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Mahalia’s Sweet Tea is known for serving the best soul food in Prince George’s County, Maryland. But owner Halia also likes to indulge in some à la carte detective work. Can she solve the murder of a former “mean girl” when a high school reunion takes a deadly turn? When the organizing committee for her upcoming high school reunion desperately needs a caterer, Halia agrees Mahalia’s Sweet Tea is known for serving the best soul food in Prince George’s County, Maryland. But owner Halia also likes to indulge in some à la carte detective work. Can she solve the murder of a former “mean girl” when a high school reunion takes a deadly turn? When the organizing committee for her upcoming high school reunion desperately needs a caterer, Halia agrees to help out. Soon she’s serving up her signature macaroni and cheese and famous chicken wings to a host of appreciative ex-classmates. Some folks have blossomed since graduation. Others, like manipulative Raynell Rollins, currently married to a former football star, haven’t changed nearly enough. When Raynell is found dead the morning after the reunion, the roll call of possible suspects could fill the school gymnasium. Extra-marital affairs, mega-church scandals and sports secrets…Raynell had her perfectly manicured hand in a lot of sticky situations. With her cousin Wavonne’s bungling assistance—and a helping of unwelcome dating advice from her mother, Celia—Halia is on course to track down the killer, before she becomes the alumna most likely to meet an untimely end… Features delicious recipes from Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, including Double Crust Chicken Pot Pie and Chocolate Marshmallow Cake!


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Mahalia’s Sweet Tea is known for serving the best soul food in Prince George’s County, Maryland. But owner Halia also likes to indulge in some à la carte detective work. Can she solve the murder of a former “mean girl” when a high school reunion takes a deadly turn? When the organizing committee for her upcoming high school reunion desperately needs a caterer, Halia agrees Mahalia’s Sweet Tea is known for serving the best soul food in Prince George’s County, Maryland. But owner Halia also likes to indulge in some à la carte detective work. Can she solve the murder of a former “mean girl” when a high school reunion takes a deadly turn? When the organizing committee for her upcoming high school reunion desperately needs a caterer, Halia agrees to help out. Soon she’s serving up her signature macaroni and cheese and famous chicken wings to a host of appreciative ex-classmates. Some folks have blossomed since graduation. Others, like manipulative Raynell Rollins, currently married to a former football star, haven’t changed nearly enough. When Raynell is found dead the morning after the reunion, the roll call of possible suspects could fill the school gymnasium. Extra-marital affairs, mega-church scandals and sports secrets…Raynell had her perfectly manicured hand in a lot of sticky situations. With her cousin Wavonne’s bungling assistance—and a helping of unwelcome dating advice from her mother, Celia—Halia is on course to track down the killer, before she becomes the alumna most likely to meet an untimely end… Features delicious recipes from Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, including Double Crust Chicken Pot Pie and Chocolate Marshmallow Cake!

30 review for Murder with Macaroni and Cheese

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Romero

    First let me tell you there are RECIPES. Mahalia Watkins is the owner of Mahalia's Sweet Tea, a soul food, no calorie counting, restaurant. Her food is well known and loved. In the first book of the series Murder with Chicken and Waffles, we meet Mahalia and her Momma and her crazy cousin, Wavonne, who all work at the restaurant. On the side, she likes to dabble in some detective work. Halia's high school reunion is coming up and as much as she would like to just ignore it, the committee comes to First let me tell you there are RECIPES. Mahalia Watkins is the owner of Mahalia's Sweet Tea, a soul food, no calorie counting, restaurant. Her food is well known and loved. In the first book of the series Murder with Chicken and Waffles, we meet Mahalia and her Momma and her crazy cousin, Wavonne, who all work at the restaurant. On the side, she likes to dabble in some detective work. Halia's high school reunion is coming up and as much as she would like to just ignore it, the committee comes to her for a solution when their original venue has cancelled on them. Of course Halia agrees to help and Wavonne wiggles right in there too, hoping to snag a football player husband like Raynell has.The reunion is a succes, but when Halia and Wavonne go to pick up the check, they find that the Queen of Mean, Raynell isn't going to be signing anything ever again. Raynell was that girl at school who was just a straight up MEAN girl! And she hasn't changed a lick! But when Halia and Wavonne start nosing around, secrets come flying out of the woodwork and it's starting to look like more people wanted Raynell dead than alive. These cozy mysteries are so fresh and different. I laughed my way through both of them. And the entire time I was reading I was pretending that each of the ladies was one of the Atlanta Housewives! Great stories and a really great author!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    Mahalia Watkins owns a soul food restaurant, Mahalia's Sweet Tea. Her mother bakes the luscious desserts and her cousin, Wavonne; waitresses, eavesdrops, and is Halia's general sidekick in most situations. When Halia's high school reunion rolls around she's asked to cater the event by some former classmates who were part of the 'mean girl' group led by Raynell Rollins whose personality hasn't changed a bit since then. As classmates trickle into town, Halia realizes some have done well in life bu Mahalia Watkins owns a soul food restaurant, Mahalia's Sweet Tea. Her mother bakes the luscious desserts and her cousin, Wavonne; waitresses, eavesdrops, and is Halia's general sidekick in most situations. When Halia's high school reunion rolls around she's asked to cater the event by some former classmates who were part of the 'mean girl' group led by Raynell Rollins whose personality hasn't changed a bit since then. As classmates trickle into town, Halia realizes some have done well in life but do they harbor hidden resentments from days gone by that could make them a murderer? The pages are filled with brisk dialogue and laugh-out-loud antics of Wavonne and Halia interspersed with clues that lead to a humdinger of a finale! I personally love all the funny dialogue and quips between Halia and her cousin--it gives insight into their characters and backgrounds. Readers who are familiar with the 70's and 80's should enjoy reminiscing the times along with the cast of this cozy mystery. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barb Martin

    Mahalia attends her high school reunion and reunites with former classmates, including the gal who put the mean into Mean Girls. The next day, the old meanie turns up dead, and Mahalia and her over-the-to cousin, Wavonne, decide to investigate what they're sure is a murder. At least, this time they called the police after discovering a dead body. Mahalia might know her way around a restaurant kitchen, but she sure can't control Wavonne. Together, the two of them manage to stir up all sorts of mis Mahalia attends her high school reunion and reunites with former classmates, including the gal who put the mean into Mean Girls. The next day, the old meanie turns up dead, and Mahalia and her over-the-to cousin, Wavonne, decide to investigate what they're sure is a murder. At least, this time they called the police after discovering a dead body. Mahalia might know her way around a restaurant kitchen, but she sure can't control Wavonne. Together, the two of them manage to stir up all sorts of mischief. Breaking and entering, grand theft auto and disturbing the scene of a crime are just some of their antics. These books are lighthearted. Mahalia is smart . . . except when it comes to her cousin.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    Halia agrees to cater her high school reunion when their other venue falls through. It seems like though the years have gone by, some things never change: the mean girls of the high school are now mean adults. The ring leader of the group has made so many enemies along the way, it’s hard to narrow down the field when she turns up dead. Halia decides to play sleuth with the help of her ditzy cousin. At least this time, she knows to call the police when she finds a dead body instead of moving it t Halia agrees to cater her high school reunion when their other venue falls through. It seems like though the years have gone by, some things never change: the mean girls of the high school are now mean adults. The ring leader of the group has made so many enemies along the way, it’s hard to narrow down the field when she turns up dead. Halia decides to play sleuth with the help of her ditzy cousin. At least this time, she knows to call the police when she finds a dead body instead of moving it to a different location! Great characters, tasty recipes, an intricate plot, and delightful down-home humor all work together to make an entertaining and enjoyable mystery.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Misty

    Such a fun book with plenty of laugh out loud moments. Once again, Halia and Wavonne find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation when a former classmate dies after reuniting with Halia to discuss plans for their high school reunion. Looking forward to the next installment of this series and hopefully the author will continue it for a long time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    FreeFormLady

    Such a fun book! Laugh out loud funny! I enjoyed this one a whole lot more than the first one. I will definitely continue this series. Halia & Wavonne are easily becoming two of my favorite characters. Such a fun book! Laugh out loud funny! I enjoyed this one a whole lot more than the first one. I will definitely continue this series. Halia & Wavonne are easily becoming two of my favorite characters.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    This is the second in a series of books featuring restaurant owner and unofficial sleuth Mahalia Watkins and her "out there" cousin Wavonne. It's high school reunion time and Halia is catering her own reunion where she reconnects with classmates who were at the top of the social pyramid in high school. One of the women ends up dead, and although the police are inclined to think it was an accident, Halia thinks differently. Wavonne provides a great deal of humor (think Stephanie Plum's sidekick L This is the second in a series of books featuring restaurant owner and unofficial sleuth Mahalia Watkins and her "out there" cousin Wavonne. It's high school reunion time and Halia is catering her own reunion where she reconnects with classmates who were at the top of the social pyramid in high school. One of the women ends up dead, and although the police are inclined to think it was an accident, Halia thinks differently. Wavonne provides a great deal of humor (think Stephanie Plum's sidekick Lula, on steroids), and the food descriptions (and recipes) are hunger-inducing. A fun read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dolores

    I received this book from Goodreads. Thank you. I enjoyed this book. A fun read. Likable characters except for Raynell but of course you really weren't supposed to like her. Also loved the recipes she included. I would read more by this author.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carol Stanley-Snow

    My first time reading A.L. Herbert and he/she is a wonderful writer. Wavonne, the cousin, is a hoot! The story is seamless and goes right along and before you know it, it's done and the murderer is caught!! A good read...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    The story line was good but the characters were painted with a little too broad a brush. They didn't seem realistic. The recipes sounded yummy but all were heart attacks waiting to happen.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I have been searching for a good Cozy Mystery Series forever so I headed on over to my Library (virtual via Libby) and stumbled upon this book. I am so glad that I did because what a collection of characters and the recipes sound amazing! Who murdered Haila's former High School classmate Raynell Rollins? Who knows because the list is long! Raynell is not a nice lady in fact Raynell has a mean streak that has earned her a few enemies. I laughed at Wavonne, Haila's sassy , smart mouth cousin. Wavonn I have been searching for a good Cozy Mystery Series forever so I headed on over to my Library (virtual via Libby) and stumbled upon this book. I am so glad that I did because what a collection of characters and the recipes sound amazing! Who murdered Haila's former High School classmate Raynell Rollins? Who knows because the list is long! Raynell is not a nice lady in fact Raynell has a mean streak that has earned her a few enemies. I laughed at Wavonne, Haila's sassy , smart mouth cousin. Wavonne is my new favorite Cozy character, she is definitely a hoot! There were enough red herrings and plot twists to keep me reading way past my bedtime. The ending was a surprise , I was guessing right up until the killer was revealed.This review was originally posted on Fictional Blonde

  12. 4 out of 5

    Abby Russo

    I love a good cozy murder mystery, and this was a great one!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    Another winner by A.L. Herbert - fun, quick, and satisfying - both the read and the recipes!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    They really make it look like this was written by a Black Woman but it’s by a Latino male (Patrick Sanchez) who wanted “to target an untapped niche”. Wtf

  15. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    I thought I could stick it out after the first one - the recipes sound interesting (if completely unhealthy) but the mystery...... First, I don't like the characters. They seem to be caricatures of who the author thinks they should be. The main character is okay although a bit aloof (how on earth does she say she works all the time and then spends SO MUCH TIME FROM WORK!) Wavonne is absolutely awful. I expect that characters in a cozy mystery to be at least decent people - they are working on a m I thought I could stick it out after the first one - the recipes sound interesting (if completely unhealthy) but the mystery...... First, I don't like the characters. They seem to be caricatures of who the author thinks they should be. The main character is okay although a bit aloof (how on earth does she say she works all the time and then spends SO MUCH TIME FROM WORK!) Wavonne is absolutely awful. I expect that characters in a cozy mystery to be at least decent people - they are working on a mystery that no one else seems to want or need to solve - but every story has Wavonne stealing and/or breaking a myriad of laws. And she doesn't care - she just doesn't care or see the wrong in what she is doing. I wish she'd get some real world consequences but she always manages to wiggle her way out of any issues. Then men in these stories also all tend to be awful - not all men are shady and/or hung up on past issues. I can't imagine going to the lengths they did in order to get revenge (this book) or swindle people out of money (first book). I'm not sure if there is a 3rd book in this series coming but I have no plans to read it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    I liked the writing style, and the characters were pretty funny. The ending happened a little too quick, though. It seemed like the answer just came to Halia all at once. I also thought the little blurb about needing to eat food a certain way was a little...extreme. I know she is sensitive about how the recipe's origins, and how it's meant to be enjoyed...but everyone has different taste buds. Who are you to judge what foods people mix with different sauces and different flavor combinations? (Alt I liked the writing style, and the characters were pretty funny. The ending happened a little too quick, though. It seemed like the answer just came to Halia all at once. I also thought the little blurb about needing to eat food a certain way was a little...extreme. I know she is sensitive about how the recipe's origins, and how it's meant to be enjoyed...but everyone has different taste buds. Who are you to judge what foods people mix with different sauces and different flavor combinations? (Although there are some pretty strange combinations out there...)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Great second book in the series. Mahalia agrees to cater her high school reunion after their first venue fell through. But the next morning, the former classmate who organized the reunion is found dead. Halia and her cousin Wavonne are on the case. Amusing, fun read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    Glad to see more diversity seeping into the cozy mystery genre. This story was set in a soul food resturant which made it stand out against all the books about bakeries and soup shops. The situatuions Mahalia and Wavonne get themselves into are both hilarious and intriguing. There was just enough drama without getting too far away from the mystery plot and thankfully it wasn't all about some man and romance.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I've been waiting to read this book after finishing the first one in the series. It was just as good. I can't wait for the next one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I went back to Sweet Tea, the restaurant created and owned by the restauranteur (protagonist) Mahalia (aka: Halia) Watkins to see what deadly intrigue she and her barely waitressing cousin Wavonne were going to get themselves into. I landed in the middle of a highschool reunion, that resulted on the death of the popular “mean girl,” who never grew to learn that “mean” doesn’t fly as an adult. While I was pleasantly entertained, this latest unsolved mystery left me wanting. All mystery readers, l I went back to Sweet Tea, the restaurant created and owned by the restauranteur (protagonist) Mahalia (aka: Halia) Watkins to see what deadly intrigue she and her barely waitressing cousin Wavonne were going to get themselves into. I landed in the middle of a highschool reunion, that resulted on the death of the popular “mean girl,” who never grew to learn that “mean” doesn’t fly as an adult. While I was pleasantly entertained, this latest unsolved mystery left me wanting. All mystery readers, like myself, are wanna-be detectives (without the guns, danger, and exhaustion). We love solving the who-dun-it, but not when the “who” is obvious. Unfortunately, for Murder with Macaroni and Cheese, the who came to be pretty clear more then about half way through the book. The suspects were a tad bit boring for me, meaning they we’re not acting suspicious enough. Yes, they had something to hide, and something big which was interesting given that this mystery series is set in black American culture. Nonetheless it fell flat because the characters were flat and one dimensional. Once again I felt that Halia’s interspersed description about Sweet Tea is unnecessary and adds little to the story in general. But there are things that will keep me reading the series, and once again Wavonne was the stand out. Her comments had me laughing out loud-again. Do I think this book is a good as the first one? No. But I will continue to read because its redeeming qualities out weigh its negatives, so far.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Robb

    I did not read the first book in the series. I'm not sure if this would be classified as a culinary mystery--there are recipes (all seem high calorie, high fat, high sodium in nature)--but the food didn't figure as much in the mystery plot as it does in some culinary mysteries. Mahalia "Halia" owns Mahalia's Sweet Tea restaurant. She agrees to cater her high school reunion. The evening after the reunion, one of the organizers, a "mean girl", ends up dead. Other than because she and Wavonne, her c I did not read the first book in the series. I'm not sure if this would be classified as a culinary mystery--there are recipes (all seem high calorie, high fat, high sodium in nature)--but the food didn't figure as much in the mystery plot as it does in some culinary mysteries. Mahalia "Halia" owns Mahalia's Sweet Tea restaurant. She agrees to cater her high school reunion. The evening after the reunion, one of the organizers, a "mean girl", ends up dead. Other than because she and Wavonne, her cousin, are the ones to find the body, I have no idea why Halia decides to investigate the death. WARNING: REMAINDER OF REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS--READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION ***** What I liked: I didn't guess the culprit--and I was intrigued enough to page to the back of the book to find out if my earlier guess was correct. What I didn't like: Wavonne in small doses was okay--but the amount of things she gets away with and the things she says, etc. were all just too much for me in the amounts they were in this book. The Co-conspirator doesn't show up until almost the end of the book. There's a homosexual couple--both men are in marriages of convenience because their professions are such that homosexuality would negatively impact their professiona . l lives. The mean girl aspect both in high school and at least one has carried it over into adulthood

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mahalia’s Sweet Tea is known for serving the best soul food in Prince George’s County, Maryland. But owner Halia also likes to indulge in some à la carte detective work. Can she solve the murder of a former “mean girl” when a high school reunion takes a deadly turn? When the organizing committee for her upcoming high school reunion desperately needs a caterer, Halia agrees to help out. Soon she’s serving up her signature macaroni and cheese and famous chicken wings to a host of appreciative ex-cl Mahalia’s Sweet Tea is known for serving the best soul food in Prince George’s County, Maryland. But owner Halia also likes to indulge in some à la carte detective work. Can she solve the murder of a former “mean girl” when a high school reunion takes a deadly turn? When the organizing committee for her upcoming high school reunion desperately needs a caterer, Halia agrees to help out. Soon she’s serving up her signature macaroni and cheese and famous chicken wings to a host of appreciative ex-classmates. Some folks have blossomed since graduation. Others, like manipulative Raynell Rollins, currently married to a former football star, haven’t changed nearly enough. When Raynell is found dead the morning after the reunion, the roll call of possible suspects could fill the school gymnasium. Extra-marital affairs, mega-church scandals and sports secrets…Raynell had her perfectly manicured hand in a lot of sticky situations. With her cousin Wavonne’s bungling assistance—and a helping of unwelcome dating advice from her mother, Celia—Halia is on course to track down the killer, before she becomes the alumna most likely to meet an untimely end… Features delicious recipes from Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, including Double Crust Chicken Pot Pie and Chocolate Marshmallow Cake! Very Good.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Mahalia's Sweet Tea is a soul food haven in Prince George's County Md. Halia has been invited to her high school reunion, but disinterest plus the restaurant keep her from saying yes. But when the planned venue has a problem, and the reunion needs to be moved, Halia agrees to help cater (and thus attend). Things at the reunion get interesting, along with the antics of the leader of the 'mean girls' back in the day (high school was in the 80's). Raynell is highly successful but a piece of work, w Mahalia's Sweet Tea is a soul food haven in Prince George's County Md. Halia has been invited to her high school reunion, but disinterest plus the restaurant keep her from saying yes. But when the planned venue has a problem, and the reunion needs to be moved, Halia agrees to help cater (and thus attend). Things at the reunion get interesting, along with the antics of the leader of the 'mean girls' back in the day (high school was in the 80's). Raynell is highly successful but a piece of work, who treats everyone poorly. When she ends up dead from what looks like an accident after a tad too much to drink at the reunion, only Halia believes that it wasn't an accident but murder. And she plans to find out who did it. I liked this book. This is book 2 in the series. I had not read book 1 but did not have any problems with picking up the characters that are the main characters. Not too much needed to be known from the first book. Loved the characters that are peppered throughout. The ending was fascinating. I'd have never figured that one out.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vivienne Neal

    A Juicy Whodunit with a Stunning Twist Mahalia Watkins is back along with her cousin, Wavonne Hix, who is messy, sassy, and has a flair for flirting, ducking and dodging work, and is into flamboyant gear, and Celia Watkins, Mahalia’s mother, who is still trying to find a marriage-minded man for her daughter, keep the story moving with descriptive, relatable, and memorable characters, great dialogue, and colorful settings. The pompous and obnoxious Raynell Rollins is on the planning committee for A Juicy Whodunit with a Stunning Twist Mahalia Watkins is back along with her cousin, Wavonne Hix, who is messy, sassy, and has a flair for flirting, ducking and dodging work, and is into flamboyant gear, and Celia Watkins, Mahalia’s mother, who is still trying to find a marriage-minded man for her daughter, keep the story moving with descriptive, relatable, and memorable characters, great dialogue, and colorful settings. The pompous and obnoxious Raynell Rollins is on the planning committee for a high school reunion and uses Mahalia’s Sweet Tea Restaurant to host the event, but everything goes haywire when the night after the event, Raynell is found dead in her home, exposing some opulence, pretense, envy, scandal, retribution, secrets and lies, fraud, and infidelity. Through flashbacks, you begin to see that a leopard doesn’t change its spots no matter how wealthy, successful, and influential that being becomes. The story is so engaging with some hilarious moments, drama, mishaps, and shocking revelations.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dj

    #2 [When the organizing committee for her upcoming high school reunion desperately needs a caterer, Halia agrees to help out. Soon she's serving up her signature macaroni and cheese and famous butter chicken to a host of appreciative ex-classmates. Some folks have blossomed since graduation. Others, like manipulative Raynell Rollins, currently married to a former football star, haven't changed nearly enough. When Raynell is found dead the morning after the reunion, the role call of possible susp #2 [When the organizing committee for her upcoming high school reunion desperately needs a caterer, Halia agrees to help out. Soon she's serving up her signature macaroni and cheese and famous butter chicken to a host of appreciative ex-classmates. Some folks have blossomed since graduation. Others, like manipulative Raynell Rollins, currently married to a former football star, haven't changed nearly enough. When Raynell is found dead the morning after the reunion, the role call of possible suspects could fill the school gymnasium. Extra-marital affairs Raynell and Greg, mega-church scandals between Terrance (deacon) and Michael (pastor) and sports secrets...Raynell had her perfectly manicured hand in a lot of sticky situations. With her cousin Wavonne's bungling assistance--and a helping of unwelcome dating advice from her mother, Celia--Halia is on course to track down the killer, Raynell’s assistant Christy and her boyfriend the fake art appraiser before she becomes the alumna most likely to meet an untimely end... motive was a little whack...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    The story line was good and plausible. It started off kinda slow but picked up and rolled from the middle on. Two reasons for the 3 stars: 1) The author put emojies in the text, referencing to his other books in the series. To me, it's tacky and distracting. It's one thing to give a nod to the other books in the series, but he did it in the most annoying way. 2) The author went on and on for a couple of pages spread throughout the book about server etiquette. He described how much he despised serve The story line was good and plausible. It started off kinda slow but picked up and rolled from the middle on. Two reasons for the 3 stars: 1) The author put emojies in the text, referencing to his other books in the series. To me, it's tacky and distracting. It's one thing to give a nod to the other books in the series, but he did it in the most annoying way. 2) The author went on and on for a couple of pages spread throughout the book about server etiquette. He described how much he despised servers who purposefully didn't write an order down because they could "remember" it, then went on to mess up their order. We get it: YOU DON'T LIKE GETTING YOUR ORDER MESSED UP WHEN YOU ARE DINING OUT. I don't know who likes it? So you certainly don't have to write pages upon pages describing it. I think that ended the run in this series for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    I got two books in the Mahalia Watkins series on the same day. I thought the first book was a mess but I tried the second book thinking maybe there would be some growth in the characters. This book was a little bit more complicated as Mahalia revisits her past while planning a reunion. The characters are even more stereotypical in this book, especially the girl-child, Wavonne. I hope that this sociopathic young woman does not kill anyone in one of these books. I can imagine Halia digging a grave I got two books in the Mahalia Watkins series on the same day. I thought the first book was a mess but I tried the second book thinking maybe there would be some growth in the characters. This book was a little bit more complicated as Mahalia revisits her past while planning a reunion. The characters are even more stereotypical in this book, especially the girl-child, Wavonne. I hope that this sociopathic young woman does not kill anyone in one of these books. I can imagine Halia digging a grave, pushing in the body and stopping by the restaurant to check on the lunch business, all the while excusing her nieces’s “bad behavior” because she had a tough childhood. It does not get any worse than this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Ward

    This book was another fun read. My bookclub #TheEliteReadingGroup enjoyed reading this book along with making the recipes for lunch. The Wavonne character is such a hoot!!! She kept the reader in stitches with her sayings & shenanigans. Too bad that people hold on to high school hurts, plotting revenge, willing to practice deception, staying in denial, practice using people all in the name of fortune and fame. Good thing that Halia & Wavonne were not willing to accept Raynell's death as an accid This book was another fun read. My bookclub #TheEliteReadingGroup enjoyed reading this book along with making the recipes for lunch. The Wavonne character is such a hoot!!! She kept the reader in stitches with her sayings & shenanigans. Too bad that people hold on to high school hurts, plotting revenge, willing to practice deception, staying in denial, practice using people all in the name of fortune and fame. Good thing that Halia & Wavonne were not willing to accept Raynell's death as an accident. The police felt the case was open & shut. This book also showed that the family members should have a private investigator service along with a restaurant. Food can sometimes be a truth serum.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lakecia Allison

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Great read! Halia does it again with her nosey self....solved the crime! Instead of Murder She Wrote this is Murder She Cooked! Raynell was a mean, dreadful woman. So many people wanted to see her demise because she caused so much pain to them. When she is found dead in her home, it is believed that it was an accidental death to all EXCEPT Halia. Her gut led her to once again be detective extraordinaire! I only have one complaint....I strongly dislike the character Wavonne. She is just so tactle Great read! Halia does it again with her nosey self....solved the crime! Instead of Murder She Wrote this is Murder She Cooked! Raynell was a mean, dreadful woman. So many people wanted to see her demise because she caused so much pain to them. When she is found dead in her home, it is believed that it was an accidental death to all EXCEPT Halia. Her gut led her to once again be detective extraordinaire! I only have one complaint....I strongly dislike the character Wavonne. She is just so tactless, loud, greedy, rude, agitating, desperate, and negative.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    i ready the first book in the series and was totally hooked so i purchased the second book. the main characters hailia and her cousin wavonne stumble into another mystery. wavonne is hilarious for sure i bet we all have a cousin like her somewhere down the line lol. as usual the twist is always what gets me you think one person is the culprit but then it turns out you are totally wrong. its always an added bonus with the recipes included in the book too. very great read i'll read this one again i ready the first book in the series and was totally hooked so i purchased the second book. the main characters hailia and her cousin wavonne stumble into another mystery. wavonne is hilarious for sure i bet we all have a cousin like her somewhere down the line lol. as usual the twist is always what gets me you think one person is the culprit but then it turns out you are totally wrong. its always an added bonus with the recipes included in the book too. very great read i'll read this one again like i did the first.

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