Yeast of Eden (A Pancake House Mystery, #4)
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—by pitting his hot and trendy Waffle Kingdom against Marley McKinney’s cozy pancake house, The Flip Side. Wally doesn’t see anything wrong in a little healthy competition, until he’s murdered in his own state-of-the art kitchen.   Marley isn’t surprised when the authorities sniff around The Flip Side for a motive, but it’s her best friend Lisa who gets grilled, given her sticky history with the victim. When a second murder rocks the town, it makes it harder than ever for Marley to clear Lisa’s name. Marley’s afraid that she’s next in line to die—and the way things are looking, the odds of surviving her investigation could be stacked against her.  Includes pancake recipes right from The Flip Side menu!

Yeast of Eden (A Pancake House Mystery, #4) Details

TitleYeast of Eden (A Pancake House Mystery, #4)
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ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherLyrical Underground
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

Yeast of Eden (A Pancake House Mystery, #4) Review

  • Dawn Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 NOT believable was how mushy and gushy Marley has become; when she first came on the scene, she was a force to be reckoned with - she dealt with the death of her uncle, starting running the Pancake House and solved the murder! She was seriously kicking butt!!! And then Brett enters the picture and things get serious and Marley all the sudden loses herself. Now, I like Brett as a character and in no way is he holding her back. He actually is a decent boyfriend as far as book boyfriends go, but Marley all of the sudden becomes this mush-laden "what WILL I do without him" kind of girl and it is really annoying. AS are all the mushy, gushy, romance scenes. IF I wanted a romantic mystery, THAT Is what I would have sought out on NetGalley, NOT a cozy mystery. But that is not what I wanted and by the end, I was totally and completely over the romance aspect of this book. Blech. All that said, I will absolutely read another one of these should she write another one and I have her new series on deck to read as well. I like her as an author and I would like to see Marley and Brett's and the town of Wildwood Cove story continue. Though I will say that if the romance level continues like it was in this book, I might have to reconsider that statement. A huge thank you to NetGalley and Lyrical Underground Publishing for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 a relative who disappeared about twenty years ago. Marley is looking for more information about her relative. These various themes are skillfully brought together to form the story. I highly recommend this book and series.Pancake recipes are included.Disclosure: Many thanks to Lyrical Underground for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 is no shortage of suspects, each having their own reason for wanting him dead. When someone else is killed, the stakes and the mystery grow even higher and everyone wonders who will be the next victim.Although I haven't read the prior books in the series, it was easy for me to jump right into the storyline. The mystery was well-paced and held my interest until the very last page. The killer's identity was a complete surprise! There is also a subplot involving a family secret that comes to a satisfactory conclusion. There was just the right amount of a romantic element; it did not overshadow the mystery. At the conclusion of the book, the author includes recipes served at the Flip Side and they all sound delicious.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance digital copy of this book. My review is voluntary.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 to be in the wrong place at the wrong time - especially when a dead body is involved. Once again she puts on her sleuthing hat to try and clear the name of one of her friends suspected of two murders. I thought the mystery was well done. There are actually two mysteries in this book which I liked - one involving a mystery that happened in the past and the one in the present day. Both are wrapped up nicely, with the mystery in present coming to a rather climatic conclusion.I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.
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  • Sue Em
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 Punishment, on my To-Be-Read list already based on enjoying this one so much.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 did not feel overly Christmasy or sickly sweet. A perfect blend! My mouth watered at the mention of the items offered in the Pancake house and I am grateful for the recipes at the end of the book. This one is out October 30th and is the fourth book in the series! I totally recommend this series for binge reading and a stack of pancakes to go with it!
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 and characters. There are a lot of twists and turns that kept me reading. There is a wonderful mixture of mystery, suspense, friendship, and support for a well-balanced story. I can not wait until the next book in the series comes out. If you love cozy mysteries, I recommend this book. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 other story lines going on in this story. Brett, Marley's boyfriend is dealing with a family situation when his father suffers a heart attack and must be revived. He and his family head off to Seattle while he has heart surgery leaving Marley worrying back home. The second mystery in this book has to do with a murder/disappearance from twenty years earlier. When Marley finds a set a journals from a relative, she reads about this mystery and with her curiosity in overdrive, she starts asking questions and gathering information about this long cold situation. I have read all the books in this series and have watched the characters grow and develop. I like Marley, she is a likable and relatable protagonist. She has grown as a business woman running the restaurant and has developed many relationships around town. Her romance with Brett is progressing very nicely. I thought the mystery was well done and even though there were two storylines, they meshed well together. Both are wrapped up nicely, with the mystery in present coming to a rather climatic conclusion. I had my suspicions, but was not sure about the culprit until just before it was revealed by the author. I will continue to read this series and find out what else Marley stumbles into. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book to read upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions are my own.
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  • Miss W Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the deceased Waffle King. I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much! The characters are well developed with a great story line. I felt like I could smell the pancakes and waffles! As a bonus, there are some recipes in the book as well. If this is your first Pancake House Mystery, I highly suggest checking out the first three, they are equally as great.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 is full of surprises. I enjoyed reading this addition to the series and would recommend this book to any fan of cozy mysteries.I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    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 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! Already looking forward to the next book to see what’s in store for Marley and company!Thank you Netgalley and publishers for ARC of this book
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 her into trouble.I loved this story and how Marley worked with not one mystery, but also figured out a mystery from the past. The plot was intense and I couldn’t figure out the culprit until the very end. I loved how Marley’s relationship with her boyfriend progressed. It was a great reprieve from the intense mystery. The townspeople were great characters and great red herrings. I have loved every book in this series and I can’t wait for the next one. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the publisher and am voluntarily reviewing it.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 years earlier by her grandmother’s cousin, who left it to Marley. It is the only restaurant in town that specializes in breakfasts. Marley and Ivan, the chef who almost always wears a scowl, develop seasonal recipes, currently signature dishes in preparation for Christmas.Wally Fowler, a former resident of the Cove, inherited millions from his great-aunt, so he returned to Wildwood Cove to start a new breakfast restaurant, Wally’s Waffle Kingdom. Wally had few friends when he grew up there and is liked even less now. Shortly before his grand opening, Marley leaves Ladies’ Night at the hardware store and sees that the tires on Wally’s van are slashed. She goes into the waffle shop to tell Wally, and runs into Ivan, who was there to tell him the same thing. Unfortunately, Ivan found Wally dead in the kitchen, possibly murdered.As Marley tries to help her friend, the prime suspect in the murder, she is caught up in another mystery. The wife of her late cousin had a sister who disappeared many years earlier. Marley finds the sister’s journals and an album of the newspaper clippings in the attic and is fascinated with the very cold case.Brett, Marley’s boyfriend, helps his father with his remodeling business during the winter. Brett’s father collapsed on a job site, and he gives his father CPR until paramedics arrive. He is transferred to a hospital in Seattle for bypass surgery; Brett, his mother, and sister Chloe will stay there with him.Each of the characters is defined well through actions and realistic dialog; Marley and her best friend, Lisa, are my favorites. Even the grumpy Ivan is a favorite in his own way. Sienna, a part-time waitress for Marley, is an enthusiastic friend and employee, who decides to be Marley’s sidekick as she listens for information about Wally. Few people liked Wally and several people despised him because of the things he did when living there before. Even so, he didn’t deserve the horrible death he died.What a great mystery! The days are fraught with tension with so many people Marley cares about either ill or falsely suspected of murder. Even as she works hard at the Flip Side, Marley pores over old journals and tries to gently ask questions about Wally without sounding like she is accusing anyone. One family takes exception to the questions, even threatening Marley. She has good instincts, and may get ahead of herself at times, especially when led down a questionable path by a distraught teen…and almost ended up in jail. I was stunned to see who the real guy bad is, someone I would not have guessed. The end is satisfactory, leaving no loose ends. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys well-written cozy mysteries set in the Pacific Northwest, breakfast restaurants (and recipes!) and realistic characters. From a grateful heart: I received a copy of the e-arc from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 committed the murders.Marley McKinney owns The Flip Side pancake house in Wildwood Cove, has an orange tabby named Flapjack, and the unfortunate habit of finding dead bodies. Her boyfriend, Brett Collins, has a Goldendoodle named Bentley, operates a lawn and garden care company, and works with his dad, Frank, in his home renovation business during the winter. Wally Fowler, an unwelcome returnee to town, has plans to open a breakfast restaurant, is placing flyers everywhere, and even taunted Marley in her restaurant. After attending the annual ladies night at the hardware store, Marley notices Wally’s Waffle Kingdom van in the alley, with two slashed tires, and decides the right thing to do is to tell him. She finds the front door unlocked, enters, and runs into Ivan Kaminski, Flip Side’s chef, who says he came inside to do the same thing, but that he found Wally’s body in the kitchen. Lisa Morales, her friend who holds a grudge against Wally, and Ivan become persons of interest in the killing. Marley decides to explore Wally's death in order to clear her friends. When a second body is discovered, Lisa and Ivan move up on Sheriff Ray Georgeson’s suspect list. While looking for Christmas decorations in the attic, Marley finds a set of journals written by a relative, Camelia Winslow, who disappeared many years ago. She also finds an album filled with articles about Camelia and another local girl, Tassy James, who disappeared weeks before Camelia did. Marley loves solving mysteries, and she’s determined to clear Lisa and Ivan’s names and is hopeful she’ll learn more about Camelia and Tassy’s disappearance. Marley and Brett’s relationship intensifies as Brett copes with his father’s heart attack on their job site.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Katreader
    January 1, 1970
    YEAST OF EDEN by Sarah FoxThe Fourth Pancake House MysteryChristmas 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 YEAST OF EDEN by Sarah FoxThe Fourth Pancake House MysteryChristmas 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 many people are pleased at his return so when Wally winds up murdered, there are plenty of suspects. But when the sheriff starts to concentrate on Marley's chef, Ivan, and her best friend, Lisa, Marley knows she's going to start investigating on her own!I'm so happy to be back in Wildwood Cove. Vivid descriptions actually gave me chills, from the gusty winds to the dangerous characters. The penultimate encounter with the murderer was an action packed surprise which led to my pulse pounding, spine tingling, and rapid page turning.YEAST OF EDEN is a book of dichotomy and Sarah Fox illustrates this with aplomb. From the warm, cozy, and cheerful Flip Side with its fireplace and handmade decorations to the clinical, yet still gaudy Waffle Kingdom. The book also showcases relationships, from the solidifying romance of Marley and Brett to the just starting romance between Ivan and Lisa, and the various relationships between the suspects. There's a lot of meaningful growth developing, which adds yet another layer to the story.I love the characters here and am laughing at how Sienna is becoming Marley's co-sleuth, making Marley realize how Brett and others feel when she snoops! I always love reading more about Ivan and loved his part in this story, although I'm not sure how I feel about his budding romance. YEAST OF EDEN is a delightful addition to the Pancake House Mystery series. The mystery is compelling, but there's more to the book that this well plotted mystery. The story also warms your heart and makes you hungry for some of Ivan's delicious creations!
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  • Stanley McShane
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 functions well as a standalone. Once brought up to date, discovered the author has carefully woven in a multi-layered plot that grabbed my interest and kept me engaged.Wally is found murdered in a most bizarre way, and she is drawn in after her friend Lisa and Ivan are inexplicably viewed as persons of interest. Marley decides it is time to get up in the attic to retrieve some Christmas decorations and discovers a diary in an old trunk detailing what leads into a second mystery. Even with two opposing threads going, it's not difficult to keep up with either and they each send in some hit and run herrings. The well-plotted storyline takes on some interesting hypotheses, most sounding plausible, and I must admit I did not guess who eventually emerged as the antagonist to the murder. While the mystery of the murder was compelling, it was actually the sub-plot, that of her relative that I found of most interest, although both will have you speculating. I nailed it, albeit with just a slight twist. A satisfying outcome. So who killed Wally? I know, but..huh? A taut and head-spinning climax in the murder mystery!I was given this download by the publisher and NetGalley and appreciated the opportunity to read and review. I'll be looking forward to the first of her new series and in the meantime recommend this one to any who enjoy an engaging cozy mystery you can work on solving.See my full review on https://rosepointpublishing.com
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  • Becky Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 motives. Yet the sheriff sets his eyes on Marley’s best friend, Lisa. So much for Marley leaving the sleuthing to the professionals!I enjoy this series for many reasons. Marley, her boyfriend, Brett, and her coworkers and friends are very likable. (Still figuring out if I should cower around chef Ivan or treat him like a long-lost friend.) The language is clean, and there are no uncomfortable “too steamy” scenes to read. Fox describes the town and beach so invitingly, I can hear the crashing waves and smell the salty air.It was fun to read about the different holiday foods at the restaurant, as well as how Wally was making his ice cream. We have a shop like that locally, which really piqued my interest in this novel.I gratefully received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinions, for which I am responsible. I was not required to leave a positive review.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    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' 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's innocence. While Marley is involved in her local mystery, her beau Brett, suffers a family emergency, taking him away from the action and away from Marley. You will be pleasantly pleased with the outcome of this wonderful story - Marley works her magic to the very last page! I really enjoy Sarah Fox's style of writing. She makes you feel like the characters are some of your dearest friends and you care what happens next. I'm so glad this series continues and gets stronger with each new novel.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 a great little cozy to make you crave breakfast any time of the day.A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah Fox's Yeast of Eden is the charming fourth book in her Pancake House series, and she's created the perfect balance of cozy, mystery, romance, Christmas, and recipes. Protagonist Marley investigates two completely separate mysteries - one with ties to her family, the other with ties to her business - while her relationship with boyfriend Brett continues to progress, and she stands by his side while he deals with a family crisis. Even though it's the fourth in the series, Yeast of Eden works Sarah Fox's Yeast of Eden is the charming fourth book in her Pancake House series, and she's created the perfect balance of cozy, mystery, romance, Christmas, and recipes. Protagonist Marley investigates two completely separate mysteries - one with ties to her family, the other with ties to her business - while her relationship with boyfriend Brett continues to progress, and she stands by his side while he deals with a family crisis. Even though it's the fourth in the series, Yeast of Eden works perfectly well as a standalone for those who haven't read the other three books (including me, who'd only previously read the first), and it's highly recommended for cozy mystery lovers! 5 stars!
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  • Janis Hill
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Kensington Books for gifting me with a free electronic ARC of this book. As I am a fan of the ‘Pancake House Mystery’ series, and follow Ms Fox on social media, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read the next instalment. Any and all reviews I now give I do so openly, honestly and obligation free.In other words, suck it up those who think I am paid to write nice things in exchange for free books. ;-)Okay, so on with my review of ‘Yeast of Eden’. This is book four I would like to thank Kensington Books for gifting me with a free electronic ARC of this book. As I am a fan of the ‘Pancake House Mystery’ series, and follow Ms Fox on social media, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read the next instalment. Any and all reviews I now give I do so openly, honestly and obligation free.In other words, suck it up those who think I am paid to write nice things in exchange for free books. ;-)Okay, so on with my review of ‘Yeast of Eden’. This is book four of the ‘Pancake House Mystery’ series and I have to say it was a relief and delight to read. A relief as… quite honestly… I wasn’t a fan of book three. I feel it lost its way as to what it wanted to be. But book four redeems Ms Fox and any issues I had with this series. It is back to the wonderful blend of cosy, mystery, friendship and life in small town America that I love and feel works so well in this series.‘Yeast of Eden’ is set a few months after the last book - ‘Of Spice and Men’ - and winter has come to Wildwood Cove, and with it a combination of new and old mysteries for the main character Marley to solve.I won’t give the plot away too much, but I did enjoy the mixture of old and new mystery in this book. At first I thought it was too much clutter into the one story line. I mean, we had the current murder to solve, Marley and Brett’s relationship progressing, family crisis, seasonal Pancake House treats to describe, the usual goings on of the regular characters… and then an older mystery to solve? I felt it was going to be too much plot padding and not enough actual plot.But I was wrong. And apologise for doubting that Ms Fox could pull it off. As cluttered as that all might sound when I write about it, I can assure the reader it was balanced perfectly by Ms Fox and barely even appeared like plot padding. In fact, it helped reinforce the friendships and history of Marley and her friends in Wildwood Cove.‘Yeast of Eden’ was, as I have said, that great balance of all of those things and none of the secondary plot ideas got in the road of the main mystery. And the main mystery itself had just the right balance of red herrings and plot twists which kept me guessing a little longer than usual to figure it out. And I do like a cosy that keeps me guessing and doesn’t just spoon feed it all to me in the first few chapters and then spend the rest of the book trying to sound clever about why it happened. Ms Fox’s ‘Pancake House Mysteries’ do indeed keep me guessing.I also have to say that I loved the idea of gingerbread crepes! And am thankful the recipe is in the back of the book. The other dishes mentioned came across as a little too sweet for my liking, but I can really see the gingerbread crepes being attempted in my house soon! ;-)Now for the usual nitty gritty behind the scenes stuff. The layout of the book was excellent and was formatted perfectly for Kindle eBooks (I do hate it when publishers forget to format the book properly so the margins and paragraphs end up all over the place). Yes, there were a few minor grammatical slip ups (it’s not as if I don’t do a LOT more). But this sort of thing is always acceptable in an ARC and is fixed by the final print. Trust me; Kensington Books are professionals at this!So, all in all it was a well-paced, well thought out story. An excellent next instalment in a thoroughly entertaining cosy series and just perfect to read at this time of the year… though possibly more so if I was in the northern hemisphere and not the southern one! :-DWould I recommend this book to others?Yes I would… and yeah it COULD be read as a standalone, but the reader would be doing themselves an injustice. Reading it as part of the series works so much better as you can really see the characters and their relationships grow through the different stories. So lovers of cosy crimes and mysteries in small town America would enjoy this… but read it as part of the series and thank me later, okay?Would I buy this book for myself?Yes I would. Any issues and concerns I had after reading book three in this series are well and truly dead and buried. It was obviously just a book I didn’t connect that well with. ‘Yeast of Eden’ on the other hand was back on track and just my sort of book. This leads into me confirming that the ‘Pancake House Mystery’ series is still indeed my favourite sort of cosy series.In summary: A great bundle of mystery and intrigue in one book, while also a fantastic continuation of an enjoyable series.
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  • JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
    January 1, 1970
    Marley McKinney owns the Flip Side pancake house. She does a brisk business with plenty of regulars. When she's arriving to work one day she sees a flyer on the ground behind her business and picks it up, then sees that it's an advertisement for The Waffle Kingdom, a new restaurant that is opening in town by an ex-resident just returned, Wally Fowler. When she goes inside she sees two more taped to the front of her restaurant windows. Irritated, she tries to let it go but later that morning when Marley McKinney owns the Flip Side pancake house. She does a brisk business with plenty of regulars. When she's arriving to work one day she sees a flyer on the ground behind her business and picks it up, then sees that it's an advertisement for The Waffle Kingdom, a new restaurant that is opening in town by an ex-resident just returned, Wally Fowler. When she goes inside she sees two more taped to the front of her restaurant windows. Irritated, she tries to let it go but later that morning when she's got a full house, Wally shows up with a man and a woman and announces to all and sundry about his grand opening and even invites Marley and her cook Ivan to come by that evening and see how he makes ice cream with liquid nitrogen. After he leaves, she sees her friends Lisa is extremely upset, and learns that Lisa blames Wally for getting her brother into drugs many years ago while in high school. After she calms Lisa down she reminds her that it's Ladies' Night at the local hardware store and they plan to meet there. But when Lisa doesn't show, Marley texts her and Lisa said she wasn't up to it. Later that evening Marley is going home and notices that Wally's tires are slashed and knocks on the back door of his business to tell him. Receiving no response, she goes around to the front and finding it unlocked, enters. What she does find is her Ivan, and he tells her to call 911. Marley, her innate curiosity getting the better of her, goes into the kitchen and sees Wally's dead body.It's a given that he had enemies all over town and no friends. But it's also apparent that Lisa or Ivan, or maybe both, are the main suspects in the murder, and Lisa asks Marley to help her find the killer because she's afraid they'll suspect Ivan of the crime. But it soon becomes apparent that Lisa's the one the police want, so Marley decides to investigate on the down low, hoping to flush out a murderer.But to make things worse, her boyfriend Brett's father has had a heart attack and is in the hospital out of town; she needs to stick around to take care of the pets and while she misses him terribly, she has other things on her mind that will keep her busy - like murder.Then while looking for Christmas decorations in the attic she finds an old trunk full of journals and a scrapbook, and discovers that a distant relative disappeared decades ago without a trace. Now she has another purpose - to try and find out what happened to the woman and also a young maid in another household who disappeared around the same time. Were they killed by the son of the mayor at the time? Or is there a more sinister answer? It's a diversion she needs right now, but finding a killer is taking first and foremost - that is, if the killer doesn't find her first...While I felt the book started out a tad slow, it picked up quickly and I found myself engrossed in the story. I loved the fact that there was an old mystery to solve also. It was basically a two-for-one in this book, and quite enjoyable to read. Marley, without Brett by her side, needed something to occupy her time at home, and when she found the journals it added a 'mystery lite' to the tale; I enjoyed it as much as finding Wally's killer.I felt that the clues were hidden well and while there were plenty of suspects, there wasn't anything that directly pointed to any one person...until nearly the end of the book, which is how it is supposed to be. When she finally figured it out, there was just the right amount of suspense going on while you watched as she tried to figure out how to get herself out of danger (as we know she will). It added that last bit of 'oomph' that kept everything moving to the final climax, and made for an entertaining book indeed.But it didn't end there as we still had the second mystery of the journals to discover, and I am glad to say I was pleased in that outcome too. All in all, when the ending came and the killer was discovered, it was a complete surprise as it was, of course, meant to be; and although I have only read one other in this series it is apparent that Ms. Fox is indeed a talented writer and I will go back and read the other two. I look forward to the next book in the series. Highly recommended.
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  • Debra Jo Burnette
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review.I cannot express how much I adore this series without sounding redundant. This is one of my top favs!! Although set in the Pacific Northwest, it reminds me of one of my favorite vacation spots, Gatlinburg, TN. Gatlinburg is full of pancake house and is amazing. In this installment of the Pancake House Mysteries, it's CHRISTMAS TIME!! Although it isn't really elaborated on, the decorating has begun and delicious holiday themed food I received this ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review.I cannot express how much I adore this series without sounding redundant. This is one of my top favs!! Although set in the Pacific Northwest, it reminds me of one of my favorite vacation spots, Gatlinburg, TN. Gatlinburg is full of pancake house and is amazing. In this installment of the Pancake House Mysteries, it's CHRISTMAS TIME!! Although it isn't really elaborated on, the decorating has begun and delicious holiday themed food is being served and OMG it sounds amazing. I will definitely be preparing the eggnog pancakes with the eggnog whipped cream. I digress. What I loved most about this book of the series is that there are 2 mysteries. Yes, you read that correctly, 2, with one of them being a historical mystery. When the antagonist of the book, Wally the Waffle King, turns up dead in his kitchen, the suspect list is infinite. As a direct competitor with the Pancake House and a former, unliked resident of Wildwood Cove, Wally has many enemies, but when Lisa and Ivan become prime suspects, Marley puts on her sleuthing hat. Also, is there more to Lisa and Ivan than just being suspects? In the attic of her home, she finds old journals and newspaper articles about missing girls, one of them being the sister-in-law of her late cousin Jimmy. She begins research on the girls and those involved and makes a shocking discovery. This book has everything, mystery, romance, sadness, joy, and a few twists that will keep you guessing. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Fox has in store for us next time. Hopefully, we will have some wedding bells in the next book or two!!
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  • Daniele
    January 1, 1970
    YEAST OF EDEN is the fourth book in the popular Pancake House Mystery series but the first I have had the opportunity to read. I do not know why I have waited so long to give the series a try, but I am glad I did. It can be read as a standalone, and, with its beautiful Washington setting, likable characters, and intriguing mystery, it is a delightful cozy read.Protagonist Marley, the proprietor of the local breakfast spot, is confident that her restaurant will hold its own against Wally Fowler, YEAST OF EDEN is the fourth book in the popular Pancake House Mystery series but the first I have had the opportunity to read. I do not know why I have waited so long to give the series a try, but I am glad I did. It can be read as a standalone, and, with its beautiful Washington setting, likable characters, and intriguing mystery, it is a delightful cozy read.Protagonist Marley, the proprietor of the local breakfast spot, is confident that her restaurant will hold its own against Wally Fowler, the self proclaimed Waffle King. Pompous, arrogant, and not well liked, this prodigal son of Wildwood Cove is a testy thorn in Marley’s side. However, when Marley’s chef Ivan finds Wally dead, Marley does her best to unmask the real killer and save her friends, the prime suspects.There are actually two mysteries within the pages of YEAST OF EDEN, and they work well together to make a cohesive whodunit. Marley is a smart amateur sleuth, ever mindful of not accusing suspects of anything without proof. She is quick to put the pieces of the puzzle together and handles herself in a sensible way, not falling under the “too stupid to live” category at all, when faced with danger. I was blindsided by the killer’s identity, making the climax all the better. The characters are well developed and realistic. I enjoyed getting to know them and especially like Marley, Brett, and Ivan. The pace of the writing is good and the style just right.I highly recommend YEAST OF EDEN.I received an e-ARC of this title from the publisher and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
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  • Lghiggins
    January 1, 1970
    The Flip Side is Wildwood Cove’s favorite place for breakfast with hours extending until 2:00 PM. Now Waffle Kingdom, owned by obnoxious former resident Wally, is opening up to challenge that position. Owner Marley is determined to keep that from happening by continuing great, friendly service and delicious, creative dishes. Marley doesn’t worry for long as she discovers Wally’s body in his restaurant and her own chef there as well. Certain that Chef Ivan, although formidable, is not a murderer, The Flip Side is Wildwood Cove’s favorite place for breakfast with hours extending until 2:00 PM. Now Waffle Kingdom, owned by obnoxious former resident Wally, is opening up to challenge that position. Owner Marley is determined to keep that from happening by continuing great, friendly service and delicious, creative dishes. Marley doesn’t worry for long as she discovers Wally’s body in his restaurant and her own chef there as well. Certain that Chef Ivan, although formidable, is not a murderer, Marley sets out to prove his innocence by finding out who really killed Wally.Yeast of Eden by Sarah Fox also contains an interesting subplot in the form of a local town mystery: the story of two dead young women and a missing mayor’s son. Marley, who obviously is addicted to amateur sleuthing, determines to solve this cold case as well.Readers will enjoy following Marley as she pursues various leads in both cases while getting to know various interesting townsfolk who populate Wildwood Cove. There are a lot of people with strong motivations as no one actually likes Wally. After a second death, you have to wonder if Marley will discover the killer before there are even more victims.I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Lyrical Underground (Kensington Press) for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Linda Baker
    January 1, 1970
    A new pancake restaurant is opening in Wildwood Cove and the owner of the Flip Side, Marley McKinney, is a little uneasy about the competition. The self-proclaimed "Waffle King" is making a lot of noise and Marley wonders if there is enough business to go around. Wally Fowler, the owner of the new restaurant, grew up in Wildwood Cove and made no friends there. Marley thinks that the much-loved Flip Side will survive just fine. But when Wally is murdered inside his restaurant, suspicion quickly g A new pancake restaurant is opening in Wildwood Cove and the owner of the Flip Side, Marley McKinney, is a little uneasy about the competition. The self-proclaimed "Waffle King" is making a lot of noise and Marley wonders if there is enough business to go around. Wally Fowler, the owner of the new restaurant, grew up in Wildwood Cove and made no friends there. Marley thinks that the much-loved Flip Side will survive just fine. But when Wally is murdered inside his restaurant, suspicion quickly grows around Marley's best friend, Lisa, and her gruff chef, Ivan. A second murder makes the situation worse.The Pancake House Mysteries have continued to improve with each book in the series. Yeast of Eden has all the ingredients for a successful series: a colorful setting, memorable, mostly likable characters, and a twisty puzzle. I particularly enjoyed the secondary story of two girls who disappeared decades before. Marley's attempts to solve both mysteries get her into real danger this time. Thanks to Lyrical Underground and NetGalley for an advance digital copy. The opinions are my own.RATING- 4 Stars
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    Yeast of Eden is the fourth book in A Pancake House Mystery series but can be read as a standalone. As the matter of fact this is the first book in the series that I have read and I had no problem following the story and getting familiar with the characters and the setting.Marley's pancake house is doing well she is even not afraid of some healthy competition until the competition turns out to be an obnoxious local bad boy named Wally who has decided to return to his hometown and stir some troub Yeast of Eden is the fourth book in A Pancake House Mystery series but can be read as a standalone. As the matter of fact this is the first book in the series that I have read and I had no problem following the story and getting familiar with the characters and the setting.Marley's pancake house is doing well she is even not afraid of some healthy competition until the competition turns out to be an obnoxious local bad boy named Wally who has decided to return to his hometown and stir some trouble. Despised and disliked by many residents he soon turns up dead and the list of possible suspects just keeps getting longer and longer.Marley has not choice but to investigate especially since her chef and her best friend are one of the chief suspects.The story is well told with many twists. It is a nicely paced and keeps readers engaged.Characters are typical and realistically presented and situations are believable.I have enjoyed reading it and highly recommend it. Great recipes are an added bonus.Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an advanced copy.
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  • Edel
    January 1, 1970
    This is the mouthwatering 4th book In the series set in small town Wildwood Cove . The main character of the story is Marley , she is the owner of “ The Flip Side” pancake house that sells all sorts of delicious pancakes ... seriously , it made my mouth water reading about them. When deplorable Wally Fowler , a former resident comes back to town and opens a rival pancake house beside Marley’s restaurant known as “Wally’s Waffle Kingdom “ , it quickly becomes apparent that Marley has some competi This is the mouthwatering 4th book In the series set in small town Wildwood Cove . The main character of the story is Marley , she is the owner of “ The Flip Side” pancake house that sells all sorts of delicious pancakes ... seriously , it made my mouth water reading about them. When deplorable Wally Fowler , a former resident comes back to town and opens a rival pancake house beside Marley’s restaurant known as “Wally’s Waffle Kingdom “ , it quickly becomes apparent that Marley has some competition and it could prove to be deadly I loved this story , from the competitive natures of the residents to the darker side of small town and close knit residents lives , the story kept me on my toes as I tried to figure out who could possibly want to cause harm , I also could not sleep a wink until I got all the answers ! Loved it ! I received this book through Netgalley .This book is being published October 30th and will then be available where all good books are sold.
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  • Wanda
    January 1, 1970
    Received this as a Goodreads Giveway and really enjoyed it. Although I have not read previous books in this series I didn't feel like I was missing a lot. Will now go read the other books.In this story Wally Fowler returns to town to open a shop that will be in direct competition with Marley's restaurant, The Flip Side. Shortly after arriving he is murdered and one of Marley's friends, Lisa, is the prime suspect. No one in town liked Wally and his sister and her boyfriend are at the top of Marle Received this as a Goodreads Giveway and really enjoyed it. Although I have not read previous books in this series I didn't feel like I was missing a lot. Will now go read the other books.In this story Wally Fowler returns to town to open a shop that will be in direct competition with Marley's restaurant, The Flip Side. Shortly after arriving he is murdered and one of Marley's friends, Lisa, is the prime suspect. No one in town liked Wally and his sister and her boyfriend are at the top of Marley's list of suspects. She does some investigating and is helped out in the process by one of her young employees. Meanwhile her boyfriend is dealing with his father having a heart attack and he is helping out the rest of his family and spending time away from Marley.Good development of the characters, nice small town setting, very enjoyable.
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