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When her long lost cousin comes back to town just in time for the holidays, Lila Macapagal knows that big trouble can't be far behind in this new mystery by Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo. It's Christmastime in Shady Palms, but things are far from jolly for Lila Macapagal. Sure, her new business, The Brew-ha Cafe, is looking to turn a profit in its first year When her long lost cousin comes back to town just in time for the holidays, Lila Macapagal knows that big trouble can't be far behind in this new mystery by Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo. It's Christmastime in Shady Palms, but things are far from jolly for Lila Macapagal. Sure, her new business, The Brew-ha Cafe, is looking to turn a profit in its first year. And yes, she's taken the first step in a new romance with her good friend, Jae Park. But her cousin Ronnie is back in town after ghosting the family fifteen years ago, claiming that his recent purchase of a local winery shows that he's back on his feet and ready to give back to the Shady Palms community. Tita Rosie is thrilled with the return of her prodigal son, but Lila knows that wherever Ronnie goes, trouble follows. She's soon proven right when Ronnie is accused of murder, and secrets and rumors surrounding her shady cousin and those involved with the winery start piling up. Now Lila has to put away years of resentment and distrust to prove her cousin's innocence. He may be a jerk, but he's still family. And there's no way her flesh and blood could actually be a murderer...right?


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When her long lost cousin comes back to town just in time for the holidays, Lila Macapagal knows that big trouble can't be far behind in this new mystery by Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo. It's Christmastime in Shady Palms, but things are far from jolly for Lila Macapagal. Sure, her new business, The Brew-ha Cafe, is looking to turn a profit in its first year When her long lost cousin comes back to town just in time for the holidays, Lila Macapagal knows that big trouble can't be far behind in this new mystery by Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo. It's Christmastime in Shady Palms, but things are far from jolly for Lila Macapagal. Sure, her new business, The Brew-ha Cafe, is looking to turn a profit in its first year. And yes, she's taken the first step in a new romance with her good friend, Jae Park. But her cousin Ronnie is back in town after ghosting the family fifteen years ago, claiming that his recent purchase of a local winery shows that he's back on his feet and ready to give back to the Shady Palms community. Tita Rosie is thrilled with the return of her prodigal son, but Lila knows that wherever Ronnie goes, trouble follows. She's soon proven right when Ronnie is accused of murder, and secrets and rumors surrounding her shady cousin and those involved with the winery start piling up. Now Lila has to put away years of resentment and distrust to prove her cousin's innocence. He may be a jerk, but he's still family. And there's no way her flesh and blood could actually be a murderer...right?

53 review for Blackmail and Bibingka

  1. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Christmas time in Shady Pines!? Is this releasing later this year!? Really!? Two Tita Rosie Mysteries in 2022!? I'm so ready! ...and we have a cover!!! I love it! Christmas time in Shady Pines!? Is this releasing later this year!? Really!? Two Tita Rosie Mysteries in 2022!? I'm so ready! ...and we have a cover!!! I love it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tris

    I wish they'd picture Lila and her new hairdo in this cover! I wish they'd picture Lila and her new hairdo in this cover!

  3. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    #1) Arsenic and Adobo ★★★★☆ #2) Homicide and Halo-Halo ★★★☆☆ the cute cover trend continues 🐶 Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram #1) Arsenic and Adobo ★★★★☆ #2) Homicide and Halo-Halo ★★★☆☆ the cute cover trend continues 🐶 Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    Lila's cousin Ronnie, the troublemaker that hasn't been seen for 15 years, is back in Shady Palms, and he's opening a winery. He introduces his family to the investors, but when one of them dies under suspicious circumstances. Lila and her friends are determined to help find the guilty party. Could it be one of the investors or their staff? Or even Cousin Ronnie? I enjoyed reading about this likable close-knit family, and all of their friends, and about the Filipino food (recipes included) and c Lila's cousin Ronnie, the troublemaker that hasn't been seen for 15 years, is back in Shady Palms, and he's opening a winery. He introduces his family to the investors, but when one of them dies under suspicious circumstances. Lila and her friends are determined to help find the guilty party. Could it be one of the investors or their staff? Or even Cousin Ronnie? I enjoyed reading about this likable close-knit family, and all of their friends, and about the Filipino food (recipes included) and culture. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this advance copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sheilu

    The cover is so pretty!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    I just love this series. As a fellow millennial, I appreciate the slang, pop culture references, and devotion to friendship the author includes in this series. I can’t wait for more from Lila and all of her friends and family. NetGalley provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    If you like cozy mysteries, their pacing, their tropes, this is a great series. I guess I just don't really like cozy mysteries. This is a great series and the author has really polished up her writing: the level of detail is consistent throughout the book (it's incredibly detailed, like, the character used an oven mitt to put the cookies in the oven, set the timer, turned and said...) and the passage of time was reflected better in this book than the previous book in the series. One thing that st If you like cozy mysteries, their pacing, their tropes, this is a great series. I guess I just don't really like cozy mysteries. This is a great series and the author has really polished up her writing: the level of detail is consistent throughout the book (it's incredibly detailed, like, the character used an oven mitt to put the cookies in the oven, set the timer, turned and said...) and the passage of time was reflected better in this book than the previous book in the series. One thing that stood out to me, which I don't remember from previous book in the series, was a heavy sprinkling of slang, including "sus," "don't @ me," "[x] AF" and others. It maybe makes sense if the series is being heavily marketed to new/New Adult readers just coming into the genre, but it feels like it will date the book faster. eARC from NetGalley.

  8. 4 out of 5

    maddie (thenmaddieread)

    Full review to come! Not doing quite as much work as the last book did, but still such a fun read. Manansala is definitely an autobuy author for me. Thank you Berkley and NetGalley for the ARC! CW: (view spoiler)[alcoholism, gambing addiction, mysterious death, attempted murder, death of a parent (off-page) (hide spoiler)] Full review to come! Not doing quite as much work as the last book did, but still such a fun read. Manansala is definitely an autobuy author for me. Thank you Berkley and NetGalley for the ARC! CW: (view spoiler)[alcoholism, gambing addiction, mysterious death, attempted murder, death of a parent (off-page) (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linsey aka Bibliofiendlm

    I really enjoyed this third book of the series. These are a great balance of delicious foodie culture and a good murder mystery. There is a lot more depth than many of the typical cozy food mysteries. Can't wait for book 4! I really enjoyed this third book of the series. These are a great balance of delicious foodie culture and a good murder mystery. There is a lot more depth than many of the typical cozy food mysteries. Can't wait for book 4!

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