Saturday, December 9, 2017



The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery . . .

It’s fall in Winter Garden, Virginia, and business at Amy Flowers’ Down South Café has never been better. So when struggling beekeeper Stuart Landon asks Amy to sell some of his honey, she’s happy to help. The jars of honey are a sweet success, but their partnership is cut short when Amy discovers Landon’s body outside the café early one morning.

As Amy tries to figure out who could possibly have wanted to harm the unassuming beekeeper, she discovers an ever-expanding list of suspects—and they’re all buzzing mad. She’ll have to use all of her skills—and her Southern charm—to find her way out of this sticky situation . . .

Honey-Baked Homicide (A Down South Café Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Virginia
Berkley (December 5, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101990827


A few of your favorite things:
Stationery, pens, Funko Pop characters, books, shoes, makeup, planners.
Things you need to throw out:
Old shoes, old makeup, old clothes

Things you need in order to write:
Things that hamper your writing:
Noise, having someone else in the room

Things you love about writing:
Telling a story, having readers resonate, meeting new people, seeing my book in bookstores (even used bookstores—it means someone read it…even if they didn’t consider it a “keeper”).
Things you hate about writing:
Sucky, mean-spirited reviews.

Hardest thing about being a writer: 
Getting the story started, ending the story.

Easiest thing about being a writer:
Developing characters, listening to them talk with each other, watching them grow as the book or series progresses

Favorite foods:
Pasta, bread, chocolate
Things that make you want to throw up:
Shellfish, buttermilk, cottage cheese.

Last best thing you ate:
Pumpkin roll
Last thing you regret eating:
Durian fruit.

Things you’d walk a mile for:
My children.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room:
My children.

Things to say to an author:
I love your books! I love reading (even if it’s not author’s books)!

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book:
I have this idea for a book. You write it, and we’ll share the profits.

Favorite places you’ve been:
Hawaii, Savannah, Tybee Island, Jekyll Island
Places you never want to go to again:

People you’d like to invite to dinner:
Dean Koontz, Mary Higgins Clark, Jude Deveraux, Charlaine Harris.

People you’d cancel dinner on:
Robert Durst, any politician.

Favorite things to do:
Read, watch TV and movies, loom knit, needlework
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing:

Things that make you happy:
My children, my husband, my pets, appreciation from readers, babies (humans and animals)
Things that drive you crazy:
My children, my husband, my pets, grammatical errors, books/movies/shows that don’t end “right,” lack of manners.


Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. She also writes as Amanda Lee. As Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, she writes the Embroidery Mystery series.

Gayle lives in Virginia with her family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff (from the embroidery series). She’s having a blast writing this new series!

Connect with Gayle:
Webpage: Gayle Leeson  |   Webpage: Gayle Trent  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Pinterest Instagram

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