Review; Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A. L. Herbert

Earlier this year, I read the cosy mystery Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A. L. Herbert and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Welcome to Mahalia's Sweet Tea--the finest soul food restaurant in Prince George's County, Maryland. In between preparing her famous cornbread and mashed potatoes so creamy "they'll make you want to slap your Momma," owner Halia Watkins is about to dip her spoon into a grisly mystery . . .

Halia Watkins has her hands full cooking, hosting, and keeping her boisterous young cousin, Wavonne, from getting too sassy with customers. Having fast-talking entrepreneur Marcus Rand turn up in her kitchen is annoying enough when he's alive--but finding his dead body face-down on her ceramic tile after hours is much worse.

Marcus had his enemies, and the cast iron frying pan beside his corpse suggests that at last, his shady business deals went too far. Halia is desperate to keep Sweet Tea's name out of the sordid spotlight but her efforts only make Wavonne a prime suspect. Now Halia will have to serve up the real villain--before the killer returns for a second helping . . .

My Thoughts on the Book
There's part of the book that I like, and then there's parts that I don't like. What I like is that it's centered around soul food and I liked the idea of this series, but there's so many stereotypes in this book and sometimes the book is dragging a little bit too much. Also, the author isn't even Black (or a woman), so I suspect that's part of why there's a bit too much stereotypes in it.

The thought of a soul food centered cosy mystery series is a good one though, but it could have been written a bit better.


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