Review: For Whom the Bread Rolls: A Pancake House Mystery by Sarah Fox. Random House Publishing Group – Alibi

When I reviewed Ms. Fox’s previous book, The Crepes of Wrath, last July, I predicted there would be more. I was right, and For Whom the Bread Rolls is the proof.


Once more we have young, spirited Marley McKinney, now an established business owner of the flourishing Pancake House in the seaside town of Wildwood Cove.


But there’s trouble in paradise: Marley’s business is the target of vandalism (red paint thrown on the windows) and harassing telephone calls. She knows who is causing this malicious mischief, a disgruntled woman named Ida Winkler. Marley is not one to take this sort of thing quietly, so she sets out to confront Ida with a view to persuading her to cease and desist.


The good news is that Marley’s vandalism problem is soon resolved. The bad news is that Ida is found dead and Marley becomes a murder suspect. (means, motive, and opportunity all present)


As already noted, Marley is not one to sit quietly and wait. She decides to discover the truth about Ida’s death and also clear her name before her business, her life, and her good name are affected by bad publicity.


Marley is aided in her endeavors by her friends and her handsome boyfriend, Brett. She is also kept entertained by her fluffy orange cat Pancake, as well as a rescue puppy that wins her heart; Brett adopts the puppy.


Marley runs into other problems in her search for justice. A blackmailer has targeted several people in the little village, and someone is dumping hazardous waste on the beautiful beach. Marley needs the help of all her friends to clear her name, solve the problems, and–oh yes–stay out of danger (not too successful at this last point). Once again the author takes us on a lively journey.

My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.

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