Gayle Trent

I’m an author living in Virginia with a beautiful family and quite a few pets. As Gayle Trent, I write the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, I wrote the Embroidery Mystery series. As Gayle Leeson, I write the Down South Cafe Mystery series and the Ghostly Fashionista mystery series.

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Gayle Trent is an American author of cozy mystery and suspense novels. She writes the Myrtle Crumb, Daphne Martin and Embroidery Mysteries series (as Amanda Lee). In addition to writing novels, Gayle also writes blogs for several websites. She lives in Southwest Virginia with her family.

Gayle Trent became a published author in 1999 with the teen mystery novel Photo Finish. She made her debut as Amanda Lee in 2010 with The Quick and the Thread. Below is a list of Gayle Trent’s books in order of when they were first published:

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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. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The heroine, Daphne, has returned to her hometown of Brea Ridge to open a cake baking and decorating business and is wrestling with the question of whether or not one can go home again. She enjoys spending time with her sister, nephew, and niece, but she and her mother have a complicated relationship that isn’t always pleasant. Daphne has also reconnected with her high school sweetheart and is pursuing a rekindled romance while desperately trying to put her past behind her. Kerry Vincent, Hall of Fame Sugar Artist, Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show Director, and Television Personality says the series is „a must read for cake bakers and anyone who has ever spent creative time in the kitchen!“ Says Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author, „One day I found myself happily reading . . . mysteries by Gayle Trent. If she can win me over . . . she’s got a great future.“ Gayle Trent lives in Virginia with her family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff. Her book KILLER WEDDING CAKE won a bronze medal in the IPPY Cozy Mystery category for 2016.

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Gayle Trent (writing as Amanda Lee) – Author Interview

My most recent book is The Quick and the Thread: An Embroidery Mystery. It centers around Marcy Singer, who has just opened an embroidery specialty shop in Tallulah Falls, Oregon–on the coast. She throws a soiree to celebrate her grand opening. Soon, Marcy’s sign- up sheet for embroidery classes fills up and everyone in town seems willing to raise a glass-or a needle-to support the newly-opened Seven Year Stitch. Then Marcy finds the shop’s previous tenant dead in the store-room, a message scratched with a tapestry needle on the wall beside him. Now Marcy’s shop has become a crime scene, and she’s the prime suspect. She’ll have to find the killer before someone puts a final stitch in her.

I’m from Southwest Virginia, and I’ve been writing forever! (grin) Okay, I guess it only seems like it. I actually got my first novel published in 1998 by a small press that later went out of business (hope it wasn’t because of my book!). I continued writing for small presses until I finally opened my own publishing company. I published my books and the books of other writers for a few years but realized my own writing was suffering under the strain of running a company. I closed the company, reverted the writers’ rights back to them, and began concentrating on my own writing career. And now I’m writing two cozy mystery series under two different names for two different companies!

Actually, this book was requested by Jessica Wade, an editor at NAL/Penguin. She spoke with my agent at that time, Jacky Sach, who asked me if I’d be interested in developing the series. It sounded like a lot of fun–which it was–so I decided to go for it.

I think I really got started in my high school creative writing class. We had a great group of people and we did improv and wrote in several different genres. It was a blast.

Edits. It’s so hard to go back and rewrite something you thought was pretty good to begin with! But, in the end, you can look back and see that editing makes the book better.

I use online newspapers, the library and talking with other people (my favorite). For The Quick and The Thread, I was even able to use YouTube as a research tool. I wanted to find out about whale watching. I typed in the search bar “whale watching on the Oregon coast” and found videos. ?

I learned a lot about Oregon! In order to be accurate, I had to discover how far Portland is from the coast, what whale’s fluke prints are, and peak whale watching time in Oregon (the period between Christmas and New Year’s).

I love mystery fiction. I like thrillers, but I’m not so sure I could write one. I love Jeffrey Deaver, Mary Higgins Clark, Harlan Coben, Joel Rosenberg…. I’m sure I’ll think of half a dozen more after I press “send”. I love books that keep you guessing. In Jeffrey Deaver’s books I inevitably have at least one jaw-dropper. I love that even though I’m looking to solve the mystery, I can’t. I strive for that in my own books.

I’m actually working on my next two books. I’m working on Killer Sweet Tooth, the next book in the Daphne Martin cake decorating mystery. I’m having so much fun with it–it has Elvises and pink cadillacs and a dead dentist with Myra and Daphne the main suspects in the dentist’s death. And I’m working on Thread Reckoning, the third book in the embroidery series. I haven’t got as far along it that book yet, because the KST deadline precedes it!

Just keep on writing and don’t allow yourself to get discouraged. I know that’s so much easier said than done. But you have to develop a thick, thick skin in the writing world. I’ve even finally learned to laugh at bad reviews…sometimes. Not often, but occasionally.

I’m having a virtual launch party on August 3 (the book’s release date) on Facebook. I’ll be giving away prizes all day, so please stop by!

Gayle Trent (writing as Amanda Lee) – Author Interview

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Author’s website: . Gayle Trent also writes under the pseudonym Holly Jordan.

Series: Daphne Martin  (1)

Bell Bridge • US-TP • 09/2008 • $14.95 • 9780980245363Gallery Books • US-TP • 03/2011 • $15.00 • 9781451600018

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Pocket Books • US-PB • 09/2013 • $7.99 • 9781476706573

Series: Myrtle Crumb  (2)

Grace Abraham • US-TP • 10/2004 • $8.95 • 9780974109046

Grace Abraham • US-TP • 08/2006 • $8.95 • 9780974109077

The Perfect Woman  (3)

Grace Abraham • US-TP • 08/2005 • $10.95 • 9780974109053

The Mourning Ring  (3)

Grace Abraham • US-TP • 08/2006 • $10.95 • 9780974109084

(1) Daphne Martin is a cake decorator in a small town in Virginia.

(2) Myrtle Crumb is a sassy 60-something amateur sleuth.

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Battered to Death

A RECIPE FOR MURDER Life is sweet for Daphne Martin right now, from her flourishing cake-decorating business to a rekindled romance with her high school boyfriend, Ben. All that’s about to change, courtesy of famously foul-mouthed celebrity chef…

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Gayle Trent Synopsis: In The Perfect Woman by Holly Jordan, advertising execs believe that the “perfect woman” could be what they need to save their company. In the search for the flawless woman, they interview a bunch of women, offering to share profits even if they don’t get hired, in order to keep quiet. The women all have their own reasons for taking the offer, but this perfect offer turns out to be too perfect when a murderer is after the women, looking to pick them off one by one.

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Gayle Trent is a full time author who also writes under the name Amanda Lee. She lives in Virginia with her husband, son and daughter. Prior to being an author Trent worked within accounting and legal roles but now describes herself as ‘a full-time writer/editor/mom/wife and chief cook and bottle washer’. She is renowned for her ‘cosy mystery’ style of writing and has created three series of books that capture the imagination and encourage creativity whilst entertaining along with a standalone is also involved in blogging and it her passion for embroidery, baking and writing are clearly seen on her blog. She can also be found on a number of other blogs where she gives some fascinating insights regarding writing tips and lets us in on her favourite recipes.

After stepping out of the long daily commutes of her previous jobs, that took her away from her family, she has found the space to combine great ‘cosy mystery’ story writing with the hobbies that she gets so much joy out of. Each of her well thought out novels consists of a strong female character that is usually involved in something normal when a crime strikes in such a way that they have to get involved. These characters have been expertly brought to life using thoughtful back stories, conversations that show their emotional sides and their genius thought processes to solve the various mysteries.

In this series Gayle Trent brings together two of her favourite passions, baking and mysteries, and weaves them into an enthralling story. The book’s main character, Daphne Martin, heads back to her hometown in Southwest Virginia to start her life over following a very traumatic divorce. After leaving her abusive ex husband behind and in prison she decides to follow her dreams and open a cake-decorating business, Daphne’s Delectable Cakes. Little does she know what surprises are awaiting of the Daphne Martin tales that makes up this series expertly brings together a believable narrative, culinary tips, crime solving and a rocky relationship with her mother in a unique and very entertaining way.

Take for example the first book of the series ‘Murder Takes the Cake’ where Daphne has just opened her Cake business. On delivery of her first cake to a paying customer, Daphne comes across the body of the town gossip, Yodel Watson. From that moment the fingers seem to point to the new baker in town as the culprit but as she puts it ‘I just delivered the cake’. Trent takes the reader on a culinary journey by using some fantastic writing to illustrate the way that Daphne works hard on the crime to clear her name whilst establishing herself in her old home town. This particular story goes a long way in setting the backdrop to the rest of the Cake Decorating series.

The Embroidery Mystery series is Gayle Trent’s set of ‘cosy mystery’ novels that she pens under the pseudonym of Amanda Lee. The series is structured around thirty year old Marcy Singer, who opens an embroidery specialty shop after recently moving to the Oregon Coast following a relationship ending badly.

After Marcy is embarrassed by being stood up at the altar she sets out to rebuild her life in Tallulah Falls with her pet Wolfhound after much encouragement from her friend Sadie, who lives and works in the town. But as the dream begins to become a reality not everything is at seems in this wonderfully crafted series that combines mystery with another one of Trent’s loves, first book of the series, The Quick and the Thread, lays down a great backdrop for some enchanting mystery tales in the set. In this particular book we find Marcy working hard to get her new store, open to the public. She creates a fantastic welcoming opening night for the community she is hoping to become a part of, unfortunately the party is gate crashed by the previous owner of the store, Tim Enright. The following morning, after making some very strange claims during the opening ceremony, Enright is found dead in Marcy’s store. From this point on the Seven Year Stitch becomes a crime scene and Singer’s idyllic dream is shattered. Determined to not let this ruin her vision of a new life, Marcy takes the investigation into her own hands to find out what has really happened at her new store and to clear her name.

Trent manages to create another astounding series with The Embroidery Mysteries and clearly shows that she is a well rounded author who is able to take her passions and unite them with some great storytelling.

Gayle Trent’s third series the Myrtle Crumb Mystery Series of books are based around a female amateur detective in her sixties called Myrtle Crumb. These accounts not only follow Myrtles crime solving skills but provide insight into her interactions with the people of her neighbourhood. Trent skilfully develops the relationship between Crumb, her daughter and her granddaughter whilst creating unique and surprising twists to each of the stories in this delightful series.

Trent has created an attractive, interesting and yet quite complex character in Myrtle Crumb, she is a young 60 year old with especially strong opinions which allow for some humorous moments as well as the tense and awkward encounters with locals. Unlike the previous series of books, the Myrtle Crumb Mysteries do not try to combine any other hobby or pastime with the narrative instead they consist of pure mystery and a host of fascinating relational insights.

It is strikingly obvious that Gayle Trent has a natural talent at bringing together well crafted narratives, with all its twists and turns, and the pastimes that provide her pleasure. What she offers to the world are novels that are easy to read that contain entertaining characters, intricate relationships, creative storylines and tales that allow the reader to be immersed in a different , what are you waiting for! If you are a book reader, then you stumbled upon the right place. Her books captures the reader’s in many ways.

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Gayle Trent

lives in Southwest Virginia with her husband and two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. She’s a full-time writer/editor/mom/wife and chief cook and bottle washer, and she love every minute of it. Okay, not the bottle washing so much, but the rest of it is great.

Gayle Trent

lives in Southwest Virginia with her husband and two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. She’s a full-time writer/editor/mom/wife and chief cook and bottle washer, and she love every minute of it. Okay, not the bottle washing so much, but the rest of it is great.