Arsenic and Adobo [Book Review] #ThrowbackThursday #CozyMystery #AAPI

In celebration of AAPI month I’m featuring Arsonic and Adobo, a cozy culinary mystery and family drama featuring Filipino cuisine.

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala (cover) Image: a young women pours an ingredient into a put of food that is cooking on the stove

Genre/Categories/Setting: Contemporary Fiction, Cozy Culinary Mystery, Filipino, Family Life, Diverse Reads (own voices)

Welcome to #ThrowBackThursday where I highlight an older review or post a current review of a backlist title. Today, I’m sharing a cozy culinary mystery featuring Filipino cuisine,  Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala.

I’m linking up with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #ThrowbackThursday.

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Summary:

Lila moves home to recover from a breakup and to help save the family restaurant. In addition, to serving up some delicious food and enduring the interference of three interfering and opinionated aunties, Lila’s ex boyfriend and food critic drops dead while eating one of Lila’s dessert creations at the family restaurant. Lila becomes a prime suspect and their landlord threatens to kick the family out. Out of desperation and with great determination, Lila sets out on her own investigation with the help of her best friend. For fans of romcom, there’s also a romantic triangle brewing. This is the first book in a cozy mystery series.

What is your favorite Filipino dish?

Continue here for my full review of Arsenic and Adobo…


What are you reading in support of AAPI? Do you love cozy mysteries?
If you like Arsenic and Adobo, you might enjoy the series.
Purchase information here.

See my 2021 AAPI post here.


  1. Thanks for the reminder about this one, Carol. When I read your original review, I added it to my TBR, but then forgot about it. I just requested it from my library.

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