Monday, November 27, 2017

review: for whom the bread rolls by sarah fox

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In The Crêpes of Wrath, Ida established herself as a bit of a nemesis for Marley, so Marley is an obvious suspect when she discovers Ida’s body. Of course, no one really believes Marley would kill anyone, but it does at least give her a plausible excuse for becoming involved in yet another murder investigation. Marley quickly learns that many people might have wanted Ida dead as they suspected she was blackmailing them. Proving most residents of Wildwood Cove are Pollyannas, all of the blackmail is pretty trivial. Not all of the residents are such goody-two-shoes though; one of them murdered Ida and there’s also a drug lab operating in town.

As with the first in the series, For Whom the Bread Rolls moves slowly with lots of filler scenes (though none as excruciatingly pointless as the interview scene of the first book) meant to give the reader more information about the numerous secondary characters Marley associates with. Despite all the time spent with the secondary characters, the murderer is not well developed. The various storylines all come together well, but a little too quickly given all the diversions that the path to get to the conclusion took. Although there are plenty of references to The Crêpes of Wrath, For Whom the Bread Rolls can be read as a standalone.

About the audiobook: Marguerite Gavin is the reader of Sarah Fox's For Whom the Bread Rolls as she was for The Crêpes of Wrath. Gavin distinguished between male and female voices well, but it was difficult to tell which male character was speaking when there were two or more males in a scene. The audio version was published August 2017 by Tantor Audio. It runs 7 hours. The audio version does not include the bonus recipes of the print version.
Review copy provided by Audiobook Jukebox.

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