With a Hollywood film crew in town to shoot a remake of the horror classic The Perishing, the residents of Wildwood Cove are all abuzz. Even Marley McKinney, owner of The Flip Side Pancake House, can overlook the fact that the lead actress, Alyssa Jayde, happens to be an old flame of her boyfriend. After all, the crew loves Marley’s crêpes—so much so that Christine, the head makeup artist, invites her onset for a behind-the-scenes tour. But when Marley arrives, the special-effects trailer is on fire . . . with Christine inside.
The cops quickly rule Christine’s death a murder, and Alyssa a suspect. Marley’s boyfriend insists that the actress is innocent, but when Marley sticks her nose into the complicated lives of The Perishing’s cast and crew, she discovers more questions than answers. It seems that everyone has a hidden agenda—and a plausible motive. And as the horror spills over from the silver screen, Marley gets a funny feeling that she may be the killer’s next victim.
I really enjoyed this third installment to the Pancake House Mystery series. So much so, I still can recall the story almost two years later. Sarah Fox does a wonderful job of creating the perfect cozy mystery: intriguing, lighthearted, and funny.
Marley once again finds herself tangled up into trouble when she discovers a new friend dead, in a burning makeup trailer. Marley is such a relatable and realistic character. In this novel, she’s faced with her own jealousy over Brett’s former fiancée, now turned movie star. While it’s not warranted, she finds herself mentally comparing herself to Alyssa Jayde and wondering if she could ever live up to the space Alyssa left in Brett’s life.
Another thing I enjoy about this series is the character development of the townspeople. In my opinion, a cozy mystery has to have quirky, interesting, and funny townspeople to help fill out the plot. Sarah Fox does a great job of continuing to develop the town of Wildwood Cove, while still providing a crime/mystery that will keep the reader engaged. Once again, she did a great job of keeping the murderer’s identity secret until it was revealed to Marley and the rest of the characters.
I look forward to seeing what shenanigans Marley will get into in the next book.