Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around a TBR jar pick cozy mystery that ended up being a dud for me and a thriller sequel that did hit the mark.


Title: Arsenic And Adobo
(Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #1)
Author: Mia P. Manansala

Genre: Cozy Mystery
First published: May 4th 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Finished reading: August 28th 2021
Pages: 336

“Put on your sleuthing cap, girl. We’re on a case!”


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I’ve been curious about this title ever since I first heard about it, so when my TBR jar thought I should just read it I jumped at the chance to do so. The combination of a cozy mystery and a food angle sounded like a perfect match, and I fully expected to love Arsenic And Adobo. Sadly, I guess it simply wasn’t ment to be. I still like the idea behind this story and the focus on Filipino culture and food, but as a whole this was mainly a dud for me. Why? I’m keeping this short, but next some of my issues. First is probably the overdose of food related descriptions. I personally LOVE a food element in my story and there were many things mentioned that I now want to try, but it is a question of balance and there was no such thing in Arsenic And Adobo. There were so many references to food, its ingredients and how it was prepared that the actual cozy mystery part of the plot was buried under it. The constant references started to annoy me considerably, and I really wish there would have been more focus on developing the rest of the plot instead. As it is, the cozy mystery is rather weak, and I basically guessed who was behind it very early on. Not only that, I wasn’t really a fan of the main characters either, and I can’t say I appreciated the cheating angle and the whole love triangle vibe. As a whole, I still think the story has a lot of potential, but sadly the execution wasn’t a right fit for me at all. I do know most people do seem to enjoy it better, so don’t give up on my account.


Title: Indelible
(Grant County #4)
Author: Karin Slaughter

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: 2004
Publisher: Arrow
Finished reading: August 29th 2021
Pages: 464

“Sometimes when people lie, they sprinkle in the truth so that it sounds believable.”


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I’m trying to finish the Grant County series as soon as possible, so I decided to pick up Indelible while memories of the previous book were still fresh. And I think this might just be my favorite of the series so far! And not just because we see so much less of Lena this time around… The idea behind this plot is brilliant too. Dark, explosive, shocking, thrilling; this is another wild ride and of course I’m not complaining. Indelible is split in two different storylines: the present where the active shooting is taking place, and flashbacks to the past where we follow Sara and Jeffrey to his hometown after they recently started dating. The present storyline is more tense and explosive with the constant danger of more deaths, while the chapters set in the past are more gradually built up with suspense. I really liked this balance, and it was interesting to learn more about Jeffrey’s past. There are also plenty of plot twists to keep you busy along the way, and I definitely didn’t see those final twists coming! Indelible is without doubt another excellent sequel and I already can’t wait what the next book will bring us.


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