This is the first in a new series by Sarah Fox. Marley has come to a small coastal Washington State town from Seattle to look after her cousin Jimmy’s business, The Flip Side Pancake House, while he recovers in the hospital. Jimmy is found murdered and Marley finds herself surrounded by suspects and suspicious goings on. Is Jimmy’s death tied to a string of local burglaries? Is it related to the contents of his will? It it due to a dispute with a real estate developer neighbor? How about the ex-girlfriend and her shady son? There are many possible motives and suspects to keep the reader guessing and reading.
Marley needs to solve the mystery partly to find her cousin’s murderer, but also to clear his name and protect herself. Then, she will have decisions to make about her future and Jimmy’s cat, Flapjack’s. Charming setting, a well plotted mystery, and an interesting protagonist make for a good new cozy mystery read!