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Also by Gayle Trent:

The Flame, April 2016
Perp and Circumstance, October 2015
Killer Wedding Cake, July 2015
Soup...Er...Myrtle!, June 2014
Claus of Death, December 2013
Battered To Death, October 2013
When Good Bras Go Bad, December 2012
Killer Sweet Tooth, October 2011
Murder Takes The Cake, April 2011
Dead Pan, November 2009
Murder Takes The Cake, October 2008
Between A Clutch And A Hard Place, November 2004

Dead Pan
Gayle Trent

"A delicious read!"

Daphne Martin Cake Decorating Mystery #2
Bell Bridge Books
November 2009
On Sale: November 1, 2009
Featuring: Daphne Martin; Ben Jacobs
235 pages
ISBN: 0984125841
EAN: 9780984125845
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Mystery Cozy

For the second time in as many months, Daphne Martin finds herself telling a police officer, “I just delivered the cake.”

Several people became sick at Brea Ridge Pharmaceuticals’ annual holiday party for its employees, and one–Fred Duncan– died. Fred’s mother insists on Daphne’s help in learning why Fred died; and since none of the food has yet been exonerated, Daphne feels compelled to find out what made everyone so ill. She’s pretty sure it wasn’t her cake, but she can’t be certain until the police complete the lab results. Was this an accident? Or did someone set out to kill Fred?

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"Trent has written an absolutely captiving cozy, complete with all the traditional elements of the genre.... I hadn't even read past page 7 and I had laughed out loud numerous times. The dialogue in this book is filled with snappy wit."
Pudgy Penguin Perusals Blog

"The breezy storyline is fun to follow....Daphne is a solid lead character as she follows the murder recipe one step at a time to the delight of sub-genre readers."
Harriet Klausner, The Mystery Gazette

"The folksy names, dialogues, settings and characters all promise a good cozy (culinary) mystery. This was an easy, entertaining read. It reminded me a bit of a comfortable, enjoyable game of Clue."
A Bookworm's World


Daphne Martin Cake Decorating Mystery


16 comments posted.

Re: Dead Pan

I look forward to reading this. The premiss sounds so interesting. Thank you for sharing.
(Cindy Olp 1:25am November 14, 2009)

Thank you, Cindy!
Gayle Trent 9:27am November 14, 2009)

Sounds delicious :)
Theresa Buckholtz 11:45am November 14, 2009)

I love mysteries that have food at the top of the list. And the recipes are also a plus.
Alyson Widen 12:37pm November 14, 2009)

Thanks, Theresa and Alyson. Be sure and enter the contest to win a copy of Dead Pan. :-)
Gayle Trent 3:06pm November 14, 2009)

I think you have a winner with this series. I read an excerpt and now I want to read the whole book. Daphne Martin is such a interesting character. Congratulations!
Rosemary Krejsa 3:22pm November 14, 2009)

Congrats on the new release, Gayle. I look forward to reading your cake decorating series. Just signed up for your newsletter.
Jane Cheung 3:35pm November 14, 2009)

I have hear that the wrong kind of food CAN kill you! :>)
Karin Tillotson 8:25pm November 14, 2009)

Congratulations on your release. Sounds like a great read.
Armenia Fox 8:58pm November 14, 2009)

Thank you all so much! I truly appreciate your encouragement and warm wishes.
Gayle Trent 9:31pm November 14, 2009)

Wow! I can hardly wait to take a bite out of this series! Off to your website now.
Dawn Detkowski 9:56pm November 14, 2009)

I love all the titles. As I read down the page my smile just continued to grow. You now have my complete attention.
Mary Preston 2:31am November 15, 2009)

I love to eat and I love to read. Your book is right my alley. I also signed up for your newsletter. Congrats!!!
Mitzi Hinkey 2:36am November 15, 2009)

This sounds like a great series! Can't wait to start reading it!!!
JoAnn White 8:29am November 15, 2009)

I love the sound of this series, can't wait to read it!
Brenda Rupp 4:39pm November 15, 2009)

Am glad to see your book will come out
in large print. Our library is always
looking for more series to put out for our
patrons who need large print. Good luck
with the releases.
Patricia Barraclough 11:27pm November 15, 2009)

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