I'm Gayle Leeson, and I write the Ghostly Fashionista mystery series, the Down South Cafe mystery series, the Kinsey Falls chick-lit series. With Lorraine Bartlett, I've co-written two books in the Victoria Square series with more to come! Thank you so much for dropping by. Please take a minute to look around. 

Fruit Baskets and

Holiday Caskets

Christmas comes with chaos—and a murder—in the fifth book in the Down South Café cozy mystery series! 

Amy Flowers thinks her biggest problem is going to be creating an enormous cake dummy to mount atop her car for Winter Garden’s upcoming Christmas parade. But when one of Roger's employees is murdered, making the float is the least of Amy’s worries. Her childhood friend is a prime suspect, Aunt Bess is making a new Pinterest board: Things That'll Probably Kill Me, and her boyfriend's mother is insisting on helping Amy make three-hundred-seventy-five sugar cookies to hand out along the parade route. 


When Amy starts trying to clear Roger of the murder, she unexpectedly finds herself involved in international intrigue. How will our favorite café owner outwit sophisticated criminals who want to deck the halls with her head?

That's the last time Amy agrees to do a favor for a stranger...

Down South Cafe owner, Amy Flowers is in over her head.  Operating a cafe while hosting the first Farmers' Market in Winter Garden has her swimming in apples. And when an elderly woman calls the cafe, pleading for a delivery for her upcoming party, Amy relents, feeling compelled to help the desperate customer. 


But when she arrives, the woman is slumped over her kitchen table, and Amy is catapulted into the middle of a small-town crime.  Guilt-ridden for not arriving earlier to save the woman, she sets out to unravel the mystery surrounding her death.  Now, between running the cafe and dealing with the chaos of the farmers' market, Amy is squeezing in a murder investigation, a run-in with her boyfriend's mom, and her own mother's quirky life decisions.  Life can't get any worse...or can it?  This cafe owner needs a break--in the case. 

Designs On Murder

A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery


"In DESIGNS ON MURDER, Gayle Leeson sketches a stylish plot accessorized with a spectral fashionista sidekick. This series debut is a delight!" -Diane Vallere, national bestselling author

“As a sucker for a fun ghost story, I can say Gayle Leeson’s DESIGNS ON MURDER scores on many levels including a spunky entrepreneur and a charming setting. Now that I’ve read the first one, I’ll be counting the days until the next in the series arrives.” --Lorna Barrett, author of the New York Times Bestselling Booktown Mysteries 

"The mystery was well planned out and had a few red herrings to keep you guessing. But when you get the piece of information that helps make things click a bit more, you realize just how brilliantly it was laid out. I am looking forward to seeing how this series builds from here. " - Cindi, Goodreads Reviewer 


Hightail It to Kinsey Falls by Gayle Leeson is a charming story about family, love, relationships and friends. This is such a heartwarming story, with lovely characters whom I enjoyed meeting very much, with realistic situations. I particularly liked that it is such a close-knit community where they care deeply for each other. Beautifully told, full of good old values it was a pleasure to read. I am looking forward to many more stories in the future. - Aleksandra R. 



This is a novella and not a cozy (even though the author does write cozies) but it was so enjoyable! I think what I liked best was the conversion of a former mall into micro apartments with retail on the first floor. I have read about this and think it is brilliant marketing and a great way to use an abandoned building. There were so many great characters in this story and I can only see more depth to the characters to be developed over future books. Jade has trust issues but I think she learns to overcome them in this book. She has a fantastic grandmother that I think anyone would want to welcome into the family. And the story would not be complete without a handsome male that works his way through Jade's apprehension and into her heart. And then there is Perry the Possum....he has a minor role but it is what brings everyone together. I can't wait to see what is next for this series. We give it 5 paws up - Leslie S.


What a fun series! Jade and her grandma Millie, and of course yummy Caleb, are an interesting group. Throw in the rest of the gang and it is hopping. The only thing I didn't see much use for was the ex-girlfriend showing up, and the cruel boy from high school. Didn't see the need for their actual showing, as the description worked enough. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. Would highly recommend and look forward to the next in the series. - Kaye T.


I liked all of the characters that I met and am looking forward to spending more time with them in future books. I really enjoyed the fact that the characters were a mixture of ages: some were senior citizens and some were millennials. It was kind of heartwarming to see the younger people caring for and being concerned with the welfare of the older ones.The author did a great job in creating the setting: an assisted living retail community of the Kinsey Falls. I was really intrigued by this concept and thought it was a great idea. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through most of the book I felt like I was right there, walking in the knitting shop and seeing all the beautiful colors and textures. It pulled me into the story right from the beginning. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-crafted women’s fiction. This was a feel-good story and I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series. - Mary B.


Very fun enjoyable book, perfect for a light beach read. It all takes place in a small community where they’ve turned an old mall into small apartments for seniors and young professionals. When one of the seniors finds a baby opossum and takes it to the pet shop for advice on what to do, she meets a charming young man she thinks would be perfect for her shy nervous granddaughter. Contemporary light romance in a small community setting. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to book two. - Rachel V.


I loved this book! It is a wonderful view in to what will be a hit series! Take an abandoned shopping mall, turn it into an apartment building with all the necessary stores for your living needs and you have a wonderful, new way of living! Business, friendship and love abound in this book! It is an easy, quick read, one that you can finish in an evening. I highly recommend it and I am waiting for the next one! - Debbie P.

Praise for Hightail It to Kinsey Falls

Praise for The Calamity Cafe

(Reviews for all books on the book page)

"CALAMITY CAFÉ is a delightful cozy mystery by Gayle Leeson that will leave you wanting more. After reading the first book in this new series, "Down South Café," you'll be drooling over the delicious southern dishes Amy is serving up. And Ms. Leeson includes some of those recipes at the end of the book.  A great summer read . . . can't wait for the next one!"

- Viki Ferrell, Fresh Fiction

"I absolutely loved The Calamity Cafe!!! This book was a well-written mystery, with charming characters and down-home recipes that will make your mouth water."

- Moonlight Rendezvous

“Leeson's first in a new series gives readers everything they could ask for in a pleasing summer read. Likeable and relatable characters are in abundance, as is a fascinating mystery that needs to be solved.” – Lauren DuBois, RT Book Reviews 

"We are treated to a murder mystery and some romantic overtones… If you’re looking for a fun summer read, this would be a wonderful choice." ​- Book Babble

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