Published: August 16, 2016
Number of pages: 257
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Pancake House Mystery #1
Synopsis: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.
About the author:Sarah Fox 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.
Author website http://www.authorsarahfox.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorsarahfox
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Why Cozies?Ever since I discovered the genre a decade or so ago, I've absolutely loved cozy mysteries. At first I just read cozies, devouring book after book and getting hooked on series after series. Once I wrote my first cozy mystery about three years ago, it felt so right that I knew I would focus my writing on that genre.
Why am I so in love with cozy mysteries? There are several reasons. I'm a huge fan of the mystery genre in general and that’s partly because of the puzzles that mysteries present. It's fun to guess who might be the culprit and to discover what's going on beneath the surface of a community. I love unraveling the puzzles, trying to follow the clues and red herrings, and I especially love a surprise twist that I never saw coming. As for cozies specifically, they bring some extra characteristics to the table, ones that hook me even more than other types of mysteries.
Since cozies tend to be in series format and usually focus on one community throughout, readers have the chance to really get to know not only the main character, but the whole supporting cast as well. Whether the series is set in a small town or a specific community within an urban setting, the colorful characters become so familiar that reading another book in the series is like returning to spend time with old friends (and the occasional not-so-friendly neighbor).
The same can be said of the setting of a cozy mystery series. I love it when the town or community has as much character as the people who live in it. When it's been a while since I last read a book from one of my favorite series, I find I start to miss the town or community and its characters. It's almost like having pangs of homesickness. When that happens, I need to get back to the series as soon as possible, to satisfy my cozy craving.
Another aspect of cozy mysteries that I enjoy is the touch of romance that most series have. I love to follow those subplots through several books, watching the relationships grow and change. When all of these features are added together, the result is a cozy mystery series that keeps me wanting more.
It's also comforting to know that in a cozy mystery, good will prevail over evil in the end. In this crazy, uncertain world, it's nice to be able to lose yourself in a fictional world where everything will ultimately turn out well for the good characters. Whether I'm reading them or writing them, cozies put me in a happy place and make me feel as comforted as if I were curled up under a warm blanket in front of a cheery fire on a cold winter evening. It's that feeling more than anything else that keeps me completely hooked on cozy mysteries.
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