Murder Monday: Raquel V. Reyes           

Sisters in Crime’s Jacq Ellem gives the Murder Monday treatment to American cosy crime writer Raquel V. Reyes, author of the Caribbean Kitchen Mystery Series featuring Latina sleuth, Miriam Quiñones-Smith.

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Raquel’s early childhood has been described as not unlike an I Love Lucy rerun with a heavy-accented, handsome Cuban father and a red-headed Southern mother whose smile brightened the room.

These days Raquel specializes in writing Latina protagonists. Her Cuban-American heritage, Miami, and ‘Spanglish’ feature prominently in her work. Her 2021 debut novel, Mango, Mambo, and Murder, introduces Cuban-American cooking show star Miriam Quiñones-Smith who becomes a seasoned sleuth. It won a LEFTY for Best Humorous Mystery. It was also nominated for an Agatha Award and optioned for film.

The sequel, Calypso, Corpses and Cooking, followed a year later. The series draws on the knowledge of her stepmother Elena, who taught her how to cook many of the recipes that feature in her novels – without referring to recipes herself.

Raquel’s short stories appear in various anthologies, including The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2022. Raquel is a co-chair for SleuthFest.

The next novel in the series, Barbacoa, Bomba, and Betrayal, is out with Penguin in November?

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Murder Monday interviews are available on Sisters in Crime’s YouTube channel at 6 pm once a month on a Monday.

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