I love a cozy mystery and my favorite time of year for a cozy is when the weather is getting chilly. Now yes, there are all year round cozies and you can read them whenever you like, but something about the fall makes me want to read mysteries a lot more. Mango, Mambo, and Murder is the first in a new series, A Caribbean Kitchen Mystery, by Raquel V. Reyes. This series follows a food anthropologist who has moved from New York to Coral Shores, Miami. Beyond your standard moving problems, there is the added drama of murder.
Miriam Quinones-Smith has had to put her academic career on hold to take care of her young son. While this is a shift she is also in a further funk because of her opinionated mother-in-law and her husband deciding to rekindle a relationship with an ex. Her best friend Alma finds her a short-term job as a Caribbean cooking expert on a Spanish-language morning show. What is shocking is at a Women’s Club luncheon a socialite at her table suddenly faceplants into the chicken salad. Another woman suspiciously dies and sudden controversy is surrounding Cuban herbalist Dr. Fuentes. This isn’t helped by the new morning show host collapsing after an interview with him. Detective Pullman isn’t pleased to find Miriam involved and when he catches her breaking into the doctor’s apothecary he drafts her to help. As she gets closer will her snooping lead her into danger?
I am so excited for more of this series and I love Miriam as the lead character. I am so used to cozies focusing on recently single women, but having a married mother with a child as the lead was a great shift. Now this may just be something I have run into more so than other readers, but I appreciate the change. I really think this is the perfect Fall read. Not only does it have a murder, which is eerie, but the food elements feel very cozy and perfect for cooler weather. If you love cozies I can’t recommend this one enough. You can pre-order your copy of Mango, Mambo, and Murder today.