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!


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Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders
(Includes Pickled to Death)

The fair would have been a lot more fun if Aunt Bess hadn't been accused of murder...and if the streaker hadn't been such a disappointment! (Aunt Bess has her priorities straight!)

When Aunt Bess enters the county fair's pickle competition to defeat the reigning "Big Dill," she's the prime suspect when the blue ribbon winner is bashed over the head with a jar of pickles. Will Amy be able to set things right before Aunt Bess ends up in the slammer?

"Pickled to Death is engaging and fast-paced, pulling the reader along on a wild tale of murder and suspense. The descriptions of the world in Winter Garden were vivid and I felt like I was right there in the middle of the town and involved in the investigation. The dialogue between all of the characters was believable and well done. I highly recommend the Down South Café Mysteries series and suggest you start with Book 1." - Sapphyria, Vine Voice

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Reviews are In

Despite the fact that a man was murdered, I still managed to smile most of the way through the book (especially when Aunt Bess was up to her usual feisty antics). Amy and crew are fabulous as always, and the mystery was very well-plotted and layered.
~Reading Is My SuperPower



Deadly Traditions

A Cozy Mystery Christmas Anthology

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?

Designs on Murder

What if you discovered your lively new friend wasn't really...alive?

Amanda Tucker is excited about opening her fashion design studio in Shops On Main, a charming old building in historic Abingdon, Virginia. She didn't realize a ghost came with the property! But soon Maxine "Max" Englebright, a young woman who died in 1930, isn't the only dead person at the retail complex. Mark Tinsley, a web designer with a know-it-all attitude who also rented space at Shops On Main, is shot in his office.
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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