A Room With A Roux
Pancake House Mystery, Book #7
Pancake house owner Marley McKinney takes a break from the Flip Side for a romantic getaway. But soon, instead of mixing batter, she’s mixed up with murder . . .
Marley and her new husband Brett need some quality couple time before the holiday madness, so they drive up into the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula to charming Holly Lodge. Before long they’re enjoying snowshoe excursions, hot chocolates, and cuddling in front of a roaring fire. Despite some barely concealed marital tension between the owners of the lodge, they’re finally able to unwind . . .
Until one morning when they notice a glove sticking out of a snowbank outside of the lodge. Inside the glove is a hand connected to a frozen corpse buried beneath the snow—lodge owner Kevin Manning has been murdered. Presented with a stack of suspects and eventually stranded at the lodge by a blizzard, Marley has to catch the cold-hearted killer before someone else gets iced . . . (Goodreads)
Marley and Brett think they are going to have a romantic getaway but things do not go as planned. They find a dead body in a snowbank, one of the lodge owners. Now Marley has to try to figure out who the killer is before someone else dies.
The characters are well rounded and well developed. The Flip Side staff gets along really well and they feel like a big family. They help Marley try to solve the mystery as best they can. I enjoy watching the interaction between Marley and her staff.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and that brought the book to life in my mind’s eye. Whether describing the lodge, the blizzard or the romantic getaway, I could see it and feel like I was experiencing it first hand. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through and it was not easily solved. I like the fact that the book took place in two different settings, that brought another level to the story, in my opinion.
I would highly recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I cannot wait to see what is next for Marley and her gang.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.