Ever since I moved to the seaside town of Wildwood Cove to run The Flip Side pancake house, my days have started early. Luckily, I’m a morning person so I don’t mind my alarm going off at five AM. If, however, I have any trouble getting out of bed, I’ve got a backup alarm—my orange tabby cat, Flapjack. He won’t hesitate to let me know that it’s time to get up and feed him, and he knows I can’t resist his cute face or his plaintive meows.
Once I’m up, showered, and dressed (usually in a graphic tee and jeans), I feed Flapjack and get my own breakfast—typically a strawberry banana smoothie. Sometimes, though, I’ll skip breakfast at home and have it at the pancake house instead. The Flip Side’s chef, Ivan, is a wizard with breakfast foods and his crêpes are to die for. I’d eat breakfast at the pancake house every morning if that didn’t mean I’d have to go for two runs every day!
Unless the weather is terrible, I like to walk to work. I take the beach route, even when the sun hasn’t yet risen. I love to start my day out in the fresh air, smelling the salty sea breeze and listening to the lapping of the waves against the shoreline. On clear days during the warmer months, the sunlight sparkles on the water and seagulls and other birds provide the morning’s soundtrack.
When I reached The Flip Side—which overlooks the ocean—I always stop by the kitchen to say good morning to Ivan and his assistant, Tommy. Then I set about getting ready to open the pancake house. The Flip Side only has one full-time waitress outside of the tourist season, so I often help out with waiting tables during the breakfast and lunch rushes. If there’s a murder to be solved, the customers can be a great source of information. In a small town like Wildwood Cove, news (and gossip!) spreads quickly, and I’ve gleaned valuable clues from some of the pancake house’s diners on more than one occasion.
The Flip Side closes at two and I’m usually finished work for the day by four o’clock. That leaves me time to do some sleuthing around town when necessary. In the summertime, I’ll also sneak in some beach time, with a refreshing dip in the ocean. Sometimes I spend a quiet evening at home with Flapjack and a good book, but other times I’ll hang out with my boyfriend, Brett, or I’ll have a movie night with my friend Lisa. If I want to eat dinner out, there’s a great pub in town that serves delicious veggie burgers. It’s a popular hangout for many of the locals, and I often dig up an interesting tidbit of information there when I’m working on one of my investigations.
I don’t often stay up late since I get up so early each morning, but my days are always full. Although I’ve ended up in the middle of more than one murder investigation since I moved to the Olympic Peninsula, I’ve never once regretted leaving behind my old life in Seattle. I love living here in Wildwood Cove and I hope everyone who comes to visit the seaside town will love it too.
You can read more about Marley in For Whom the Bread Rolls, the second book in the “Pancake House” mystery series.
From the author of The Crêpes of Wrath comes another decadent cozy mystery. This time, pancake house owner Marley McKinney is tangling with a salty troublemaker . . . and a ravenous killer.
Tourist season’s in full swing in the small seaside town of Wildwood Cove, and Marley McKinney couldn’t be happier. Since taking over the Flip Side restaurant, she’s made a few close friends, adopted a cat named Flapjack, and started dating her childhood crush. The only cloud on the horizon is local nuisance Ida Winkler, who blames Marley for landing her nephew in prison. Trying to get a rise out of Marley, Ida’s been making crank calls and even vandalizing the pancake house.
The police can’t do much about the pranks, so Marley sets out to bury the hatchet once and for all. But someone’s beat her to it—in the most shocking way possible. After stumbling across Ida’s dead body, Marley’s suddenly the number-one suspect in her murder. Clearing her good name is going to be a tall order, but Marley’s not about to let Ida keep ruining her life—especially from beyond the grave.
Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!
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Meet the author
Sarah Fox, writer of cozy mysteries, 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. Connect with Sarah at authorsarahfox.com, on Twitter and on Facebook.
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For Whom the Bread Rolls is available at online booksellers.