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Mia P. Manansala
A RUSA Award-winning novel!The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer.... When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She's tasked with saving her Tita Rosie's failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case. With the cops treating her like she's the one and only suspect, and the shady landlord looking to finally kick the Macapagal family out and resell the storefront, Lila's left with no choice but to conduct her own investigation. Armed with the nosy auntie network, her barista best bud, and her trusted Dachshund, Longanisa, Lila takes on this tasty, twisted case and soon finds her own neck on the chopping block…
Mia P. Manansala
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"What a great book! I felt like the ending could have been a little cleaner, but the sequels that followed have done an excellent job at portraying mental health. I also really love the characters and it's nice to see a real representation of aapi families in how they genuinely behave."
"A delightful blend of Murder She Wrote and small town 90s rom-com. A small town where everyone knows everyone and gossip travels faster than anything else. Six degrees of separation is cut in half in places like that 😂 A quick fun read that dives into murder mystery and Filipino culture. It a read that leaves your hungry…for more Tita Rosie’s kitchen mysteries and chicken adobo 😊 🥘 ❤️ "
"The best thing about this book isn’t the mystery, although that is top notch, it’s the characters. These characters are extremely well written and feel so human. I felt like I made friends with all of them by the end."