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Killer Sweet Tooth: A Daphne Martin Cake Mystery (Daphne Martin Cake Mysteries) Paperback – October 11, 2011

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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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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Killer Sweet Tooth is perfectly titled. But does a sweet actually kill the dentist or did something more human kill the dentist. After reading the description I quickly looked at the cover again and wondered why I did not see a dead body with two females holding a large toothbrush on the cover. After I finished reading I thought the cover was perfect.

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.
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By A Customer 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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This murder mystery was aptly titled. As poor Dr. Bainsworth quickly learned.

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!
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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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