Description: Cozy murder mystery. 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.
My Review: This book was exactly what I expected, a cute, fun mystery. The characters were fun and likable. Daphne was fun to follow with her quirks and her curiosity. Her sister’s family was wonderful to see the interaction with the twins was too cute and all too realistic. The dynamics between Daphne and her parents were all too familiar and sad. Mom’s attitude toward Daphne and the choices she had made were more than a little frustrating.
Although I enjoyed the story there were a couple of things that bothered me about it. One is the whole story was built on gossip. Grant it the victim was known as the meanest gossip in town she wasn’t the only one that enjoyed telling tells. Even Daphne suffered the pain of gossip yet multiple times throughout the story she’s sitting over coffee and cake learning the “dirt” about other members of the town and potential suspects.
The second issue is although this is marketed as Christian fiction there was little evidence of God in the story. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think a book needs God and Christianity mentioned on every page, but I do expect something to indicates at least one character believes in a God. The closest thing was Dad’s prayer over Thanksgiving Dinner.
I did enjoy the story and look forward to reading more by this author. It was well written and enjoyable to read.
If you want to learn more about the author you can visit her website at: http://www.gayletrent.com/