It’s time for a savory soirée—but something sinister is stewing—in Raquel V. Reyes’s second delightful Caribbean Kitchen mystery, perfectly delicious for fans of Mia P. Manansala.
Fall festivities are underway in Coral Shores, Miami. Cuban-American cooking show star Miriam Quiñones-Smith wakes up to find a corpse in her front yard. The body by the fake tombstone is the woman that was kicked out of the school's Fall Festival the day before.
Miriam's luck does not improve. Her passive-aggressive mother-in-law puts her in charge of the Women's Club annual gala. But this year, it's not canapes and waltzes. Miriam and her girlfriends-squad opt for fun and flavor. They want to spice it up with Caribbean food trucks and a calypso band. While making plans at the country club, they hear a volatile argument between the new head chef and the club's manager. Not long after, the chef swan dives to his death at the bottom of the grand staircase.
Was it an accident? Or was it Beverly, the sous chef, who is furious after being passed over for the job? Or maybe it was his ex-girlfriend, Anastasia?
Add two possible poisonings to the mix and Miriam is worried the food truck fun is going to be a major crash. As the clock ticks down and the body count goes up, Miriam's life is put in jeopardy. Will she connect the dots or die in the deep freeze? Foodies and mystery lovers alike will savor the denouement as the truth is laid bare in this simmering stew of rage, retribution, and murder.
About the Author
Raquel V. Reyes was raised in oppositional cultures. Her early childhood was not unlike an I Love Lucy rerun with a heavy-accented, handsome Cuban father and a red-headed Southern mother whose smile brightened the room. A short story fan all her life, Raquel's stories are in several anthologies, including Mystery Most Theatrical, In the Midnight Hour, and Trouble No More. Raquel's soul food is croquetas with a Jupiña chaser. She lives in Miami, where she watches the waters for mermaids and leviathan.
Praise for Mango, Mambo, and Murder: 2022 LEFTY AWARD FOR BEST HUMOROUS MYSTERY NOVEL
“Raquel V. Reyes’s series debut, Mango, Mambo, and Murder, furthers my belief that the cozy mystery has become one of the most diverse, and most vibrant, in contemporary crime fiction.” —The New York Times
"Mango, Mambo, and Murder has everything you look for in a cozy mystery but also feels like a breath of fresh air." —BookPage, starred review
"A vibrant, diverse, LGBTQ-inclusive cast and Raquel Reyes’s deft balance of sensitive topics and frothy intrigue make this a standout." —BookRiot
"Mystery fans will instantly be pulled into this one." —Reader's Digest
“[A] refreshing debut and series launch . . . [with] well-defined characters and [a] vibrant social scene. Mouthwatering recipes round out the volume.” —Publishers Weekly
“It is refreshing to see the diversity of this story.” —New York Journal of Books
“The character-driven debut introduces a fresh protagonist.” —Library Journal, starred review
“This action packed mystery dazzles . . . entrances, delights, and excites readers to keep turning pages. Kudos to the author.” —Midwest Book Review
“What a fun book that had me completely immersed in all aspects in this light and fresh whodunit." —Dru's Book Musings
“This series is now on my insta-buy list." —Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo
"Featuring an appealing, whip-smart sleuth, and rich with the Latin culture and cuisine of south Florida, Mango, Mambo, and Murder is a delicious page-turner of a mystery. Me encantó. I loved it." —Ellen Byron, USA Today bestselling author of the Cajun Country Mysteries
“Raquel Reyes’ debut is as bright as the Miami sun and as satisfying as a big pot of sancocho, with a kick like a shot of Cuban coffee." —Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning author of the Last Ditch Motel series
“A delicious culinary cozy that serves up both mouthwatering Caribbean food and a fun, family-centered mystery." —Gigi Pandian, award-winning author of the Accidental Alchemist Mysteries
“A delightfully flavorful series debut from author Raquel V. Reyes.” —Debra H. Goldstein, award winning author of the Sarah Blair mysteries
“Raquel V. Reyes' Mango, Mambo, and Murder is a flavorful blend of culture, crime, and Caribbean cuisine. Reyes' novel is a tasty addition to the culinary cozy canon.” —Alexia Gordon, author of the Gethsemane Brown mysteries
“This mouthwatering Miami mystery will have you hungry for more adventures from the fierce working mom and food anthropologist sleuth.” —Jennifer J. Chow, Lefty Award-Nominated Author of the Sassy Cat Mysteries
“Mango, Mambo, and Murder is a delicious glimpse into Caribbean culture and cuisine, with a satisfying mystery." —V. M. Burns, author of the Agatha Award-nominated Mystery Bookshop series
“A great debut by Raquel V. Reyes!” —Tina Kashian, author of the best-selling Kebab Kitchen mysteries