Murder Takes the Cake: A Daphne Martin Cake Mystery

Murder Takes the Cake A Daphne Martin Cake Mystery A routine cake delivery becomes a culinary nightmare when a small town baker discovers her first client s dead body in this irresistible new mystery series It ll take than a little sugar to convince f

  • Title: Murder Takes the Cake: A Daphne Martin Cake Mystery
  • Author: Gayle Trent
  • ISBN: 9781451600018
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • A routine cake delivery becomes a culinary nightmare when a small town baker discovers her first client s dead body in this irresistible new mystery series.It ll take than a little sugar to convince folks Daphne Martin s freshly baked spice cake was not to blame for the mysterious death of town gossip Yodel Watson Getting her new cake decorating business, Daphne s DeA routine cake delivery becomes a culinary nightmare when a small town baker discovers her first client s dead body in this irresistible new mystery series.It ll take than a little sugar to convince folks Daphne Martin s freshly baked spice cake was not to blame for the mysterious death of town gossip Yodel Watson Getting her new cake decorating business, Daphne s Delectable Cakes, off the ground is hard enough now that Daphne s moved back to her southern Virginia hometown, but orders have been even slower since she found Yodel s body She soon realizes, however, that just about everybody in town had a reason to poison the cantankerous busybody, from the philandering pet shop owner, to Yodel s church potluck nemesis, to the Save A Buck s cranky produce manager turned bagger Now, to help prove she s no confectionary killer, Daphne recruits her old flame, Ben Jacobs, editor of the local newspaper, and quickly stirs up a long hidden family scandal that just might hold the secret ingredient she needs to solve the case All she s got to do is roll up her sleeves and get her hands a little dirty before the real culprit decides that taking sweet revenge on Daphne will be icing on the cake.

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    1. I'm a big fan of murder mysteries, but I'm getting a little tired of the books where an unsuspecting, decidedly non-professional female detective finds herself in the middle of a hot mystery. This book falls deeply into that category, but unfortunately I can't even rate it as one of the better examples of this genre.This book wasn't particularly well-written, the storyline felt old and used, and although I believe the author was trying to lend an air of authenticity to her protagonist's career a [...]

    2. If you're looking for a layer cake, this is not the cake for you. A simple sheet cake with vanilla frosting, delightfulbut nothing truly special. I was pleased to get this on my Kindle for a quick, mindless read, but that was definately all it was. With little to no attachment to the main character who was practically useless, an empty affair that was barely resolved at all, a mystery that was bland and involved more unlikeable characters and page after page of empty cake decorating blather, I'm [...]

    3. Things aren’t off to a great start for Daphne Martin. She’s just returned to her home town to start a cake decorating business and her first client turns up dead. When it’s revealed that the woman had been poisoned, suddenly Daphne’s cake orders screech to a standstill and she realizes that, if someone doesn’t figure out who murdered her first customer, she might never get a second.Our leading lady isn’t quite what I was expecting for someone with her history. She stands up for herse [...]

    4. Daphne Martin is back in her hometown to start a new life; after her husband tried to kill her, she moved back to the little town to start a cake business. She's delivering a cake to her first customer, Yodel Watson, but when Daphne gets there, Yodel is dead! (<-- yes, that's her name, lol, it's explained later in the story) Now, even though the cake never left the box, the neighbors are blaming her cake for the death! Daphne soon learns that just about everyone in the town had a reason to di [...]

    5. Originally posted at Bunny's ReviewThis is not a fast hot sizzling mystery I prefer to think of it as a slow cooking mystery that provides the right ingredients information exactly when the sleuth or reader needs it.When starting this series I knew that Daphne was divorced and experienced an abusive ex-husband. I was thankful the author did not provide extensive details about the abuse. Any type of abuse to a person or animal is an automatic DNF – 1 star for me.When Daphne stumbles upon a dead [...]

    6. Every town has their local town gossip and holder of all information about everything and everyone that has done something less than stellar. But not everyone is asked to bake their first cake for their new business, just to find that the customer is that town's gossip, and Daphne's cake delivery finds her dead on her own couch. This is what happens to Daphne when she moves back to her hometown planning to start her cake baking business there. Rumor has it that Daphne's cake poisoned her custome [...]

    7. Daphne Martin has recently moved back home to southwest Virginia. Daphne has opened Daphne’s Delectable Cakes. Daphne’s first client is Yodel Watson. Yodel has a reputation in town for being a town gossip. She is also not a very liked person. So when Yodel is found murdered. There is no love lost. The million dollar question is…Who didn’t want Yodel dead?Murder Takes the Cake is the first Daphne Martin Cake Decorating mystery novel. This book is a re-release with some added, new material [...]

    8. Read this book this afternoon and I really couldn't put it down. It's the first of a series and one of the best things about it is that in addition to solving the murder mystery, the heroine also delves into a personal mystery, which not only added some layers to the plot, it was a refreshing way to get to know the protagonist. Four stars. And I recommend it to anyone who likes cozies.

    9. Quite possibly the worst book I've read in a long time. The book was chock full of simplistic language and excruciating detail regarding which tips the protagonist used to decorate her cakes. I saw the ending coming a million miles away. I don't know if the author is a dumb as her character, but I sure hope not. The language of the book makes me think she is.

    10. After escaping an abusive marriage Daphne Martin has returned to her hometown to begin her new life. As she works to begin a new business as a cake decorator Daphne fine herself in the middle of a mysterious death. The victim, Yodel Watson, is the town’s most notorious gossip. There is a long list of people who had reasons for wanting Yodel dead. Unfortunately, a few of Daphne’s family members are on that list. With the help of her old friend Ben and some new friends Daphne works hard to pie [...]

    11. Daphne Martin loves baking cakes. So when her life takes a nose dive, Daphne decides to start a cake business in her hometown in southern Virginia. When Daphne finds her first customer, town gossip Yodel Watson, dead in her home, Daphne’s Delectable Cakes takes a hit. With business going slowly, Daphne realizes that the sooner she can clear her name, the sooner she can get back to work. But, as it turns out, Yodel Watson’s gossiping has left her with quite a lot of enemies, and every one of [...]

    12. Icing and all!Well written, real characters flaws and all, fun story line, good twist at the end. Ready for the next book!

    13. Too many plot points going at once to keep me interested. Too, it delved so far into cake making detail the description of icing tip sizes was downright distracting.

    14. This review first appeared on my blog: knittingandsundries/20One of the best cozy mysteries I've ever read, Murder Takes the Cake, like all cozy mysteries, has it's main emphasis on the characters; however, the mysteries here are pretty darn good, too.We meet Daphne Martin, 40 years old, who has recently moved from Tennessee (where her ex-husband Todd is in prison for 7 years for trying to shoot her), back to the small town in southwestern Virginia where she grew up. Her new cake decorating busi [...]

    15. In this delightful new series by Gayle Trent, we are introduced to Daphne Martin, now returned to her Virginia hometown and trying to establish her new business as a free lance cake decorator. When Daphne is delivering a spice cake to one of her more difficult customers, Yodel Watson, she finds her reclining on the sofa in her bathrobe. Except for one thing, she is not just resting, she is dead! As Daphne explains to the police over and over after Yodel’s death is declared suspicious , I was j [...]

    16. Rating: 3.75 out of 5Murder Takes the Cake is the first book in Gayle Trent's Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series. Daphne has recently returned to her childhood home in a small Virginia town. She's recently divorced from an abusive husband who is serving prison time for trying to shoot her. Her fresh start in life is opening her own cake decorating business, Daphne's Delectable Cakes. Unfortunately for Daphne, she discovers one of her first clients dead when she delivers her cake order. The deceas [...]

    17. At the age of 40, Daphne Martin is beginning a new chapter in her life. She has relocated from Tennessee to her Virgina hometown after divorcing her abusive husband Todd (who is currently serving time in prison). She's trying to make a fresh start by turning her passion for baking cakes into her own business: Daphne's Delectable Cakes.Unfortunately for Daphne her first client, Yodel Watson, is ornery and the town's gossip. Ms. Watson is quite difficult (to put it mildly) and has Daphne running i [...]

    18. This is a "cozy" mystery so while there are dead people there is no gore. There is much to be said for a easy to read murder mystery now and again. This book combines one of my big loves, baking with murder.Hmmm.Daphne Martin has just moved back to her home town and opened a cake decorating business. She's left her husband after he tried to shoot her. Her mother feels that she should have stayed with this guy - he didn't actually KILL her after all. Obviously Daphne and her mother have issues.Wh [...]

    19. Murder takes the cake is a re-release paperback with some added content. In the back of the book, the author provides a few cake recipes and tips on decorating cakes. I thought that was a nice addition to the book. Murder Takes the Cake involves Daphne Martin, a 40 year old Divorcee who returns to her home town to start a new life and a new cake baking business. While delivering a cake to a client, she stumbles into a murder mystery. Overall, I enjoyed reading the story. What I enjoyed most abou [...]

    20. Cozy mysteries always seem to be the perfect read in these dreary winter months. Stuck in bed with the flu? A cozy mystery fits the bill nicelyort reads, nothing too deep or philosophical to tax a Sudafed-laden brain.The new Daphne Martin Mystery series by author Gayle Trent is a particular treat (pun intended) for those readers who also love to bake. Wholesome (nary a bedroom scene to be found) and light-hearted, these short mysteries eschew deep character analysis, instead focusing on a protag [...]

    21. One of the sweetest, pun intended, cozy mysteries I’ve ever read. Trent’s protagonist, Daphne is very likable. She’s got tenacity in spite of her insecurities and her passion for baking and decorating cakes is infectious. I’m not normally a big sweet eater, but there were several times during the course of the mystery as she wove in seamlessly her specific baking techniques that I found my mouth watering in anticipation of tasting one of her scrumptious cakes. And yet, she kept me rivete [...]

    22. Daphne Martin returns to her hometown after putting an abusive husband in jail for trying to shoot her. As she tries to rebuild her life, she's dragged into a police investigation when she finds a customer dead. Not by her hand (or cake), no matter what the local gossips say! After all, she was only trying to deliver a cakeYes, Daphne bakes. And the descriptions of her cakes are so scrumptious I wanted to run out and get one to eat. Unfortunately, I was traveling when I read this, so no cake for [...]

    23. Murder Takes the Cake is a “sweet” read and Trent’s Daphne is a humorous and likeable character. At times the flow of the writing hits a snag when Daphne talks directly to the reader, but there are ‘wink, wink,’ moments which are entertaining. Overall it was an enjoyable book and I looked forward to picking it up to find out ‘who done it.’ I give Trent the compliment of making me want to read another Daphne Martin murder mystery.Four out of five stars.

    24. I got just passed the first few pages & couldn't continue. This is both review & rant. I read a review that mentioned how tired they were of these mysteries with the professional female/business owner finding bodies & then get caught up in the investigation. Not verbatim but close enough. I concur. I've grown tired of the culinary cozies. It's the same story type with a few differences here & there, different locales, different types of business, divorced & often dejected cau [...]

    25. Oh mywhat a lightweight! This is the first of the "Daphne Reynolds Cake Mysteries" and was more a lesson in cake decorating than a murdery mystery. Daphne has returned home to a small town where it seems that everybody knows everything about everybody and they are all eager to share it with a total stranger. Delivery of a cake to Yodel Watson's house (doesn't then name scream "Mayberry"?) she finds the customer dead. Investigation shows that she was murdered and everybody thinks it was by Daphne [...]

    26. Oh mywhat a lightweight! This is the first of the "Daphne Reynolds Cake Mysteries" and was more a lesson in cake decorating than a murdery mystery. Daphne has returned home to a small town where it seems that everybody knows everything about everybody and they are all eager to share it with a total stranger. Delivery of a cake to Yodel Watson's house (doesn't then name scream "Mayberry"?) she finds the customer dead. Investigation shows that she was murdered and everybody thinks it was by Daphne [...]

    27. This was a fun cozy mystery to read. It is the typical small town where everybody knows everybody else's business - or at least they think they do. And the more you learn, the more secrets are uncovered. Daphne is a fun character and has a good sense of humor. She tends to plunge into situations without thinking too much about the repercussions - which is, of course, what is necessary in a cozy mystery! Otherwise how would the crime ever be solved? :) This is a revised edition as the original bo [...]

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