Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala

"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s time for another fantastic book in the Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery series! This cozy mystery was just as wonderful as the first book in the series!

This book picks up just a while after the ending of the first one. Lila is still working to get into a better headspace after the recent murder. There’s a focus here on mental health, and I really liked how it was handled.

Lila has been asked to participate as a judge for a beauty pageant. She’s a bit unsure about doing this but does agree. When another judge is murdered, she’s pulled back into the world of murder investigation. This was another fun story for this series. I really enjoyed following Lila as she tries to figure out who did it. There are some recurring characters that were great to see again, but there are also some new ones that I enjoyed!

I would recommend this one for anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries with a bit of romantic interests and FOOD!

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ Goodreads

Things are heating up for Lila Macapagal. Not in her love life, which she insists on keeping nonexistent despite the attention of two very eligible bachelors. Or her professional life, since she can’t bring herself to open her new cafe after the unpleasantness that occurred a few months ago at her aunt’s Filipino restaurant, Tita Rosie’s Kitchen. No, things are heating up quite literally, since summer, her least favorite season, has just started.

To add to her feelings of sticky unease, Lila’s little town of Shady Palms has resurrected the Miss Teen Shady Palms Beauty Pageant, which she won many years ago–a fact that serves as a wedge between Lila and her cousin slash rival, Bernadette. But when the head judge of the pageant is murdered and Bernadette becomes the main suspect, the two must put aside their differences and solve the case–because it looks like one of them might be next.

Just the Facts:

Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Books
Pub Date: February 8, 2022


Thank you to GetRed PR for having me on this tour!

I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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2 thoughts on “Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala

  1. It feels like just yesterday that the first book in the series was released! Sounds like this book might have a bit of a love triangle with the mention of the two bachelors – which some people love and others hate *shrug*

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