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Of Spice and Men: A Pancake House Mystery Kindle Edition
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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.
This is a fun series with lots of great characters. We learn a lot about Brett's past in this story. I enjoyed watching the relationships grow in this story. One of my favorite characters is Ivan, he is the strong silent type but, I feel like more of his personality comes out in each new book.
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