Joanne Pence has written a series of mystery books which are very entertaining to read. They are the Angie Amalfi mysteries, and I have just read Bell, Cook, and Candle.
This book is a little intense, but also has its witty side. Angie Amalfi is starting up a new business, Comical Cakes, in her hometown of San Francisco. She bakes very humorous cakes for different events, and they are not your run-of-the-mill sheet cake. On the dark side, there seems to be a serial killer stalking San Francisco. Angie's boyfriend, Paavo Smith, has his hands full trying to track down the culprit and, of course, Angie always manages to get involved. Also, Paavo wants to propose to Angie, and her new prospering business continually seems to get in the way of his proposal.
This novel includes an after-hours goth club and would-be vampires, and it is sprinkled with the humor that Joanne Pence puts in her books. I have the 321 page novel in paperback, and there are even a handful of recipes at the end of the book.
If you are looking for a slightly sinister novel with wit thrown in for good measure, Bell, Cook, and Candle would be the book for you.