The Crepes of Wrath (A Pancake House Mystery #1) By: Sarah Fox
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.
I’m currently on the lookout for a cozy mystery author I love as much as Jenn McKinley so when I saw this I snatched it up. I like restaurants so I figured I wouldn’t have the issue I had with Better Homes and Corpses.
This was a cute story and I didn’t guess who done it for a while, which was nice, however I didn’t think the characters were fleshed out very well. Marley had the most done for her but I felt like it was more facts and not personality created. Also, the little romance that was between the main character and another was boring and I didn’t get any chemistry from it.
The mystery was good, but since the character was going through all kinds of other things because of who was murdered it didn’t feel like the main focus, which is fine with a cozy. Maybe I would have liked it better if Marley had something else to think about.