Lila Macapagal used to live in Chicago and dreamed of opening her own restaurant, but both her business and relationship failed miserably. She’s back in her hometown, helping to run her tita (aunt) Rosie run the family restaurant, where they serve Philipino food. Unfortunately, Lila’s ex-boyfriend is a food critic and seems determined to come back, again and again, to sample the food and write scathing things about the food and service. Only this time, he collapses at the table and has to be rushed to hospital, where he dies sometime later. Shortly after, the police are at the restaurant and while searching the premises, they also find a bag in Lila’s locker containing a large amount of drugs. Now she’s not only the main suspect in the murder of her ex-boyfriend but the police think she’s a drug kingpin.
Lila is determined to clear her name and with the help of her barista BFF, said bestie’s lawyer brother, and the big network of aunties who seem to know everything about everyone in town, she begins to investigate. Her tita’s restaurant will stay closed until her name is cleared, not to mention that Lila risks a long time in prison if she can’t find the actual murderer.
Full review on my blog.