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Dead Pan [Kindle Edition]

Gayle Trent
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A "delightful new series." -- Kaye's Penguin PostsCake decorator Daphne Martin once again finds herself and her cakes at the center of a murder mystery. Half the town gets sick following a cake event, but for poor Fred Duncan, a bout with potential food poisoning quickly turns fatal. Now it's up to Daphne to sort through the likely suspects and figure out who frosted Fred.

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Author of Murder Takes The Cake

Product Details

  • File Size: 330 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984125841
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AU7DDE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute mystery December 16, 2009
The second book in the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating Mysteries puts Daphne into the uncomfortable situation of investigating the death of an acquaintance. She'd been at the hospital visiting when Fred passed away and his mother begs Daphne for help since she has experience at this type of thing. Of course her own family would prefer that she stayed out of it. More than this initial mystery is solved in this story.

A large part of the story is built around Daphne's business of making and decorating both cake and candy. At first the step by step process for making a gum-paste character seemed a little much, but I began to appreciate some of the ideas and instructions provided in the story as other things were made.

The mystery itself was well done. Information is gathered in a fairly relaxed manner as Daphne goes about doing other things while taking time to ask questions. We're given a number of possibilities but the protagonist isn't easy to guess before the author decides it's time.

I found it a light, enjoyable read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 in the Daphne Martin Series January 7, 2010
"Looking at the photographs fromt he Oklahoma Sugar Art Show started me thinking. I needed to work on my fondant figures in addition to my painting. I decided to start with the figure molding. My nerves needed the distraction." -- From Dead Pan

The breezy second installment of the Daphne Martin cake decorating mystery series, Dead Pan cooks up a delightful culinary cozy mystery that is arguably even better than the first scrumptious book, Murder Takes the Cake.

Dead Pan features some of the quirky, memorable charcters from the first book (e.g. Myra, China York, Belinda Fremont and her award-winning guinea pigs, etc.) and introduces some new ones.

In this installment, brain-damaged Fred Duncan gets violently ill at the Brea Ridge Pharmaceuticals Christmas party along with dozens of others; a doctor in attendance just happened to have a vaccine on hand that counteracts the Campylobacter bacteria--curing everyone except for poor Fred, who ends up dead.

Was the breakout mere coincidence? Or did someone have murder on their mind?

Nosy but likable cake-decorator Daphne Martin finds herself once again in the middle of a police investigation, much to the dismay of her sister, Violet.

I ate up Dead Pan and loved every bite. I can't remember being this entertained and delighted with a cozy series--the first installments of the Coffeehouse Mysteries, maybe?

It was interesting how the author incorporated dialogue between Daphne and real-life Food Network judge and sugar artist, Kerry Vincent. I knew who Vincent was, so her "cameo" was a pleasant surprise (although I'm not sure how Ms.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dead Pan? More Like Dead Wrong! January 27, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ultimately, I was displeased with this book. If you take out the detail given to baking the cakes, the book would be incredibly short. Great detail was given to develop the story while the solving of the crime was summed up in 3 or 4 pages. Many loose ends were left untied upon the conclusion of the book. What ultimately killed Fred? Why did Daphne's uncle warn her to stay away from Ben? Also, several characters had no real purpose for being in the story. What was the point of reintroducing Belinda Freemont and her guinea pigs? Why was the Sav-A-Buc store manager's brother even mentioned? I think that this book should have been free instead of Murder Takes The Cake. It wasn't worth the $9.99, especially since the last 25% of the book was recipes and excerpts from other books. If I wanted dessert recipes, I would have purchased a cookbook.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Also disappointed January 22, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Like many of the other reviewers, I downloaded Ms. Trent's first book "Murder Takes the Cake" for free. That book, while somewhat predictable, was a good read. I especially found it interesting since I am a amateur cake decorator. She's pretty dead on in her descriptions in that department.

However, when I purchased the second book, I have to say I was sorely disappointed. For one thing, the book was entirely too short. When I downloaded it and looked at the book from my home screen I noticed that it was going to be much shorter than her first book. I was surprised and a little miffed that I paid almost $10 for a book nearly half the size of the free one. As I began to read the book, I noticed frequent errors in the text (much more than the first book - though that one did have a fair amount) and the formatting on this book was really bad. There were multiple times that the text was to the far right of the screen (almost as if there should be a picture on the left) and an instance where there were only a few words a line (so it pretty much when in a straight line down the right of the screen).

I could have easily overlooked the formatting issues if the story line would have been better. When it ended, I was shocked. It really felt like this book was thrown together without much development. I didn't expect a complex storyline, but I did think that there were multiple questions that were left unanswered. I also thought that there many things that were almost painstakenly pointed out (such as the doctor's hippie, yet skittish wife) were going to go somewhere. Instead, they were just dropped. I do understand that there is a series here but there were just too many things that were left undone. The end ended abruptly and in an odd place.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Involving but with major flaws
Daphne Reynolds # 2

When a young brain-injured man dies from a mutated bacteria after a drug company Christmas party, his bereaved mother wants Daphne to find out what... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MamaSylvia
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read With Some Nice Twists
Daphne Martin is the main character, and she is a fun, well developed character whose curiosity gets the best of her. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book....a good mystery. I recommend this book to any mystery lovers, you will not be disappointed.
Published 4 months ago by Cathy L. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars I found this book an easy quick read. I enjoyed it and love figuring...
Gayle Trent is another new author to me . I find her books enjoyable. I love trying to solve the mysteries as I read along. I am pretty good at figuring them out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kathy blair
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Quick and easy read! And on top of that thanks to the Kindle it was free! You can't beat a free book!
Published 7 months ago by Ann Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Always enjoyable read.
Always a nice easy read. They always make me laugh too in addition to the mystery. Nice book for the beach or while traveling.
Published 8 months ago by J. Gorman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This was a book that I read because I was not sure what else to read. It was a good way to pass time and enter another place.
Published 9 months ago by Danielle Cheung
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much
I started with this book, didn't read the first one, but I could only make it to chapter 10, sorry. I just couldn't take all the TV, movie, movie star, sports star, cartoon, book,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gail L. Larvenz
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read!
I need to read the others in the series! Love the recipes at the end. Very relatable characters and locations.
Published 12 months ago by Pat
2.0 out of 5 stars All the Fluff isn't in the frosting
This was a nice little book for a time when you want something that doesn't really require your full focus or a lot of concentration. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cici
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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.

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Why is the first book not on Kindle?
it is, it is called murder takes the cake.Murder Takes The Cake Read more
Jan 19, 2010 by Tamah Gardner |  See all 3 posts
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