Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking by Raquel V Reyes

Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking by Raquel V ReyesCalypso, Corpses, and Cooking by Raquel Reyes
Series: A Caribbean Kitchen Mystery #2
Published by Crooked Lane Books on October 11, 2022
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Also by this author: Mango, Mambo, and Murder, Barbacoa, Bomba, and Betrayal
Also in this series: Mango, Mambo, and Murder, Barbacoa, Bomba, and Betrayal

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I loved the first book, Mango, Mambo, and Murder, in the Caribbean Kitchen series by Raquel V. Reyes so I was positive that I’d enjoy the new book, CALYPSO, CORPSES, AND COOKING.

About Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking

Miriam and her husband go all out decorating their lawn for Halloween. But the corpse by the tombstone definitely wasn’t part of the scheme. Add a grisly accident (or was it murder) when Miriam’s at the local country club. Is it a gruesome coincidence? Or is there a killer in the neighborhood?

Miriam, a Latina food ethnographer with a cooking show, her husband Robert, and their young son, Manny have recently moved back to Miami. Miriam’s reconnecting with family and old friends and making new ones as her son settles into a new preschool. The author shows a sense of warmth and connection among Miriam’s circle that feels authentic.

My thoughts about Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking

The author creates such a vivid sense of place which includes so many glorious food descriptions that I was ready to lick the page!

Miriam is relatable as she tries to juggle motherhood and a career. Ugh and her passive-aggressive monster-in-law is the worst. I love how strong and determined Miriam is despite the constant microaggressions.

The mystery was twisty in the best possible way and kept me guessing to the end – which I absolutely loved.

In closing

Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking is for you if you enjoy culinary cozy mysteries, especially those with a Latinx flair.

Thank you, Crooked Lane Books for the ARC!

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About Raquel Reyes

RAQUEL V. REYES writes Latina protagonists. Her Cuban-American heritage, Miami, and Spanglish feature prominently in her work. Mango, Mambo, and Murder, the first in the Caribbean Kitchen Mystery series, won a LEFTY for Best Humorous Mystery and an International Latino Book Award. It was nominated for an Agatha Award and optioned for film. Raquel’s short stories appear in various anthologies, including The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2022.

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