Blackmail and Bibingka by Mia P. Manansala

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Blackmail and Bibingka (A Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #3)

Blackmail and Bibingka
by Mia P. Manansala
Pub Date – 10/4/22
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The Tita Rosa’s Kitchen Mysteries are back with the third installment. I love Filipino food so listening to all the new bakery items and the dishes coming out of Rosie’s kitchen is making my mouth water. This is a flashback picture from the yummy Ube ice cream snow cone from Portland. I will eat anything Ube flavored, there’s a cafe in town that has Ube lattes. And we just went to a street carnival last weekend for my friends private school where I got the pancit and lumpia for lunch. I just can’t resist.

I enjoy all the characters in this book but this time Tita Rosie’s son is back in town with a winery and his investors need to be schmoozed. But then a murder happens and so many people were in the middle of it that day.

There are so many secrets happening at the same time. And so much food! I think these books just keep getting better. And there will be 3 more in the series so cool!

I really thought it was a few different characters. And not even sure if I thought it was the one it ended up being or even the motivation. Love when it could be any of them lol. 

❓ Do you like seasonal hot drinks?

Thank you berkleyromance and netgalley for the e-ARC for honest and voluntary review.

Synopsis:

When her long lost cousin comes back to town just in time for the holidays, Lila Macapagal knows that big trouble can’t be far behind in this new mystery by Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo.

It’s Christmastime in Shady Palms, but things are far from jolly for Lila Macapagal. Sure, her new business, The Brew-ha Cafe, is looking to turn a profit in its first year. And yes, she’s taken the first step in a new romance with her good friend, Jae Park. But her cousin Ronnie is back in town after ghosting the family fifteen years ago, claiming that his recent purchase of a local winery shows that he’s back on his feet and ready to give back to the Shady Palms community. Tita Rosie is thrilled with the return of her prodigal son, but Lila knows that wherever Ronnie goes, trouble follows.

She’s soon proven right when Ronnie is accused of murder, and secrets and rumors surrounding her shady cousin and those involved with the winery start piling up. Now Lila has to put away years of resentment and distrust to prove her cousin’s innocence. He may be a jerk, but he’s still family. And there’s no way her flesh and blood could actually be a murderer…right?

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