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Killer Sweet Tooth: A Daphne Martin Cake Mystery (Daphne Martin Cake Mysteries) Paperback – October 11, 2011
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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.
Daphne and neighbor Myra become more than sleuths they become suspects after being found over a body with a giant toothbrush. When Daphne arrives back home the next morning she is greeted by an Elvis impersonator. Could this Elvis be the killer or is someone else the criminal.
While reading this book I kept thinking about my cousin who is a huge Elvis fan.
This story and plot will keep you laughing and guessing from cover to cover. The bunnies and I recommend this book to any who enjoy cozy mysteries.
The bunnies and I give this book 5 carrots.
Disclosure: This book was borrowed from the public library.
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.
Our sleuth, Daphne Martin, baker extraordinaire, quickly rushes to her neighbor's aid. Myra has lost a major filling and has to make an emergency dental appointment on Friday night. Daphne and Myra drive to the dentist and armed with unexpected weapons as they find the good Dentist's body and hear sounds.
Since they quickly become possible suspects, the duo must find the real killer. The search involves, Elvis Presley impersonators, jewelery thefts, Quinceanera cakes, EIEIO and more. Boyfriend Ben learns to get his priorities in order and Daphne begins to feel Brea Ridge, VA is home again.
This was a fun and easy read. The crimes were well constructed and surprising at the same time. For a bonus, the book includes delightful cake recipes and also pudding just made for The King!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The continuing antics of Daphne Martin would almost make one want to be in her . Top marks go to Gayle Trent for feeding us our mysteries and letting us eat our cake too.Published on October 18, 2013 by Julia Lefmann
Always a nice easy read. They always make me laugh too in addition to the mystery. Nice book for the beach or while traveling.Published on August 5, 2013 by J. Gorman
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.Published on March 11, 2013 by D. Griffin
If you enjoy the Culinary Mystery genre, this book will be an easy read. Some of the cookies sound wonderful.Published on November 3, 2012 by Miriam A. Pass
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