Tour Schedule: Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

Genre: adult, mystery/thriller

Diversity tags: authors of color (filipino-american author), poc representation (filipino-american, pakistani muslim american, korean-american, mexican-american, japanese-american, black american), and lgbtqiap+ representation (lesbian, bisexual, queer)

Publication date: 04 May 2021

Publisher: Berkley

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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…

Content/Trigger Warnings:

  • indications of evidence planting and police intimidation
  • drug use
  • fatphobia
  • racism
  • domestic violence (implied, not on the page)

About the Author

Mia P. Manansala is a writer from Chicago who loves books, baking, and bad-ass women. She uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture.

She is the winner of the 2018 Hugh Holton Award, the 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, the 2017 William F. Deeck – Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, and the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship. She’s also a 2017 Pitch Wars alum and 2018-2019 mentor.

Tour Schedule

May 3
Books. Libraries. Also, cats.
mac n’ books
Vivienne Reads

May 4
Bookish Brews
Paola, a not-so-wicked which
Rainstorm Reads

May 5
Angele Reads books
Pages and Coffee Cups
The Queen Reads

May 6
Fueled By Chapters
Solace In Reading
Ysa, not Bella.

May 7
Bookish Trisha
Jea Reads
Roving Savant
The Bookworm Daydreamer

Published by Shealea

Shealea likes sunflowers, research, and diverse books. In 2020, she graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a bachelor's degree in Communication Research.

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