I’m excited that my friend Gayle Trent has finished my latest adventure, BATTERED TO DEATH, and it’s scheduled to be released on September 24, 2013. I know I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but I wanted to share the wonderful things people are saying!
“One day I found myself happily reading . . . mysteries by Gayle Trent. If she can win me over . . . she’s got a great future.”
—Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Trent has written an absolutely captivating cozy, complete with all the traditional elements of the genre. . . . I hadn’t even read past page seven, and I had laughed out loud numerous times. The dialogue in this book is filled with snappy wit.”
—Pudgy Penguin Perusals
“Entertaining…and tasty read”
“It has been an absolutely fabulous experience knowing Gayle as a good friend and a genuine pleasure watching her mature into a very accomplished storyteller. The fact that she can weave a mystery about the things that we both find enchanting while drawing in a mainstream audience illustrates her skill with words. Daphne gets to investigate the complexities of the human condition, with one hand on her mixer and the other wielding a piping bag while embracing the craft that I love so much. Both Gayle and I are fascinated with the ins and outs of baking and decorating and the convoluted backstories that make it all so exciting; the crème de la crème for a mystery writer. A must read for cake bakers and anyone who has ever spent creative time in the kitchen!”
–Kerry Vincent, Food Network Challenge Judge and Master Sugar Artist
Does it get any better than that? Wow!
Here’s what the book is about:
Daphne Martin’s life is pretty sweet right now—she has a loving boyfriend, a popular cake decorating company, and has recently entered into a cake competition in town. But when she attends a class with a famously ornery celebrity chef, all of that threatens to change. The chef is found beaten to death with a cake stand after his first lesson, and he has more enemies than anyone can count. So it’s a shock to Daphne when she immediately comes under police suspicion. And on top of that, her boyfriend tells her he’s considering a career move—to Kentucky. To a company run by an old girlfriend! And, there’s still the cake competition Daphne has to win.
Daphne will need to put her wits to the test again—with the help of her nosy friend Myra—in order to clear her name, win the competition, and salvage her romance.
If you’d like, you can go ahead and pre-order the book!