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Title:
Murder with fried chicken and waffles
Author:
Herbert, A. L.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2015]
Physical Description:
276 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary:
Halia Watkins, the owner of a well-loved soul food restaurant in Prince George's County, Maryland, investigates after a smooth-talking, shady entrepreneur turns up murdered in her kitchen, right next to her cast iron frying pan.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781617731747
Format :
Book

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Summary

Welcome to Mahalia's Sweet Tea--the finest soul food restaurant in Prince George's County, Maryland. In between preparing her famous cornbread and mashed potatoes so creamy "they'll make you want to slap your Momma," owner Halia Watkins is about to dip her spoon into a grisly mystery. . .

Halia Watkins has her hands full cooking, hosting, and keeping her boisterous young cousin, Wavonne, from getting too sassy with customers. Having fast-talking entrepreneur Marcus Rand turn up in her kitchen is annoying enough when he's alive--but finding his dead body face-down on her ceramic tile after hours is much worse.

Marcus had his enemies, and the cast iron frying pan beside his corpse suggests that at last, his shady business deals went too far. Halia is desperate to keep Sweet Tea's name out of the sordid spotlight but her efforts only make Wavonne a prime suspect. Now Halia will have to serve up the real villain--before the killer returns for a second helping. . .

Features delicious recipes from Mahalia's Sweet Tea, including Sour Cream Corn Bread and Sweet Corn Casserole!


Author Notes

A.L. Herbert grew up in both Prince George's County and Charles County, Maryland. A.L. is currently working on the next Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery and more delicious comfort food recipes. Readers can e-mail the author at alherber123@gmail.com. And please visit www.alherbert.com and https://www.facebook.com/a.l.herbert123.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Foodies will welcome Herbert's amusing debut, the first in a new cozy series complete with recipes. Mahalia "Halia" Watkins, inspired by love for her grandmother's cooking, has opened a classy restaurant, Mahalia's Sweet Tea, in Maryland's Prince George's County. One evening at Sweet Tea, Halia's silent business partner, smarmy Marcus Rand, offers to lock up after dining with some clients. Halia leaves with her outspoken cousin and employee, Wavonne. When Wavonne realizes she's forgotten her purse, the women return to Sweet Tea, where they find Marcus lying dead on the floor. Nearby is the murder weapon: a frying pan, which Halia decides to wash, fearful of bad publicity. Halia and Wavonne make a few more mistakes en route to unmasking Marcus's killer. The authentic local history seamlessly woven into the story sets the book apart from most light mysteries. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

In Prince George's County, MD, if you want the best soul food, you head to Mahalia's Sweet Tea. Halia Watkins runs a tight ship in her restaurant, but when it comes to family-especially her sassy young cousin Wavonne-sometimes the tightest thing is Wavonne's uniform. Trying to keep her cousin out of trouble, Halia also has to deal with fast-talking investor Marcus Rand in her kitchen, messing with her cooking and her schedule. So when Marcus ends up dead with a dent in his head the size of her frying pan, Halia needs to keep Sweet Tea and Wavonne safe. VERDICT Soul food and sassy characters combine in this series debut for a feast that will satisfy the appetites of readers hungering for light African American mysteries and food-related cozies. Recipes included. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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