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Cozy Mysteries by Asian and Asian American Authors for Your Playlist

Mia P. Manansala, Jesse Q. Sutanto, Sara Desai, and Jennifer J. Chow are shaking up mysteries with snack-based murders, family drama to the highest degree, and unlikely allyships-turned-friendships.

Grab your magnifying glass and your most reliable cardigan, gumshoe: these cozy mysteries will have you looking for clues and finding a whole lot more than you bargained for.

From Mia P. Manansala

Lila Macapagal’s town has resurrected the Miss Teen Shady Palms Beauty Pageant, which drove a wedge between Lila and her cousin, Bernadette. But when the head judge of the pageant is murdered in Homicide and Halo-Halo, with Bernadette as the main suspect, the two must put aside their differences and solve the case…because it looks like one of them might be next.

Lila Macapagal’s cousin Ronnie is back in town after ghosting the family, claiming that he’s back on his feet and ready to contribute. But Lila knows that wherever Ronnie goes, trouble follows. She’s soon proven right when Ronnie is suspected of murder. Now, in Blackmail and Bibingka, Lila has to put away years of resentment to prove her cousin’s innocence. Because there’s no way her flesh and blood could actually be a murderer…right?

From Jesse Q. Sutanto

Author: Jesse Q. Sutanto
Read By: Risa Mei

Instead of having Ma and her aunts cater her wedding, Meddy Chan wants them to enjoy the day as guests. As a compromise, the aunties find the perfect wedding vendors: a Chinese-Indonesian family-run company just like theirs. But then Meddy learns that these caterers are actually the mafia, and they’re using Meddy’s wedding to conduct shady business. Her aunties and mother won’t let Meddy’s wedding become a murder scene and will do whatever it takes to save her special day in Four Aunties and a Wedding.

Vera Wong is a little old lady who lives above her tea shop in the middle of San Francisco’s Chinatown. She likes sipping on a good cup of Wulong and doing internet detective work about what her son is up to. Then one morning, Vera finds a dead man in the middle of her tea shop. In his outstretched hand, a flash drive. Vera doesn’t know what comes over her, but after calling the cops, she swipes the flash drive. Vera is sure she would do a better job than the police possibly could, because nobody sniffs out a wrongdoing quite like a suspicious Chinese mother with time on her hands.

More Cozies Coming Soon!

On sale June 6. Yale and Celine Yee’ have been invited to join a dinner with the local restaurant owners association. The members gather for hot pot…until Jeffery Vue, president of the group, receives a literal shock to his system and dies. Everyone at the meal is a suspect, but the authorities are homing in on family friend Ai Ho and Yale’s dad is a close second. Yale and Celine step up to the plate to figure out what really happened in Hot Pot Murder, before their friends and family have to close their businesses for good.

To Have and to Heist
Author: Sara Desai
Read By: Soneela Nankani

On sale July 18. Simi Chopra is on a bad-luck streak, and now her best friend has been accused of stealing a multimillion-dollar diamond necklace. Then Jack waltzes into her life. When he offers to help her steal back the missing necklace, Simi jumps at the chance to clear her friend’s name and collect the substantial reward. All she needs to do is transform a ragtag group of strangers into an elite heist crew, infiltrate a high-society wedding and steal the necklace from a dangerous criminal before the happy couple say “I do.”

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