Author: Sarah Fox
Genres: Mystery| Cozy
Print length: 240 pages
Publication date: August 16, 2016
Author website: http://www.authorsarahfox.com/
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
My Review: A very fun and easy read. I love the setting, particularly the Flip Side Pancake House, and there's a decent cast of characters. I'm not particularly enamored of either of Marley's potential love interests, but I'm very happy to see a protagonist that doesn't make the usual "Too Stupid To Live" mistakes that you see way too often (I'm looking at you, Hannah Swensen). I also enjoyed that she had some difficult, real-life decisions to make.
The story is definitely flawed, with a few things that don't quite add up, but it's a strong enough first book that I'd like to read more.