Mango, Mamba, and Murder by Raquel V. Reyes
Release Date - October 12, 2021
Meet Miriam Quinones-Smith, a happily married food anthropologist who finds herself uprooted from NYC to her husband's Floridian hometown. While Miriam's determined to make the best of the challenges of moving to a new community with a four-year-old, her mother-in-law is not making it easy. Nor is her husband's high school girlfriend who is back in his life and making it clear she was part of the family first.
One of her first outings brings Miriam to a Women's Club luncheon with her best friend, Alma. Alma is a local realtor and loves to network. When a woman at the luncheon drops dead during the meal, everyone is questioned. When a second person dies, it's hard to ignore that something is going on. Miriam suspects it has something to do with a local herbologist's tea blends.
At the same time, a local channel wants to hire Miriam to do a cooking segment that focuses on recipes and stories that share Miriam's Cuban heritage. She's on the verge of becoming a huge smash, but she can't let her new job distract her from learning the truth about these suspicious deaths.
It has been a while since I've read a culinary mystery, and Mango, Mamba, and Murder is exactly why I love them so much. I adored Miriam and hated her mother-in-law just as much as she did. If ever there was a character that could have been killed off to make me happy, she's a perfect candidate.
Nearing the end of the book, I had suspicions as to who the killer was, but it took me a while to figure out why. I do love a mystery that keeps me guessing. What I loved even more were the dishes Miriam whipped up. I was so hungry reading this book. I already know what I want to make for dinner. I just need to find a few ingredients that local stores don't carry first.