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Product Details

  • Series: Daphne Martin Cake Mysteries
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145160002X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451600025
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,515,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One day I found myself happily reading…mysteries by Gayle Trent. If she can win me over…she's got a great future." --Dean Koontz

"Entertaining...a tasty read." --Publishers Weekly

"Trent features a pleasant heroine, a middling mystery and several appended dessert recipes fit for the King (Elvis, that is)." --Kirkus

“A sweet treat for cozy mystery fans."
      —Fresh Fiction

About the Author

Gayle Trent lives in Southwest Virginia with her husband and two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. She's a full-time writer/editor/mom/wife and chief cook and bottle washer, and she love every minute of it. Okay, not the bottle washing so much, but the rest of it is great.

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Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the Embroidery Mystery series. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop.

The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The heroine, Daphne, has returned to her hometown of Brea Ridge to open a cake baking and decorating business and is wrestling with the question of whether or not one can go home again. She enjoys spending time with her sister, nephew, and niece, but she and her mother have a complicated relationship that isn't always pleasant. Daphne has also reconnected with her high school sweetheart and is pursuing a rekindled romance while desperately trying to put her past behind her. Kerry Vincent, Hall of Fame Sugar Artist, Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show Director, and Television Personality says the series is "a must read for cake bakers and anyone who has ever spent creative time in the kitchen!"

Says Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author, "One day I found myself happily reading . . . mysteries by Gayle Trent. If she can win me over . . . she's got a great future."

Gayle Trent lives in Virginia with her family, which includes her own "Angus" who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O'Ruff.

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Always a nice easy read.
J. Gorman
This is a fun puzzler with an EIEIO member who may be the killer or perhaps the townsfolk with grudges against the late dentist.
Harriet Klausner
For a bonus, the book includes delightful cake recipes and also pudding just made for The King!
L. Rigod

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Napier on October 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've read all of this authors books and waited for this one agonizingly.

To be brief: more eggs, butter and cake mystery...less Elvis madcap adventures. When the author sticks to what she does best....writing an escapist mystery with a heroine who is a baker, she is great.

I found this book entertaining...but I missed some elements of her previous books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
After her abusive husband tried to kill her, Daphne Martin divorced the SOB while he went to jail for shooting at her (Murder Takes the Cake); she returned to her hometown of Brea Ridge, Virginia where she opened up Daphne's Delectable Cakes. Daphne has a boyfriend Brea Ridge Chronicle editor Ben Jacobs.

Ben cancels their date so Daphne invites her neighbor sexagenarian Myra Jenkins to come over for dessert. Unfortunately, Maya chips her tooth, but her dentist Dr. Bainsworth tells her to come to the office so he can fix it. Daphne and Myra arrive at Bainsworth's office where they find the dentist dead. They call the police who name the pair as "persons' of interest". When Daphne arrives home, she is met by an Elvis impersonator. He belongs to EIEIO (Elvis Impersonator's Evangelical Interdenominational Outreach) ; a group performing in town while attending a convention. Not wanting to be suspects, Maya and Daphne investigate the dentist's murder; only to learn Bainsworth had plenty of enemies. The pair hopes to solve the case before EIEIO leaves town in order to clear their names.

The latest Daphne Martin mystery (see Dead Pan) is a Killer Sweet Tooth cozy as the police lack proof but the only suspects know they are under surveillance and the town thinks they are not the killers. This is a fun puzzler with an EIEIO member who may be the killer or perhaps the townsfolk with grudges against the late dentist. Maya and Daphne are different generations, but share common traits and each knows the other has their respective back. Gayle Trent has written a charming amateur sleuth.

Harriet Klausner
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By D. Griffin on March 11, 2013
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This is so fun. I have read several now and can't wait for a new one. You will laugh and be held captive by the plot.
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By Miriam A. Pass on November 3, 2012
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If you enjoy the Culinary Mystery genre, this book will be an easy read. Some of the cookies sound wonderful.
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I enjoy cozy mysteries and acknowledge that they are fluffy. Killer Sweet Tooth is no exception, although it is perhaps more fluffy than the best of this genre. The plot focuses on Daphne and, to a less degree, her neighbor Myra. The two of them are the first on the scene of the murder of Myra's dentist and are therefore "persons of interest." Led by Daphne, the two of them try to find the true killer because they're sure they'll take the blame if no other suspects are found. (So much for faith in the local police department, which spends an awful lot of time tailing them as they go about their snoopy business.)

The book's main weakness was EIEIO, an Elvis-impersonating evangelical outreach group named EIEIO in honor of the founder Mr. McDonald (yes, really), which is having a convention in town during the mystery. You know any book that involves a hoard of Elvises is a likely to stray from "mad cap" to "ridiculous." Oddly enough, despite the fact that this motley group of Elvis are missionaries, there is not a word of religiosity, God, or discussion of good works. Maybe they should have just been Elvis impersonators, not evangelists.

In conclusion, I read it, I enjoyed it enough to finish it, but I can't enthusiastically recommend it. There are just too many other good cozy mysteries to spend a lot of time with this Hound Dog.
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Killer Sweet Tooth by Gayle Trent

This is a food oriented mystery in the fashionable "cozy" mystery genre. The protagonist finds herself embroiled in cake batter, Elvis impersonators and murder.

This book was a fun read. Much like cotton candy, it was tasty and certainly not filling. This was a mystery for those who want mystery without graphic and gratuitous violence. The protagonist, Daphne Martin, is a woman getting back on her feet from a disastrous and abusive marriage. She is an accomplished baker and returns to her home town to recover and start over. This quest is interrupted by dead bodies. Reference to previous bodies in other stories is alluded to but never fleshed out.

Daphne is likeable as are her zany friends. The thrust of the plot is Daphne and her friend Myra trying to prove they had nothing to do with the murder of a philandering dentist.

This is beach reading in a low stress, un-taxing form.
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