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DEATH TAKES THE CAKE
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
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
Publisher: BERKLEY PRIME CRIME
Published: February 2009