Image of Death Takes the Cake (Della Cooks Mystery)


Image of Death Takes the Cake (Della Cooks Mystery)

This third installment of the Della
Cooks mysteries is pleasant enough,
but readers may be distracted by
awkward dialogue and implausible events. Sure, you have to suspend
disbelief in stories featuring amateur sleuths, but a couple of plot devices strain credulity too much. Several
side stories about Della's friends
and colleagues result in thinly drawn characters. Still, this light read provides entertainment -- and some recipes
to boot.

TV cooking show host Della Carmichael reluctantly agrees to participate in a televised cake- baking competition. Her love life is crumbling and she's in debt, so the competition and its $25,000 prize will at least distract her from her problems and might even help her career. When she finds one of the contest's promoters dead in her test kitchen, Della knows she's in for trouble. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Feb., 304 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jo Peters