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Homicide and Halo-Halo
Homicide and Halo-Halo | Mia P. Manansala
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Death at a beauty pageant turns Tita Rosie's Kitchen upside down in the latest entry of this witty and humorous cozy mystery series by Mia P. Manansala. 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 caf 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 agoa 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 casebecause it looks like one of them might be next.
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Dragon
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Just finished listening to this cozy mystery- the second in a new series. The mystery revolves around a Teen beauty pageant- and our intrepid amateur sleuth manages to entice the reader with her wonderful food descriptions. I‘m so hungry right now🤣. Fun book a bit darker than the first book. 👍👍💚🐉

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WriterAtHeart
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After enjoying the first book two, I enjoyed book 2 just as much. The writing just feels down to earth and a cozy mystery is always fun, easy read. I also want to eat all the food mentioned!

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RealLifeReading
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This is the second book in the series and every bit as fun to read as the first. Lila has been asked to be a judge for the local beauty pageant. But there‘s been a murder and she‘s sucked into it. It‘s that kind of cozy mystery which doesn‘t stress the reader too much and you know it will all turn out ok in the end. Just be prepared to be hungry as Lila experiments with delicious desserts for their upcoming cafe.

Maria514626 This sounds very fun! Perfect for summer. ☀️🏖 Thanks for the food warning! 😁 5mo
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abostwick24
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I wanted to like this book as much as the first one but the themes were very redundant: love triangle, fights with her best friend, and conflict with her cousin. I appreciated the honest descriptions about therapy and dealing with past traumas. The plot was okay but I was able to figure out the murderer about half way through the book. For these reasons, I have to give the book: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/5)

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Jenken1998
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Book #2 in this cozy mystery series. I enjoyed book one more but that is pretty typical for me. I have issues with series. Book 3 due out this fall. After barely surviving an attempt on her life in the last book Lila is trying to get her life back on track. As a former winner she is asked to judge a pageant where someone is murdering those connected to it. I didn't figure it out but the mc got on my nerves in this one. 3 🌟

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Bookjunkie57
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Loved it.

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alisiakae
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Unfortunately, I thought the 2nd book in the Tita Rosie‘s Kitchen series was a bit lackluster. I did like that the author delved into mental health and PTSD, but the writing felt stilted and the story moved pretty slowly. I‘ll still give the 3rd book a try because I love the characters!

#HelloKitty hasn‘t left my side this week. She misses #Isabel too. #catsofLitsy😿🫶🏼

#booked2022 #titlerepeatsitself
#pop22 #newin2022

Bookzombie I‘m so sorry about Isabel. 💕 8mo
Cinfhen Awww, poor #HelloKitty misses her bestie 😿 8mo
alisiakae @Cinfhen Maya is already campaigning to adopt a new friend for her. 🤣 8mo
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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/9daM_zFj-Dk

Enjoy!

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booksandsympathy
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Spent about a week not really picking up a book to read, but picked this back up today and finished it. I enjoyed this book as much as the first book. The author has a way of writing about heavy topics without making the book feel heavy. It is a cozy mystery so there were lots of fun moments, heartfelt moments, and amazing sounding food.

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booksandsympathy
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I requested this book from the library before my library had it. I'm the very first person to check this book out of the library and don't understand why nobody else has requested it. The first book in the series was one of my favorite books last year, so I'm really looking forward to starting this.

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️

I enjoy the cultural and culinary side of this cozy series, but this mystery wasn‘t super compelling and I wasn‘t really into the pageant plot line. There was some character growth and I appreciated the way mental health was handled. Although I didn‘t like this as much as the first, I might still give the third a try when it‘s released later this year. It‘s set at Christmastime, and I always like a few festive reads around the holidays!

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Fammybooks
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I devoured this book. There were twist and tuns that I didn't expect, and I honestly thought the accused was one of the ones the book presented early on. In the end, the author presented an plausible plot that I believe can happen anywhere. This is easily a five star book for me. #mystery #ebook

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Fammybooks
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I have a tendency to pic up colorful books, and this one spoke to me, since I'm half Filipino. I'm surprise that this is becoming a quick read, and I', enjoying it thus far. I love the characters, and the setting. And, I have a feeling my mom would be part of the “momtestants“ adding to the tsismis. I should probably also add I haven't red the first book. #mystery

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jackilynn
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kyraleseberg
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Enjoying the second book in this cozy series!

ICantImReading Ooh I‘m looking forward to this! 😍 11mo
kyraleseberg @ICantImReading It was a fun sequel!! 10mo
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Preciouz29
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Loved this so much! Book 2 was just as fun as book 1; same zany characters, interesting plot line, and some nice character growth. Can‘t wait for book 3!