A Maryland soul food chef catches a bitter killer while catering her high school reunion in this “sweet-tart and wickedly wholesome” mystery (Publishers Weekly).
Halia Watkins loves her life as proprietor of Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, serving the best soul food in Prince George’s County, Maryland. And what better way to celebrate than catering her own high school reunion? Soon she’s serving up her signature macaroni and cheese and famous chicken wings to a host of appreciative ex-classmates. Some folks have blossomed since graduation. But Halia’s high school nemesis Raynell Rollins—currently married to a former football star—hasn’t changed nearly enough.
When Raynell is found dead the morning after the reunion, the roll call of possible suspects could fill the school gymnasium. Extra-marital affairs, mega-church scandals and sports secrets—Raynell had her perfectly manicured hand in a lot of sticky situations. With her young cousin’s bungling assistance, Halia is on course to track down the killer. But if she doesn’t make the grade, she’ll be the alumna most likely to meet an untimely end.
Features delicious recipes including Double Crust Chicken Pot Pie and Chocolate Marshmallow Cake!
Sweet-tart and wickedly wholesome as the heroine's fresh citrus margaritas, Herbert's second book follows the surefire recipe of the series opener, 2015's Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles. The menu's sure to include mayhem when 40-something Halia Watkins, proprietor of Mahalia's Sweet Tea in Maryland's Prince George's County, agrees to cater her high school reunion, despite nightmare memories of organizer Raynell Rollins. Now a rich realtor, Raynell has a fatal fall post-reunion. The cops call the death accidental, but folks with motive to kill abound. Cue bighearted Halia to suss out the murderer, "helped" by her hilarious trash-talking young cousin, Wavonne, who mainly sleuths Raynell's closets for designer duds. Herbert's African-American cast and culture offer refreshing spins on the default white tropes of cozy fiction. Instead of a jumble sale at the rectory, there's a high-end charity auction at the Rebirth megachurch. Diet-busting recipes punctuate the action.