Review: Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

Looking for a cozy culinary mystery and a cute little dachshund?

Try a dish of Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala with your next order of pork sisig!


Every word is delicious from beginning to end! Foodies will love the story and the recipes.

A mystery in a town where everyone knows everyone, but not everyone knows everything about everyone. Manansala really made Shady Palms feel like a small town. Even characters who meet each other for the first time know each other through a mutual friend or relation.

I adore a line in chapter eleven that calls Longganisa, the protagonist’s dachshund, a “lazy little sausage”. Manansala’s descriptions and humor can’t be beat!

Also included is a selection of recipes in the back. They all sound delicious. The one I want to try most is Lola Flor’s Minatamis na Bao. I love a good spread, and I also love coconuts, so this sounds like a great way to sweeten up snack time!

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the next courses Chef Manansala has served up for this literary meal: Homicide and Halo-Halo and Blackmail and Bibingka.


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