Mahalia’s Sweet Tea boasts the most flavorful soul food in all of Prince George’s County, Maryland. But as events at the beauty industry’s leading trade show turn ugly, owner Halia Watkins needs to bite into an unsavory new item on the menu—murder!
When the chicest hair convention of the year gets cooking in town, so does business at Mahalia’s Sweet Tea. Halia can barely handle the influx of customers looking to satisfy their appetites after spending the day surrounded by outrageous runway styles. As buzz builds around beauty mogul and pop culture icon Monique Dupree, collard greens start moving out of the kitchen faster than models strutting down the catwalk . . .
But the glitz fades the moment Monique is found shot to death. Turns out, the glamorous entrepreneur’s vanity empire was stained by bitter rivalries, explosive affairs, and backstabbers scheming for fame and fortune. With more suspects than ingredients listed on a bottle of deep conditioner, Halia and her cousin Wavonne rush to discover who pulled the trigger—before the conniving culprit dishes another deadly surprise . . .
Outstanding praise for A.L. Herbert and the
Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mysteries!
Murder With Macaroni And Cheese
“Herbert does a good job of hiding the killer amid smartly placed red herrings and surprising plot twists. Readers will be equally entranced by both the layered mystery and the mouth-watering food descriptions. A successful African American amateur sleuth makes a very welcome addition to the cozy genre, and the humor Herbert brings to the tale only adds icing to what is a delicious cake.”
—Booklist (starred review)
Murder With Fried Chicken And Waffles
“Soul food and sassy characters combine in this series debut for a feast that will satisfy the appetites of readers.” —Library Journal
“A.L. Herbert serves up some tasty recipes along with a delicious mystery in Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles and I can't wait for second and third helpings of this scrumptious soul food mystery series featuring the irresistible, sassy and completely enchanting Mahalia Watkins."
—Leslie Meier, author of Silver Anniversary Murder
“Foodies will welcome Herbert’s amusing debut, the first in a new cozy series complete with recipes. The authentic local history seamlessly woven into the story sets the book apart from most light mysteries.” —Publishers Weekly
“Murder with a side of soul food is a winning combination in this delicious cozy."
—Lee Hollis, author of Poppy Harmon Investigates
“This first in a planned series, complete with recipes, is funny and refreshingly straightforward.”