Killer Sweet Tooth (Daphne Martin Series #3)

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Dead as a . . . dentist?

They say sugar is bad for your teeth, but can it actually kill you? The Brea Ridge police seem to think so when they find cake decorator Daphne Martin wielding an oversized plastic toothbrush over a dentist’s dead body. Daphne moved back to her small Virginia hometown just months ago to open her Daphne’s Delectable Cakes business and already she’s been mixed up in murder. Now she’s got to prove her sweet innocence ...

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Overview

Dead as a . . . dentist?

They say sugar is bad for your teeth, but can it actually kill you? The Brea Ridge police seem to think so when they find cake decorator Daphne Martin wielding an oversized plastic toothbrush over a dentist’s dead body. Daphne moved back to her small Virginia hometown just months ago to open her Daphne’s Delectable Cakes business and already she’s been mixed up in murder. Now she’s got to prove her sweet innocence again.

After hours of police questioning, Daphne returns home to find Elvis Presley in her driveway. She’s certain she’s hallucinating until the leather-clad hunk orders up a pink Cadillac cake for a convention of the Elvis impersonators. Daphne accepts, but her reporter-boyfriend Ben is suspicious of Elvis’s intentions. Does the King want to make Daphne his confectionery queen? Or is the convention a ruse for a more sinister operation? Daphne’s own investigation into Dr. Bainsworth’s murder, meanwhile, reveals the dentist made as many enemies as he did fillings. Just about anyone could have done him in, but it’s up to Daphne to find the killer—and finish Elvis’s cake—before she’s the one singing “Jailhouse Rock.”

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Trent’s entertaining third Daphne Martin cake cozy (after 2009’s Dead Pan), baker Daphne and her friend, Myra Jenkins, make an emergency visit to the dentist in Brea Ridge, Va., where they discover Dr. Jim Bainsworth dead on the exam room floor. Hearing a noise, they arm themselves with a giant model tooth and toothbrush, useless weapons but enough to persuade the arriving police that they’re guilty of something. After hours being grilled like perps, the two are released, but the surprises aren’t over. Just as Daphne is unlocking her front door, she’s accosted by an Elvis impersonator who wants to order a pink Cadillac cake for the Elvis Impersonators’ Evangelical Interdenominational Outreach convention, but before Daphne starts on the cake, she and Myra need to find a killer. A little jealousy from boyfriend Ben Jacobs and some smalltown gossip add to the mix for a tasty read, despite a few minor plot holes. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"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

From the Publisher
"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

Kirkus Reviews
A Virginia cake maker has a penchant for solving crimes. You never know what might happen over a game of Scrabble. This time, her neighbor Myra breaks a tooth on Daphne Martin's cashew brittle. Her dentist is willing to meet them at his office, but when the ladies arrive, they find the dentist dead. After a long night of police questioning, Daphne finally arrives home, only to be greeted by an Elvis impersonator emerging from a pink Cadillac. Scottie Phillips, a member of Elvis Impersonators' Evangelical Interdenominational Outreach, has come to order a peanut-butter-and-banana cake in the shape of a pink Cadillac for a gala the group is hosting. While Scottie's attentions to Daphne cause problems with her boyfriend, newspaper editor Ben Jacobs, her involvement with EIEIO soon has her searching for the Elvis impersonator who was seen nearby on the night of the murder. The suspects also include the dentist's wife, who'd been in the process of divorcing him over his fling with his hygienist, apparently just one in a long line of affairs. Daphne, still certain that the police suspect her and Myra, is determined to uncover the killer, a task that proves more dangerous than she imagined. Trent (Dead Pan, 2009, etc.) features a pleasant heroine, a middling mystery and several appended dessert recipes fit for the King (Elvis, that is).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451600025
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Series: Daphne Martin Series , #3
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 474,332
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Gayle Trent

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Ugh

    Author is preachy

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Live To Read

    Daphne Martin, owner of Daphne's Delectable Cakes, stumbles onto a murder scene due to a dental emergency resulting from a - cashew brittle and Scrabble - evening with her friend. Elvis impersonators romance Daphne and her friend Myra as the ladies scour the town for clues to clear their names as potential murderers. On a sleuthing visit to "Tanya's Tremendous Tress-Taming Salon," Daphne emerges with more information about the victim and hair that looks "outraged," "incensed," and "ready to march on Capitol Hill in support of hair rights."


    A good murder plot plus the fun dialogue between the two main characters, the unlikely convention of Elvis impersonators, and the delicious descriptions of creative cakes add to the enjoyment of this mystery. Young adults and adults will like this newest addition to the Daphne Martin series.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    The latest Daphne Martin mystery is a Killer Sweet Tooth cozy

    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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