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Released: May 4th 2021
“I absolutely could not put it down…”~ Under the Covers
“If there were an Olympic event for avoidance, I probably wouldn’t bring home the gold, but I’d sure as heck place.”
— 𝒜𝓇𝓈𝑒𝓃𝒾𝒸 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒜𝒹𝑜𝒷𝑜, Mia P. Manansala
Lila Macapagal moves back to her hometown of Shady Palms for two reasons: one, help her aunt save the family restaurant from utter ruin, and two, heal from a terrible breakup. The restaurant side of her life means putting up with a nasty food critic (who also happens to be an ex-boyfriend) a lot of the time. When that food critic suddenly drops dead into a bowl of desserts at the restaurant, Lila becomes a prime suspect. Weird things continue to rock the tiny town, and Lila continuously finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. In order to clear her name and save her family’s livelihood, Lila takes it upon herself to try and solve the case. But the closer she gets, the more dangerous it becomes, and it could end up costing her everything.
This was such a good cozy mystery! There were a lot of characters to keep track of, but I loved how all of their stories tied together in order to further the plot. Due to the number of characters, the list of suspects was incredibly long, which made trying to guess who was at fault a fun endeavor.
I loved Lila as the narrator. She was a flawed woman afraid to confront her family about their wishes for her, and also hellbent on keeping her deepest darkest secret hidden from all of the people she loves. In the end, everything she does is for them. Given the fact that there wasn’t actually any real romance in this book, I’m surprised at how addictive it was. I absolutely could not put it down. I don’t typically read “cozy” mysteries, because I tend to gravitate towards mysteries that scare the crap out of me, but I loved this. I think it’s great for a wide audience.
I highly recommending it for a quick, fun, cozy mystery read.
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