ISBN #: 978-1451600025
Page Count: 240
Copyright: October 11, 2011
Publisher: Gallery Books
(Taken from back cover)
They say sugar is bad for your teeth, but can it actually kill you? The Brea Ridge police seem to think so when they find cake decorator Daphne Martin wielding an oversized plastic toothbrush over a dentist's dead body. Daphne moved back to her small Virginia hometown just months ago to open her Daphne's Delectable Cakes business and already she's been mixed up in murder. Now she's got to prove her sweet innocence again.
After hours of police questioning, Daphne returns home to find Elvis Presley in her driveway. She's certain she's hallucinating until the leather-clad hunk orders up a pink Cadillac cake for a convention of the Elvis impersonators. Daphne accepts, but her reporter-boyfriend Ben is suspicious of Elvis's intentions. Does the King want to make Daphne his confectionery queen? Or is the convention a ruse for a more sinister operation? Daphne's own investigation into Dr. Bainsworth's murder, meanwhile, reveals the dentist made as many enemies as he did fillings. Just about anyone could have done him in, but it's up to Daphne to find the killer - and finish Elvis's cake - before she's the one singing "Jailhouse Rock."
Killer Sweet Tooth is the second book in the Daphne Martin series. I've not read the first book, but didn't need to in order to enjoy the second.
Daphne opened her own business in her house. The business still hasn't become a success, but she is doing what she can to get the word out. Although her having been involved in one murder investigation already seems to have hurt her sales. Now, thanks to her neighbor Myra's teeth, Daphne has become involved in another murder investigation.
Myra is Daphne's nosy, albeit well-intentioned, next-door neighbor. She's old enough to be Daphne's mother, but can act as though she isn't a day over 25. She's spunky with a bad actress streak. When Myra comes over to Daphne's one evening for a visit, she bites into a piece of cashew brittle causing her filling to come out of her tooth. Daphne makes an emergency phone call to Myra's dentist who agrees to meet them in about an hour at the office. Upon arriving, Daphne and Myra find the dentist face down and bleeding in his office. Shortly after finding him, the police find Daphne and Myra in the dentist's office holding a big tooth and toothbrush while standing over the dentist's body. Daphne and Myra are now suspects for the dentist's murder.
If you're looking for a hold-on-to-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller, you're not going to find it here. Killer Sweet Tooth is more of a cozy murder-mystery that you could read in a long afternoon on a rainy day. While somewhat predictable, this book is an entertaining read and would be enjoyed by those looking for a quick, light read.
*A physical copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.