Murder With Fried Chicken and Waffles

A Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery

Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles is the first book in a new culinary mystery series by Patrick Sanchez ( written under the pen name A.L.. Herbert).   Look for it in stores and online in March 2015!


Welcome to Mahalia's Sweet Tea--the finest soul food restaurant in Prince George's County, Maryland. In between preparing her famous cornbread and mashed potatoes so creamy "they'll make you want to slap your Momma," owner Halia Watkins is about to dip her spoon into a grisly mystery. . .Halia Watkins has her hands full cooking, hosting, and keeping her boisterous young cousin, Wavonne, from getting too sassy with customers. Having fast-talking entrepreneur Marcus Rand turn up in her kitchen is annoying enough when he's alive--but finding his dead body face-down on her ceramic tile after hours is much worse.Marcus had his enemies, and the cast iron frying pan beside his corpse suggests that at last, his shady business deals went too far. Halia is desperate to keep Sweet Tea's name out of the sordid spotlight but her efforts only make Wavonne a prime suspect. Now Halia will have to serve up the real villain--before the killer returns for a second helping. . .Features delicious recipes from Mahalia's Sweet Tea, including Sour Cream Corn Bread and Sweet Corn Casserole!

“A.L. Herbert serves up some tasty recipes along with a delicious mystery in "Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles" and I can't wait for second and third helpings of this scrumptious soul food mystery series featuring the irresistible, sassy and completely enchanting Mahalia Watkins.” Leslie Meier, Author of French Pastry Murder

“Great characters. Clever story line. All this, and recipes, too. Can’t wait for second helpings in this series!” Laura Levine, Author of Death by Pantyhose
“Murder with a side of soul food is a winning combination in this delicious cozy.” Lee Hollis, author of Death of a Cupcake Queen

"Funny and refreshingly straight forward."Kirkus Reviews

"The characters are real and unique, the plot will keep you guessing, and the foodie theme adds some delicious flavor. A.L. Herbert has cooked up a real winner!” Diane Kelly, Author of Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream​