was blatantly obvious. That did not stop me from enjoying the book though. I will definitely be checking out the next book in this series. (It has recipes also!!!)