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Arsenic and Adobo
Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishesone that might just be killer.... When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She's tasked with saving her Tita Rosie's failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case. With the cops treating her like she's the one and only suspect, and the shady landlord looking to finally kick the Macapagal family out and resell the storefront, Lila's left with no choice but to conduct her own investigation. Armed with the nosy auntie network, her barista best bud, and her trusted Dachshund, Longanisa, Lila takes on this tasty, twisted case and soon finds her own neck on the chopping block
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TheBookDream
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#cozies #diversereads

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bklover Yum! 2w
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TheBookDream
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Reading during my shift before class. #cozymysteries #diversereads

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TheBookDream
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A little reading before class. #lessstress #cozymystery

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DebinHawaii
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Mehso-so

This one was a #BOTM pick & in my #TBR stack for ages so I am glad that I got the nudge to read it from the #diversecozy buddy read. That being said, it wasn‘t my favorite. Having spent time in the Philippines & having Filipino friends, I enjoyed the dive into the food & culture but the mystery was too easily solved, the drama overwrought, the plot holes many & things,including the MC‘s choices were either over explained or not explained ⬇️

DebinHawaii … enough. Although not a love for me, I may still pick up the next book in the series just to see if things improve as I do like a foodie cozy. & the food was the best part of this one. Also adding it to my #SeriesLove2023 list & books read. 2mo
mcipher The next book is better! 2mo
TheSpineView Hopefully it will be better. Great job for sticking with it. 2mo
DebinHawaii @mcipher Good to hear! 2mo
Andrew65 Well done and hope the next one is better. 👏👏👏 2mo
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Mshookquilts
Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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A fun read. Lila comes back home to help with her aunt‘s failing restaurant. But, the death of Lila‘s Ex, while eating there is about to throw a monkey wrench in her plans. In order to avoid jail and further destruction of the restaurant, Lila begins investigating. Moments of humor. @FeatherV thank you for the recommendation and the loan.

FeatherV I‘m so glad you liked it, I think this series is one of my favorites now 2mo
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KathyWheeler
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While I liked this well enough, it was not the best thing since sliced bread, which I‘d been led to believe from all the love given it. I had issues remembering some of the characters because they weren‘t all that memorable. Also, while humorous, it wasn‘t quite as funny as I expected. I continued with The Corner That Held Them on my #audiowalk #diversecozy #NunLit

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5feet.of.fury
Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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Mehso-so

I don‘t know. It made me want some ube crinkle cookies but other than that…

people don‘t act like this. The restaurant that‘s accused of murdering the food critic makes the food at the wake. I was confused that they would even go to the wake. & they… made the food. For the wake.

I didn‘t care for the “love triangle” or the family drama of every side character. & it just never really called to me between reads.

#diversecozy

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sarahbellum
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January‘s #diversecozy buddy read

Oh dear, what a mess. I really loved learning more about Filipino-American culture and food (oh the food! 🤤), but the plot/mystery itself was partly overly complicated and partly very obvious. I was baffled by some of the characters‘ motivations and reactions, including the MC‘s. Felt very much like a debut 🤷🏻‍♀️

5feet.of.fury I agree, & I‘m glad you said that, I was at like 70% and obviously an easy one to finish but I was having a real problem of motivation bc I had no interest in these characters. Everyone‘s behavior was so random. 2mo
sarahbellum @5feet.of.fury when it was revealed what Janet had done and Lila ran up to her and gave her a HUG and Terrence didn‘t want to leave her, I was flabbergasted. Everyone was so anti-drug and she was directly responsible for the flood of illegal drugs into their community! I just… ugh 🤬😵‍💫 I could go on and on haha 2mo
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KathyWheeler @sarahbellum That was just so weird! As was her aunt‘s restaurant serving the food at the wake when they‘d been suspected of killing the dead person. 2mo
5feet.of.fury @sarahbellum that was so silly! The way Lila accused everyone, assumed it was the other restaurant owners but ate at all these places and accused them of murder. and how they don‘t really address Derek being Lila‘s ex until over half the book is gone, but especially Rosie‘s Kitchen making the food for the wake for the dead person they were under investigation for poisoning… mind blowing to me. 😂😂 2mo
5feet.of.fury @KathyWheeler that one just kills me 😅 2mo
sarahbellum @KathyWheeler @5feet.of.fury yes, the wake food and the eating at all the suspects‘ restaurants! Another thing that killed me was when Adeena called Lila while Kevin was still at the cafe to tell her that she knew how Derek was killed and who did it… like what???? The killer is right next to you! Get away, don‘t keep working and rat him out within earshot 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
KathyWheeler @sarahbellum Really! That drive me crazy too! 2mo
mhillis It wasn‘t my favorite either but I‘d still like to give book three a try this month! 2mo
sarahbellum @mhillis hopefully the series improves over time! 2mo
ozma.of.oz That‘s disappointing! But I love the cover design so much! 2mo
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IndoorDame
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This was a fun quick read. I found the bulk of the book quite humorous, though there was something about the ending that seemed slightly rushed and unsatisfying and I‘m not sure if this one will be memorable. Overall probably a low pick or a high so-so. #DiverseCozy @sarahbellum #Pantone2023 #BlazingYellow @Clwojick #AuldLangSpine @SueK @monalyisha

sarahbellum Yay! I‘m planning to start this later today! 2mo
SueK Wow you‘re a fast reader! I skipped the second one in this series because the author said she was in a dark place when she wrote it (during Covid lockdown). But I recently read the third and enjoyed it as a fun, holiday-themed, foodie cozy. @IndoorDame It‘s called Blackmail and Bibingka if anyone‘s interested. (edited) 2mo
Clwojick Great job! 2mo
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Bookwormjillk
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This was a fun mystery that made me very hungry! #DiverseCozy

sarahbellum Yay! I‘ll be diving in this weekend! 3mo
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Catlady2
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This was a fun read. I‘m looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Catsandbooks
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4/5 ⭐️ I really enjoyed this cozy mystery! I liked the characters and the food descriptions we're delicious! #LMPBC

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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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#NSR22
I loved this #CozyMystery! It was a great balance of plot and character development. The mix of small town murder, charming characters, and mouth watering foodie moments is just right. I'm a life long mystery lover, but I haven't really enjoyed the genre in recent years, (definitely a me problem, lol) but I really got into this one. Also - I am definitely going to be trying the recipies in the back of the book! The excitement is real!

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emmaturi
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This was a fun crime mystery, first in the series. It kind of reminded me of the Four Aunties series.

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Julsmarshall
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What a delightfully modern and fresh cozy mystery! I loved the characters, the food and the solid whodunit. Can‘t wait to read installment #2!

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Saknicole
Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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Finishing my second book in the #LMPBC Round 15 and working on this sweater for my husband on a beautiful fall Sunday. @Catsandbooks I will have your next #LMPBC book in the post tomorrow after school. Hope it greets you well! #knitting

Tamra Oh, as a knitting newbie I‘m so envious of your skill! Making a sweater seem so far off. 7mo
Saknicole @Tamra the great thing about knitting is that you can always frog it without wasting anything but time! Also, knitting a sweater for a man is so much easier because they have a flat chest! Happy knitting! 🧶❤️ 7mo
Catsandbooks Beautiful work! No rush on the book! 7mo
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Deblovestoread
Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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Third quarter done! Only one book, The Madness of Crowds, is from my original plan. The others were all switched out with other challenges and buddy reads. Love it when a book works for more than one prompt.

#Booked2022 #Summer

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 You read some fabulous books!!! We ( and that really means the amazing @BarbaraTheBibliophage )need to work on putting up third quarter link - we‘ll get back to you when it‘s ready so you can enter the third quarter drawing ❤️😁 7mo
AllDebooks Well done 👏 I think the best part of a challenge is finding a book that can fill multiple prompts, especially when you've a few challenges on the go x 7mo
Cinfhen Q3 Form is ready! Here‘s the short link: https://forms.gle/bAMN41GcdRfrHWTQ9. 7mo
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Saknicole
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Starting this read for #LMPBC Round 15. This is my last day before school starts again, so I am frantically painting my house and taking some reading time.

@Kdgordon88 the book made is safely to Alaska and I am enjoying a sit down with it!

Deblovestoread Yay! Thanks for letting me know. 😊 7mo
Catsandbooks Good luck with the new school year! 7mo
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Brewychock48
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I just finished Arsenic and Adobo.
I really enjoyed it. I love the Macapagal family, they are quite the characters. This book was fast and enjoyable.
The food sounded so good,especially the desserts.
I highly recommend this book

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ShyBookOwl
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #alphabetgame #letterA Joining in after coming across a bunch 😊

Arsenic and Adobo is a great cozy mystery with lots of food and Filipino culture and, of course, a few fun twists. I really enjoyed it!

Tagging anyone else who wants to jump in (since it looks like lots of ppl I'm following are already playing).

TheShadowJournals I loved Arsenic and Adobo! 😃 8mo
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DGRachel
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I figured out the whodunnit in chapter 3. Yes. Right when the “victim” died, I knew who was responsible. The rest of the book was dull, filled with little more than food descriptions and flat, two-dimensional characters. This is my work book club book and I‘m ashamed to show my face at book club, since I assigned this disappointment. 😭

rwmg It's a terrible feeling, isn't it, when despite having done all your research on Litsy and LT not even you like the book you choose for book club 8mo
DGRachel @rwmg It‘s an awful feeling, even though it wasn‘t solely my decision. I‘m starting to doubt my abilities to select a decent book. 😭😭 8mo
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Eggs
Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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#JubilantJulyReadathon @Andrew65

Finished 3 audiobooks and 1 physical (BOTM)

Arsenic…5⭐️
Wilder…2.5⭐️
Over the 🌙…4
Life in the…4

ShyBookOwl Loved Arsenic! Bailed on Wilder Girls... maybe for a good reason after all lol 8mo
Andrew65 Great start 👏👏👏 8mo
Eggs After I read Arsenic I saw there are 2 more books in the Tita Rosie series! @ShyBookOwl Wilder had potential but… 8mo
Eggs @Andrew65 Thank you! I was able to get in some audio-sewing and -walking 8mo
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Deblovestoread
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#BookReport it has been a weird week. Lots of starts and stops with not much sticking. I enjoyed the 3 books I managed to finish. Will probably DNF the Margolyes. Love her acting and the Graham Norton clips I‘ve seen but too many unfamiliar references for me to connect to. RBC is getting a lot of love and I‘m in like but not 💜. Hoping TPH will be a winner.

LeeRHarry I started TPH today - 🤞 we both enjoy it 😊 8mo
Cinfhen I liked this one- it was sweet a little sappy 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m not really familiar with the actress Miriam Margolyes but I‘ve seen so many positive reviews 8mo
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abostwick24
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A “cozy” mystery filled with death, drugs and cooking. I found this book incredibly witty with beautiful character development. I loved how the author discussed the hardships of returning to her hometown after being away and how relationships can change due to this decision. But, most importantly, I didn‘t figure out who did it until the end! Fun read and I‘m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
My Review:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5)

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mcipher
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A successful first post-Covid ice cream and library trip (and now I‘m exhausted and gonna rest and eat and read for a bit 😆)

mcctrish Sounds like a great plan ( glad you are on the mend ) 9mo
mcipher @mcctrish ♥️ 9mo
Chrissyreadit Glad your feeling better- it can take a few weeks to fully recover. (About 5 for me). Were you able to send your staycation package? 9mo
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DebinHawaii Hope you are still continuing to feel better. I wanted to check & make sure you received your #SpookySummerSwap box from me. It says it was delivered on Saturday. I was a bit concerned as the zip code on your form was a digit off so I want to make sure you did get it. 9mo
mcipher @DebinHawaii @Chrissyreadit So sorry for the delay! Received and sent 🙌💗 9mo
DebinHawaii Yay! 🤗🎉 I am happy that it made it! 9mo
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Christyco125
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Mehso-so

Nice own voices cozy mystery. The characters were good, the mystery not bad. Unfortunately, I had the bad guy picked out rather early. Not sure if I‘ll pick up next ones in the series.

#Booked2022 Includes a recipe
#Pantone2022 #OrangeTiger

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Cupcake12
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Mehso-so

The cover design drew me in. This is the first book in a culinary, cosy mystery series. Lila moves back home after going through a relationship breakup. She‘s asked to help save her families restaurant but when a food critic drops dead after eating her food this becomes an ‘Agatha Christie‘ case.
There is no concept of grief in this book and some of the chapters dragged, overall this fell flat for me and not sure if I‘ll read the next book

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Cupcake12
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🦋 3 stars so far, taken a while to get into it
🦋 The idea of you by Robinne Lee (best birthday is it‘s being made into a movie)
🦋 My family‘s health ❤️
Would you like a turn? @hannah-leeloo @katy4peas @TheAromaofBooks

Eggs This book is sitting on the shelf waiting for me!! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Thank you for the tag!!! 10mo
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DimeryRene
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Quick little cozy! Loving all the food. 🤤

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Cupcake12
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#Thoughtfulthursday
🔹Tagged-just started it
🔹E-book from library
🔹Read one chapter!
🔹I don‘, I like clean pages 🤣

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ☺️📚 10mo
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NataliePatalie
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Just started this on audio. First time reading a "cozy" mystery ? Buddy read with @Blueberry !

DimeryRene This was my first cozy too. I enjoyed it. 😀 10mo
NataliePatalie @DimeryRene I like it so far! 10mo
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Zoe-h
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I‘ve been wanting to read this one for a while, and believe me I was not disappointed. The ending was too much of an unbelievable twist for my taste. But between the delicious sounding food and the wiener dog named after a sausage I was captivated enough to give it 5⭐️

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Amie
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Fun cozy mystery. Book 1 in series. Good on audio 🎧

KellyK Book club read for May… looking forward to it. 12mo
Amie @KellyK I hope you enjoy it! 12mo
DimeryRene Yes, I enjoyed the audio too! 10mo
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Chili
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Yay!! I finished by #DoubleSpin book! This is a first for the year!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!!! 13mo
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sprainedbrain
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Not sure if the awesome cover or hunger made me choose this as my BOTM last April. But I think maybe I‘m not really a cozy reader, so take this review with a grain of salt.😉

While it had its funny moments and some recipes I‘m going to try, for the most part I found this book unbelievable to the point of goofiness. The story was rambling and over saturated with food talk😲, and I rolled my eyes far too many times to make this even a so-so.

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Melismatic I‘m totally with you on this. People died and yet let‘s gossip & salivate over food. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
sprainedbrain @Melismatic Literally moments after discovering body, off to another restaurant! 🙄 13mo
Melismatic Right? I‘m like….uhhhh what? 😂 13mo
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Laughterhp I like cozy mysteries and I didn‘t like this one… so I wouldn‘t judge all cozies by it 🤣 13mo
Tamra I‘d better unstack! 13mo
sprainedbrain @Laughterhp that is good to know! I have some others that are labeled cozy on my stacks so I will give them a try. 😃 13mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear ! I‘m not a cosy mystery reader either … 13mo
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alisiakae
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Mehso-so

Why yes, I bought a 🌈 bagel specifically to match with my book photo! 😂

It took me a week to get through what should have been a quick cozy read. Part of that was me and my fatigue, but the other part was a general annoyance with the lack of emotions in this story. I loved all the Filipino food descriptions, and I will give the 2nd book a try, but it was painfully obvious this was a debut. Was Lila supposed to be emotionally distant? 🤷🏻‍♀️

PurpleyPumpkin Well done on the matching bagel!😆 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Love the bagel choice!! Well done! And I concur about this book. I definitely had mixed feelings about it. Glad I borrowed it too. I admit to trying ube ice cream in October, simply because of this book. Soooo sweet! 13mo
Cinfhen Ha!! That bagel 🥯 13mo
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Periwinkle
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TGIF! ☺️ Reading my add-on book from #bookofthemonth while wearing my nerdy BOTM socks. 🧦🤓📚

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Nessavamusic
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Mehso-so

This was a cute, predictable cozy mystery. I think cozy mysteries are just not my jam, but I finished it and it was cute. There are some mild triggers that the author does note at the start of the book. It did make me hungry and want to try Filipino food! 3⭐️
#NoShameReadathon22 - Cozy mystery
#PopSugar - book w/ recipe
#bookspinbingo - square

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WriterAtHeart
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What a cute mystery story! I absolutely enjoyed this story from start to finish, devouring it over two days. I have been I'm a small reading slump, so this was great way out of it!

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fictionaddictbooks
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🤔🤔🤔❤❤❤

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Pretty flawed but still enjoyable cozy mystery filled with mouth watering Filipino food! I‘ll probably give the next one a try too. Audio narrator did a fantastic job too.

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Clwojick
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Well, I can officially say that #Jumpstart2022 was a huge success for me! I got a good start on a ton of my reading challenges, and got back into reading graphic novels. ❤️

Thank you to all that joined us this past month, and a special thanks to my lovely cohost @Lizpixie 💖

DivineDiana In one month!!! 😲 14mo
marleed Wow! 14mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That's one heck of a jump start! Way to go! 14mo
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damselsgotballs Does than mean you read, like, five books a day? Wow.. 14mo
Clwojick @damselsgotballs some days I do! 60 or so of the 150 were for my childrens book and graphic novel challenges, so they were quick to get through. For full length adult books I normally average 2-3 a day. 14mo
hoppeduponbooks Wow 2-3 full length adult books per day. That is amazing😱 But I guess you don't read that amount every day though. 14mo
hoppeduponbooks I sure wouldn't have the time 🙂 I do read lots of childrens books as a preschool teacher but stop counting them towards my Goodreads goal some years back. 14mo
TheSpineView Wow! Impressive! 👏👏👏 14mo
Clwojick @hoppeduponbooks I like tracking them on goodreads so I can keep track of which ones I adore, and which ones I want to gift. 💖 There‘s so many brilliant ones out there, but there‘s also a lot of trash😅 it‘s just the easiest way to keep track of it all for me. Same thing goes for graphic novels/comics. 14mo
hoppeduponbooks I know it is just that I get to read the same book again and again, day after day. No need for me to track it anymore 😂 14mo
Clwojick @hoppeduponbooks Ahahahhahha. Oh my god, I could imagine. Your goodreads would show one book reread 117 times.🤣🤣🤣 14mo
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fictionaddictbooks
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foreverbooked
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I enjoyed this one more than I thought. Murder Mystery meets Hallmark movie kinda. I listened to this one fairly quickly. I like the attention to recipes and heritage of the families.

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Lindy
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I admit that I mostly stuck with this murder mystery for the food content. It‘s a romantic comedy in the voice of Lila, a Filipina American who has a good heart, yet hates to admit she has flaws. Several men are interested in Lila, but people keep dying around her. The plot isn‘t believable but it is entertaining. And the food sounds fabulous. There are even recipes at the end. Audiobook read by Danice Cabanela.

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Lindy
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Of course, this was before I knew anything, before I knew who he‘d become. Back when I thought we could pick up where we‘d left off, when I thought the surest cure to my heartbreak was a new love. I mean, that‘s how it worked in just about every romcom ever, and why would they steer me wrong?