Review: (#giftedbook): Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking

Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this free digital copy in exchange for an honest review. This is available now!

This is the second in the Caribbean Kitchen Mystery series by Raquel V. Reyes, and it takes place not too long after the first book (Mango, Mambo, and Murder) ends. Miriam is back, and finds herself involved in another murder mystery that may or may not have ties to the case she helped solve in book one.

Most of this book is set during October, so it was fun to read it during the spooky season. šŸ™‚ Like with the first book, I absolutely loved all of the descriptions of food and Miriam’s cooking show “Abuela Approved.” Besides her truly horrendous and racist MIL, I loved all of the interactions Miriam has with her family, and the Spanish woven into the entire book. I love a great women-supporting-women team, and Reyes has created a great one for Miriam–I want to be friends with them all!

I did struggle with the writing itself at times…sometimes the sentences felt flat and mechanical. Otherwise, I enjoyed the mystery and would still continue the series. šŸ™‚

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