Friday, March 25, 2011

Review: Murder Takes the Cake

About the Book:

Since she moved back to her hometown in southern Virginia, Daphne has been having a hard time getting her new cake decorating business, Daphne’s Delectable Cakes, off the ground. It doesn’t inspire much confidence—or new orders—when Daphne sets out to deliver a spice cake with cream cheese frosting decorated with orange and red satin ribbons and a red apple—and finds her client dead.

The town is abuzz with news of Yodel Watson’s mysterious death. It seems everyone had reason to poison the town gossip. Was she murdered by the philandering pet shop owner, her church potluck nemesis, or the Save-A-Buck’s cranky produce manager-turned-bagger—or even the new cake decorator?

To help prove she’s no confectionery killer, Daphne recruits her old flame, Ben Jacobs, editor of the local newspaper, and quickly stirs up a long-hidden family scandal that just might hold the secret ingredient she needs to solve the case. But she has to act fast, before the real culprit decides that taking sweet revenge on Daphne would be icing on the cake.

My Review:
Cute! This was a really cute story. I enjoyed it very much! This is the first real "cozy" mystery that I enjoyed thoroughly. It's not a life changing book, but it is entertaining and fun! I thought Daphne was a great character and loved reading about her adventure. I wasn't even bothered by the cooking schtick that ran through this story!

It's apparently a part of a series, but that didn't keep me from being able to go with the flow and know what is going on. All in all I say it's a delightful little book, that is sure to keep mystery fans (and those just dabbling in the genre) satisfied.

Gayle Trent is a writer and editor who also pens mysteries under the pseudonym Amanda Lee. She lives in southwest Virginia with her family. Visit and follow @GayleTrent on Twitter.

1 comment:

  1. You know what? I just finished reading this yesterday, and my review isn't up yet, but I totally agree with you. Usually cozies are somewhat 'bleh' for me, but I really really liked this one. I'll be in line for the next one, too!


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