For Whom The Bread Rolls
A Pancake House Mystery, Book #2
From the author of The Crêpes of Wrath comes another decadent cozy mystery. This time, pancake house owner Marley McKinney is tangling with a salty troublemaker . . . and a ravenous killer.
Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!
Tourist season’s in full swing in the small seaside town of Wildwood Cove, and Marley McKinney couldn’t be happier. Since taking over the Flip Side restaurant, she’s made a few close friends, adopted a cat named Flapjack, and started dating her childhood crush. The only cloud on the horizon is local nuisance Ida Winkler, who blames Marley for landing her nephew in prison. Trying to get a rise out of Marley, Ida’s been making crank calls and even vandalizing the pancake house.
The police can’t do much about the pranks, so Marley sets out to bury the hatchet once and for all. But someone’s beat her to it—in the most shocking way possible. After stumbling across Ida’s dead body, Marley’s suddenly the number-one suspect in her murder. Clearing her good name is going to be a tall order, but Marley’s not about to let Ida keep ruining her life—especially from beyond the grave. (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. Marley has a big heart and is very willing to help out her friends, whenever they need it. That is why she cannot understand why she would be a person of interest in a murder case. It’s true that she had problems with the deceased but she would never kill her. She has to clear her name before she is sent to prison. With the help of her friends and lots of snooping, she may just solve the crime. I like that her relationship with Brett, her boyfriend, is moving in the right direction. I also enjoyed getting to spend more time with Marley’s friends and employees.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is talented in her descriptive writing and much of the time I felt like I was right there watching all the action taking place and listening to all the conversations taking place around me. I loved the small town setting and the way that everyone knows everybody else’s business.
There are two mysteries to solve in this book. One is who killed Ida and why. The other is who is dumping illegally by the river. There are enough suspects to consider and enough clues to keep even the best armchair detective guessing. I did not figure them out until it was revealed at the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am already looking forward to read book number three, but I guess I have to wait for the author to write it first.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Alibi for the opportunity to read and review this book.