Book 1 - A Pancake House Mystery

The Crêpes of Wrath

A Pancake House Mystery

    • 4.3 • 97 Ratings
    • $6.99
    • $6.99

Publisher Description

USA TODAY BESTSELLER • 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.

Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!

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.

Praise for The Crêpes of Wrath

“A very cute start to a new cozy mystery series . . . The red herrings are savory enough to be served as one of the dinner options in beautiful Wildwood Cove.”—Reading Reality

“I enjoyed every moment of this mystery from start to finish, and immediately found myself engrossed in Wildwood Cove living. It’s one of those cozy locales that’s a character itself.”—Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries & Meows

“I loved the characters, the seaside setting, and the suspense. Throw in some delicious-sounding recipes and a little romance, and this was an all-around wonderful cozy mystery.”—The Book’s the Thing

“Cute, action-packed, and engaging.”—Reading is My Superpower

“The writing was superb and the plot line was really well developed.”—Melina’s Book Blog

The Crêpes of Wrath is an intriguing whodunit tale that has enough quirky characters, witty banter and humor, drama, secrets, a growing list of suspects, and surprising twists and turns, that it will easily keep you guessing the identity of the murderer.”—Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“A wonderful introduction to a brand new cozy mystery series.”—Book Babble

The Crêpes of Wrath is a delightful, intelligent book that proves to be a great start in a new series.”—Cozy Up With Kathy

“This is a new cozy series and I think it is going to be a winner.”—Storeybook Reviews

Mysteries & Thrillers
August 16
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

HeatherCap ,

Crepes of Wrath

This was a cute cozy mystery book. The characters were likable and the plot was good. This was a fun book and I enjoyed reading it. The catchy title caught my attention. This book was given to me to read for free by Chatterbox in exchange for an honest review

Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader ,

First book in a new cozy mystery series!

The Crepes of Wrath by Sarah Fox is the first book in A Pancake House Mystery series. Marley McKinney has agreed to The Flip Side Pancake House in Wildwood Cove, Washington while her cousin, Jimmy Coulson, is ill (double pneumonia). She has taken a leave of absence from the law firm where she works as a legal assistant. Jimmy finally gets released from the hospital and is at home resting. But then Jimmy is found dead on the rocks by Leigh Hunter (a waitress at the restaurant) of a cliff near his home. Did he accidentally fall down the cliff while walking? What was he doing out alone? Then there is the guy lurking around her cousin’s workshop and the stolen paintings inside the workshop. Did Jimmy steal them? Marley does not want Jimmy’s good name tainted and, reluctantly, starts asking questions. Will Marley be able to pull out the pieces together to figure out the puzzle?

I found The Crepes of Wrath to be easy to read, but it was a lifeless book. The characters were not fleshed out and given life. This is especially true for Ivan, the chef. The pace is too slow and some information is repeated frequently (it was annoying). The mystery was not prominent in the book (at least not in the beginning). I was 35% of the way through the book and there was still no investigation. The mystery was interesting (there were even some little twists), but the reader can solve it. I give The Crepes of Wrath 2 out of 5 stars. It was okay for a first book, but some things were just off. Like where were the police? Why was Marley removing evidence from a crime scene? Marley notices a clue that no one else found. These are just two examples. Not everything added up in the end. The book reminded me of a rough draft, not a finished novel.

JerysWhspr ,

Cute Little Mystery

I got to read this book for free for my honest review from random house through Houseparty and netgalley. I had never read a Sarah Fox book before so I didn't know what to expect but I wound up really enjoying this book. She has a great writing style and the plot was quite good. It moved at good pace so it really held my attention and I could wait to get to the end to have to see the murder solved. I hope there will be more books in this series and I can't wait to read another Sarah Fox book. #RHMysteryPack #Sponsored

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