Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce

Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce

by A.L. Herbert


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Mahalia’s Sweet Tea boasts the most flavorful soul food in all of Prince George’s County, Maryland. But as events at the beauty industry’s leading trade show turn ugly, owner Halia Watkins needs to bite into an unsavory new item on the menu—murder!   
When the chicest hair convention of the year gets cooking in town, so does business at Mahalia’s Sweet Tea. Halia can barely handle the influx of customers looking to satisfy their appetites after spending the day surrounded by outrageous runway styles. As buzz builds around beauty mogul and pop culture icon Monique Dupree, collard greens start moving out of the kitchen faster than models strutting down the catwalk . . .
But the glitz fades the moment Monique is found shot to death. Turns out, the glamorous entrepreneur’s vanity empire was stained by bitter rivalries, explosive affairs, and backstabbers scheming for fame and fortune. With more suspects than ingredients listed on a bottle of deep conditioner, Halia and her cousin Wavonne rush to discover who pulled the trigger—before the conniving culprit dishes another deadly surprise . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496718006
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: Mahalia Watkins Series , #3
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 184,263
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A.L. Herbert grew up in both Prince George’s County and Charles County, Maryland, and is currently working on the next Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery, along with more delicious comfort food recipes. Readers can e-mail the author at And please visit and

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Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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KTempleton 6 days ago
Halia Watkins serves up delicious soul food at her restaurant in Maryland. She can barely keep up with the number of customers she has from the beauty convention in town. Despite the influx of customers, when beauty mogul Monique Dupree is found dead Halia get pulled into the drama. With numerous suspects can Halia figure out the killer before she’s in harm's way? This is the 3rd book in the series but my first. I was able to enjoy the mystery without any major issues however I think I would have understood the characters a little better had a read at least book one first. This book is full of humor and the characters have wonderful chemistry. The mystery is well plotted and has several twists and turns along the way. I recommend this book to cozy mystery and food lovers. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
Marshathereader 5 months ago
Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce is book three in the Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mysteries by A. L. Herbert. I have read all three and love this series. Herbert does a great job of getting new readers up to speed if you haven't read the previous books. Halia and her cousin, Wavonne are the main characters in this series and I love their relationship. Halia owns the soul food restaurant, Mahalia's Sweet Tea. Wavonne is younger and a bit of a free spirit that keeps Halia on her toes. When beauty mogul comes back to town for a convention is murdered, Halia and Wavonne are on the hunt for the murderer. There are plenty of suspects and you are guessing until the end. There is not only the mystery, but some laugh out loud moments. As always, you have some yummy sounding recipes. What I really enjoy is the family love that comes through. I was provided an ARC by Netgalley for an honest review.
CitrusSunshine 5 months ago
First I want to say that I got a copy in exchange for an honest review. This is the first of the series I have read, but I have been wanting to pick it up for a while, so when I had a chance to get a book, I jumped at it. And I’m so glad I did! There is so much to love! I loved the suspects and their secrets. I loved the final clue that gave Halia the answer. I loved that answer. I loved Halia, who was really down to earth, and the other characters around her, like Wavonne, who is very not down to earth. I loved the romance or lack thereof. This is really a cozy mystery at its very best. What I loved the best was the voice of the author. She had a voice that didn’t sound like every other cozy author. It sounded unique and authentic. There are cozies that I read that sound formulaic. This author is not like that! I believe these are women of color living in the DC area who have known each other for a while.
LostinaWrittenWorld 5 months ago
There were a lot of really good elements in this book. I loved the area that it takes place in (PG County, Maryland!), the dialogue, the restaurant, all the world building the author did. The actual murder doesn't take place until 40% into the book, so after it happens the resolve comes quick. The reveal was nicely done. I'd love to say that I suspected the culprit right away, but the truth is I suspected everyone. There were some very nice twists and turns as I tried to figure it out, but in the end I got to be as surprised as the supporting cast. The reason this book, despite lots of very good things, got a 3 Star review from me is a much more personal reason. I am a very shy and reserved person. I do my best to keep the people around me happy and to do my own thing. Every time Wavonne spoke I could feel my immortal soul leaving my body. She's brash, she's loud, she has no filter. Every sentence had me dying of embarrassment. She's out to have a good time and doesn't care who's watching! I'm sure she's the highlight of many people's read, but I personally am just too shy to survive... Over all, really good book! But if incredibly shy to the point of watching other people say embarrassing things will make you embarrassed, maybe give it a miss.
CozyOnUp 5 months ago
Mahalia (Halia)Watkins, owner of Sweet Tea Soul Food restaurant in Prince Georges County, Maryland, is known for two things: her cooking and her solving murders. When Halia and Wavonne get to meet a local celebrity and hair care entrepreneur, Monique, they are invited to her annual party of the year. When Monique is found dead shortly after the party ends, her husband is arrested for her murder and he asks Halia to find the real murdered before he’s sent up the river to the big house. While not a fan of the man, Halia believes he may not be guilt and begins poking around and tries to figure out who killed Monique. So many suspects, so many plausible scenarios. Halia and the gang made this a fun read, especially in my old stomping grounds of PG County, Maryland. It brought back some fun memories and makes me want to go back home for a visit!
Chatting-About-Cozies 5 months ago
I’m always excited to return to Prince George County, Maryland and Halia Watkins soul food restaurant, Mahalia’s Sweet Tea! Author A.L. Herbert writes a story filled with comical scenes. My tummy was growling at the descriptions of all the delicious home cooked food and desserts sprinkled throughout the book. Ms. Herbert creates a captivating plot centered around a beauty mogul, Monique, and her popular hair products and secretive personal life. While humor abounds, murder is skillfully woven into the sensational plot, and readers will need to go over the details with a fine-toothed comb to solve this intricate mystery. This African American Cozy Series is a favorite of mine because I enjoy the rollicking antics between cousins Halia and Wavonne, and I appreciate the excellent mystery the author always delivers. I’m eagerly looking for the next treat of a story from this author. I reviewed a galley arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. Thank you.