Published by Berkley on October 17, 2023
Also in this series: Arsenic and Adobo
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.
About Murder and Mamon
This contemporary cozy mystery series gets better with each new release. Each book feels like I’m hanging out with friends and catching up with their lives. Now, if only I could eat some of the delicious food and pet Lila’s adorable pooch, Longganisa.
This time around, Lila’s godmothers, the Calendar Crew, are opening a new business together. Unfortunately, they start receiving threats, the shop is vandalized, and a visiting family member is murdered. So it’s up to Lila, her cousins and her friends to figure out what’s going on.
My thoughts about Murder and Mamon
MURDER AND MAMON is compulsively readable – I stayed up way too late to finish it because I just couldn’t put it down!
Lila is likable and relatable – trying to figure out her next steps as she juggles family obligations, being a new business owner, having a relationship, and being a good friend.
The food and drink descriptions are mouthwateringly delicious. I wasn’t familiar with Filipino food before and these books convinced me to check out what I was missing. If you get the chance, try ube cookies! Not only are they a gorgeous purple color but the ube (which is a purple yam) has a lovely floral scent and a sweet taste.
I love that family being important is a theme throughout the entire series. Even when they meddle or act outrageous, Lila is close to and supportive of her extended family.
So much diversity and inclusion! Asian, Middle Eastern, Latinx, queer, and Muslim.
The mystery was complex with several threads intertwined which kept me guessing til the end.
Make sure to read the entire Tita Rosie Kitchen series:
- Arsenic and Adobo
- Homicide and Halo-Halo
- Blackmail and Bibingka
Thank you Berkley for the ARC of Murder and Mamon.