Pancakes and Corpses by Agatha Frost

Pancakes and Corpses


Soon to be divorced Julia South never expected to be caught up in solving a murder, until she discovered the body of her cafe’s most awkward customer. With a new smug Detective Inspector in town who underestimates her every move, Julia makes it her mission to discover the real murderer, before her village friends are dragged into the frame, and more bodies are discovered.

A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe owning female amateur sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes. (Goodreads)


There’s a pretty scathing, biting opinion ahead – buckle up!

I could not finish this book; I gave this up at 87%. I just simply didn’t feel like reading it any more. I picked this up because of its tantalizing, beautiful cover, but it wasn’t strong enough a draw to keep me engaged in the book.

I thought the writing is pretty decent; it conveys the sudden shift of atmosphere or characters’ countenance really well, it even sent chills down my spine at times, yet the plot seemed a bit too weak and the characters are poorly drawn or underdeveloped. They didn’t leave much impact which is quite a drawback for me.

The mystery element was actually enjoyable until a bit over halfway through the book. The story is NOT in told in the first person but basically the plot progresses from Julia – the protagonist’s standpoint, so we follow the murder case through the perspective of Julia.
As she goes deeper into the double homicide case, the plot thickens and she runs into who seems to be the prime suspect one after another, literally everybody seems to have a motive which I find interesting. I actually enjoyed and wondered how it would turn out, how everything would fall into place, but alas, the culprit revelation felt a bit too slippery and underwhelming; it didn’t hit me nor sink in on me as much I would have liked (That was where I decided to give it up.)

Again, the writing is not bad at all, it’s decent and good enough to keep me engaged pretty close to the end, but it didn’t suffice to win over my interest and drive me to the ending.
The fault may have lain with me, not the book’s fault, but this book just didn’t click with me as well as I had hoped this time.

If you are into cozy mystery, you might enjoy this but for someone like me who likes evocative books, probably this might not be for you.

Might come back when I’m in the right frame of mind. But just not anytime soon, I’m afraid.

I gave this book – I’m terribly sorry, but 1 out of 5 stars – it has gone to the DNF zone…

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