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Book Review | Mango, Mambo, and Murder by Raquel V. Reyes – A Caribbean Kitchen Mystery

Date Published | October 12, 2021

Date Read | June 2021

Goodreads Rating | 1

Overall | This started out so strong and amazing – I gave it a 5 for Chapter 1 + 2 but then it took a weird turn where it was like reading the diary of Norma Bates’s mother. She was bizarrely obsessed with her son to the point where it was uncomfortable and weird. She only slept with the baby and never her husband. And she was like a big doormat for him and his mother. 

Pros | Great concept – set in Miami. Could’ve been fun.

Cons | Zero humor, no likeable characters and everyone is obsessed with being thin, except the mommy main character who is just obsessed with her toddler.

Warnings | Naked baby boy scene description of her watching him urinate – if you’re a mom, maybe this is fun to read but it totally grossed me out

Will I Be Continuing With The Series | No

Description |

Food anthropologist Miriam Quiñones-Smith’s move from New York to Coral Shores, Miami, puts her academic career on hold to stay at home with her young son. Adding to her funk is an opinionated mother-in-law and a husband rekindling a friendship with his ex. Gracias to her best friend, Alma, she gets a short-term job as a Caribbean cooking expert on a Spanish-language morning TV show. But when the newly minted star attends a Women’s Club luncheon, a socialite sitting at her table suddenly falls face-first into the chicken salad, never to nibble again.

When a second woman dies soon after, suspicions coalesce around a controversial Cuban herbalist, Dr. Fuentes–especially after the morning show’s host collapses while interviewing him. Detective Pullman is not happy to find Miriam at every turn. After he catches her breaking into the doctor’s apothecary, he enlists her help as eyes and ears to the places he can’t access, namely the Spanish-speaking community and the tawny Coral Shores social scene.

As the ingredients to the deadly scheme begin blending together, Miriam is on the verge of learning how and why the women died. But her snooping may turn out to be a recipe for her own murder.

Mango, Mambo, and Murder A Caribbean Kitchen Mystery by Raquel V Reyes - Lisa Siefert Book Reviews
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