Death Takes the Cake, by Melinda Wells

Death Takes the Cake by Melinda Wells: Book CoverFinished 9-29-09, rating 4/5, mystery, pub.2009

Book 2 in the Della Cooks Mystery series.

“With what I’ve got planned, you’re going to be the Miss America of Cake!”

I felt a sharp intake of breath.  “No.  Absolutely not.  I won’t wear a bathing suit on television!”

He eyed me speculatively.  “What’s the problem?  You still look good.”


“If I hadn’t read your TV bio, I wouldn’t have guessed you’re in your forties,” Addison said.  “Maybe late thirties- but you should think about doing a little glamorizing.”

Chapter 1

Della is a 47-year-old widower with a cable tv cooking show, her own cooking school, and a new venture to sell her fudge to the masses.  Her life is already busy, but when her boss tells her she’ll be baking in a reality show with a $25,000 prize she knows it could help her pay off some of her debts.  Until she learns it is being sponsored by Reggi-Mixx, the most awful cake mixes on the market and owned by her old college nemesis, Regina Davis.

The competition begins and as soon as Della shows up to her test kitchen she discovers Reggie, face down in a bowl of batter, dead.  She is a suspect, but only until the police find a more likely one, the husband of her best friend, Liddy. 

Della’s standard poodle, Tuffy and rescue kitty, Emma are there to provide support, as is her boyfriend NDM, who has now been elevated to being called his given name, Nicholas.  All of her friends are back and this is a perfect continuation of the series.  Della is still awesome and the mystery is a good one with real consequences for her and Liddy.

I actually enjoyed the cooking in this one a little more and there are recipes in the back.  You can see how to make those holiday fruitcakes edible and learn how to make an awful cake mix taste good with Della’s Orange Dreamsicle Cake.  One of the other reality show contestants is a Mary Kay consultant and I should note that we are not all quite so…pink.

I want to thank Melinda for sending me a copy of her book.  I loved it!

My review of book 1 here.

6 thoughts on “Death Takes the Cake, by Melinda Wells

  1. Carol says:

    I actually remember reading the first one, now, and this one sounds like a good follow up. I’m glad NDM actually gets a name this time around.

    It feels like it’s only a few pages removed from the first book.

  2. Alice Teh says:

    You made me interested in this series. I am on a book ban but when it’s lifted, I’ll probably read them. 🙂

    I was so good about not buying books for about a year, but since this summer I’ve gone a little crazy. Good luck with yours!

  3. Margot @ Joyfully Retired says:

    I remember your review of book 1 and this one sounds just as good. Some things sound a little bazaar but can work – like the dead woman’s face in a bowl of batter. I guess I just like the stuff that is a little off.

    I like things that are just a bit different too. The plots are funny, but Della is so down to earth it makes for great reading.

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