Review: Of Spice and Men: A Pancake House Mystery, by Sarah Fox. Random House Publishing Group – Alibi.

Description (from NetGalley)

Lights. Camera. Murder? Wildwood Cove’s star turn is soured by a sneaky killer in this delicious cozy mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of The Crêpes of Wrath. Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!

With a Hollywood film crew in town to shoot a remake of the horror classic The Perishing, the residents of Wildwood Cove are all abuzz. Even Marley McKinney, owner of The Flip Side Pancake House, can overlook the fact that the lead actress, Alyssa Jayde, happens to be an old flame of her boyfriend. After all, the crew loves Marley’s crêpes—so much so that Christine, the head makeup artist, invites her onset for a behind-the-scenes tour. But when Marley arrives, the special-effects trailer is on fire . . . with Christine inside.

The cops quickly rule Christine’s death a murder, and Alyssa a suspect. Marley’s boyfriend insists that the actress is innocent, but when Marley sticks her nose into the complicated lives of The Perishing’s cast and crew, she discovers more questions than answers. It seems that everyone has a hidden agenda—and a plausible motive. And as the horror spills over from the silver screen, Marley gets a funny feeling that she may be the killer’s next victim.

My Review:

This is my third review of a Sarah Fox Pancake House mystery; the first two were The Crepes of Wrath and For Whom the Bread Rolls. I’ve enjoyed them all!


Ms. Fox has done it again–given us an intriguing, tasty mystery with a side of romance. She has a way of involving us early and retaining that interest through the story.


Our heroine Marley just can’t seem to stay out of trouble–it’s likely a combination of her unquenchable curiosity and genuine caring for the people around her. This time Marley’s relationship with handsome detective Brett gets shaky when beautiful actress Alyssa Jade seems to have a past with Brett and a disturbing tendency to cling to him in times of stress. So Marley not only has to solve a mysterious death, but also must deal with her self-doubts and keep Brett solidly on her side. For extras, we have the mischievous kitty Flapjack and several mouth-watering recipes at the end of the book. All in all, a fun read.


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

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