Sunday, March 5, 2023

Calypso, Corpses and Cooking

 I was so excited to read this second Caribbean Kitchen Mystery by Raquel Reyes.  Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking did not disappoint.   I really appreciate Reyes' method of incorporating bilingual characters in her storylines.  I cannot help but envision what a cute family they are and to feel the frustrations Mia has been dealing with her very bigoted MIL.  Mia's adjustments to returning to her hometown but under a different economic and cultural environment than her childhood makes for interesting reading and adds a bit deeper thought than many cozy mysteries bring.   Anyone who loves delicious food, especially Latin selections, will find their mouth watering while reading this story.    I learned about some new dishes that I am anxious to find and sample.  The mystery itself is well done and has plenty of twists and turns leading to an unexpected resolution. 

Calypso, Corpses, and CookingCalypso, Corpses, and Cooking by Raquel V. Reyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

cozy mystery with a Latin flair

I really like this series a lot. I love how Reyes seamlessly blends the use of Spanish into the storyline with a logically included translation. The food descriptions will make your mouth water for anyone who likes flavorful food The mystery is well constructed with an ongoing nefarious scheme underlying the story so it is best to read the series in order.

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Goodreads and Reading by the Numbers #ReadingByNumbers2023 Book #  29
  2. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book #  23 
  3. Finishing the Series   #FinishingTheSeries2023  Series: 7 Book #1
  4. Stacking the Series  #stackingseries2023 2
  5. Series Catchup #seriescatchup2023 +3
  6. What an Animal Book #7
  7. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2023   Book #25
  8. Cruisin thru Cozies Holiday #2
  9. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #21
  10. Craving for Cozies  Book #18
  11. Medical Examiner Challenge 4 Toe Tags
  12. Around the Year in 52 Books #    37. A book with the theme of returning home
  13. HP Quidditch 23 #43 Cedric Diggory: Includes vampires
  14. Nerdy Bookworm  #NerdyBookwormChallengeXO #42. set at a carnival or circus
  15. Nerd Daily #thenerddaily #nerdreading2023 #47. A HOLIDAY THAT ISN'T CHRISTMAS
  16. Pick your Poison  # 39 A book with a four word title
  17. PopSugar #popsugarreadingchallenge #47 A book about a holiday that's not Christmas
  18. Read with Allison #51 Holiday Scene on Cover
  19. Sci and Nature # 17 Native Word in the Title
  20. Unruly Reader Bingo  # 9 World Languages   

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