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Murder Takes the Cake: A Daphne Martin Cake Mystery (Daphne Martin Mystery #1)

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  1,155 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
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 De
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Gallery Books (first published September 30th 2008)
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Apr 17, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
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
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Mar 21, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: PocketBooks
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: makin
If you're looking for a layer cake, this is not the cake for you. A simple sheet cake with vanilla frosting, delightful..but 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 ...more
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Mar 20, 2011 Patti TheLoveJunkee rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
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 ...more
Originally posted at Bunny's Review

This 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 c
Oct 03, 2013 Ronna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 27, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. I like
Jan 24, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 05, 2010 CJ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Maddie James
Nov 09, 2008 Maddie James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful and intriguing at the same time. Well written!
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
Mar 06, 2011 Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries) rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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One 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 ca
Nov 14, 2008 Kaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 jus
Diana ☕ Book of Secrets
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 deceas
Mar 27, 2011 Shonda rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
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
Apr 16, 2011 Patty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.


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.

Mar 17, 2011 Kari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
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 nicely....short 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
Wendy Dingwall
Aug 20, 2012 Wendy Dingwall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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 ...more
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 cake...

Yes, 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
Mar 22, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Can a cake kill? That’s what the townspeople of Brea Ridge are wondering in Murder Takes the Cake by Gayle Trent. Daphne Martin, returns to her small hometown to start her new business, Daphne’s Delectable Cakes. When she delivers a cake to her very first customer she steps right into a mess of trouble. Her first customer, Yodel Watson is dead and the rumor is that the cake killed her. But there is a long list of reasons to murder the town gossip, including Yodel’s tell-all journal. Daphne might ...more
Teresa Parrish
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 ...more
Bev Sykes
Jan 20, 2012 Bev Sykes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Oh my...what 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 Dap ...more
Jan 20, 2012 Bev rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery, kindle
Oh my...what 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 Dap ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Mar 31, 2011 Kristi (Books and Needlepoint) rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Aug 20, 2015 Barb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Daphne Martin's domineering husband takes a shot at her and ends up in prison, Daphne divorces him and returns to her hometown in Virginia to follow her passion: cake decorating. Just as Daphne's business is getting off the ground, a grouchy cake customer is found murdered. Some folks think Daphne must have poisoned her even though she was gone before the cake was even delivered, but Daphne must clear up the rumors. Then Daphne finds the victims journal and discovers some deep dark family s ...more
Mar 28, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
Okay, get ready to faint... this is the second time I have read a book in order. That's right! This is the first in the Daphne Martin Cake Mysteries. Smelling salts anyone? Okay, now that you are comfortable on the floor, I'd have to say this was a fun easy and quick read. Usually, I don't always like these type of mysteries since they can quickly become more about stories of gossip. I don't care for gossip stories. However, this one didn't bother me. Yes, it involves gossip, but it is set in a ...more
Mar 27, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Honestly, I am so not the mystery murder type chick but the last two mystery murder books I have read have been awesome. I think it is because they are chick lit which means for me, no courtroom dialogue that is way above my head and wordy. You guys know that is why I call myself the Amateur Book Reviewer. Reading heavy dialogue just kills me. What I loved about this is that Gayle takes us on a journey with characters that I can relate to. Daphne is just dropping off a cake w
Jan 15, 2010 Christi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a free download on the kindle, and I'm a sucker for free stuff. The plot was totally predictable and not very engaging-perfect for reading while doing other tasks (ie. nursing). I think this book would have made a great Murder She Wrote episode. The book wasn't particularly good, but I might read the next one, just because it was a clean (no blood and guts/sex/swearing/etc), quick read - not engaging enough to detract me from my life, yet just enough pull to make me read so I could find ...more
Jan 17, 2010 Fittytiff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle
okay I would actually give this a 2.5. It was okay. yet I did like it. It was not your typical cozy mystery. You do have your divorced baker. this time cakes (as I have followed the cookie baker and candy backer. Now I am adding cakes) So the divorce backer has moved back to her "home Town and a customer dies and she is a suspect? But to me she did not start truly doing any detective work till the last 8th of the book. So that is where it lost me. But hey it was a free book thanks to Amazon and ...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
This is a light mystery, not bad but not great. The main character runs a cake decorating business and the author apparently knows quite a bit about cake decorating: the details are over the top and completely unnecessary. It's one thing to describe the latest cake creation the protagonist made for her niece and nephew; it's another to discuss the creation process in detail with respect to the size of the tips and the specific devices used in the creation process.

They mystery itself is fair, th
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