Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce, A.L. Herbert

Hello lovely nerds,

Today’s review is from one of my favourite genres: food-related cozy mysteries.

Now, the first thing I’m gonna say (and that I didn’t realize until I was halfway through the damn thing) is that this is book 3 in the series. Yes, yes, I know. Fortunately, however, this book was written in such a way that despite not having reading the earlier books, I had absolutely no trouble catching the characters and the plot. This is of the good when you pull a numpty move like I did, and don’t check where in a series a book falls.

Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce had a decent number of good things: it had recipes, and honestly IMHO food-related cozy mysteries are not worthy of the name if they don’t have recipes. Seriously – why bother? It had good characters, some of whom were honestly hilarious, and those characters had decent interactions. Would I read the series if I found it in my library? Yeah, probably. Cozy mysteries are usually quick reads with decent plots.

However: I really didn’t jive with the writing style. It is written from the perspective of the protagonist of the series, Mahalia Watkins, who owns a restaurant named Sweet Tea (and is the source of the aforementioned recipes). But, despite the first-person perspective, it felt as though there was a narrator explaining every detail of what was going on, which I struggled with throughout the book. I was also a liiiiiittle taken aback at the number of stereotypes employed when describing the characters, the areas they live in, their manner of speaking and so forth. I’m not really down with stereotyping generally, and this was something else I found somewhat problematic.

Is this worth a read? Yeah, if you like cozy mysteries and don’t put toooo much stock into quick reads, then go for it. As I said, I’ll probably read them if I come across the series at the library, but I don’t know if I will go looking for them.

Peace out, people.


Disclaimer: I received an electronic copy of this book from Netgalley for review.

Image credit: Because I had the ebook from Netgalley, I used the official photograph of the cover from the publisher website.

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