Death Takes the Cake by Melinda Wells

Della isn’t terribly excited to find out that she has been entered into a cake baking contest. The TV station that broadcasts her show thinks it will be good publicity. Della agrees that it would be good publicity and she needs the show to be successful, so she’s game.

Unfortunately, the contest is sponsored by the company of a college nemesis – and the company makes Reggi-Mixx, the worst cake mixes imaginable. Della’s up to the challenge, though, and she starts thinking about how to make the not-tasty cake mix yummy.

Then Reggie, the nemesis in question, ends up dead in Della’s cooking station at the Reggi-Mixx offices, where the contest is being held. Luckily, Della isn’t a suspect (for very long) this time because she was on the air at the time of the murder.

Still, she gets involved because her best friend’s husband is implicated in the murder. Della can’t just sit by and watch her friend’s husband be convicted for a murder he didn’t commit.

Along the way there are romantic problems – and solutions – and the discovery of all kinds of secrets.

Death Takes the Cake is at times funny, always entertaining and as realistic as it can be given the unlikely “TV show as sleuth” situation. There are enough details to keep you guessing as to what’s coming next but not so many as to drive you nuts trying to keep everything straight. The peripheral characters (Iva, Micky, etc) are being fleshed out as the series progresses, which is always interesting to me.

I’ve got The Proof is in the Pudding in my bag to read next.

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One Response

  1. I liked this one. I interviewed the author on my blog last year and she is lovely.

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