Who invited the ex ? Killer Wedding Cake ~ Cozy Mystery Review and Giveaway

Posted: August 4, 2015 in Blog Tour, Cozy Mystery, giveaways, reviews
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Here I am with another new cozy series to share with you!

Killer Wedding Cake is the fifth book in the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery Series.

A yummy cozy with a colorful cast of characters.

Enjoy my review.

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a copy of this book!


Killer Wedding Cake

A Daphne Martin Cake Mystery

by Gayle Trent



My Review

I’ve read several of The Embroidery Shop Mystery books under this author’s pseudonym of Amanda Lee and really enjoyed them. So I couldn’t pass up a chance to try this series too.

I felt for Daphne. Her wedding to the man of her dreams is only weeks away. She’s an award-winning cake decorator and has lots of orders to fill. On top of that she has a lot of last minute issues to take care of before the big day.

What she doesn’t need is a surprise visit from her ex-husband, Todd. After seven years in prison for shooting at her, he surprises her at her doorstep, professing his undying love and begging for a second chance. He hustles her inside her house and when she sees her chance, she rushes out and over to the neighbors to call the police.

Upon their arrival, Todd is gone and the police do what they can, getting her a temporary restraining order and making sure she gets to a safe place for the night.

Worried he might come back, she’s stunned when the police come to her door, telling her they found Todd dead in his hotel room.

Why did Todd wait months after his release from prison to come to her door? Who wanted him dead? Was she next? Daphne needs answers quick or she just might be the next dead body found.

This was a super fast read for me. The author gave me so many fun characters to love. I’d like to share something about all of them with you, but that would take a lot of words. Young and old. Friend, neighbor, or family. All of them don’t hesitate to jump in and help Daphne with her wedding and the investigation.

There’s more than one murder and I had Todd’s figured out rather easily. What I didn’t see coming was who was behind all of it.  The author was sparing with her clues and it came as a surprise.

I wish I could say what hooked me the most, but not being a writer, I’m stumbling here. Everything worked to keep me reading one more page, one more chapter, until I reached the end.

While this is the fifth book in the series, you don’t have to have read the other books to enjoy this one. It reads well as a stand alone.

Make sure you check out the recipes too. Some delicious ones.

4 Stars



Daphne Martin’s wedding to Ben Jacobs is only a couple of weeks away. An award-winning cake decorator, Daphne is busy designing their wedding cake. Her twin nephew and niece, Lucas and Leslie, are excited about being in the wedding party. And Daphne’s brother-in-law Jason is planning a bachelor party for Ben. Everything is going beautifully until Daphne’s ex-husband Todd shows up. Just released from prison after serving a sentence based on his shooting a gun at Daphne, Todd comes to Brea Ridge to profess his undying love for her.

Despite Daphne’s attempts to make Todd leave town, he insists on hanging around to reconnect with people he used to know. When he’s found murdered, Daphne finds herself at the center of the investigation. Now she must track down Todd’s killer before she becomes the next victim. Can she still make it to the church on time?



About The Author 

Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the Embroidery Mystery series. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop.

Author Links:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest

Purchase Links –

Amazon B&N


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I have one eBook copy of Killer Wedding Cake to give away!

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Ends August 17th.


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  1. LuAnn Braley says:

    I think I’ve read two of the “Embroidery Shop” mysteries. This was my first “Daphne Martin”. Yup. I’ve got to go back and read the others now.

    Between the Trent and Lee personas, this author is quickly finding her way onto my list of favorite cozy authors!

  2. Mary Preston says:

    A great review thank you. I’m going to enjoy this.


  3. candace knight says:

    This sounds like a great book. Thank you for the chance.

  4. Lisa Brown says:

    Looks great, thanks for the chance and I hope to get a chance to read it soon :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  5. Red Iza says:

    Looks like a fun read :) The author has a very beautiful dog !

  6. debby236 says:

    Love the title. It calls to mind all sorts of things.
    debby236 at hotmail dot com

  7. holdenj says:

    The cake is so beautiful, then bam! That red hand! Sounds like a good cozy, I haven’t read this persona of Amanda Lee’s yet! Thanks!

  8. Peggy says:

    A great review thank you. I love the title!

  9. The title cracks me up…lol. :)

    booklady2007 @ gmail dot com

  10. Audrey says:

    Absolutely can’t wait to read it! I have read all the Daphene Martin cake mysteries and love them!

  11. jane chizmar says:

    Love the cozy mysteries and looking forward to reading yours. jchizmar01@windstream.net :)

  12. servedogmom says:

    Sounds like “my kind of book”. My wish list just got longer. Your dog is stunning! servedogmom@yahoo.com

  13. Sherry c.Burns says:


  14. Rose Milligan says:

    I like the cover; I know it’s a bloody handprint but it reminds me of little kids sneaking a handful of cake. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    Rose M.

  15. Marsha C says:

    I love the cover! This sounds like a series I need to start. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Julia David says:

    Looks like a good book. Even if I don’t win, I will read it.

  17. This would be my 1st summer read of this year! It’s time I stop and relax with a great read.

  18. cheryl Smith says:

    this book looks really good..would love to read it..

  19. Sounds like a good book!

  20. Margo Sue says:

    Looking forward to reading this – hopefully soon! cheers@marjimmanor.com

  21. Taryn Lee says:

    I haven’t read any of Gayle’s books yet but love the sound of this one. Will be adding it to my tbr list!!!


  22. Debbie Riley says:

    This sounds like a great book. Have to add this to my TBR list!!!

  23. Mary Marcincin says:

    Would love to have this book to read. The synopsis was very enticing.

  24. Alicia F says:

    Definitely added to list to read…. Cake is beautiful…. the bloody hand, maybe not as much.
    afarage (at) earthlink (dot) net

  25. How much input did you have on the final cover, Gayle.

    sherry @ fundinmental

  26. Oh my, I think I’d be torn about my feelings for the ex. On one hand I’d be relieved that he’s head while on the other I’ll be scared because… killer on he loose!

  27. azelgert says:

    love to read your book

  28. SAndy Hemsher says:

    Hope you plan to continue this series California fire officials say the flames are heading north and Harintri brush!! I love ir!

  29. randolph2468 says:

    I’d love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

  30. kari says:

    I have been enjoying this series. Happy to see a new one. Congrats

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

  31. Jen says:

    Sounds like a fun book! Thank you for the giveaway.

  32. Jennifer Brown says:

    I love this series! I feel like a bad fan because I didn’t realize another book was released :-(

    • fuonlyknew says:

      If you fan the author on Goodreads, you’ll get her updates. That’s how I keep track. Plus signing up for their news letters! Don’t want to miss a thing. LOL

  33. Jennifer Brown says:

    Email is sbandjz@yahoo (dot) com

  34. taylordeanbooks says:

    Love, love, love your cozy reviews, Laura!

  35. kayekillgore says:

    I loved the two I’ve read in this series and I love the Amanda Lee books too.

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I enjoy them all too! This author is one I’ll be reading for a long time. Now to catch up on all of these series. LOL

  36. I read one of your books a long time ago and remember enjoying it a lot, so I am sure I’d like this one!