Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Murder Takes the Cake by Gayle Trent Review

From Goodreads:  Cozy murder mystery. When the meanest gossip in Brea Ridge dies mysteriously, suspicions turn to cake decorator Daphne Martin. But all Daphne did was deliver a spice cake with cream cheese frosting--and find Yodel's body. Now Daphne's got to help solve the murder and clear her good name. Problem is, her Virginia hometown is brimming with people who had good reason to kill Yodel, and Daphne's whole family is among them

My take:  Can a cake kill? That’s what the townspeople of Brea Ridge are wondering in Murder Takes the Cake by Gayle Trent. Daphne Martin, returns to her small hometown to start her new business, Daphne’s Delectable Cakes. When she delivers a cake to her very first customer she steps right into a mess of trouble. Her first customer, Yodel Watson is dead and the rumor is that the cake killed her. But there is a long list of reasons to murder the town gossip, including Yodel’s tell-all journal. Daphne might have discovered another motive when she unearths a family secret. The cake maker must explore her family history, find the killer and clear her name before the death of her cake business and maybe herself.

Murder Takes the Cake is a “sweet” read and Trent’s Daphne is a humorous and likeable character. At times the flow of the writing hits a snag when Daphne talks directly to the reader, but there are ‘wink, wink,’ moments which are entertaining. Overall it was an enjoyable book and I looked forward to picking it up to find out ‘who done it.’ I give Trent the compliment of making me want to read another Daphne Martin murder mystery. 

Four out of five stars. 


Mary (Bookfan) said...

This sounds like a fun read. It's on my wish list :)

Unknown said...

Great review! Thank you for sharing! I have not yet heard about this title! Better pick it up after my book buying ban is up!