Murder Takes the Cake (Daphne Martin Series #1)

Murder Takes the Cake (Daphne Martin Series #1)

by Gayle Trent

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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 more 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611940275
Publisher: BelleBooks Inc.
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Series: Daphne Martin Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 136,110
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Gayle Trent (who also goes by the pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the Embroidery Mystery series. She lives in Virginia with her family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff. Her book Killer Wedding Cake won a bronze medal in the IPPY Cozy Mystery category for 2016.

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Murder Takes the Cake 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
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 book came out a couple of years ago. I am glad that it did as I would not have been introduced to this author. There is a second book out in the series, Dead Pan, which I have added to my TBR list. The book also contains lots of cake decorating tips which has given me the urge to want to decorate a cake! She includes the recipes in the back of the book for the cakes in the story as well - YUM!
bookofsecrets More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 Murder 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 deceased happens to be a spiteful busybody who kept a journal full of the town's secrets. When it's revealed that the victim was poisoned, fingers point to Daphne and her cakes. Soon she's forced to solve the mystery in order to save herself and her business. I've decided that cozy mystery is my new genre for 2011, and Murder Takes the Cake is the first one that I've read (unless you count the Sookie Stackhouse books). Because I'm new to cozies, I can't compare this book to others. But, I can say that I really enjoyed it! The mystery itself was a fairly simple one, so in my opinion the book's strength came from the intersting characters and their interwoven relationships. The author did a great job making the small town characters' quirky personalities pop off the page. I loved Daphne, and I could really connect with her. There was just the barest hint of romance between Daphne and her long lost boyfriend Ben who helps her solve the mystery. The only thing that slowed the story down somewhat was the detailed descriptions of Daphne's cake decorating. Some of it I enjoyed learning about, but it did take up a big chunk of the story. Murder Takes the Cake is a quick and entertaining read fans of cozy mysteries and even chick lit would enjoy. This book was first published in 2008. The copy I reviewed is the March 2011 trade paperback edition. Up next in the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series: Killer Sweet Tooth.
PassionPB More than 1 year ago
I found this book such an easy read - I could not put it down. The characters are realistic and seem like friends. The story is believable and keeps your attention. I loved this book and want to read all of her books in this series.
wendyld More than 1 year ago
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 riveted to the story of the mystery at the same time. I was hooked from the very beginning when Daphne, after several attempts to please a fussy client, delivers her best cake yet and is told to “come in” by the customer’s parrot, only to find her customer, Yodel Watson, dead on her couch. Daphne immediately becomes a suspect and in order to clear herself and save her new baking business she enlists an old flame and editor of the local newspaper, Ben, to help her find the real murderer. Not an easy task since Yodel, the town gossip kept a journal with enough secrets to make enemies of all in her small community. Trent does a super job of giving us realistic suspects with enough red herrings to keep us guessing until the very end of this unusual who-done-it!
Dawn--MysLovCorner More than 1 year ago
Daphne Martin has returned to her Virginia hometown and is working at establishing her new business as a freelance cake decorator. When Brea Ridge dies, suspicion turns to the cake Daphne delivered. No one listens to the fact that she found the body while delivering the cake. Daphne sets out to clear her good name and find the murderer.

Who knew a small town could have so many people who wanted Yodel dead, including Daphne's family? Can she find the murderer and make a go of her business?

I really enjoyed this book. I devoured it in a little over a day. It is such a fun, fast cozy read. The author has done a great job of setting it in a small town in Virginia with plenty of suspects and intrigue.

Daphne is a great character with plenty of depth and smarts to be an amateur sleuth. I really enjoyed her.

I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read the next one!
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ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I LOVE baking, I LOVE mystery, and I LOVE Gayle Trent's work! This is a new to me author and her work is FANTABULOUSLY done. From page one, I was pulled in, and stayed hooked until the mystery was solved. From baking, to delivering said baked to her clients, to strange happenings that end in a murder, this first Daphne Martin Cake Mystery novel is a home run hit with this new fan! Daphne Martin is back in her hometown in Virginia and opens her bakery. That's all she thinks she'll be doing: making cakes. That is, until she shows up at her first clients home to deliver the goods and finds her dead. And, people are blaming HER. What's a baker to do? So, now, through tons of hilarious, quirky moments, lots of fun mystery, and some awesome culinary tips, too, Daphne Martin sets out to seek the clues for this unusual, yet cozy-at-it's-finest mystery. If you love cozy mysteries, look no further than Gayle Trent's un-put-downable, delicious crime solving series! From a talking parrot to a gossiping old citizen to some shocking family secrets, this five star novel will make it's way to your bookshelf to stay. You'll be pulled in, mixed up and thrown into the crime solving oven of mystery. Gayle's love for her readers shows in this yummy culinary mystery. Definitely recommended to all. I'm already hungry for the next dish of Daphne Martin mystery!
scoutlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 in circles with the changes for her cake orders. Naturally Daphne remains professional and tries to accommodate Yodel's unrealistic demands (she is her first client after all). When Daphne arrives at Yodel's home with her third cake, she unexpectedly finds herself involved in a murder investigation.Rumor has it that Yodel was poisoned. And because Daphne found her dead, it is assumed that an ingredient in one of Daphne's cakes may have poisoned her. To prove her innocence and keep her business from being ruined before it even begins, Daphne must find Yodel's killer.Murder Takes the Cake is the first book in this cozy series. Although the story centers around Daphne's attempt to rebuild her life, the reader is also introduced to a host of secondary characters. Fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy this light, quick read. Murder Takes the Cake is a good start to a promising series. Recommended.
bugeyzz23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This mystery was an easy read and became a real page turner after the inital set up. I found myself really loving the characters and thought I had it all figured out...only to be surprised in the end. I look forward to more great writings by Gayle Trent! :)
momgee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 just delivering a cake. Honest! Yodel¿s daughter, Annabelle calls Daphne from Florida and asks her to retrieve her mother¿s diary and tells Daphne exactly where to find it. Of course, Daphne can¿t help but peek into the diary and is appalled when she finds some volatile secrets concerning her own family and many others in the town It seems there are a lot of people who would be happy to see the end of Yodel . The suspense is heightened when Daphne finds a warning painted on her walkway to MIND HER OWN BUSINESS.But of course, she just can¿t do that! The fun begins as Daphne tries to find out who is the real murderer and the truth about her own family. Trent has written an absolutely captivating cozy, complete with all the traditional elements of the genre. There is the requisite disliked victim, the nosy neighbor, the town blabbermouth and a host of possible suspects in a cast of colorful characters. Motives abound and there are enough red herrings and real clues to keep the reader guessing until the very end. Throw in a town full of petty feuds, the local beauty shop¿s hot bed of gossip, a little budding romance between characters and you have the recipe for a delicious mystery. I hadn¿t even read past page 7 and I had absolutely laughed out loud numerous times. The dialogue in this book is filled with snappy wit that will regale the reader time and time again. The Characters are so well drawn, the reader will feel as if they are real. The plot is well constructed and well paced with just the right amount of subplot to keep up the interest. If you are a fan of the cozy mystery, this is one you will definitely want to read. If you are like Diane Mott Davidson or Joanna Fluke, you will be enthralled as Ms. Trent gives a lot of cake decorating details and the book contains some mouthwatering recipes. Highly recommended.5*****
JanetBoyer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿I awoke the next morning with my head throbbing. Still, headache or not, it was the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and I had a lot to do. I wanted to make a cake that Mom would `ooh¿ and `ah¿ over; but since that was an impossibility, I had to settle for pleasing myself and Violet¿s family. Mom thought I was `silly¿ for leaving a `perfectly good job in order to stay home and make cakes¿. I pressed my fingertips to my temples and tried not to think about Mom. Instead, I focused on my plans for the day. First stop, ibuprofen and coffee.¿ ¿ From Murder Takes the CakeAfter Daphne Martin dodges a (literal) bullet from her ex-husband, she decides to start a new life and career as a cake decorator in her old hometown.However, Daphne¿s Delectable Cakes isn¿t off to a good start when Daphne delivers a third cake to her fussy first client, Yodel Watson¿and finds her slouched in the den, stone cold dead. The authorities have to sort out if Yodel died before Daphne delivered the cake¿or after. An exceptional first book in a new culinary cozy mystery series by Gayle Trent, Murder Takes the Cake follows Daphne as she navigates her new life, new career and potential new love interest¿all while dealing with her Mom¿s disapproval, the town¿s suspicion, dozens of colorful characters (some problematic, others delightful), rumors, an influx of clients and the holidays. Whew!First-time author Gayle Trend deftly weaves an engaging plot with mouth-watering descriptions, believable characters, universal themes (like Mother-Daughter conflict and the effects of small-town gossip) and a compelling mystery: who killed Yodel Watson and why? When Yodel¿s daughter, Annabelle asks Daphne retrieved a tell-all diary from her Mom¿s house, Daphne can¿t help but sneak a peek. But what she reads about her *own* Mom in the diary yanks Daphne into the center of a web of innuendo, local dirt, and a dark family secret.Are some secrets worth killing for?I¿m impressed with Gayle Trent¿s story-telling and writing skills, especially since Murder Takes the Cake is her debut novel! I¿m salivating for more and can¿t wait to dig in to her second book in the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series, Dead Pan. If you enjoy well-written cozy mysteries with quirky characters, true-to-life dialogue and dexterous word painting, I highly recommend Murder Takes the Cake. -- Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time Tarot
kymmayfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was sent to me as an ARC. It is a debut novel about a cake decorater that becomes and investigator when she finds a dead body.When I first read about the book, my thought was, "Oh great, another culinary mystery." But I was pleasantly surprise. Yes it was a culinary mystery but it was its own book. I will definitely read the next in the series. I gave it a 4/5
StephanieTiner More than 1 year ago
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 them is a suspect. Can Daphne solve the case before she becomes the next target? I thought this book was a good read. I liked the character of Daphne early on, her love of cakes and her niece and nephew. I was a little surprised by some of the other characters, things they would say or do, but for the most part, I felt they were still realistic characters. The small town setting was perfect for the small business venture, as well as, the mystery behind the murder of Yodel Watson. I liked how, even though Daphne just moved back to town, she was meeting new people, they were not all acquaintances from her childhood, and that she was able to learn and get to know them, fairly quickly. A large portion of this novel focused on Daphne’s family issues more than the mystery, or so it seemed. Since it took so long for the connection to be revealed, it seemed as though the novel had veered away from the mystery. I really wish that there had been more investigating into other possibilities during this section of the book, so that I did not feel that the mystery had taken a back burner to the main character’s problems. I realize that having a good main character, with a strong background is necessary for the book to work. I just felt that Daphne should have delved into more possibilities as far as motive is concerned during this time, in order to give the story more depth. I was somewhat surprised by the ending. I figured out who the murderer was before Daphne, but only just before. I love being surprised by the end of a good cozy mystery, so this was a very good ending. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery, and cakes. I bought my copy of this novel from and have been granted permission from the publishers at Gallery Books to use an image of the cover artwork above.
JAD1 More than 1 year ago
the book is easy to read ,the characters are believable.enjoyed this book a lot, the heroine ismodern, funny, and very nosey.I intend to read the whole series.
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love Gayle Trent's work. I started out reading book four of the series so it was nice to come back and read book one. Murder Takes the Cake is not only an awesome mystery, but it has characters that you can't help but love. I also love how there are so many little mini mysteries that come together in the end. Trent is such a talented author, but I love the fact that she really knows what she's talking about. When she writes about cake baking and decorating, you can tell she's a master baker as well as an awesome author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has real potential' but needs more intrigue, to pull the reader in a d want more
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