Thursday, March 31, 2011 Posted by Dina N
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.
Murder Takes the Cake is an irresistible cozy mystery - with a touch of cake batter. I enjoyed it and could not put it down although this read was giving me some serious sweet cravings. Daphne, the main character, is a cake decorator who has her hands full, trying to get her baking business off the ground. When one of her few customers is found dead, she becomes a suspect - at least as far as the tireless gossip mill in town is concerned. Daphne needs to solve the mystery to get people to trust her. It is not an easy feat, since it seems the entire town may have done the deed. Daphne must deal with some serious family issues, too, as if a murder and a struggling business is not enough.
The book I received is a re-release of the one originally published by Bell Bridge. This Gallery Books edition contains new scenes and an additional section entitled Daphne’s Kitchen. It includes several recipes for Daphne's delicious cakes, plus tips on how do decorate the perfect cake. Personally, I will not be baking any of them yet but I'll be checking out Dead Pan, the second book from the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating Mysteries. A new one - Killer Sweet Tooth - is coming out soon from Gallery Books, also on my to-read list.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher.