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Crêpe Expectations

(Pancake House Mystery #5)

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When a murder case from the past heats up again, it’s up to Marley McKinney to sort through a tall stack of suspects in the latest Pancake House Mystery . . .
 
Although it’s a soggy start to spring in Wildwood Cove, the weather clears up just in time for the town to host an amateur chef competition. Marley McKinney, owner of the Flip Side pancake house, already signe
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Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Lyrical Underground (first published May 2019)
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Ell
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Pancake House Mysteries are light, cozy mysteries perfect for a waiting room, beach read or a lazy evening in. In Crepe Expectations the amateur sleuth, Marley, owns the local Pancake House in charming Wildwood Cove. When she and her landscaper boyfriend come across human remains along a river bank, a cold case turns hot. The remains are of a young eighteen-year old girl who vanished a decade before. Who was she? What happened to her? Why did her remains show up now? These are all questions ...more
Betty
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A relaxing fun read is found in the fifth book of the Pancake House Mysteries. It is springtime in Wildwood Cove and Marley McKinney, is involved in a couple of events? The spring floods have revealed the body of eighteen-year-old Demetra Koza, who everyone believes had moved to New York City for a modeling career, ten years ago. Her friends formed a group of girls that included Brett's sister and the sheriff believed it was one of these was the killer. The other event is the annual amateur chef ...more
Peggy R
I enjoy this series as it is a light fun read. Marley is one of those characters that no matter where she is or what she is doing she is going to discover a dead body. This time, she literally stumbles over the body of a young woman who has been missing for over a decade. Because of the age of the crime, the police have to re-investigate all this time later. Marley being who she is cannot help but decide she needs to investigate herself. After all, the victim graduated in the same class as her b ...more
Amy
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the fifth installment of the Pancake House Mystery series. Marley McKenna is the owner of the same-named restaurant. While searching for her new kitten, she stumbles into a decade-old murder of high school senior Demetra, whose graduation party night was her last when her skull is unearthed. There is also a parallel story of a local adult and teen food cooking competition; unfortunately, some contestants become ill and Marley tries to see if there is any connection between the two events ...more
Kirsti
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book.

As always with cozy mystery, it's not hard to pick one up at any point in the series and enjoy it. This was the case here; I instantly felt at home with the characters and the setting despite only having read one other in this series. I liked the main character, which is always a plus. The mystery itself reminded me of one I'd read a few months back, but then with the sheer amount of cozies I read that in itself isn't surp
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Kristina
While Crepe Expectations is the fifth novel in A Pancake House Mystery series, it can be read alone. Marley cannot believe that she is once again wrapped up in a cold case (neither can I). She is loving her life in Wildwood Cove with running the Flip Side, her beautiful Victorian home on the beach, good friends, a friendly feline named Flapjack, and a handsome boyfriend. If Marley could just avoid these pesky bodies that keep turning up. Sarah Fox’s writing style is casual like friends chatting ...more
Wulfwyn
I enjoyed this mystery. It is the first book I read by Sarah Fox although it is the 5th book into the series. I did not feel as though I missed anything by jumping in so late. The mystery was well done with a couple of mini mysteries popping up. This enhanced the story for me. I think one of the mysteries might have been spun off of prior books, (not at all certain of this), but the second was solely related to this one. I like the characters and friendships. I do want to go back and read the pr ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am always happy when a new episode in the 'Pancake House Mysteries' downloads. This novel was certainly appreciated.

Demetra died a decade earlier, but as bodies will do in murder mysteries, her remains popped up to be discovered by our sleuth Marley. Marley's boyfriend's sister, Chloe did know the victim and is after Marley to help the police by following the clues.

There is also another mystery...someone appears to be sabotaging the amateur cook off. Why? Seriously, why? Well, read the novel
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Fred
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crepe Expectations is the fifth book in The Pancake House Mystery series.

Marley McKinney decides to head over to Lonnie and Hope’s Victorian home that is being turned into a B&B to see her boyfriend, Brett, who is doing the landscaping on the property. As they are talking Marley sees a very young kitten that she can see shouldn’t be running around by itself. She tries to catch it before the kitten falls into the swollen river. As she reaches out and grabs the kitten Marley slides down to the riv
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Jeanie
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is one of my favorite diner-based cozy series, and Crepe Expectations is the best in the series so far. I love the Pacific Northwest coastal setting, despite the spring rains that flooded the area. It sounds like the perfect place to visit or live with some of the best neighbors anyone would want to have. We have multiple mysteries in this novel, each of which is a challenge to solve.

The Flip Side pancake house had belonged to Jimmy, a cousin of Marley McKinney. It was a rousing success whe
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Daniele
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
CREPE EXPECTATIONS, the fifth book in the Pancake House Mystery Series, is a delight. Warm characters, a lovely Pacific Northwest setting, and multiple mysteries that kept me on my toes come together for a satisfying read.

The flooding spring rains have come and gone, and restaurant owner Marley discovers a human skull that the rains have exposed. Ambitious Demetra disappeared shortly after a graduation party in the woods, but no one knew for sure if she met with a bad end…until now. The decade o
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Kathleen
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
"Crêpe Expectations" earns 5/5 Amateur Chefs...Entertaining and Clever!

Excellent! Once again I was totally entertained by the fifth book in Sarah Fox's Pancake House Mystery series. Life is buzzing in Wildwood Cove. The town is preparing for the annual amateur chef competition. Marley volunteered to help register competitors and convince her pancake house chef Ivan Kaminski to act as a replacement judge, but the competition turns very competitive. Then, the grand opening of the Wildwood Inn will
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K.A. Davis
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crêpe Expectations by Sarah Fox is the fifth book in the Pancake House Mystery series but the first I’ve had a chance to read. This delightful cozy mystery was easily read as a standalone and I never felt lost by not knowing all the central characters and their backstory. That said, it did make me want to start the series from the very beginning for the pure enjoyment of seeing the growth of the protagonist, Marley McKinney, along with the supporting characters. They were all well-developed and ...more
Mary Brown
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crepe Expectations
Pancake House Mystery, Book #5
Sarah Fox
5 Stars

Synopsis:

When a murder case from the past heats up again, it’s up to Marley McKinney to sort through a tall stack of suspects in the latest Pancake House Mystery . . .

Although it’s a soggy start to spring in Wildwood Cove, the weather clears up just in time for the town to host an amateur chef competition. Marley McKinney, owner of the Flip Side pancake house, already signed up to volunteer, and chef Ivan Kaminski is one of the j
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RO G'ma
Crêpe Expectations is the fifth book in Sarah Fox’s Pancake House Mystery series. The writing style flows smoothly. This book is a quick and easy read with a great cast of well-developed characters. The mystery is well plotted and has enough suspects, red herrings, and twists and turns to make it difficult to figure out who committed the murder and other crimes.

Marley McKinney owns The Flip Side pancake house in Wildwood Cove, has an orange tabby named Flapjack, and the unfortunate habit of find
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this fifth Pancake House Mystery, we once again watch protagonist, Marley McKinney, stumble over a dead body, this time a skeleton that has been unearthed by the recent flood. This one is a cold case as it turns out the skeleton is from a 10 year old missing person. When Chloe, Marley's boyfriend's sister becomes a suspect, at least in the eyes of some townsfolk, Marley can't help but investigate. Between her business, investigating the murder, her personal life and the amateur chef contest b ...more
The Cozy Review
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: A Pancake House Mystery - Book 5
Author: Sarah Fox
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Culinary
Publisher: Kensington Books
Page Count: 212
Publishing Date: May 28, 2019

From Kensington Books comes the latest addition to Sarah Fox’s “A Pancake House Mystery” series, Crêpe Expectations. This is the 5th book in the series and is one of the best. A short, quick read that will leave readers flipping the page and guessing up to the very end.

Marley has her hands full with the pancake house and now the cook-off.
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Patty
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crepe Expectations by Sarah Fox is the 5th 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 west coast. Spring has arrived, and the town is hosting a chef competition. Marley is helping with registration, while her chef Ivan is replacing a judge. When Marley and her boyfriend find a skull belonging to an eighteen year old girl, after she went missing ten years earlier, the ...more
Dawn Michelle
I really love this series - I was so happy to see that there was going to be another book.
Marley is a great character and all the supporting characters are also very good and truly enhance the story. This one was a bit different than the previous books as they have to discover who a murderer was from a long time ago [from when Brett's sister Chloe was in High School]. Marley stumbles, quite literally, into some bones and from there the mystery ensues.
There are some interesting side stories wit
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Melissa
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The more I read of this series, the better I like it....and I liked it a lot from the first book! I like the cozies that have cold cases, and this one fit the bill perfectly. A great mystery with an interesting side mystery to boot. Plus I love the character development and the surprise at the end was awesome! A fun cozy read!

I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Nicole
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
I won this Kindle book in a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway. It was a great cozy mystery, I only wish that I had read the previous 4 first. Likeable characters, an interesting community, pets and baking...pretty much all of my necessities for this genre. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
Debra McEathron
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good story

Marley has her job cut our for when she stumbles on a buried body. Her friends help try to solve the mystery. And in the end her boyfriend proposes to her on the beach.
Susan
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
People poisoned at an amateur chef competition and the discovery of an old skeleton give Marley something to keep herself busier than normal. I like how new characters, that could be recurring, along with the foundational characters continue to evolve. I am getting weary of older crimes being uncovered. Seems rather repetitive from the previous book in the series and makes you wonder if Ms. Fox is already running out of ideas. What hasn't gotten repetitive is the yummy creations that are served ...more
Doreen
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mcn
5/27/19 Finally, a romantic interest I don't hate! Full review tk.
Colleen
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This book was the first I have ever read by Sarah Fox. It had all the classic elements you would see in a cozy mystery: fantastic storyline, likeable characters and of course, a murder. However, this murder was different as it happened in the distant past. It did not disappoint! I look forward to reading more by this author!
OpenBookSociety.com
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jeanie
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Crepe Expectations
Pancake House Mystery, Book #5
By Sarah Fox
ISBN 9781516107780
Author’s website: authorsarahfox.com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie

Synopsis:


When a murder case from the past heats up again, it’s up to Marley McKinney to sort through a tall stack of suspects in the latest Pancake House Mystery . . .

Although it’s a soggy start to spring in Wildwood Cove, the weather clears up just in time for the town to host an amateur chef competition.
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Karen Hollins-Stallman
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crêpe Expectations is the fifth book in Sarah Fox’s Pancake House Mystery series. I had not read the previous four but enjoyed this one so much that I went and bought them for my TBR pile.

When a murder case from the past heats up again, it’s up to Marley McKinney to sort through a tall stack of suspects in the latest Pancake House Mystery . . .

Although it’s a soggy start to spring in Wildwood Cove, the weather clears up just in time for the town to host an amateur chef competition. Marley McK
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Diane Hernandez
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Darn Crepe Expectations! The good news is that I have found another great cozy mystery series where the characters feel like real friends. The bad news is that I will have to buy and read the four prior books in the series even though my To Be Read pile is already overflowing.

Marley owns the Flip Side pancake house in Wildwood Cove, a small seaside town in the Pacific Northwest. She is a volunteer for the local annual amateur cooking contest, where her chef Ivan is one of the judges. As the cont
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Book
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Bringing a snack to boyfriend Brett, Marley spots a kitten and give chase as it flees into the woods. When the two finally capture the tiny black bundle of fur, Marley points to a human skull partially buried in mud.

The body is identified as Demetra Kozani, an 18-year-old girl who disappeared over 10 years ago, after a post high school graduation party. Marley’s friend and Brett’s sister, Chloe is a suspect since she had a loud argument with Demetra at the party. As Marely begins nosing around o
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Susan Johnston
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: Things are heating up in Wildwood Cove and it is not just the cook-off being held in town. While trying to catch a kitten on the property where Brett is working, Marley stumbles over a hidden body. It turns out to be someone well know to Brett and his sister Chloe. In fact, Chloe was at the party where the victim was last seen ten years earlier. Everyone, except the killer, thought the girl had simply left town to follow her dreams.
With her natural curiosity and the con
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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.

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