The Crepes Of Wrath
A Pancake House Mystery, Book #1
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.
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. (Goodreads)
Marley has returned to Wildwood Cove to help run her uncle’s pancake house while he is recovering from an illness. She enjoys being back in the town, she has fond memories of time spent there when she was younger. But when her uncle is murdered, she is devastated. She can not understand how anyone would have wanted to kill him because he was a well liked member of the community. After a few strange and scary events take place that impact her, she wants more than ever to see the mystery of her uncle’s death solved. With more questions than answers, she knows she will not be able to get all of her jumbled thoughts out of her head until the killer is found. She decides that she needs to investigate on her own, and that is exactly what she does.
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Marley has a big heart and she likes to help her friends and family in any way that she can. That is one of the reasons that she is in Wildwood Cove in the first place, to help out her uncle. And it is no surprise that she decides to figure out who killed her uncle and make sure that justice is served. I enjoyed getting to know her and her friends, Brett and Chloe, and her co workers, Leigh and Ivan, a man of few words.
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. The mystery is carried on well throughout the book and there were enough suspects to keep Marley (and this reader) guessing until the end.
I thought this was a great first book in a new series and I really enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to reading more books in the series and hope the author writes quickly. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. And if you enjoy food cozies, you will definitely want to read this book.
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. (Amazon)