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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Penny Piva Reviews Foodie Cozy Mystery

Murder Takes the Cake
Author: Gayle Trent
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Murder Takes the Cake Book Trailer:
Blog: Fatal Foodies (

Penny Piva, blogger at Sweet Brown Poison, says, "Through the magic of the Mighty Mighty Internets, I found Gayle Trent. Not that she was lost, but she was out there, floating around. The Google and I caught her. I can't remember how. My powers are strong, but my mind isn't.

"But I found her and that's all that matters. Her cozy mystery, Murder Takes the Cake is all the deliciousness I could possibly want in a book. Cake. Good plot. Wacky family. Did I mention cake?

"And! Gayle is a kindred spirit. Come on...loves cake decorating...and who do we know who went to pastry school? Gets her magical powers from someone else you know...

You're going to love her as much as you love me--and I KNOW that's a LOT!!!"

Here's what she has to say about the book:

Yodel Watson was dead. And some people blamed my spice cake.

When the meanest gossip in Brea Ridge dies mysteriously, suspicions turn to cake decorator Daphne Martin. But all Daphne did was deliver a spice cake with cream cheese frosting--and find Yodel's body. Now Daphne's got to help solve the murder and clear her good name. Problem is, her Virginia hometown is brimming with people who had good reason to kill Yodel, and Daphne's whole family is among them."

Murder Takes the Cake will soon be released by Thorndike in a large-print library edition, and an English large-print publisher--BBC Audiobooks--has also secured rights to the book. The second book in the Daphne Martin Series--Dead Pan--will be released in November of 2009.

Always Keepers Press, a new Knoxville-based audio book publisher, will be releasing Between A Clutch and A Hard Place, a now out-of-print book written in 2005, in February of 2010.

The first book in her latest mystery series, a cozy embroidery mystery tentatively titled The Quick and The Thread, will be released by NAL/Penguin under the pen name Amanda Lee in August of 2010.

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Gayle said...

By the way, Penny's blog is called a Diet-Coke Fueled Life. I can certainly identify! :-)

The Old Silly said...

"Yodel Watson was dead. And some people blamed my spice cake."

I LOVE it! What a one liner. Sounds like a neat book. Nice feature post, HoJo, and Gayle - best wishes for mucho many sales!

Marvin D Wilson

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

This book sounds great. It's such a unique scenerio!


Margaret Fieland said...

Love the name Yodel .. the book sounds terrific. Good thing it's after breakfast -- the cake sounds delicious!

ann said...

Thanks for the info. I'm always looking for a fun new read.