Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking


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$28.99  $26.96
Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date
5.8 X 8.5 X 1.3 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Raquel V. Reyes writes Latina protagonists. Her Cuban-American heritage, Miami, and Spanglish feature prominently in her work. Mango, Mambo, and Murder, the first in the Caribbean Kitchen Mystery series, won a LEFTY for Best Humorous Mystery. It was nominated for an Agatha Award and optioned for film. Raquel's short stories appear in various anthologies, including The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2022. Find her across social media platforms as @LatinaSleuths and on her website


Praise for Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking
"Enjoyable . . . Fans of Mia P. Manansala's Arsenic and Adobo will want to check this out."
--Publishers Weekly

"A 'must read' for mystery buffs with an affinity for cozy mysteries and amateur women sleuths . . . Original and fun."
--Midwest Book Review

"Raquel V. Reyes has found the right recipe for an engrossing, light mystery that blends Cuban-American culture, a love of food and appealing characters."
--South Florida Sun Sentinel

Praise for Mango, Mambo, and Murder

"Raquel V. Reyes's series debut, Mango, Mambo, and Murder, furthers my belief that the cozy mystery has become one of the most diverse, and most vibrant, in contemporary crime fiction."
--The New York Times

Mango, Mambo, and Murder has everything you look for in a cozy mystery but also feels like a breath of fresh air.
--BookPage, starred review

A vibrant, diverse, LGBTQ-inclusive cast and Raquel Reyes's deft balance of sensitive topics and frothy intrigue make this a standout.

Mystery fans will instantly be pulled into this one.
--Reader's Digest

"[A] refreshing debut and series launch . . . [with] well-defined characters and [a] vibrant social scene. Mouthwatering recipes round out the volume."
--Publishers Weekly

"It is refreshing to see the diversity of this story."
--New York Journal of Books

"The character-driven debut introduces a fresh protagonist."
--Library Journal, starred review

"This action packed mystery dazzles . . . entrances, delights, and excites readers to keep turning pages. Kudos to the author."
--Midwest Book Review

"What a fun book that had me completely immersed in all aspects in this light and fresh whodunit.
--Dru's Book Musings

"This series is now on my insta-buy list.
--Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo

Featuring an appealing, whip-smart sleuth, and rich with the Latin culture and cuisine of south Florida, Mango, Mambo, and Murder is a delicious page-turner of a mystery. Me encantó. I loved it.
--Ellen Byron, USA Today bestselling author of the Cajun Country Mysteries

"Raquel Reyes' debut is as bright as the Miami sun and as satisfying as a big pot of sancocho, with a kick like a shot of Cuban coffee.
--Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning author of the Last Ditch Motel series

"A delicious culinary cozy that serves up both mouthwatering Caribbean food and a fun, family-centered mystery.
--Gigi Pandian, award-winning author of the Accidental Alchemist Mysteries

"A delightfully flavorful series debut from author Raquel V. Reyes."
--Debra H. Goldstein, award winning author of the Sarah Blair mysteries

"Raquel V. Reyes' Mango, Mambo, and Murder is a flavorful blend of culture, crime, and Caribbean cuisine. Reyes' novel is a tasty addition to the culinary cozy canon."
--Alexia Gordon, author of the Gethsemane Brown mysteries

"This mouthwatering Miami mystery will have you hungry for more adventures from the fierce working mom and food anthropologist sleuth."
--Jennifer J. Chow, Lefty Award-Nominated Author of the Sassy Cat Mysteries

"Mango, Mambo, and Murder is a delicious glimpse into Caribbean culture and cuisine, with a satisfying mystery.
--V. M. Burns, author of the Agatha Award-nominated Mystery Bookshop series

"A great debut by Raquel V. Reyes!"
--Tina Kashian, author of the best-selling Kebab Kitchen mysteries