Published March 14th 2017 by Penguin Random House
This Pancake House Mystery finds Marley McKinney settling into her new life in Wildwood Cove. She is updating her home and loves working at the Pancake House that she inherited from her cousin who was the victim in the first book in the series. With her relationship with Brett, her boyfriend developing, she is quite happy with her life, except for Ida. Ida Winkler has been harassing Marley with prank phone calls as well as adding graffiti on the windows of the restaurant.When Marley decides to confront Ida about the reasons behind this behaviour, she finds Ida dead, stabbed to death in her shed. Of course with Marley’s issues with Ida and the fact that she found the body, she is a person of interest. Marley doesn’t want the locals to think she killed the woman, so she decides to do a little sleuthing to find the actual killer. As she begins to ask questions, she finds out that there are a lot of people who might want Ida dead. Who is the culprit.
Marley is a strong, independent and intelligent woman. Her restaurant seems like a cozy, enjoyable place for the townsfolk to meet up. The supporting characters are all likable with enough quirkiness to make them interesting. The mystery is well-paced with plenty of suspects. The ending, unfortunately, was not what I expected. The culprit was reasonable, but the other story line of blackmail, was a bit too conveniently settled. Other than that, I enjoyed the book very much. I am going to continue to read this series, hopefully the concern I had with this one was just a blip. This was a quick read, or in my case listen as I had the audiobook, with just over 200 pages. The Narration in the book was well done with an easy to listen to voice. If you like culinary cozies, pick this one up and see what you think.
About the Book (From Goodreads): 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.
About the Author: Sarah Fox, writer of cozy mysteries, 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.
Sarah is the author of the Literary Pub Mysteries, the Pancake House Mysteries, and the Music Lover’s Mysteries.