Monday, October 7, 2013

Battered To Death-Gayle Trent

Battered To Death

Gayle Trent

Gallery, Sep 24 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9781476706573

After a sour life with an abusive ex who is in prison for shooting at her, Daphne Martin came home to Brea Ridge, Virginia where everything has turned sweet. She opened up popular Daphne's Delectable Cakes and has a boyfriend Brea Ridge Chronicle editor Ben Jacobs.

Daphne enters the Brea Ridge Taste Bud Temptation Cake and Confectionary Arts Exhibit and Competition. She attends a workshop hosted by saccharine TV celebrity cake decorator Jordon Richards. The teacher lives up to his non-sugary reputation as he is nasty to the students. Soon afterward someone murders Richards ironically using a cake stand as a battering ram. The police find many people with motives and to her shock include Daphne as a suspect. While she and her friend Myra try to prove her innocence, Daphne prepares for the competition and struggles with Ben considering relocating to Kentucky.

The latest Daphne Martin Cake mystery (see Dead Pan, Killer Sweet Tooth and Murder Takes the Cake) is an enjoyable amateur sleuth. Readers will wonder what is in the icing as Daphne seems overextended with the case, the cops, the contest, the Chronicle boyfriend and the cake business. Still fans will enjoy this icing filled charming cozy as the BFFs investigate while the cops and Myra’s PI boyfriend are unhappy with them.

Harriet Klausner

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