The Crêpes of Wrath (Pancake House Mystery Series #1)

The Crêpes of Wrath (Pancake House Mystery Series #1)

by Sarah Fox

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ISBN-13: 9780425285091
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Series: Pancake House Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 37,664
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling 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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Chapter 1

The lights of The Flip Side Pancake House shone like warm beacons in the dreary darkness of the foggy March morning. The clinking of cutlery and the buzz of cheerful conversation that filled the cozy restaurant provided a stark contrast to the chilly, empty street outside. I paused by the window, relishing the fact that I was inside rather than out, but the jingling of the bell above the front door soon drew my attention.

Fishing my pen and pad of paper out of the pocket of the red apron tied around my waist, I navigated my way across the room to approach the two newest patrons.

“Good morning,” I greeted the elderly couple as they settled in at a table. “What can I get you?”

“What’s happened to Leigh?” the man demanded instead of replying.

His question didn’t surprise me. Several customers had already asked about Leigh Hunter, The Flip Side’s full-time waitress. She’d worked at the pancake house for seven years and the residents of the small seaside town of Wildwood Cove knew her well. I, on the other hand, had been there for only a couple of weeks and the locals were still getting used to me.

“She’s had some car trouble this morning, but she’ll be here before long.” Or I hoped she would be, anyway.
My response seemed to satisfy the elderly man, and he and his wife both ordered cups of coffee and apple cinnamon pancakes. I relayed their order to Ivan, The Flip Side’s chef, and grabbed the pot of coffee. After I poured cups of steaming dark liquid for the couple, I made the rounds, refilling several mugs. As I headed back in the direction of the kitchen, the front door opened and Leigh rushed in with a blast of bone-chillingly damp air.
“I’m so sorry, Marley,” she said, shrugging out of her down jacket as she hurried toward the small back room where her locker was situated.

“It’s fine,” I called as she disappeared from sight.

She reappeared a minute later without her jacket and purse, her bleached-blond hair now twisted into a messy bun. She hastened in my direction, a harried air about her.

“Relax.” I stopped by the pass-through window to the kitchen and picked up the two plates Ivan had just set on the ledge. Both were loaded with golden pancakes, sausages, and bacon. “Everything’s under control. Did you get the kids to day care all right?”

Leigh nodded as she tied a red apron around her waist and tucked a stray strand of hair behind her ear. “Kayla dragged her feet, as usual, but everyone is where they should be now.”

“That’s good.” I wended my way over to a table by the window and set the plates down in front of two burly men dressed in jeans and thick plaid shirts, one red and one blue.

“How’s Jimmy doing?” Ed, the one in the red shirt, asked as he poured a stream of maple syrup over his stack of pancakes.

“Much better,” I said. “He’ll probably come home from the hospital tomorrow.”

“It’s about time.” The comment came from Gary, Ed’s breakfast companion. He picked up his knife and fork. “Not that we don’t like seeing your smiling face every morning, Marley, but a man like Jimmy doesn’t want to be cooped up for long, even if he has had double pneumonia.”

“You’re right about that,” I said, remembering my last two visits to the hospital to see my cousin Jimmy, the owner of the pancake house. “He’s been grumbling about wanting to get out of there for several days now.”

“You won’t be heading back to Seattle right away, will you?” asked Patricia Murray, a woman seated at the next table with two teenagers, a boy and a girl. She ran the Driftwood Bed and Breakfast, situated two properties down from Jimmy’s house.

“Not for another week.” I glanced at the half-eaten meals on Patricia’s table. “Everything all right here?”

“Perfect,” Patricia responded. “Have you met my daughter, Sienna?” She nodded at the girl sitting next to her.

Like her mother, Sienna had dark hair, but hers was cut in an asymmetrical bob and highlighted in plum and burgundy. She’d lined her eyes heavily in black and had a silver ring through her bottom lip, which caught the light and glinted when she smiled at me.

“And her boyfriend, Logan,” Patricia added with a nod at the sandy-haired boy seated with them.

“Hi,” I said to both of them.

Although Sienna returned my greeting, Logan only flicked his eyes in my direction before returning his gaze to his plate.

I exchanged a few more words with Patricia before heading back to the window to fetch the freshly prepared plates of apple cinnamon pancakes.

As I delivered the plates to the proper table, the front door opened again, letting in another quick blast of cold morning air. I smiled when I saw that the new arrival was Lisa Morales, a woman with wavy dark hair.

I’d arrived in Wildwood Cove two weeks earlier after taking a leave of absence from my job in Seattle to take care of Cousin Jimmy’s business while he was in the hospital. Although I’d learned the names of many of The Flip Side’s regular customers, Lisa was the one with whom I’d hit it off the most. That probably had to do with the fact that we were the same age (thirty-three) and both worked as legal assistants.

“Morning.” I sent a smile and a wave in her direction. “Sit anywhere you like. Coffee to start?”


I smiled again at the eagerness behind that one word. It hadn’t taken me long to figure out that Lisa was one of those people who didn’t feel right until she had at least one good dose of caffeine in the morning.

As I grabbed the coffeepot, a party of four got up from their table and headed toward the counter near the front door. I almost changed directions to head for the cash register, but Leigh waved me off.

“I’ll take care of it.”

As she accepted payment for the four meals, I approached the small table by one of the front windows where Lisa had ensconced herself.

“How are you today?” Lisa asked as I filled her mug with coffee.

“Pretty good. How about you?”

“Chilled to the bone. That fog sure is thick this morning. I’m glad I live close enough to work to walk there. I could hardly see ten feet in front of me on the way over here.”

“Get some of that coffee into you and you’ll soon warm up.”

She wrapped her hands around the hot mug. “Do you have time for a chat?”

I surveyed the restaurant. Although about half the tables were occupied, there didn’t seem to be anything I needed to attend to immediately. With Leigh now here, I could probably sneak in a minute or two of downtime.
I set the coffeepot on the table and slipped into the chair across from Lisa. “What’s up?”

She let out a heavy sigh and I was surprised to see her brown eyes fill with tears. “It’s been a rough couple of days.”

“Why?” I asked, concerned. “Has something happened?”

“My brother Carlos is in the hospital.” Lisa pulled a paper napkin from the dispenser and dabbed at her eyes.

“He’s going to be okay, but he was beaten up pretty badly.”

“Beaten up?” I echoed, surprised.

“He owed some guy money for drugs.” Lisa shook her head, blinking back more tears. “He started hanging out with a bad crowd in his late teens and now he can’t seem to stay out of trouble. I’ve tried to help him, but he doesn’t want anybody’s help.”

I reached across the table and gave her arm a quick squeeze. “I’m so sorry.”

She drew in a shaky breath. “Thanks. I didn’t mean to get all teary-eyed. It’s just hard to keep it all inside.”

“Of course it is.”

Lisa dabbed at her eyes again and tried to smile. “Anyway, how are you managing? This is a popular place. You must be run off your feet half the time.”

“It’s been an adventure, but I’m enjoying every minute of it.”

“Even though you have to work with Ivan the Terrible?”

“He’s gruff, but I think his bark is worse than his bite.” I sent a quick glance in the direction of the kitchen where the burly, grim-faced chef was working. “Besides, his food is amazing and Jimmy swears he’s a good guy.”

“Having never spoken to him, I can’t attest to his character,” Lisa said. “I’ll have to take Jimmy’s word on that. But as for his cooking, I have ample personal knowledge of its excellence.”

“Speaking of cooking,” Leigh said, stopping on her way past the table. “What will it be this morning, Lisa?”

Lisa snatched the laminated menu from between the salt and pepper shakers and ran her eyes over it. “I probably shouldn’t, but I’ll go with the mocha mascarpone crêpes.”

“Never a bad choice,” I assured her.

“Not for my taste buds,” she agreed, “but my waistline might be another story.”

Leigh waved off that concern. “Nonsense, honey, you’ve got nothing to worry about there. The crêpes won’t be long,” she added before heading toward the kitchen.

My eyes moved to the front door as two more new arrivals escaped the fog and dampness of the outdoors and took refuge in the warmth of the pancake house. I was about to push my chair back and get to work when Lisa leaned forward and spoke in a low voice.

“As much as I’m sure Jimmy wants to get back to normal, I bet he doesn’t mind not having to serve Goldie for a while.”


Lisa nodded discreetly in the direction of the short, plump woman who’d just entered with a young man. “Goldie Krantz. Jimmy’s lady friend.”

My eyebrows shot up. “Really?” In all my visits to the hospital over the past couple of weeks, Jimmy had never mentioned a lady friend.

“Ex–lady friend, to be more accurate,” Lisa said before taking a sip of her coffee. “He cut her loose a few weeks back. Good choice, if you ask me.”

“Interesting.” My eyes followed Goldie and the tall, angular man with her as they settled into chairs at a table across the room.

As soon as they were seated, my focus shifted momentarily. With a party of three ready to pay for their meals and more patrons arriving, I knew I couldn’t linger any longer. “I’d better get back to work, but you can always call me if you need someone to talk to.”

“Thanks, Marley.”

Stopping to top up a couple of coffee mugs on the way, I headed over to Goldie’s table, surreptitiously studying her and her companion on my way. I guessed that Goldie was in her mid-fifties or so. Definitely a few years younger than Jimmy, anyway. Her short, spiky hair had been dyed a sickly shade of yellow-brown and she wore several rings on her pudgy fingers. As for the young man, I presumed him to be her adult son, and there was something odd about him. Even as Goldie spoke to him, his gaze slid from side to side in a way I could only describe as shifty. As I approached their table, he eyed me up and down, making my skin crawl.

“Morning,” I said, suppressing a shudder. “How are you today?”

“Oh, we’re fine, aren’t we, Jonah?” The shifty-eyed young man nodded, but Goldie wasn’t paying him any attention. She fingered the chunky beads of her necklace. “But of course I’ll feel so much better when Jimmy’s back here with us where he belongs. Wildwood Cove isn’t quite the same without him.”

“No, it’s not,” I agreed. “But hopefully he’ll be back to his old self before long.”

“That will be wonderful. The poor man was so weak and unlike the Jimmy I know when I visited him last week in the hospital.”

“You went by to see him?” That surprised me, considering that Lisa had described Goldie as Jimmy’s ex. I did my best to hide my confusion. “That was nice of you.”

“Anything for dear Jimmy.” She smiled, her eyes growing distant. “I took him flowers and my special homemade raisin pecan cookies. He does so love my raisin pecan cookies.”

That struck me as rather odd since, as I remembered, Jimmy detested raisins. But it wasn’t just Goldie’s declaration about Jimmy’s food preferences that struck me as strange. The woman herself seemed phony, like she was putting on some sort of act without any dramatic ability to back it up. Her lines sounded rehearsed, and her emotions lacked any real depth.

I managed to maintain my professional cheeriness, however, and took down their orders—blueberry crumble pancakes for Goldie and bacon cheddar waffles for Jonah. I left them with full coffee mugs and retreated across the dining area to relay their order to Ivan.

Although I was usually grateful for the fact that so many locals chose to eat at the pancake house—even if the booming business did equal exhaustion for me some days—I wouldn’t be disappointed to see the backs of Goldie and Jonah once they finished up their meals and left. This was the first time I’d seen them at The Flip Side, but already Jonah had creeped me out and Goldie had left a bad taste in my mouth.

What Cousin Jimmy had possibly seen in such a woman, I didn’t know.

Maybe I’d ask.

If things went well, he’d be out of the hospital and back home at his beachfront house the very next day. Once he was settled, I’d ask him to fill me in on his relationship with Goldie Krantz, because that was a mystery I knew I couldn’t solve on my own.

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The Crêpes of Wrath (Pancake House Mystery Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Easy read for an afternoon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy to read cozy mystery that was enjoyable. Would read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good plot line with various suspects. Looking forward to next book!
Anonymous 3 days ago
Definitely recommended.
Anonymous 21 days ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It was quick, easy & entertaining. I'm looking forward to more from this author & series.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed this first in a series. Marley comes to Wildwood to help her Uncle Jimmy's restaurant while he is in the hospital, but when Jimmy is found dead after he leaves the hospital Marley begins to get curious about what happened especially when the main suspect turns out to be one of Jimmy's workers. I love the characters, none are over the top and we are given plenty of suspects in this mystery. I kept changing my mind the further I went along and Marley discovered more clues. I also liked the fact that the police took Marley seriously and did actually investigate. An all around good read, I will definitely continue on with this series.
lynnsreadingcorner More than 1 year ago
I love my cozy mysteries and this book did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the characters and the dialogue was thoughtful and entertaining! I really enjoyed the personalities introduced and the story was a fast read. Marley is looking after the Pancake House for her cousin Jimmy while he's in the hospital. Unexpectedly, cousin Jimmy winds up dead and the whole town may be a suspect in his death. As you meet each character, you really hope that they had nothing to do with the current shenanigans going on in town. You won't be sorry trying out this first book in a new cozy series!
bluegreen91 More than 1 year ago
What a tasty first-in-series! From main character Marley to her coworkers at their pancake restaurant, The Flip Side, to their small town on the Olympic Peninsula, this cozy mystery has a lot going for it! I was drawn into all the suspicious happenings surrounding Marley, most notably the murder or her cousin Jimmy, and had a great time picking up clues along the way. As Marley investigates all the strange and scary things happening around her, there were some great suspects and motives, and I didn't find out who was behind everything until it was revealed. This is my first book by Sarah Fox and it won't be my last! Looking forward to reading more in the Pancake House series!
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
The Pancake House Mystery series is off to a great start. I really enjoyed the Crepes of Wrath. The author starts off strong with the introduction of the protagonist Marley and some of the other main characters. They are very well developed and it feels like they are all friends, even though Marley has only been there a few weeks while her cousin Jimmy recuperates from pneumonia at the local hospital. When he checks himself out of the hospital early and comes home by taxi, disaster strikes as his body is found on the nearby rocks. With Sheriff Ray determining it was murder, Marley is thrown into a mystery. Marley is a great character, she is smart, strong, kind yet at a crossroads in her life. It is easy to see how she attracts so many new friends and fits into this lovely seaside community so well. With some red herrings thrown in, the mystery is well written, although I did figure out who the murderer was quite early in the story. This is a great introduction to a new series and I will be checking out he rest of them. There are also some great pancake recipes at the back of the book that I am going to try out. A great book for cozy mystery lovers, but make sure you already eat before you read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very esy reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute setting, smooth reading and a great way to spend a couple of hours
TessT More than 1 year 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.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.