14 November 2011

Just finished reading...

Killer Sweet Tooth by Gayle Trent.*

Daphne Martin moved back to her hometown in Virginia to start over after leaving her abusive husband. Her business, Daphne's Delectable Cakes is slowly growing, but she keeps stumbling over dead bodies.

In this, the third in the series, Daphne has her neighbor Myra over for an evening of snacks and Scrabble, but before they even start the game, Myra loses a filling eating a piece of cashew brittle. Daphne calls Myra's dentist, Dr. Bainsworth and arranges to meet him at his office. When they get there, the building is unlocked, and they find the doctor sprawled on the floor bleeding.

Daphne immediately calls for help, but the emergency workers are too late. Dr. Bainsworth is dead, killed by a blow to the head. Since Daphne and Myra found the body, they are also the primary suspects. They're questioned for hours, and finally return home very early in the morning.

When Daphne gets out of her car, she sees Elvis in her driveway, and is certain she's hallucinating. But the man is an Elvis impersonator in town for an Elvis impersonators convention, and wants to order a cake. Needing the work, Daphne accepts, but her significant other, Ben Jacobs, is wary.

When a witness at a gas station mentions seeing an Elvis impersonator with blood on his sleeve that night, Ben is even more suspicious. But which fake Elvis is it? All Daphne knows is that she doesn't want to be arrested for murder when she was only helping a friend, and to prove that she's innocent, she has to find the real killer.

I have not read any of the earlier books in the series, but I found this entertaining, and even laughed out loud a few times. Daphne is a charming protagonist, and it's enjoyable (though hunger-inducing) to read about her baking.

Rest easy, though, there are recipes for some of her cakes and desserts at the end of the book, as well as an excerpt from Murder Takes the Cake, the first book in the series.

*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the author, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes.


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