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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Murder with Honey Ham Biscuits (Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery #4) by A.L. Herbert


Murder with Honey Ham Biscuits

Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation


Goodreads synopsis: 
As the owner of Mahalia's Sweet Tea, Halia Watkins is famous in Maryland's Prince George's County for her down-home cuisine. But when she has the chance to showcase her talents on national TV, she becomes the star of a murder mystery that's too hot to handle!

When Halia is invited to serve as a guest judge on the popular cooking competition show Elite Chef, she's delighted to add some extra flavor to the mix. But as filming ramps up in Washington D.C., there are too many fiery personalities in the kitchen. Halia discovers that pulling off her small screen debut unscathed means contending with a longtime competing restaurant owner, an infamously crass hospitality mogul, and a group of cutthroat contestants vying for culinary glory . . .

The competition sizzles with only a few finalists left standing--and goes cold when the gorgeous young frontrunner is found dead. As murder accusations are slathered over a recently eliminated contestant, Halia, with some bungling assistance from her wise-cracking cousin Wavonne slides into an investigation of their own. A little snooping reveals the victim burned lots of bridges, leaving a slew of alleged affairs and stolen recipes in her wake. With a fast-rising list of potential suspects, Halia must sort through mindboggling clues to fry the flaky culprit before someone else gets baked to a crisp . . .

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4.5 stars

This is the fourth book in the Mahalia Watkins Soul Food mystery series by A.L. Herbert.

The murder here happens a good way into the book after we are introduced to all the main characters and the basic plot of the story.

Basic premise: There is a cooking contest and Halia is asked to fill in as a judge. One of the contestants ends up dead and Halia has to know whodunit. She is assisted by her friend, Wayonne who is quite a hoot.

Very interesting story. Great plot. I like how intricate it all was when they were figuring out how the murder could have been committed and by whom. Loved that part. Not a normal cozy ending but it felt real and authentic to me.

Definitely a series I want to continue on with. 

If you want to read a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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