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- Print Length: 236 pages
- Publisher: Alibi (November 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 7, 2017
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N1HTUWJ
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Of Spice and Men: A Pancake House Mystery Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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A movie is being filmed in the quaint little beach town of Wildwood Cove and Marley McKinney, owner of The Flip Side Pancake House, is getting caught up in the excitement with the rest of the town’s residents. That is until she learns the very unlikeable lead actress, Alyssa Jayde, at one time had a serious relationship with Marley’s current boyfriend Brett, a fact she never knew. When a murder happens on the film set and Alyssa is a possible suspect, can Marley prove it was her or will she end up defending her instead?
Let me start off by saying that I have not read any of the other books in this series but can state confidently that this can be read as a standalone with little to no difficulty in catching up. Also, if you like quaint little beach towns, cozy fireplaces, and a cat, this just may be the book for you.
I really enjoyed the writing style and how the story was structured. There were plenty of suspects to choose from and the town was adorable. Unfortunately I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it either so there’s that. It’s a “just ok” for me. The main problem was the relationship drama between Marley and Brett. This seemed to take up a vast majority of the book. Not only was it annoying, but Marley’s constant worrying about their relationship status struck me as very immature. There was no real chemistry between them so I really couldn’t figure out why they were even together. The other issue I had was how she just acted like she had the authority to investigate. There was no real reason for her to do so but she walked around the movie set and asked questions as if she was the one with the badge. I know cozies have a tendency to be a bit unrealistic, but this was a tad beyond for me. We have had movies filmed where I live and you can’t walk on set let alone wander around and ask questions. It also made for too many characters so once the killer reveal took place, I had to go back and refresh my memory because I couldn’t remember who that person was.
Aside from those things though, I did enjoy the book regardless of my dislike for the characters. The story was engaging and well written. The author did a good job of describing the town in enough detail to give the reader a great visual without bogging you down. I would have liked more of the cat but got the sense that perhaps he was utilized a bit more in previous books. Oh! And the cover is super adorbs! I would consider reading more from this author.
Marley McKinney is the owner of The Flip Side Pancake House in Wildwood Cove. The cast and crew of The Perishing are currently in town filming the movie when tragedy strikes. Police believe the death of a crew member was no accident and Marley goes about searching for the murderer. The list of suspects is long and includes the former girlfriend of Marley's current boyfriend. As Marley uncovers the truth, the killer just might make Marley the next victim. This is the third book in the Pancake House Mystery series but can be read as a standalone novel.
When I read a cozy mystery, I just want something that is an easy read and will hold my interest, and for the most part this book accomplished that. Marley is a likable character and the mystery of the killer had me guessing until the end. However, the motive of the murderer was a bit disappointing a tad far-fetched. The book was also a repetitive in certain instances like when mentioning food or scenes involving Marley's cat. But overall this is a pretty solid book for those that are fans of the cozy mystery genre.
I won a free ebook in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
Marley, owner of The Flip Side for several months since inheriting it from a cousin, works hard and loves what she is doing. She also inherited her cousin’s cat Flapjack and the Victorian home that he and his late wife once owned. She has a close friend, Lisa, and is now seeing Brett, the guy she mooned over during summer visits when a teenager. Life can’t get much better than this!
Until the Hollywood people pull into town to film scenes of a remake of the classic movie, The Perishing in their quaint beachfront town. A huge Victorian home, Abbott House, is the central filming location. At first it seemed like a blessing to have added business during the off season, and it even sounded like fun to try to get a glimpse of actor Chase Lowman, many young women’s heartthrob.
When Christine invited Sienna and Marley to see the special effects trailer and they set a time, the first clue something is wrong is to hear the fight that Alyssa, female lead, has with Christine. They wait a few minutes to save the ladies the embarrassment of being overheard. Until smoke begins to billow from the door of Christine’s trailer, and Marley ran inside to help Christine escape. Thankfully she had help moving her, but their efforts were unnecessary. Before the fire had been started, someone had strangled the young woman. The following day, Marley went to see Brett, only to find him wrapped in the arms of Alyssa, the leading lady – and the woman he had lived with a few years earlier. Alyssa knew she was a person of interest in the murder, and clung to Brett, hoping he would do something to dissuade his uncle, the sheriff, from arresting her.
Marley is a young woman who has redefined her life; a brief stint helping manage the restaurant turned into a new lifestyle when her cousin died. She grows to love again the town where she spent summers as a teen, and genuinely cares for the people she has met. Even without reading the earlier books in the series, one can see how carefully crafted each character is. We learn much about them by their realistic dialog and actions. Even Alyssa, the actress who can boo-hoo and get sympathy like nobody’s business. Guess that’s why she earns the big bucks!
There are twists and turns throughout that continue to change the focus on suspects, which there are few of at first. Christine had few enemies, despite threats made. I was completely surprised at who the bad guy really was! I still shake my head at how innocuous the person seemed. The ending is perfect, and I am already looking forward to the next one. I highly recommend Of Spice and Men for cozy mystery lovers who enjoy oceanside settings, restaurants, lighthearted characters, a bit of romance and a lot of suspense.
From a grateful heart: I received this eBook from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.
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