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A RUSA Award-winning novel!The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer.... When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover...
A RUSA Award-winning novel!The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer.... When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover...
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  • A RUSA Award-winning novel!

    The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one 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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    Chapter One

    My name is Lila Macapagal and my life has become a rom-com cliché.

    Not many romantic comedies feature an Asian-American lead (or dead bodies, but more on that later), but all the hallmarks are there.

    Girl from an improbably named small town in the Midwest moves to the big city to make a name for herself and find love? Check.

    Girl achieves these things only for the world to come crashing down when she walks in on her fiancé getting down and dirty with their next-door neighbors (yes, plural)? Double check.

    Girl then moves back home in disgrace and finds work reinvigorating her aunt's failing business? Well now we're up to a hat trick of clichés.

    And to put the cherry on top, in the trope of all tropes, I even reconnected with my high school sweetheart after moving back to town and discovered the true meaning of Christmas.

    OK, that last part is a joke, but I really did run into my high school sweetheart. Derek Winter, my first love.

    Too bad he'd aged into a ridiculous jerk with a puffed-up sense of importance and weird vendetta against my family. Pretty much tried to shut down my aunt's restaurant on a weekly basis. Odd behavior from the guy who'd wanted to marry me right after graduating from high school, but what can I say? I had exceptionally bad taste when I was younger. You're dumb when you're fifteen and hopped up on hormones.

    Heck, I'm twenty-five and still make bad decisions based on those same dumb hormones.

    Hence I was working at my Tita Rosie's restaurant rather than running my own cafe, which is what I'd been going to school for before I found out Sam was a cheating scumbag. That was right around the time my aunt sent me a distress signal, and here we are. So instead of grinding my own coffee beans or brewing the delightful loose-leaf teas I'd sourced for my dream cafe in Chicago, I now spent every morning preparing mugs of Kopiko 3 in 1 in my hometown of Shady Palms, Illinois, over two hours outside the city.

    And yes, the town really was named Shady Palms. Rumor has it some rich dude from the Caribbean got homesick after moving to the area and tried transplanting a bunch of palm trees along the main street. Surprise, surprise, they didn't take, so he replaced them with tacky plastic replicas. Both the fake palms and the name stuck.

    Anyway, the morning clientele at my tita's restaurant always included a bevy of gossiping aunties, none as loud or nosy as the group of fiftysomething-year-old women I privately referred to as "the Calendar Crew." Their names were April, Mae, and June-they weren't related, but all three of them were completely interchangeable, down to their bad perms, love of floral patterns, and need to provide running commentary on my life.

    It was their due-after all, they were my godmothers (yes, plural). They bore the important title of "Ninang" and were my late mother's best friends. They loved and cared about me.

    In their own infuriating way.

    I brought over their morning plate of pandesal and they descended like a pack of locusts upon the dish of lightly sweetened Filipino bread, spreading the warm rolls with butter and dipping them in their coffee or drizzling them with condensed milk. And like locusts, once they were done devouring one thing, they moved as a pack on to their next victim: me.

    "Lila, why's everything you wear always dark? You look like a bruha."

    "And your hair's always in that ponytail and hat. Not sexy."

    "Ay nako, what is this? You get bigger every time I see...

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  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2021
    Helping out in her Illinois family's Filipino restaurant backfires when a young woman is accused of the murder of a restaurant reviewer who happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Maybe Lila Macapagal's Tita Rosie's restaurant isn't the fanciest, but Tita Rosie's serves up the finest Filipino cuisine in Shady Palms, no matter what online reviewer Derek Winter says. After all, curmudgeonly Derek isn't even a real reviewer; he's just a local boy-turned-man with a computer and a chip on his shoulder from his breakup with Lila years ago. And would he keep coming back if the food were bad? When Derek shows up with his stepfather, Mr. Long, the restaurant's landlord, Lila dreads serving them but can't resist trying out her latest dessert creation, ube crinkles, on them. As usual, Derek can't find anything nice to say in between ravenous bites. When he ends the meal facedown in his food, Lila admonishes him for being melodramatic. But Derek's not kidding around, and by the time Lila calls 911, it's too late. Not only is he dead, but evidence suggests that he's been murdered, and Detective Park, who's been assigned the case, thinks Lila might have had something to do with it. With the help of her resourceful best friend, Adeena Awan, and Amir, Adeena's lawyer-brother, on the case, Lila hopes to stay out of jail. But rising tensions between the friends are stoked by the romantic interest between Amir and Lila, which the families would frown on because of the cultural differences between Lila's Filipino American background and Amir's Pakistani Muslim one. Oh my gulay, as Manansala's glossary indicates is Taglish for OMG: Lila could be in real trouble. A debut that embraces its lightness.

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  • Library Journal

    Starred review from March 1, 2021

    DEBUT Lila Macapagal breaks up with her chef boyfriend and moves home to Shady Palms, IL, to help her aunt, Tita Rosie, with her Filipino restaurant. She starts dating her high school boyfriend, Derek Winter, but soon learns he is the notorious food critic who tried to ruin the restaurants in town, including Tita Rosie's. When he keels over while he and his stepfather, the restaurant's landlord, are dining at the restaurant, Lila thinks he's playing a prank. But when Derek dies on the way to the hospital, his stepfather, Ed, is quick to blame the food and pull strings with the sheriff. While her extended family of Filipino aunties and cousins rally around, Lila is arrested for murder and suspected of pushing drugs. If the local police detective is going to accuse her, and Tita Rosie's restaurant and home are at risk for her bail, Lila is going to step up and find the person who killed Derek. VERDICT This debut introduces readers to Filipino American food and culture, with its emphasis on family. There are cozy tropes (the close-knit community, the food business), but the emphasis on the Tagalog language, the culture, and drug dealing in a small town add gravity and individuality to this outstanding series kick-off.--Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

    Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from March 29, 2021
    Lila Macapagal, the narrator of Manansala’s outstanding debut and series launch, notices two unwelcome customers at Tita Rosie’s Kitchen, a Filipino restaurant run by her aunt in Shady Palms, Ill., where Lila has moved after a devastating breakup with her fiancé. Ed Long, the restaurant’s landlord, is trying to close the place down, and Long’s stepson, Derek Winter, a steady customer, consistently writes negative reviews about its cuisine on his blog. Derek just happens to be Lila’s former high school boyfriend, and when he dies of food poisoning after eating “the Filipino culinary equivalent of hygge,” Lila is the prime suspect. Determined Lila and her best friend, barista extraordinaire Adeena Awan, take it upon themselves to find the real killer and unmask the conspirators targeting Tita Rosie’s Kitchen. Chock-full of food lore, this delicious mystery will leave readers hungry for more of the adventures of Lila, her friends and relatives, and her chunky dachshund (who is named after a kind of short, fat sausage). Cozy fans are in for a treat. Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

  • Booklist

    May 1, 2021
    Manansala, the winner of Sisters in Crime's 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland award, debuts with a spicy and sparkling mystery. Heroine Lila Macapagal has returned to her small hometown of Shady Palms, Illinois, after being burned by her ex in Chicago. When Lila's aunt asks her to help at the family's Filipino restaurant, she's happy to do so--until another one of her exes shows up. Derek Winters, a food critic, is the last person Lila wants to see, especially since a bad review from him could ruin the family. But instead of publishing criticism, Derek drops dead at the dinner table, and Lila is the prime suspect. In a development a bit edgier than that of a typical cozy mystery, Lila goes to jail for a night, and while there she becomes determined to find out who really killed Derek. Along with Lila's funny and feisty voice, there is a lot to love here: complex clues, mouthwatering food descriptions, and a diverse cast of characters. Fans of Vivien Chien will devour this one and look forward to more.

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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