Death Comes in through the Kitchen



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Praise for Death Comes in through the Kitchen

«Dovalpage’s first crime novel is a well-cooked stew of culture and cuisine . . . [A] stunningly unexpected conclusion.»
—The Taos News

«[A] dazzling culinary mystery . . . Those expecting a traditional food cozy will be happily surprised.»
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

«The parade of colorful characters helps Dovalpage paint a vivid portrait of late Castro-era Cuba.»
—Kirkus Reviews

«Don’t let the title and included Cuban recipes mislead you into thinking this is a cozy—this novel shows the gritty side of Cuba.»
—Library Journal

«[Dovalpage] creates a mélange of clashing cultures, multilayered deception, even traditional Cuban recipes, that are both entertainment and a revealing exposé of how a strangled society bypasses laws to survive, and dare to enjoy, daily life.»

«I thoroughly enjoyed this romp through Cuba via Matt’s naive perceptions, and look forward to the next in this series from Dovalpage—because there’s sure to be more about this set of wild and eccentric characters.» 
—Kingdom Books

«A fascinating mystery revealing the dark side of the modern Cuban Revolution.»
—Stop, You’re Killing Me! 

«Dovalpage does a magnificent job at describing the beauty of Havana, a city caught in the past… An intriguing murder mystery that is heavy with political undertones.» 
—Fresh Fiction

«A fascinating book . . . Five stars.»
—Fangirl Nation

«A lively murder mystery with a Cuban culinary twist. Teresa Dovalpage brings Havana—with its rampant shortages, schemes, and sensuality—to vivid life. Studded with food blogs by a murdered Cuban chef and the efforts of her hapless American fiancé, this is a dark comedy bursting with cultural history and recipes.» 
—Cristina García, New York Times bestselling author of Dreaming in Cuban 

«Death Comes in through the Kitchen might be a story about death, but it’s also alive with authentic cubanidad, intrigue, humor, delicious recipes, and complex characters. Beautifully written and bursting with surprises!»
—Margarita Engle, author of Mountain Dog and National Young People’s Poet Laureate

«The crime and the recipes take a back seat to the rich flavor the author provides of a culture and a country so close to the US and yet so far away.»
—Reviewing the Evidence

Soho Press website

Discussion questions

My Book, The Movie

Campaign for the American reader. Page 69 test.

6 Questions with Teresa Dovalpage. Joan Livingston’s blog,

podcast with Kase Johnstun: Author & Banyan Collective Podcaster.


Latin American Literature Today


Publishers Weekly

Review on The Taos News

Kingdom Books. Tasting Cuba.


Reviewing the Evidence

Hispanic Heritage Month picks. Random House.

A Cook and two Books. Event at Monona Public Library.

Cozy Con at The Poisoned Pen.