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  • A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Mia P. Manansala
  • Narrated by: Danice Cabanela
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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Arsenic and Adobo

By: Mia P. Manansala
Narrated by: Danice Cabanela
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Summary

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….

©2021 Mia P. Manansala (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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One of CrimeReads' "Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2021"! 

One of BookRiot's "Most Anticipated Books of 2021"! 

One of Bustle's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2021"! 

"Even though I tend to write dark, hardboiled stories in which people get hit in the face with tools, I love to read a well-written and quirky cozy mystery. Manansala has created just that with her debut novel, a tale full of eccentric characters, humorous situations and an oh-so-tricky mystery. Check this one out for the poetic prose and the mouth-watering recipes that are integral to the plot." (The Washington Post

“This book hits the exact right spot.... Mia P. Manansala manages to create a murder mystery where nothing is too horrifying and you know everything will be okay in the end. And because of that, you just get to go along for the ride of trying to figure out what really happened when Lila Macapagal’s ex-boyfriend Derek drops dead in front of her at her family’s restaurant. I’ve heard it described as a 'cozy mystery' and that’s exactly what it is, a perfectly cozy puzzle to solve. Also, it will make you very hungry for Filipino food - and then it delivers with recipes in the back!” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times best-selling author of Malibu Rising 

"This breeze-right-through-it mystery mystery follows baker Lila Macapagal as she investigates the murder of her ex-boyfriend, the town's too-mean food critic, after he dies over a meal in her aunt's flailing Filipino restaurant. Finding out whether or not Lila can solve the crime and save the restaurant is as satisfying as it is climactic with just the right amount of drama." (Bon Appetit)

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This book was super good! The plot was interesting and the narration was good as well (although I have to say I did find her voice annoying at times). It is clearly aimed at a slightly younger audience as the writing style was a bit simple, this may have been accentuated by the narration though. I got very into the storyline and loved the mystery and plot as a whole but the main character isn't super likeable. She's just annoying and makes silly decisions which can be infuriating sometimes. Overall though this book was a good read and I will be reading the rest in the series.

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Will make you hungry!

Performance is great. Story is good. Main protagonist is annoying and her actions are ridiculous at times.

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Delicious book

The suspense and mystery were gripping and all may guesses were utterly wrong, good thing I’m not a detective 😜 very little in terms of romance but the many relationships between families and friends were great as the author introduced us to some Asian (mainly Philippino family traditions). It was funny and the many foods Lila mentioned were mouthwatering. I want to try them all. I wish she had added more recipes. Really good young adult read.

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Cosy and comfortable…

if you can put those descriptions on a crime story. A bit too long and our main character a bit to self-centred

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fun and light

lovely food descriptions. not much depth but a fast paced bit of drama. enjoyed it!

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