Sunday, September 4, 2016

& Some you lose...THE CREPES OF WRATH A Pancake House Mystery

The Crêpes of Wrath by Sarah    Fox

Cozies are an especial favorite. They're a nice change from the gritty intensity of a thriller/suspense. The themed cozies are nice because you get recipes, patterns, or some such along with your mystery.
Unfortunately, CREPES OF WRATH was missing something for me. The establishment, murder, all felt rushed and hence, a failure to engage. It simply wasn't happening no matter how I tried.

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, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.

After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble. (synopsis from Amazon)

Despite several attempts I was unable to connect with the characters, the story, et al. There was no engagement and I simply didn’t care about the who, when, where, or why.
It may be that the establishment of the characters and the basis felt rushed to me. It was a slog to read. Cozies are an especial favorite but this one didn’t appeal in the least.

This doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. This being the case, and given the personal/subjective nature of reviews, in all honesty this is a 1 star for me.

OK out there. Have any of you read THE CREPES OF WRATH?  What did you think? Love it ? Do tell, I'm always up for a book discussion so let's get one going!

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