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Much Ado About Nutmeg–senior athletic competition

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Much Ado About Nutmeg

by Sarah Fox

Much Ado About NutmegThe Golden Oldies Games have come to Wildwood Cove, and Marley, owner of the pancake house aptly named The Flip Side, anticipates and receives a bustling crowd as tourists and participants and their families converge on the beach town. Marley has excitement in her personal life too as she prepares for her wedding to Brett.

Sarah Fox’s Much Ado About Nutmeg has an interesting plot with several crimes and lots of suspects. Marley’s natural curiosity pulls her into investigating, mostly by interviewing, but that propensity draws her some potentially deadly attention. An enjoyable read, the book’s downside is a little too much description of Marley’s walk on the beach and to work, what she had to eat, and her attentions to her pets in her spare time.

This cozy mystery did not hold a lot of suspense, but its ending was a surprise. I’ll be back to discover how Marley’s life changes with marriage and if it dampens her enthusiasm for sleuthing.

I would like to extend my thanks to Netgalley and to Lyrical Underground (Kensington Press) for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: 1. #6 in the Pancake House Mystery Series, but the author provides background information so it is good as a standalone.

  2. Recipes included for scones and waffles

Publication:   January 14, 2020—Lyrical Underground (Kensington Press)

Memorable Lines:

I floated on my back for a few minutes, rising and falling with the waves. For the first time since I’d learned Yvonne was murdered, I relaxed and my racing thoughts slowed down. That was the magic of the ocean and Wildwood Beach. No other place brought me such peace.

Her determination was eerily familiar. I’d have as much luck keeping her out of the investigation as I would keeping myself out of it.

“We both know my reputation. I would have ended up looking into things even if you hadn’t asked me to. I’m drawn to mysteries like a moth to a flame.”


  1. This sounds fun, I have some other books by Sarah Fox on my reading list too. {My sister’s maiden name is Sarah Fox!!}

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  2. My kind of book!!!

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  3. carhicks says:

    I enjoy this series, but this was my least favourite. I agree, there was a lot of description about everyday life in this one. I too, want to see what is in store for Marley. Nice review Linda.

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    • lghiggins says:

      Thank you. I like a good setting and the sharing of ambiance, but I am a tad disappointed when an author I like puts in too much of that type of description. If it is the publisher’s fault because of word requirements, then shame on them. If you can tell a story within a certain number of words, then end it when the tale has been told.

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