by Sarah Fox
Published by Random House on August 16, 2016
Genres: Adult Contemporary Mystery
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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.
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.
I received this book from Random House Monthly Mystery Chatterbox in exchange for an honest review.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- COYER Summer 2016