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Dead Pan (Daphne Martin Series #2)

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    loving this series

    Second book was great Daphne is coming along nicely back in her home town if she quite finding dead bodies all the time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

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    Intriguing cozy murder mystery

    The holiday season brings vision of all types of delicious desserts to mind so it's only fitting to read an intriguing murder mystery featuring a amateur sleuth who runs her own catering business.

    Decorating cakes and solving murders seemed to be Daphne Martin's specialty.

    Moving back to her hometown and opening her catering business, the last thing Daphne needs is people getting sick after eating her cake.

    All but one person at the Brea Ridge Pharmaceutical Christmas party recovers. Fred Duncan goes into a coma and dies.

    Trying to make sure her business reputation isn't tainted, Daphne is drawn into solving the mysterious death.

    Daphne is busy tracking down leads in the murder while preparing to cater a New Years' party involving prize Guinea pigs. Along the way, readers are introduced to Daphne's family and a number of unique friends who aid in her investigation.

    Author Gayle Trent blends just the right amount of humor, mystery, mayhem, and intrigue for a perfect cozy murder mystery.

    "Dead Pan" is an enjoyable read. Daphne will venture into situations that will have you saying, "No, no don't do that."

    An added treat is recipes included at the conclusion of the story.

    After reading "Dead Pan," you'll want more. Daphne returns for another adventure in 2010 in "Killer Sweet Tooth." What sticky mess will she find herself in this time?

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    fun amateur sleuth cozy

    In Brea Ridge, Virginia, Daphne Martin runs a successful dessert making operation from her kitchen with many repeat customers. Her latest order is creating the cake for the Brea Ridge Pharmaceutical Christmas party held at the firm's office. All of the guests become ill, but a vaccine for the stomach flu bacteria campylobacter helps everyone feel better within twenty-four hours except Fred Duncan who dies.

    Fred's mother Connie asks Daphne to investigate her son's death and find out who is responsible. She agrees to do so, but makes no progress because the toxicology report comes in with the finding that none of the food contained the bacteria. No one can figure out how it got there or what the vector was that got transmitted to so many people so quickly. When her boyfriend reporter Ben Jacobs comes down with the same stomach flu, Daphne begins to have a theory how the crime was perpetrated, but she might not live long enough to talk about it to anyone.

    Daphne has come a long way from being a spousal abuse victim as she is now a strong independent woman who questions many townsfolk without a second thought or concern. Readers also obtain a taste of a small town life during a health crisis as everyone knows one another. Although Connie asking Daphne to investigate seems a stretch even if Murder Takes the Cake, fans will enjoy this fun icing filled amateur sleuth cozy.

    Harriet Klausner

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