Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Silence of the Jams {+ Giveaway}

Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson
◊ Series: A Down South Café Mystery, Book 2
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Cozy
◊ Publisher: Berkley (April 4, 2017)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1101990805
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1101990803


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!

The down-home, Southern feel comes through author Gayle Leeson’s delightful new release, SILENCE OF THE JAMS.

Protagonist Amy Flowers is spunky and fierce, but still a bit vulnerable. Her charming personality pops off the page and invites readers in. The secondary characters are witty and entertaining giving more depth to the story.

The author blends the right amount of intrigue and suspense with friendship and family relationships for a well-balanced read. She demonstrates the close-knit community friends create. The twists and turns will keep you on your toes as you puzzle out the killer. The story moves at a steady pace as the mystery unfolds. Sprinkled among the clues is a group of characters you’ll come to love and be able to relate to.

It’s not necessary to read the first installment in the series in order to keep up with the characters and events. However, to get the full enjoyment of the setting and characters don’t be surprised if you’re drawn to catch up.

This is a tantalizing mystery filled with engaging characters, an entertaining tale, and tasty recipes.

Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson, A Down South Café Mystery (Book #2), Berkley, @2017, ISBN: 978-1101990803, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, April 20.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Is there a special café you enjoy visiting? Does the book cover look so inviting?


  1. Southern cosies are often the BEST.
    And this sounds intriguing too. It sounds as if Amy would have been justified in bumping George off, but someone else beat her to it.

  2. I noticed you mentioned cancer treatments. As a retired R.N. I know that isn't easy. I wish you all the best. I would to win one of your books. I love cooking stories.

  3. There's nothing like a small-town café as a setting for a mystery series, is there, Mason? So many possibilities, and this one really looks like a fun read. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This delightful cozy is ideal especially the recipes and story. I love cafes in small towns since they are unique and charming.

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  6. Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today and for your wonderful review! :)

  7. One of my favorite series. I read the first one last time I was in hospital. It sure made time pass quickly!###

  8. I love the cover, I want to eat there. I haven't found a café around here yet that I can call favorite, there is one I saw recently that I want to go try. When we lived in a different city, there was a bagel shop but they had a café attached and made the most wonderful blt's with their bagels. Loved that place. Congrats on your new release, I loved the first book.

  9. I love discovering new mystery series. I really love it when there are animals in the stories and recipes. Can't wait to check it out and try out the recipes.

  10. What a marvelous opportunity! Judging this book by its cover really lends to the idea it must be a great read. My favorite Cafè is sadly no longer. It was called Safari, and they roasted their own beans, served delicious desserts, and provided an intimate experience.'s a quaint Starbucks for coffee and treats. It seems typical, but there are two Starbucks that are less corporate and more neighborhood hot spot. Thanks for the insights.

  11. I don't have a favorite cafe but I haven't been to one in a while.

  12. I've not been to a cafe in years! Your book sounds so intriguing - a must read.

  13. I'm a sucker for a great title, and this is a great title.

  14. This looks like a good read. Like what you said entertaining tales and tastey recipes.

  15. I do not have a special cafe, but looking at that cover makes me wish I did. It's so cute!


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