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Yeast of Eden

(Pancake House Mystery #4)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  462 ratings  ·  109 reviews
In USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox’s delicious new Pancake House Mystery, it’s up to Marley McKinney to discover the waffle truth behind a rival’s murder . . .
Winter has come to Wildwood Cove, and riding in on the chill is Wally Fowler. Although he’s been away for years, establishing his reputation as the self-proclaimed Waffle King, the wealthy blowhard has retu
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Published October 30th 2018 by Lyrical Underground
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Marley McKinney was fed up with finding flyers alluding to the probability of the upcoming Waffle Kingdom being the best café in town. Marley ran The Flip Side, Wildwood Cove’s own pancake house, which was filled with customers day in and day out. Now it seemed she had a rival – Wally Fowler had returned to the town he’d grown up in, and still he wasn’t liked.

After a bitter encounter at The Flip Side between Wally and Marley, the next time she saw him he was dead. An unfortunate accident in the
beachbum bookworm
Nov 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Jessica Robbins
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Another great installment to this adorable culinary cozy mystery series. The Flip Side is doing great but Marley gets worried when he Waffle Kingdom decided to come to town. The owner is loud, crude, and self obsessed making things even more difficult. Before it can open though he is found dead with her friends as the main suspects. Though she tried to stay out of it she starts asking questions slowly fi
Dawn Michelle
This absolutely would have been a 4-star read if it had not been for the overwhelming, gushing, "I have a serious boyfriend and therefore have no life and will pine away when he isn't with me" romance aspect of the book. The mysteries were excellent [I did guess the killer, but had talked myself out of it so I was semi-surprised when I was correct! LOL] and I liked the twists and some of the very real family drama that Brett has to deal with - it was all very realistic and believable.
What was N
Doward Wilson
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun & engaging murder mystery with wonderful characters!
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wally Fowler has returned to Wildwood Cove and he plans on opening a breakfast restaurant. He has been harnessing Marley and the crew at Flapjack. One evening Wally is found dead in his new restaurant and it appears he was murdered. Lisa and Ivan become a person of interest in the killing. Marley decides to explore Wally's death in order to clear her friends.
Brett's Father has a hearted attack and his family all go to Seattle. Marley looking to decorate for Christmas finds a set of journals from
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth installment of the Pancake House series. When Wally the Waffle King's flyers announcing his upcoming grand opening are left on her restaurant's door step, Marley McKinney thought she had seen it all. When Wally parades through her restaurant, the Flip Side, like a proud peacock proclaiming that his food will be better than hers, Marley is afraid that her customers will desert her for the competition. But before the Waffle Kingdom opening, Wally is found murdered inside. There ...more
Peggy R
I've enjoyed this series from the start and thought this installment was just as enjoyable. The characters are all coming into their own, showing growth and development. I like Marley and think the author provides the reader with a likable and relatable protagonist. Marley has grown since we were first introduced to her both in her confidence in running the Pancake house as well as in her personal life. Her romance with Brett is progressing very nicely. However, she still has the uncanny ability ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Fox writes a wonderful series set on the West Coast about a Pancake House that is one of the series I look most forward to reading, anxiously awaiting the next instalment, in Yeast of Eden, Sarah doesn't disappoint.
I love the cover, and the way Sarah writes the series it is so easy to picture and relate to the setting and the characters. This one tugged at my heart strings, the mystery as much as the history in this one was really touching and even though it is set around Christmas, it di
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Yeast of Eden by Sarah Fox is the fourth tale in A Pancake House Mystery series. Marley McKinney owns The Flip Side in Wildwood Cove. The pompous Wally Fowler recently returned to town and is opening Wally’s Waffle Kingdom in a week which will put it in direct competition to The Flip Side. Wally visits The Flip Side and invites Marley along with her chef, Ivan Kaminski to a nitrogen ice cream demonstration that evening. Ivan gets upset when Wally insults his culinary expertise. That evening, Mar ...more
Marley McKinney lives in the seaside town of
Wildwood Cove on the Olympic Peninsula.
Marley owns and operates the Flip Side restaurant
With her chef, Ivan. The Flip Side specializes in
Marley lives nearby in a house on the beach
with Flapjack, the cat.
You will meet also met Bentley and Angel, the dogs.
You will get delicious recipes and mouthwatering
descriptions of foods while helping Marley
investigate two murders and a family mystery
where two women went missing years ago.
A very well
Shawna Shaheen
Apr 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
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Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yeast of Eden by Sarah Fox is the 4th book in A Pancake House Mystery Series, and another great addition. Marley McKinney is the owner of The Flip Side, a pancake house in beautiful Wildwood Cove, located on the coast. When the Waffle King plans to opens a waffle house right across the street from Marley's Flip Side, and is murdered, Ivan, the Flip Sides chef become the prime suspect. Marley is determined to find the real killer.
I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot a
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-ebooks
I hadn't read anything in this series for quite some time now, so I grabbed this for a Christmas in July read. While it was an absolutely awesome book as are all the books I've read so far in the series, it was mainly pre-Christmas and not so much of it--just in case anyone else had the idea like I did by seeing the poinsettia on the cover. Marley was working on two mysteries this time, one from the past hoping to clear a local woman's brother of murder and one involving her beloved chef and his ...more
Sue Em
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Wildwood Cove's popular breakfast spot, The Flip Side, is getting some competition from a new waffle restaurant. And it's owner doesn't have friendly competition on his mind. Returning to town to open The Waffle King, Wally has more than maple syrup on his mind. His murder draws Marley McKinney into investigating to prove her chef and another friend are innocent.
Well written with engaging characters. I never read anything by Sarah Fox before, but I have her upcoming series debut, Wine and Punish
Mary Brown
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yeast of Eden
A Pancake House Mystery, Book #4
Sarah Fox
5 Stars


In USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox’s delicious new Pancake House Mystery, it’s up to Marley McKinney to discover the waffle truth behind a rival’s murder . . .

Winter has come to Wildwood Cove, and riding in on the chill is Wally Fowler. Although he’s been away for years, establishing his reputation as the self-proclaimed Waffle King, the wealthy blowhard has returned to the coastal community to make money, not friends—
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wally Fowler has returned to Wildwood Cove to open The Waffle Kingdom, direct competition with Marley and The Flip Side. He makes a lot of people unhappy with his return, least of all, Lisa, whose sister died and she was adamant that Wally was responsible. Then, one evening Wally is found dead in his new restaurant and it appears he was murdered. Lisa and Ivan, her chef, become persons of interest in the killing. Marley decides to explore Wally's death in order to clear her friends. There are ot ...more
Miss W Book Reviews
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yeast of Eden is Book 4 in A Pancake House Mystery Series. This book is part of a series, but is also a standalone book and you do not need to read the other books .

Did someone say pancakes? Or Waffles?

Marley has some competition when the waffle king, Wally Fowler moves into town and is some stiff competition with his opening of Waffle Kingdom, until he is found dead. Marley is questioned but when a second murder happens, its Marley's best friend Lisa that is a suspect and she has a past with th
Lisa Morin
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yeast Of Eden is a fun, fast paced addition to this series.
Marley is a fun loving character and her determination to find the truth makes her easy to like.
As owner of The Flip Side, the local pancake house, Marley may have a little competition when the Waffle King decides to open his own restaurant.
Unfortunately for the Waffle King, he isn't well liked and when he's found dead, Marley has to get involved, especially when her chef and her best friend become suspects.
The story is well written and
Jul 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Another great addition to the series. Marley is settling into life as a business owner in Pinewood Cove and life with Brett. A new business is threatening to cut into her business but then the owner is found dead and her chef, Ivan, and best friend, Lisa, become suspects. Marley is on the case and somehow acquires an apprentice Junior sleuth 😄😄. Meanwhile Brett is dealing with a family health crisis which also helps in some ways move his and Marley’s relationship along. During her “investigation ...more
Yeast Of Eden is the fourth book in the Pancake House Mystery series by Sarah Fox. I’m a long time fan of this series I was thrilled to read it.
The book is fast paced, well written with plenty of plot twists and red herrings to keep you guessing as to the motive and the murderer.
One of the things I enjoyed most about Yeast of Eden was the secondary mystery. I was as caught up in it as I was the primary one!
I always enjoy a visit to Wildwood Cove, and was sad to see this one come to an end! Alr
Anita (Hearts and Whodunits)
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
Marley McKinney is getting ready for the winter holidays at her pancake house, The Flip Side. She finds a flyer stuck to her front window announcing the opening of a new waffle house by a resident who has a bad reputation, to say the least. Wally Fowler has come back to flaunt his wealth and put Marley out of business. But, somebody pushes Wally’s head into a vat of liquid nitrogen and kills him. When Marley’s friend and chef are suspected of the murder, she starts asking questions that may get ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book number four in the series is another winner!
I am never disappointed in this series. There are so many things I like about it, including the strong female lead character Marley, the small town setting and the inhabitants.
This latest offering has a strong plot, with a well written whodunit, which kept me guessing and engaged right until the reveal.
I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to reading the next in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have enjoyed this series since the beginning, and it just keeps getting better! This is fourth in the Pancake House Mystery series and is my favorite; it can be read as a standalone. Watching the characters grow closer together and stronger is a delight. The beautifully described oceanside setting of Wildwood Cove makes me want to pack up and go there! The mystery kept me guessing throughout as the suspects grew in number.
Marley McKinney inherited The Flip Side, a pancake house started many ye
RO G'ma
Yeast of Eden is the fourth book in Sarah Fox’s Pancake House Mystery series. This is the first book I’ve read in this series; however, the author provided great character background, and I easily understood their backgrounds and relationships and didn’t feel lost jumping in this far into the series. The writing style flows smoothly, and the book is an easy read. The mystery was well plotted and had enough suspects, red herrings, and twists and turns to make it difficult to figure out who commit ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
YEAST OF EDEN by Sarah Fox
The Fourth Pancake House Mystery

Christmas is coming to Wildwood Cove and The Flip Side is ready for the holidays with new seasonal treats such as Candy Cane Pancakes and Gingerbread Crepes. Unfortunately, Santa isn't the only big man coming to town. Wally Fowler has returned after inheriting a fortune. Now's he's declared himself the Waffle King and is opening up Waffle Kingdom in direct competition to Marley's pancake house. With his brazen tactics and old history, not
Stanley McShane
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Protagonist Marley McKinney owns The Flip Side, a pancake diner that sounds very quaint and perfect for a small coastal town of Washington. She has the ideal support characters surrounding her, including friend Lisa and her chef extraordinaire, Ivan Kaminski. One of the town's old residents, Wally Flower (aka the Waffle King) has come back to create a state-of-the-art breakfast restaurant that would surely offer competition to Marley.

My first experience with both the author and the series but fu
Becky Lewis
We all have those people we hope don’t reappear from our past. Wally Fowler is one such unwelcome returnee to Wildwood Cove in this fourth Pancake House Mystery,Yeast of Eden, by Sarah Fox. Flip Side Pancake House owner, Marley McKinney, is treated to Wally’s impervious narcissism when he appears in the pancake house and loudly proclaims how superior his waffle restaurant will be.

Wally has made enemies wherever he has been. When he turns up murdered, there are a slew of persons with possible mo
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just love the characters in the Pancake House Mystery series. Meeting up with Marley and friends again will be sure to bring a smile to your face. In Yeast of Eden, Marley is up against a not so new visitor to town, Wally, who wants to introduce the town folks to what he proclaims are the best waffles in his new Waffle Kingdom. Unfortunately Wally winds up on the floor of his own restaurant, dead. Meanwhile, Marley's friend Lisa is the prime suspect and it's up to Marley to try and prove Lisa' ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Marley is cooking up pancakes and is worried about the pending opening of a waffle house. Very quickly her troubles change when the owner is murdered and her cook and friend are the lead suspects. Add to that a decades old mystery that pops up when she finds some old diaries in the attic. I liked that the storyline dug up some history of the town and Marley's family while continuing to endear her to the other residents of Wildwood Cove. Hard to imagine she has only been there 8 months! This was ...more
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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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