Of Spice and Men: A Pancake House Mystery by Sarah Fox

Setting: Wildwood Cove
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Alibi
Release Date: November 7, 2017

Marley McKinney owns the Flip Side Pancake House. Her days are busy enough, especially with the cast and crew of the remake of a classic horror movie in town. When she's invited to the set by the lead makeup artist, Marley is happy to accept the offer. Things take a drastic turn when she arrives to find the woman's trailer on fire and the makeup artist dies.

Soon, Marley finds her beau, Brett, in a hug with the lead actress, Alyssa Jayde. She finds out that that actress happens to be Brett's ex-girlfriend. Alyssa also happens to be the prime suspect.

After being approached by a reporter who happens to be related to the makeup artist, Marley offers to team up and uncover the murder and problems occurring on the set. It looks like someone wants to sabotage the movie, but who and why?

Strengths and Weaknesses

I haven't read the other two books, so I wonder if I missed things that would have made me like characters better. Marley wasn't a character I found I could form any connection. Her almost childish treatment of her boyfriend when his ex-girlfriend came to town bugged me. He was honest, so I couldn't get why she was so paranoid. I have a feeling that jumping into the series was my downfall there.

The mystery was intriguing. I did like the twists. Some were really easy to solve, but the main mystery wasn't as simple. I appreciated being kept on my toes.

At the end of the book are several Pancake House recipes. That's one of my favorite parts of a culinary mystery. I love that I have some new breakfast recipes to test out!

RTR's Bottom Line

Book three in the A Pancake House Mystery series is my introduction to the series. I'm not sure if I should have read the other books first. I got the relationships between the characters within the town, but I never really felt that I connected with any of them. Of Spice and Men simply became an okay read, but nothing I'd want to keep.


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