Friday, September 30, 2011 Posted by Dina N
Dead as a . . . dentist?
They say sugar is bad for your teeth, but can it actually kill you? The Brea Ridge police seem to think so when they find cake decorator Daphne Martin wielding an oversized plastic toothbrush over a dentist’s dead body. Daphne moved back to her small Virginia hometown just months ago to open her Daphne’s Delectable Cakes business and already she’s been mixed up in murder. Now she’s got to prove her sweet innocence again.
After hours of police questioning, Daphne returns home to find Elvis Presley in her driveway. She’s certain she’s hallucinating until the leather-clad hunk orders up a pink Cadillac cake for a convention of the Elvis impersonators. Daphne accepts, but her reporter-boyfriend Ben is suspicious of Elvis’s intentions. Does the King want to make Daphne his confectionery queen? Or is the convention a ruse for a more sinister operation? Daphne’s own investigation into Dr. Bainsworth’s murder, meanwhile, reveals the dentist made as many enemies as he did fillings. Just about anyone could have done him in, but it’s up to Daphne to find the killer — and finish Elvis’s cake — before she’s the one singing “Jailhouse Rock.”
In March, I had the sweet pleasure of reading Gayle Trent's book Murder Takes the Cake. Ever since, I've been craving the next book from her Daphne Martin Cake Decorating Mysteries. I finally got my fix earlier this week, devouring Killer Sweet Tooth in under two days (and I do have many other things on my to-do list besides reading).
Killer Sweet Tooth is another irresistible cozy mystery, following the (mis)adventures of Daphne Martin. A 40 something baker extraordinaire, she has moved back to her small hometown for a fresh start after her divorce. In addition to baking delectable deserts, Daphne has the talent of being at the right place at the wrong time. In Killer Sweet Tooth, she discovers the dead body of a local dentist and must solve the mystery unless she wants her killer reputation following her around town - again. In the meantime, she is baking up a storm - including a peanut butter banana cake shaped like a pink Cadillac for the Elvis impersonators convention in town. Recipe's included!
In addition to the Daphne Martin cake decorating series, Gayle Trent writes the Marcy Singer embroidery series under the pseudonym Amanda Lee. Killer Sweet Tooth: A Daphne Martin Cake Mystery is hitting the shelves on October 11, new from Gallery Books.
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.