The Crêpes of Wrath: A Pancake House Mystery

The Crêpes of Wrath: A Pancake House Mystery

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by Sarah Fox
In the debut of a delightful cozy mystery series, Sarah Fox introduces a charming new heroine who finds herself in a sticky situation: stacking pancakes, pouring coffee, and investigating murder.

Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!
When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is


In the debut of a delightful cozy mystery series, Sarah Fox introduces a charming new heroine who finds herself in a sticky situation: stacking pancakes, pouring coffee, and investigating murder.

Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!
When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.
After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble.

Praise for The Crêpes of Wrath
“A very cute start to a new cozy mystery series . . . The red herrings are savory enough to be served as one of the dinner options in beautiful Wildwood Cove.”—Reading Reality
“I enjoyed every moment of this mystery from start to finish, and immediately found myself engrossed in Wildwood Cove living. It’s one of those cozy locales that’s a character itself.”—Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries & Meows
“I loved the characters, the seaside setting, and the suspense. Throw in some delicious-sounding recipes and a little romance, and this was an all-around wonderful cozy mystery.”—The Book’s the Thing
“Cute, action-packed, and engaging.”—Reading is My Superpower
“The writing was superb and the plot line was really well developed.”—Melina’s Book Blog
The Crêpes of Wrath is an intriguing whodunit tale that has enough quirky characters, witty banter and humor, drama, secrets, a growing list of suspects, and surprising twists and turns, that it will easily keep you guessing the identity of the murderer.”—Jersey Girl Book Reviews
“A wonderful introduction to a brand new cozy mystery series.”—Book Babble
The Crêpes of Wrath is a delightful, intelligent book that proves to be a great start in a new series.”—Cozy Up With Kathy
“This is a new cozy series and I think it is going to be a winner.”—Storeybook Reviews

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Sarah Fox was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer, she is often reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel.

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The Crêpes of Wrath: A Pancake House Mystery 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
TessT 24 days ago
Returning to the place she loved to visit as a teen, Marley was more than happy to lend a hand to her cousin Jimmy while he's ill. Jimmy owns a pancake restaurant, but as he's in the hospital it has fallen into Marley's hands. Jimmy is released from the hospital but later that day he is found dead. Now Marley has some tough decisions to make should she stay or go back home and just forget about the problems that involve the restaurant and Jimmy's death?When Marley finds that Jimmy had left everything to her, the decision is made. This is a great new series by Sarah Fox. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
KatsNook 28 days ago
3.5 Stars for The Crêpes of Wrath The Crêpes of Wrath is a delicious introduction for this new cozy mystery series by Sarah Fox. Marley McKinney takes a leave from her Seattle office job to help her ailing cousin Jimmy and his restaurant, The Flip Side Pancake House. Moving to the coastal community of Wildwood Cove is different from her city life but Marley quickly adapts to the small community. She spent her summers there visiting her cousin and not much has changed. When Jimmy is found murdered Marley’s life is turned upside down. Not only is she grieving his loss but faces the challenge of the future of his restaurant and finding the murderer. I thought the mystery was well-plotted and had some good twists. With all the clues that Marley discovered I kept changing my decision on who was the murderer. With the mystery there is also a little romance for Marley that I thought was sweet and I’m curious to see the direction this may take in the next books. I did enjoy this book but I thought there were too many characters so I lost track of who everyone was. Also the pace was slow in some parts of the story because of the amount of details were given for things that weren’t related to solving the mystery. Overall I liked The Crêpes of Wrath and I can’t wait to read the next book. The Crêpes of Wrath is a fun cozy mystery. This small coastal community is filled with likeable characters and the pancakes and crêpes will make your mouth water. The author includes some recipes at the end of the book that I can’t wait to try.
CozyUpWithKathy 30 days ago
Vivid descriptions and a well paced plot... THE CRÊPES OF WRATH By Sarah Fox The First Pancake House Mystery Taking a leave of absence from her job as a legal assistant in Seattle, Marley traveled to the Olympic Peninsula to manage her hospitalized cousin's pancake house. Enjoying her time in the small town, despite a recent rash of burglaries, Marley gets a message that her cousin Jimmy is leaving the hospital early, against medical advice, and will take a taxi home. Since Jimmy dislikes taxis she finds his mode of transport as odd as the timing of his departure; almost as odd as the unpleasant woman claiming to be his girlfriend...who he never mentioned. Yet Marley's day gets even more shocking when not only does an old crush come into the restaurant, but moments later Leigh, the primary waitress, rushes back in after leaving for the day...and after finding Jimmy's body on the rocks of Wildwood Beach. Marley McKinney is a smart protagonist, and, while she asks questions, she isn't actively searching for the murderer. She also keeps the police informed, something most mystery protagonists rarely do, but which is the smart, real-life course of action. The mystery is filled with red herrings, enough to confound the reader searching for clues, which are also present. In addition to the mystery, the romance reigniting between Mallory and her long ago crush, Brett Collins, plays a major part in the story. The romance doesn't distract from the mystery, in fact it adds layers of depth, not only to the characters, but the story and the mystery itself. Vivid descriptions and a well paced plot also help to intensify the atmosphere and make for a most satisfying read. THE CRÊPES OF WRATH is a delightful, intelligent book that proves to be a great start in a new series. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time on the Olympic Peninsula and wish I could visit the Flip Side Pancake House and have Ivan cook me up something special. Bacon Cheddar Waffles, anyone? Recipes Included. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
dibbylodd 3 months ago
This is a good read. The mystery is interesting and not easy to anticipate. I like the main character and how she deals with the confusing events she has to handle. There are numerous characters who have you wondering about how they fit into the mysteries. All in all, a good book to pick up and enjoy.
ScotsLass 3 months ago
In The Crêpes of Wrath (a Pancake House Mystery) Sarah Fox serves up a wonderful new Cozy Mystery Series. Marley McKinney has returned to the pleasant small community of Wildwood Cove to help her cousin Jimmy with The Flip Side Pancake House. He has been in the hospital recovering from pneumonia and Marley has stepped in to manage the café while he recovers. Marley use to visit Wildwood Cove when she was younger but it has been awhile since she was able to spend time there. Just as she thinks she has served up the last few meals at the café, Jimmy is found murdered. The quite community of Wildwood Cove is not what it seems to be. Besides the murder, there have been frequent unsolved thefts and some people in the community would like to turn the Cove into a Vacation Destination. With multiple clues and an old childhood sweetheart, Marley begins to try and solve the murder. There are some wonderful characters in this story, like the gruff chef, the realtor, and the neighborhood teens all who could be the murderer. Marley herself is a strong and independent woman who wants only to clear her cousin’s name and find his killer. The characters are well developed and the story line has multiple twists and turns with an abundance of suspects to rule out and an abundance of red herrings. I’d like to see more of Marley and The Flip Side Pancake House in the future. This is a great start to a new series. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group- Alibi in exchange for a fair and honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews 3 months ago
This delicious first in a new series has left me hungry for more! I absolutely adored THE CRÊPES OF WRATH. From chapter one I was already hooked and enjoying myself. The first chapter does a lot of character introductions, and location descriptions, so the reader gets to know protagonist, Marley, and many of the supporting cast early on. Because of author Sarah Fox’s style of writing, you would never know this was the first book in a series. The characters are do well developed, that I had the feeling of already knowing them. Marley is a great series lead. She’s intelligent, strong, and has a wonderful heart. She reminds me of many dear friends I know. I could easily see myself being friends with so many of these people. The mystery of who killed Marley’s cousin, Jimmy (which really threw me off, because I jumped into this story without reading the back), was truly exceptional. With several red herrings to cause me to suspect more than a few people, I had no idea who the killer was until I read the heart pounding reveal. As satisfying as a belly full of pancakes, THE CRÊPES OF WRATH is a tasty treat you’ll want to savor. Don’t forget to check the yummy recipes!
Debragg 3 months ago
This was a really fun mystery. It kept me guessing until the very end. I liked storyline and the characters were well written #Sponsored. #RHMysterypack I cannot wait for more still firestorm this author.I was given this book by Chatterbox for free and these are my opinions.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt 3 months ago
This is a fun cozy with great characters. I liked the puns and the setting. The pancake house was a fun place to read about. However the mystery was not that hard for me to figure out, and there was nothing that really separated this cozy from others that I have read. All in all it was a cozy and enjoyable. I am giving this book a 3/5. I was given a copy from House Party Chatter Box to review, however all opinions are my own.
JerseyGirlBookReviews 3 months ago
In The Crepes of Wrath, the first book in the Pancake House Mystery series, author Sarah Fox weaves an intriguing cozy mystery tale that follows the amateur sleuth adventures of Marley McKinney, when she tries to solve the murder of her cousin Jimmy Coulson. Set in the quaint seaside coastal town of Wildwood Cove, Washington, Marley took a leave of absence from her legal assistant job in Seattle to help run her cousin Jimmy's Flip Side Pancake House while he is in the hospital recovering from pneumonia. Marley's life is turned upside down when Jimmy's dead body is discovered on the rocks at Myler's Point on Wildwood Beach. Jimmy had self-discharged himself from the hospital that morning, only to wind up murdered on the opposite side of the cove from his house. With the help of her childhood crush Brett Collins, Marley embarks on a search for clues into the identity of Jimmy's murderer in order to clear his name before she becomes the next victim. The Crepes of Wrath is an intriguing whodunit tale that has enough quirky characters, witty banter and humor, drama, secrets, a growing list of suspects, and surprising twists and turns, that will easily keep you guessing the identity of the murderer. You can't help but get caught up in the drama and calamity that ensues as Marley tries to solve her cousin's murder. Amy's amateur investigative adventure unfolds with a wonderful balance of comedy, drama, suspense, and sweet romance that easily kept me guessing, and left me wanting more. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I really enjoyed the author's rich description of the quaint seaside coastal town of Wildwood Cove, it's colorful townsfolk, and the mouth watering variety of breakfast and lunch food items that is served at the Flip Side Pancake house. You can't help but feel the salty sea air and wish that you could visit this charming coastal town and sink your feet into its sand and surf. The Crepes of Wrath is an entertaining cozy murder mystery that will engage you to join in the crazy adventures and trials and tribulations that occur in Wildwood Cove, while providing you with a nice dose of charm and humor. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review
Reading_With_Cupcakes 3 months ago
The cover of this book just screams "cozy mystery" to me, and that is exactly what it gives you! The title also makes me kind of hungry. It has been quite a while since I have eaten any crepes, despite how much I like them, and it makes me want to go out and get some. Actually, there are quite a few moments in this book where you are going to find yourself really wanting a pancake... Thankfully though, there are a couple recipes at the end so that you can make a few of them yourself! But enough about how this book is going to make you hungry. I am sure you are really here to find out what the book is about and a few of my non spoilerish thoughts. The Crepes of Wrath is about Marley. Marley has traveled back to a town she hasn't visited in quite a few years to help out her uncle while he is in the hospital. She doesn't really know how to run a pancake house or anything, but she loves her uncle and is doing it to help him out. Then her uncle gets out of the hospital at least a day earlier than expected - which is ok... Until they find his body at the bottom of a cliff... The rest of the story is about Marley trying to figure out the hows and whys of her uncle ended up at the bottom of the cliff. Along with trying to figure out the mystery, we get to meet a lot of the townsfolk and see Marley make various types of relationships with them. Also, we follow along with her struggle of losing her uncle Jimmy and wondering what to do with her life. All in all, this was a nice fast paced read. It did, however, lag a bit here and there. There just wasn't much going on during those times, so I guess it is to be expected. And like I said, it will make you hungry for breakfast food (specifically pancakes), so just be ready for that. I think The Crepes of Wrath is a great introduction to a new cast of characters and small town. It will be interesting to see where this story goes to next! My Rating 3 Stars This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher through the Chatterbox program. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Find more of my reviews here:
TeeNJ 3 months ago
This book was the first in a series and an easy read by Sarah Fox. This was an enjoyable read and I could not put this book down. I loved the main character Marley as well as the picturesque beach setting, the pancakes and murder mystery. This book moved at a quick pace and keep you guessing the whole time on who the murderer was. Overall a fun read. I am a Chatterbox participant and I received a free Chat Pack to read this mystery by Sarah Fox. #RHMysteryPack #Sponsored
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book was good but I had a little trouble getting into it. I feel like Marley wouldn't really be able to get away with poking around an open investigation in real life. However, I was fairly surprised by the outcome of the book and did end up enjoying it in the end. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Alibi through NetGalley and HouseParty Chatterbox for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.
CArcidiacono 3 months ago
I like the start of this new series. The town is so picturesque that I want to go for a visit! The characters are quirky, like in most small towns. Marley returns to Wildwood Cove to help her Cousin Jimmy with his restaurant The Flip Side's while he is in the hospital. While running the restaurant Marley notices little things that are not quite right, which she stores in her head to figure out later. Luckily she pieces them all together before it is too late! I look forward to the next book in the series. I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. #RHMysteryPack #Sponsored
Charon_Moon 3 months ago
This is a great mystery and a fairly quick read. It had everything I want in a mystery book: a murder case to solve, a love interest, great food (bonus recipes at the end!), and an adorable cat named flapjack. I didn't want to put it down! The main character Marley is taking care of her relative's restaurant, while he is in the hospital. The relative is found dead and Marley can't seem to stop finding clues to the mystery. Every clue leads her in a different direction and she has plenty of distractions along the way. The cast of eclectic characters is charming and I would love to read future stories about them. I received an advance copy of this book as part of a Chatterbox™ Chat Pack in exchange for an honest review.
nice49erfan 3 months ago
#RHMysteryPack #Sponsored I received this book as a chatterbox book to review. I like how it is easy to read and follow Marley as she walks around town trying to solve the mystery of Jimmy's death. There seems to be a few problems she encounters and she is confused for some time. I had to take a break at these parts as I have my own problems to deal with too lol. I look forward to reading more Pancake house books in the future.
KJKW 3 months ago
An enjoyable read for a rainy afternoon. This was a nice departure from other mysteries where the MCs tend to do too much (unbelievable) detective work. Marley seemed like a real person, trying to sort and find answers regarding her cousin's death without doing any actual detective work. * Free copy provided by Random House Monthly Mystery Chatterbox #RHMysteryPack #Sponsored. Opinions are my own.
JanisHill 3 months ago
I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group – Alibi for providing me with a free ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review. This book was…. Okay. It had all the right elements to the point of really being a cookie cutter cosy crime from a small town in America. A café to run, a cat, a love interest and a mystery – tick, tick, tick and tick! But I don’t know, there was just something lacking in it all and I simply failed to connect. It felt like the story was just going through the motions of a cosy crime/ mystery and therefore so was I. There was no ‘One more chapter’ mantra, no late night readings. It was just… so so. To be honest, if I gave half stars, this would probably me more a two and a half than a three… sorry. I feel like such a terrible person saying it and I really do feel it comes down to me having a FTC (Failure to Connect) with this book than it being a poorly written book. Because, as said, it had everything there that makes a great cosy/ mystery… there was just no zap or sizzle for me. Also, the title didn’t really gel with the story. Yes it mentions crepes and it was a pancake house… but after that, no real connection. There was no crepe used in anger, no wrath at the crepe maker, etc. It was a humorous play on words… but maybe fuelled my FTC. I take on full responsibility for not enjoying the book – let’s get that out there. It was well written, filled with likable characters, a good setting and believable situations. Maybe it was first book jitters? Maybe it was because I’ve recently read some cosy/ mysteries that have blown me away and therefore set the bar too high, I don’t know. But I want to emphasise this was a well written book! The fault was in the reader, not the book nor the author! Would I recommend this book to others? Maybe. I mean, it fits all the cosy/ mystery criteria and other lovers of this genre may click with it and want to know what my problem with as they loved it… So I really don’t know. It’s always hard to recommend a book you don’t connect with. I would probably mention it in passing, if the topic arose, but I’d also voice my opinion and… yeah, not exactly a glowing recommendation. I’d much rather stay silent than talk down a good book I just didn’t ‘click’ with. Would I buy this book for myself? No, I can’t say I would. Though if I did see other books in the series on Netgalley or at my library I would possibly have a read just to see if I can connect with them better. But I wouldn’t be going out of my way to seek out these books or add them to my wish list. In summary: I guess you could call this a perfect little cosy crime/ mystery. It ticked all the boxes and seemed to pop out of the cosy crime cookie mould perfectly. But I just didn’t connect and blame myself entirely. The book is well written, but just wasn’t for me.
tlmg018 3 months ago
I received this copy for free through Houseparty Chatterbox #RHMysteryPack #Sponsored in return for an honest review. This mystery takes place in a small coastal town called Wildwood Cove where Marley returns to take over the running of her cousin Jimmy's pancake house The Flip Side while he is in the hospital with pneumonia. On the day of his release Jimmy is found murdered. This book was a great beginning to a new series! I can't wait for the next one!
Camarogirl67 3 months ago
I really love this book! Kept me guessing up til the end! A great mystery by a great author! Thank you Sarah Fox! Thank you for giving me this book for free for my review! I would certainly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
MrsTricia 3 months ago
The Crepes of Wrath: A Pancake Mystery by Sarah Fox is a well-written, intriguing first book in a new series. The main character, Marley McKennely, returns to Wildwood Cove, a small seaside town in Washington State, to help her older cousin, Jimmy, while he recovers from double pneumonia. While Jimmy is hospitalized, Marley takes over running his popular pancake house, The Flip Side. What was supposed to be a short two-week break from her high pressure job in Seattle, takes a turn for the worse when her cousin Jimmy is murdered on the day he is released from the hospital. Why was Jimmy murdered? Stolen goods were found on his property. Was he killed by an accomplice or did he discover the thieves there upon his arrival from the hospital? Was he killed for his prime real estate? Did someone want to put The Flip Side out of business? Marley and her newfound friends must find the answers before she becomes the next victim! Overall, The Crepes of Wrath was an enjoyable read. Ms. Fox painted a beautiful description of the special characteristic of a small town and its inhabitants. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing and just the right amount of things left unsaid or unexplored to compel me to read the next book in the series to see how things develop. I received a free digital copy through #RandomHouse’s #RHMysteryPack and #Chatterbox in exchange for an honest review. #Sponsored
MeezCarrie 3 months ago
The Crepes of Wrath introduces us to the Flip Side Pancake House (isn’t that a fun name for a restaurant?) and the small coastal town of Wildwood Cove, as well as a bevy of main and minor characters. As this is the start of the series, I am curious to see how some of the more vivid characters will come into the spotlight in future books – particularly the gruff chef Ivan who I know has a good story in him. And, of course, you know I have my eye on the budding romance between Marley and Brett… The mystery is well-plotted and kept me guessing. Typical to cozies, the town is full of potential murderers and every time I thought I had it figured out someone else did something suspicious. While the plot was well-constructed, it did slow a bit in several places to allow for Marley’s lengthy bouts of introspection. Which I guess she’s allowed after her cousin died but sometimes it felt as though we were just rehashing the same emotions. And though I appreciated that she was a fairly realistic amateur sleuth, there were moments when I wanted to holler at the book, “THAT WAS IMPORTANT! CALL THE SHERIFF!!” Ok… and also – the sheriff? Needs to answer his phone more when she does get around to calling. I’m just sayin. I hollered at him too, in case you were wondering. Bottom Line: The Crepes of Wrath by Sarah Fox is cute, action-packed, and engaging. While the main character is quite likable, her actions don’t always make sense and her introspection gets a bit repetitive. Still, the town of Wildwood Cove contains a mix of characters who keep the interest level — and the suspect list high. The setting sounds absolutely gorgeous and the author’s descriptions from scene to scene make me wish i had the time and money to plan a vacation in Puget Sound. I am looking forward to the next book which I believe comes out in March, and I especially want to know more about Ivan as the series progresses. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
Luckybutterflybaby 3 months ago
loved this book it was so good and so hard to put down. It was a real page turner. I got this for free from chatter box and house party. I loved this book cause it was so fast paced. it's a must read for anyone.
TastefullyTracy 3 months ago
It is very rare for me to come upon a great mystery at the start of a series, I just don't seem to find them until they are under way. I am so very pleased with being able to be shown this book at it's inception. A wonderful story with a cozy feel and the best recipes. The plot was developed at just the right pace and I kept changing my mind as to who done it and still didn't guess correctly until our heroine was in trouble. In addition to the sweet treats cooked up at the Pancake house there is a little sweet romance as well, just a touch to make it the perfect recipe of murder, a little mayhem, and some sweet recipes. I can not wait to read the next installment!
BookloverUT 3 months ago
When Marley McKinney’s cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. She’s happy to revisit Wildwood Cove, the small, coastal community where she used to spend her summer vacations. But, when Jimmy is found murdered on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff, Marley needs to investigate carefully or she might be the killer’s next victim. This is a great start to a wonderful cozy mystery series. I love it when an author can seamlessly include a little romance into a tightly woven plot line. The characters were very intriguing and made it hard to decipher who was the culprit. The setting in this book played a pivotal role in the mystery. When the author used the rocks around the cliff during the climax, I could almost taste the salt in the air. I honestly can’t wait until the next book. An Advanced Reading Copy was received in exchange for an honest review.
Faeriekitty 3 months ago
I enjoyed Sarah Fox's Crapes of Wrath. At under 300 pages,it's a short mystery that I just couldn't put down. I easily finished it in just a few hours. Sarah is a great story teller and provides great visual details . I enjoyed getting to know Marley,Flapjack the cat and the cast of characters in this book. #RHMysteryPack #Sponsored