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The Crepes of Wrath

(Pancake House Mystery #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,496 ratings  ·  440 reviews
In the debut of a delightful cozy mystery series, Sarah Fox introduces a charming new heroine who finds herself in a sticky situation: stacking pancakes, pouring coffee, and investigating murder.

When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent,
ebook, 240 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Alibi
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Kate Yes! Easy read and flows quickly. Great if you need something to read for the airplane or by the pool!
Amy "the book-bat" I've read the first two books in the series so far and I haven't seen anything that would be inappropriate for a 13-year-old. I would let my niece rea…moreI've read the first two books in the series so far and I haven't seen anything that would be inappropriate for a 13-year-old. I would let my niece read these if she was interested.(less)

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beachbum bookworm
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying I rate my cozy mysteries different than all other genres of books I read. I still use a five star rating system (or with cozies I like to think instead of stars how many cups of coffee/tea.….which is my idea of cozy). The following is how I rate my cozies:
1 cup of coffee- did not finish or will not continue on in series.
2 cups of coffee- this book has potential, but on the fence about whether I will read the next book.
3 cups of coffee- good- will definitely continue serie
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The Pancake House Mystery series is off to a great start. I really enjoyed the Crepes of Wrath. The author starts off strong with the introduction of the protagonist Marley and some of the other main characters. They are very well developed and it feels like they are all friends, even though Marley has only been there a few weeks while her cousin Jimmy recuperates from pneumonia at the local hospital. When he checks himself out of the hospital early and comes home by taxi, disaster strikes as hi ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This delicious first in a new series has left me hungry for more!

I absolutely adored THE CRÊPES OF WRATH. From chapter one I was already hooked and enjoying myself. The first chapter does a lot of character introductions, and location descriptions, so the reader gets to know protagonist, Marley, and many of the supporting cast early on.

Because of author Sarah Fox’s style of writing, you would never know this was the first book in a series. The characters are do well developed, that I had the fe
Gary Sundell
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this start to a new series. No cop boyfriend. No romantic triangle.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
3 ½ stars
This was a good first in a series cozy and I liked it more then Fox’s other series that I’d previously read, Music Lover’s Mystery. The characters and mystery were top notch, the setting is where the book is a bit of a letdown.

Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community

Just really felt generic, it could have been any beach on any ocean in the world.

(view spoiler)
I absolutely loved this book and now I wish I hadn't waited so long to start the series! The main characters are awesome, and if Marley doesn't grab Brett and marry him, I'll grab him for my own daughter, lol! Seriously, I thought it was so refreshing to have the main character meet and connect with her old hometown crush instead of a) being mad at him for dumping her or not paying attention to her, or b) not having the nerve to even look at him or going after someone else to make him jealous. M ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flip me another pancake...I'm ready for more! What a charming cozy mystery this was. Marley is such a likeable and gutsy protagonist, and the author's descriptions of Wildwood Cove made me want to head there and settle in for good. The mystery itself was a puzzler, with enough suspects to keep me guessing right up to the satisfying reveal. I'm looking forward to my next visit to The Flip Side and Wildwood Cove! ...more
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love getting in the ground floor of new cozy mystery series. I, also, love pancakes so I couldn’t resist this one which is set in a pancake house. Marley McKinney agrees to help her cousin Jimmy with the pancake house while Jimmy is hospitalized with an illness. When Jimmy is murdered, Marley’s life is completely turned upside down.

She has to decide between returning home to Seattle and her own job or continuing Jimmy’s legacy in Wildwood Cove. In the meantime, Marley is determined to find the
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

The Crepes of Wrath is a fun cozy mystery set in a seaside town where the main character temporarily works in a pancake house. The set-up was fun and I think the setting with the seaside town and the pancake house was what really made the book shine for me. There's lot of scenes involving the beach and the pancake house and I thought both gave something original and fun to this cozy mystery. And all the descriptions of delicious pancakes and crep
Brooke Banks
My first #ARCAugust read completed!

I received a free copy for review from Great Escapes Tours, but since my review is...less than stellar I'm no longer part of the tour. I'm posting this ahead of time to not clash.

Cozy mysteries are known for their fun, amateur sleuths, mischief, and of course, mystery. The Crepes of Wrath is more somber than others. Marley has a tragic past and it gets worse with her cousin Jimmy dying while she’s watching The Flip Side. From seeing his body, people lurking a
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, arc, cozy, cats
The first of a new series which I thoroughly enjoyed. Marley McKennedy returns to Wildwood Cove to run his Pancake House for her cousin Jimmy while he recovers from his current illness. Only to find Cousin Jimmy dead on the rocks near the sea, looking through his house she finds stolen art objects. Surprise that she inherits most of Jimmy of property including his cat, Flapjack. There are surprising turns in the story. Marley feels she must clear her cousin's name.
I highly recommend this book.

Dawn Michelle
Very good start to a new [to me] series. I really enjoyed this one, even if I had the murdered figured out near the middle of the book. I like the characters and the small town atmosphere. I think these could be very very good.
Karen B.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marley McKinney's cousin Jimmy has pneumonia and Marley agrees to run his pancake house in Wildwood Cove until he recovers. Marley thinks this will be a few weeks but when Jimmy is released from the hospital, he is murdered and Marley continues to run the pancake house while trying to discover the murderer. Her office in the pancake house and Jimmy's home (where she is living) are both broken into. Someone is searching for something. There are several suspects and Marley gets the help of an old ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
My first cozy mystery on audio. And honestly, it is something else when you hear of a murder than when you read it. At least for me. Through out the whole book I was all, poor Jimmy! Why did they have to kill poor Jimmy!?

Marley is helping her gran's cousin when he is the hospital. He owns a pancake house and I guess these people really love their pancakes since the place is still standing (but they do have this awesome chef that makes the best pancakes). And then Jimmy is found murdered! How cou
Sandy Harris
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cu
THE CREPES OF WRATH offered up a mystery that just couldn't live up to its catchy title. With equal emphasis on what was ordered at the pancake house as who was murdered and why, I couldn't help but feel the author left out a key ingredient in the recipe -- suspense. My thanks to Random House for the advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review... ...more
Dawn Frazier
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. Great Characters and a great mystery, lots of twists and turns, even some scary moments! Looking forward to the next one!
Pretty decent first in series. Without the main character a) being accused of the murder, and b) a serious love triangle. I'll definitely read more of these. ...more
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
The cover of this book just screams "cozy mystery" to me, and that is exactly what it gives you! The title also makes me kind of hungry. It has been quite a while since I have eaten any crepes, despite how much I like them, and it makes me want to go out and get some.

Actually, there are quite a few moments in this book where you are going to find yourself really wanting a pancake... Thankfully though, there are a couple recipes at the end so that you can make a few of them yourself!

But enough ab
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
The murderer made an incriminating mistake, so I was just waiting for them to realize that. It took some time. (view spoiler)

How they go after Marley thinking she knows everything is almost comical, she gets chased around a lot. Ma
What a tasty first-in-series! From main character Marley to her coworkers at their pancake restaurant, The Flip Side, to their small town on the Olympic Peninsula, this cozy mystery has a lot going for it! I was drawn into all the suspicious happenings surrounding Marley, most notably the murder or her cousin Jimmy, and had a great time picking up clues along the way. As Marley investigates all the strange and scary things happening around her, there were some great suspects and motives, and I d ...more
Amy "the book-bat"
3.5 stars
A nice start to a cozy mystery series.
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
A very enjoyable cozy mystery. The characters were interesting and the story moved quickly. I hope to read the rest of the series
Will not be continuing this series.
Pat Cray-Hollis
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: bakery-mysteries
This book was interesting and I will finish the series.
T K Nelson
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
I really enjoyed this book. Some of the negative reviews here throw me for a loop. Especially those posted by people who have not previously read cozies. Like Hallmark movies, most cozies tend to be written using a cookie cutter template. By definition, main characters are amateur sleuths and therefore will likely do things which are somewhat questionable compared to a real-life situation. You know what? I’m okay with that. That is exactly why I read cozies as opposed to true crime. After scanni ...more
Sharon George
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great cozy mystery!
This book was given to me for free as part of the #randomhousemystery chat pack from

This is supposed to be a mystery, set in the good ol' Pacific Northwest.
It's not very mysterious. The killer is given away at the beginning of the book. And even all the off shoots fail terribly at derailing you from your suspicions.

There were a few issues I had aside from the transparency though. One was the emotionless state of Marley, especially considering everything she is forced through. It
Dawn Thomas
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Book Review: Crepes of Wrath by Sarah Fox
Review by Dawn Thomas

257 Pages
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi

Mystery, Suspense, Women Sleuths

This is the first book in the Pancake House Mystery series. Marley is taking time out of her life in Seattle to help her cousin Jimmy run his pancake house, The Flip Side in Wildwood Cove. Jimmy is in the hospital and will be released the next day but he calls the restaurant to tell Marley he was leaving the hospital. The restaurant gets busy and
Elizabeth Towns
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I am never quite sure what "cozy" mystery means, but if it means there is not a lot of gore and disgust, but an expected end to the story line, and a full and robust cast of characters, then this is the book that fits the description. The main character, Marley, is running her cousins pancake restaurant in lieu of her usual job as a legal assistant after his untimely death. While she's doing that job, she decides to do some amateur sleuthing into his murder. The setting in Wildwood Cove is great ...more
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Delicious Crepes, Romance and Murder

Marley McKinney thinks she'll enjoy a break from her job in Seattle. Cousin Jimmy is in the hospital with pneumonia, and she agrees to run his pancake house, The Flip Side, for two weeks. At first it feels like a vacation. Marley spent summers in Wildwood Cove, and she loves the small town. But when she finds stolen goods in Jimmy's workshop and then his body is discovered at the bottom of a steep cliff, life becomes frightening and difficult.

The setting of t
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Sarah Fox, writer of cozy mysteries, 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.

Sarah is the author of the Literary Pub Mysteries, the Pancake House Mysteries, and the

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Pancake House Mystery (7 books)
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