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For Whom The Bread Rolls: A Pancake House Mystery

For Whom The Bread Rolls: A Pancake House Mystery

Written by Sarah Fox

Narrated by Marguerite Gavin


For Whom The Bread Rolls: A Pancake House Mystery

Written by Sarah Fox

Narrated by Marguerite Gavin

ratings:
4/5 (11 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Aug 1, 2017
ISBN:
9781541478220
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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.
Publisher:
Released:
Aug 1, 2017
ISBN:
9781541478220
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Sarah Fox 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.


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  • (3/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    This is the second book in the Pancake House Mystery series. I would be happy if there are more books to come. I read the first book, Crepes of Wrath and thought it was great. This was a really good cozy mystery. The main character, Marley, was likable, and the plot made sense. Too many times, I read mystery stories where the motive for murder seems super random, and hard to understand. Wildwood Cove sounds like a great place to live, and the Flip Side Pancake house sounds like a great place to eat. I wish I could visit this town. I found the descriptions of life on the beach very relaxing. It made me wish I had a cute little beach house too.

    Marley has decided to stay on in Wildwood Cove and seems to be making a good life for herself. The only problem is someone is vandalizing her business. She discovers that it is Ida Winkler, a cranky older person who blames Marley for putting her nephew in prison. The police are not much help, as they think Ida's vandalism falls under the category of "pranks." Marley goes to Ida's house to confront her, and finds that someone has murdered Ida.

    Since Marley found her body, and because of her past history with Ida, Marley is a suspect in the murder. Marley decides to look into Ida's death to help clear her name (and also because she is a snoop who can't let things go). It turns out, Ida was not well liked by her neighbors, and had managed to alienate almost everyone around her. Subplots of meth labs, illegal dumping and blackmail abound. Marley is continuing her romance with Brett from the first book. I love how Ivan steps up and we get to see more of the cook from The Flip Side. He is a great character.

    I enjoyed this book and thought it was a nice continuation of the series. This is one series that I definitely want to see more of and plan on reading any future books.

    I received a free ARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • (3/5)
    Book received from NetGalley.This was a cute, cozy, culinary mystery. While it is the second book in the series and I have not read the first I didn't have an issue keeping things straight that were mentioned in the first book. She gives enough background that reading at least these first two out of order is not an issue. While I did guess "whodunnit" before the end of the book I wasn't that far off so I still enjoyed the ending. While it's not the best mystery I've read lately I felt it was a good way to escape for a few hours and I will give more in this series a try.
  • (3/5)
    I enjoy cozy mysteries to clear my reading palette with some something fun and relaxing. This was a new series I tried--it is book two. Book one is The Crepes of Wrath, which I have not read.This novel wasn't one that I'll end up recommending to others. I don't think there was enough character development, especially her boyfriend. He's just appears for some scenes but doesn't have any development. I didn't I didn't get involved with the other characters either. I felt like everyone was distant and they were merely stereotypes stand-ins instead of characters to whom I felt emotionally drawn. The writing is good, the story is on track, but I just didn't enjoy the book. It wasn't as adorable as the cover. I ended up skimming and had a hard time making myself finish the novel. For whatever reason, this book didn't speak to me. I'm sure others will find it a lovely respite from the real world.
  • (5/5)
    This was a great, new-to-me cozy series. Sarah Fox writes about her heroine's oceanside town in such a way that I would truly like to visit. The town sounds wonderful with all its Victorian houses, wooded areas, river, and of, course, ocean views. I could easily imagine Marley and Brett swimming in the ocean or seeing an eagle overhead.For Whom the Bread Rolls spends adequate time showing Marley at work and Marley investigating. The revelation of the murderer was a pleasant(?!) surprise and animal lovers will enjoy Bentley and Flapjack. I am recommending this series as a great cozy to add to your reading list!I received a complimentary copy of this book, but will be following this series from now on. This review was voluntarily given, and all opinions are my own.
  • (4/5)
    Marley has settled into her new life in Wildwood Cove as the owner of The Flip Side. However, someone in this tourist town doesn't seem to like this outsider and graffiti is the first of several annoyances she has to deal with. I really like the setting of this series and the secondary characters, particularly those that work at The Flip Side are good. The mystery is well paced and I liked figuring things out with Marley.
  • (3/5)
    For Whom the Bread Rolls by Sarah Fox is the second book in A Pancake House Mystery series. Marley McKinney is enjoying life in Wildwood Cove. She is glad that she gave up the rat race in Seattle working as a legal assistant. Marley arrives at work one morning to discover hateful words painted on the windows of The Flip Side, the pancake house she owns. Ida Winkler has been at it again. It is the second time within ten days that this has happened. Marley knows Ida committed the act, but she has no proof. Then the phone calls start (you know where someone is there but does not talk) and an antique lamp base that Marley had just purchased is stolen off her front porch. After a couple of days of hang-up calls, Marley decides to visit Ida (bad idea). Marley knocks on the front door and receives no answer. A kindly neighbor suggests she go around to the back door. Upon arriving in the backyard, Marley notices that the door to the garden shed is standing open. She looks inside and finds Ida on the ground. Ida was hit on the head with Marley’s antique lamp base. Marley contacts the police and notices a clue while awaiting their arrival. Sheriff Georgeson quickly arrives and takes Marley’s statement. Unfortunately, while the good sheriff knows Marley would not hurt a soul, this does not look good for her. Marley, with her natural curiosity, starts nosing around looking for clues and questioning Ida’s neighbors. But what happens when the killer finds Marley a little too close for comfort.For Whom the Bread Rolls is easy to read, has a good pace, and can be finished in a few hours. I found it, though, to be more cozy than mystery. Marley spent much of her time enjoying the beach by herself and with her boyfriend, Brett (Sheriff Georgeson’s nephew). I wish there had been less romance and more time spent on the actual mystery. I give For Whom the Bread Rolls 3 out of 5 stars. The murder is not the only mystery in the book. Someone is dumping illegally around town and then an abandoned meth lab is discovered near the woods. There is also a blackmailer among the town’s citizens. I did enjoy how the author tied these three storylines together. Unfortunately, they are all easily solved. I could tell you who would die and the identity of the killer before the murder occurred. The other two cases are equally simple to crack. I wish the author had spent more time on crafting the mystery. I enjoy reading cozy mysteries because there is less gore and they usually revolve around a craft, hobby or pet. The mysteries used to be more developed and harder to unravel. I did like the addition of Flapjack, the cat, and Bentley, the dog, Marley and Brett discovered on the beach. I felt bad for Bentley. He was injured and quite thin (I cannot stand to see or read about injured animals). While this is the second book in the series, For Whom the Bread Rolls can be read alone. The author provides the necessary background information on Marley and how she came to be living in Wildwood Cove. If you prefer books with more of the cozy element, than For Whom the Bread Rolls is the book for you.
  • (4/5)
    For Whom the Bread Rolls by Sarah FoxBook #2: A Pancake House Mystery SeriesSource: NetgalleyMy Rating: 4/5 starsMy Review: In the weeks since her uncle passed away, Marley made the monumental decision to embrace life in Wildwood Cove. That means early, early mornings opening the Flip Side Pancake House, considering how to redecorate her Victorian, taking refreshing dips in the ocean, and canoodling with her boyfriend, Brett. Literally, the only thing plaguing Marley’s life is Ida Winkler. Ida Winkler is no one’s favorite person; in fact, Ida is a certified menace. Of late, Ida has been vandalizing the Flip Side and making prank calls during the restaurant’s peak hours. That is, when she’s not stealing things from anyone and everyone. Yeah, Ida’s a certified menace and Marley is squarely in her crosshairs. With the police being utterly useless (lack of proof!), Marley determines her only course of action is to confront Ida and try and talk some sense into her. As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. When Marley gets to Ida’s house, she quite unpleasantly discovers, Ida’s cold, dead corpse and herself as a person of interest.With her reputation and her livelihood at stake, Marley can’t afford to be a person of interest, and the only way to clear her name and save her business is to dig in, dig around, and figure out who killed Ida Winkler. As it turns out, Marley wasn’t the only person Ida rubbed the wrong way which means Marley’s list of potential suspects gets quite long, quickly. Narrowing the list down takes a lot of patience, even more persistence, and a willingness to put herself in danger. As Marley quickly finds out, poking around and asking questions about a murder makes people twitchy, especially the people involved in the murder ? It doesn’t take long for Marley to become the object of the culprit’s anger which means danger is fast on her heels. The Bottom Line: The Pancake House Mystery series is really keeping me entertained! This is just the right amount of mystery and danger mixed with strange and somewhat endearing characters. Except Ida, Ida sucks! This book is all about Marley trying to become an accepted and respected member of the community through good deeds and hard work. Getting tangled up in a murder isn’t ideal, but through her determination and with the help of some loyal friends, Marley is able to not only disentangle herself, but solve the mystery of Ida Winkler’s murder. There’s lots of community and relationship building in this book which mixes nicely with the light mystery aspect. Overall, this series is helping me fall a little more in love with the cozy mystery genre ?
  • (4/5)
    It's the busy summer tourist season in the seaside town of Wildwood Cove, and Marley McKinney is doing brisk business at her pancake house, The Flip Side. Life would be perfect if it weren't for minor disruptions like vandalism to her business and prank phone calls during business hours. Marley has a suspicion the woman behind the trouble is Ida Winkler, a known thief and an unpleasant woman with a grudge against The Flip Side and Marley.It isn't long before Marley has had enough. When Marley goes to Ida's house to confront her about the trouble she is causing, Marley discovers Ida dead in her garden shed, likely killed with the base of an antique lamp Ida stole from outside Marley's house.As a person of interest in the crime, Marley is worried that her business will suffer until Ida's murderer is caught. When Marley begins to investigate Ida's death, she learns more is going on in her small town than she imagined. Many people had a grudge against Ida Winkler. Ida's property is unsightly, and Ida's neighbors are not happy about it. One neighbor, Sheryl Haynes, wants to sell her house and move to Florida and believes the state of Ida's property will bring down the value of her house. Another neighbor, Juliette Tran, wants to lease her house for six months while in Australia and believes she can't ask as much on the lease due to the state of Ida's house and property. The bank manager and his wife are acting suspicious. There have been occasions of prowling around Ida's property, both before and after the murder. There are rumors that the junk store owner is fencing stolen goods. People around town are being blackmailed, and most of them suspect Ida Winkler is the blackmailer. In addition, illegal dumping is going on at the river and on a resident's property. Some of the illegal dumping is related to meth lab materials. Can Marley find Ida's murderer before her business suffers? Is the murder related to the illegal dumping? Marley will have to think fast before the murderer sets his sights on her.Overall, I enjoyed this book. It's a nice cozy mystery with likeable main characters. The story line was easy to follow. I did figure out the identity of the murderer before the end of the book. However, the plot moved nicely, which made for a quick and enjoyable read.I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.