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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
- ISBN-13: 9781617731747
- ISBN-10: 1617731749
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: February 2015
- Page Count: 320
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 8.02 x 7.04 x 0.73 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Series: Mahalia Watkins Mystery #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-01-05
- Reviewer: Staff
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.)