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Dead Pan by Gayle Trent
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Feb 20, 2011

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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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