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  • Homicide and Halo-Halo

  • A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Mia P. Manansala
  • Narrated by: Danice Cabanela
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Summary

Death at a beauty pageant turns Tita Rosie's Kitchen upside down in the latest entry of this witty and humorous cozy-mystery series by Mia P. Manansala.

Things are heating up for Lila Macapagal. Not in her love life, which she insists on keeping nonexistent despite the attention of two very eligible bachelors. Or her professional life, since she can't bring herself to open her new café after the unpleasantness that occurred a few months ago at her aunt's Filipino restaurant, Tita Rosie's Kitchen. No, things are heating up quite literally, since summer, her least favorite season, has just started. 

To add to her feelings of sticky unease, Lila's little town of Shady Palms has resurrected the Miss Teen Shady Palms Beauty Pageant, which she won many years ago - a fact that serves as a wedge between Lila and her cousin-slash-rival, Bernadette. But when the head judge of the pageant is murdered and Bernadette becomes the main suspect, the two must put aside their differences and solve the case - because it looks like one of them might be next.

©2022 Mia P. Manansala (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"While the follow-up to Arsenic and Adobo is a cozy mystery, it’s darker, dealing with PTSD, predatory behavior, dismissive attitudes toward mental health, and other issues. Filipino American food and culture, as well as family and community, remain essential elements in the story."—Library Journal, starred review

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Excellent Narration!

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book. Glad Mia was able to touch on the topic of mental health and how it is seen within Filipino culture. Hamilton references are always plus too.

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Another great story from Lila and friends

I appreciated the author's note at the beginning where she says she was also struggling through the pandemic like the rest of us.
Lila got herself into a little less trouble this time, but still managed to come out of this bruised and shaken up. A great story overall, but felt a bit out of sync, the events felt glued together by sheer force and the whole story had a weird flow to it, very uncoordinated somehow.

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  • kidioko
  • 17-06-22

A little messy but fun cozy

I was so excited for this one after loving Arsenic and Adobo and enjoyed it and look forward to the next installment to the series but this one was a less compelling than the first. I would still recommend it.

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  • Deema Al-Rasheed
  • 06-06-22

Much More Than A Cozy Mystery in the Best Ways

In the second book of the Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery series, Lila is judging the Shady Palms Teen pageant - the same pageant she won years ago. She also finds herself, once again, investigating a murder to try to clear an innocent family member’s name. Like most cozy mysteries, the story is filled with eccentric characters, drama, funny situations, and fluffy scenes. Oh, and of course a mystery to be solved. However, Mia P. Manansala covers heavier topics and important social commentary that mostly have to do with her diverse cast of characters. This is something I respect and appreciate about her books. For me, the pageant, the love triangle, and some of the additional characters we were introduced to in this book weren’t that important. Rather, I really appreciated the nuanced and sensitive writing about unhealed grief and dismissive attitudes towards mental health.

I’m a fan of our main character, Lila, and the supporting characters in this book. Lila has amazing family members and friends that highlight the importance of close and healthy relationships. Speaking of amazing friends, I wish we got more of Adeena in this book - hopefully the next book will give her more time. I thought the ending was good and hopeful, especially regarding the topics of healing and taking care of mental health, and I’m looking forward to the third book in this series. Manasala’s characters, banter, and creative food descriptions continue to be a joy to read. I would even recommend Homicide and Halo-Halo to people who aren’t big cozy mystery fans because it feels like more than a typical cozy to me.

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  • Jennifer
  • 11-04-22

Still really enjoyable!

I really missed having all the “calendar” aunties in this book, but overall I think it was a solid follow up to the first book. I think it was a tad rushed and I wish the mental health aspects would have been covered more, BUT I know that this was written in the lockdown pandemic so I get it! I love these characters and the sweet community and hope we can hear more from her soon!

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  • TaSigmund
  • 05-04-22

Good Mystery

Lila is opening a bakery with her best friend, Elena. The day of the soft opening Lila must judge a beauty pageant. Of course, there's a murder and Lila has to solve it. I like this book. I like that the author includes her culture and heritage in the book. I liked the nana's and the main characters, they make me laugh. I listened to this book, the narrator was excellent. I like that as soon as the start the audio I'm hooked. I can't wait til the next book comes out.

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  • Janet Dobson
  • 28-03-22

So-so

I was looking forward to reading this book after the first one. The narration this time seemed off. It sounds like she was struggling to get her words out, or maybe that was the intent, since the focus was on mental health. I liked the twist at the end though.

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  • Mafwa K
  • 22-03-22

Quick, light and fun listen

I liked this book as a sequel. You get to learn a lot more about Lila and some of her 'whys' and you have a whole lot of folks helping out throughout the book to gather info/inverstigate. Maybe improbable that the detective asks everyone for help in one breath and then says don't spread or share stories but I didn't put that much stock into it. Good for a light, fun and quick listen. Interested in what future adventures everyone gets into.

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  • Amanda H Kunze
  • 07-03-22

Too many details that don’t add to the story arch

Great attempt at inclusion in this story, but there were so many details that were general observations that they became distracting. I LOVED the first book from this series and struggled with this one, had to speed up the reading to get through it and drifted off often. The story could have been much better had the details pertained to the story arch instead of what often felt like forcing observations in.

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  • Danielle Simchick
  • 04-03-22

Loved just as much as the first book!

This book picks up right where Arsenic and Adobo ended...all the same characters, plus some new ones and a new murder to solve! The character conflicts introduced in the first book all develop further and some are resolved. The series promotes equality and identity acceptance of all people with very relevant societal topics. Most importantly, this book series not only is a murder mystery, it is also a beautiful exploration of Filipino culture, food, and family values. If you love food and to travel, you will love the multiculturalism that Manansala promotes in the series.

P.S. There is also a small amount of romance :) I CANNOT wait for the third book to come out!

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  • Judy Sevillo
  • 26-02-22

Proud Pinoy Reader

Love the series and I look forward to more. Filipino details on food is well researched.
Although I think the Aunties' diction could be improved, they do sound like that sometimes.

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  • Spencer
  • 20-02-22

Love

Love this series! makes me actually want to cook, which isn't something I do. Great storytelling!