Don’t let the authentic Cuban recipes fool you: This is no cozy mystery. Set in Havana during the Black Spring of 2003, a charming but poison-laced culinary mystery reveals the darker side of the modern Revolution.
Matt, a San Diego journalist, arrives in Havana to marry his girlfriend, Yarmila, a 24-year-old Cuban woman whom he first met through her food blog. But Yarmi isn’t there to meet him at the airport, and when he hitches a ride to her apartment, he finds her lying dead in the bathtub.
With Yarmi’s murder, lovelorn Matt is immediately embroiled in a Cuban adventure he didn’t bargain for. The police and secret service have him down as their main suspect, and in an effort to clear his name, he must embark on his own investigation into what really happened. The more Matt learns about his erstwhile fiancée, though, the more he realizes he had no idea who she was at all–but did anyone?
Death Comes In Throughout The Kitchen us available in hardback now and in paperback on the 25th April 2019. You can purchase or pre-order your copy here.
Death Comes In The Kitchen Door is a fascinating, cosy mystery set in Cuba which is guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling!
I haven’t read many novels that are set in Cuba so this, along with my mum just having visited the country, interested me from the start. I loved the vivid, colourful descriptions of the beauty of cuba and found it fascinating to learn more about it’s recent history. It was especially interesting to learn more about what daily life was like in Cuba as it’s still quite a secretive country.
My favourite character was Yarmi as I loved her vibrant blog posts about her food. Her enthusiasm was infectious and her recipes sounded so delicious that I would definitely like to try some Cuban food in the future. I wasn’t too sure about the main character Matt at the beginning of the book as he came across as quite brash and arrogant but he grew on me as his travels through the country seemed to take the edge off him.
The murder mystery was very intriguing, well plotted and quite fast paced. I liked how the investigation was mixed in with Yarmi’s food blog as that help to keep my interest and gave me more of an insight into what type of person she was.
This is the author’s debut book and I’d definitely be interested in reading more from her in the future, especially if the books are set in Cuba again. If you like cosy murder mysteries with a culinary twist then you’ll love this book.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Teresa Dovalpage was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1966. She earned her BA in English literature and an MA in Spanish literature at the University of Havana, and her PhD in Latin American literature at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of twelve other works of fiction and three plays, and is the winner of the Rincón de la Victoria Award and a finalist for the Herralde Award. She lives in New Mexico.