Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Battered to Death (Daphne Martin Cake Mystery) by Gayle Trent Review

Title: Battered to Death
Series: Daphne Martin Cake Mysteries
Author: Gayle Trent
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 337
Price: $6.83
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I love cozy mysteries, especially those that are created around the topic of food. While many that I've read stick with basic cooking techniques, Gayle Trent's Battered to Death has detailed cake decorating scenes that are so well-written you can easily tell she's an expert on the subject matter. Throughout the book I found myself consistently impressed with her level of knowledge. I was also impressed with her ability to write about the techniques used. The techniques are described with such detail that anyone could pick up a few pointers on creating fondant flowers and even doing complicated Australian string work. If you're a cake decorator, or just a foodie, you will not be disappointed.

Of course, what is a mystery without a good plot and the ability to be strung along? Gayle Trent creates a wonderful cast of characters and keeps you guessing about the real killer until the very end. I found myself suspecting so many different characters in the book and was still surprised at the ending. In other words, this is a well-done mystery that any cozy mystery fan is sure to love.

I highly recommend Battered to Death to anyone that loves cozy mysteries. It's a fast-paced read that is impossible to put down. Best of all, there's even a couple delicious recipes at the end. If you're looking for a cozy mystery to curl up with this fall, grab this book!

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