Murder Takes The Cake by Gayle Trent @gayletrent
I am late in getting this review wrote for the author and I apologize. I am currently on a cozy mystery kick. I apologize for any who follow my blog expecting a romance book. Sorry I do not enjoy mystery and romance together.
This is not a fast hot sizzling mystery I prefer to think of it as a slow cooking mystery that provides the right ingredients information exactly when the sleuth or reader needs it.
When starting this series I knew that Daphne was divorced and experienced an abusive ex-husband. I was thankful the author did not provide extensive details about the abuse. Any type of abuse to a person or animal is an automatic DNF – 1 star for me.
When Daphne stumbles upon a dead client she is accused of poisoning her client. But not accused by the police she is accused by the citizens in the community. What could be worse for a new business than for people to think she poisoned a client? What else is Daphne supposed to do than find the ingredients that killed her client? She needs to clear her name and make sure everyone knows that her cake was not part of the reason for the client’s death.
For me this was a fast short read. I started and finished it in one night. I do know that this author will be on my automatic buy/borrow list. No matter what she writes I will be reading it. Gayle Trent has proven she is worth my money and time to read any and all of her works.
The bad part is I read these books out of order and messed up some of the later secrets in this series. I highly suggest reading in order but that is my preference it is not required.
The bunnies and I give this book carrots.
Disclosure: This book was borrowed from the public library.
A routine cake delivery becomes a culinary nightmare when a small-town baker discovers her first client’s dead body in this irresistible new mystery series. It’ll take more than a little sugar to convince folks Daphne Martin’s freshly baked spice cake was not to blame for the mysterious death of town gossip Yodel Watson. Getting her new cake decorating business, Daphne’s Delectable Cakes, off the ground is hard enough now that Daphne’s moved back to her southern Virginia hometown, but orders have been even slower since she found Yodel’s body. She soon realizes, however, that just about everybody in town had a reason to poison the cantankerous busybody, from the philandering pet shop owner, to Yodel’s church potluck nemesis, to the Save-A-Buck’s cranky produce manager-turned-bagger. Now, to help prove she’s no confectionary 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. All she’s got to do is roll up her sleeves and get her hands a little dirty before the real culprit decides that taking sweet revenge on Daphne will be icing on the cake.