Release Date: Jul 28, 2020
Series: A Mahalia Watkins Mystery
A.L. Herbert, Author of the Mahalia Watkins Soul Food series, knocks it out of the park with this delectable, highly entertaining murder-mystery story. A true gem, ingeniously the author takes it one-step further and provides you with delicious recipes of food featured throughout the book!
Mahalia “Halia” Watkins, local favorite restaurant owner of Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, has a knack for solving local mysteries. Alongside her mom, Celia, her cousin Wavonne and her mouth-watering recipes, Mahalia’s Sweet Tea has become an esteem and prominent staple within the community. But when a national TV show comes knocking at her door with an engaging offer, Halia must decide if she’s willing to step out of her comfort zone and step onto the national spotlight.
In the competitive restaurant world, where all bets are off, a last-minute opening as a guest judge on the TV Program Elite Chef, has just opened up and Halia is reluctantly up for the challenge. Determined to gain more exposure for Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, Halia decides to partake in the chaotic, contentious, Elite Chef competition. After all, a couple of days of filming, a luxurious stay at a nearly completed hotel and a spot on a national TV show, sounds easy enough…
Animated characters moved this story along in its measured set-up for mystery. Artfully developed range of characters were a joy to experience, along with their quick quip dialogue. A bit winded before the murder occurs, the author takes you along and gently lets you become acquainted with the characters; thus, ensuring you see their potential for murder. From the ever funny Wavonne, the ruthless restaurant mogul, Russell Mellinger, his wife Cynthia, the competitive contestants, flirty-judge Twyla Harper and even Detective Hutchins, it was hard for me to choose a favorite character. I loved them all!
A delightful and delicious murder-mystery will have you highly engaged in its clever and elaborate plot. Meanwhile, you’ll want to take a break and run to the grocery store to find all the right ingredients for the recipes included. Soon, though, you’ll be second guessing yourself as the mystery unravels until the murderer is finally revealed at the very end. Funny banter, a twisty plot and delicious food made for me the perfect combination and an immediately approved recommended read! So, start reading and get cooking (just make sure you check your expiration dates)!