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Mia P. Manansala (MAH-nahn-sah-lah) (she/her) is a writer and book coach from Chicago who loves books, baking, and bad-ass women. She uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture.She is the winner of the 2018 Hugh Holton Award, the 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, the 2017 William F. Deeck - Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, and the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship. She's also a 2017 Pitch Wars alum and 2018-2020 mentor.​A lover of all things geeky, Mia spends her days procrastibaking, playing JRPGs and dating sims, reading cozy mysteries, and cuddling her dogs Gumiho, Max Power, and Bayley Banks (bonus points if you get all the references).​Her debut novel, ARSENIC AND ADOBO, comes out May 4, 2021 with Berkley/Penguin Random House and is the first in the Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery series.Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @MPMtheWriter​

Awards: Macavity (2022), Anthony (2022), Agatha (2021)  see all

Genres: Cozy Mystery
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Mia P Manansala recommends
Off the Air (2024)
Christina Estes
"Jolene Garcia is persistence personified - this is a woman who will get that next big scoop, come hell or high water. If you love investigative reporter stories and are looking for one that's clearly written by a pro, Off the Air is your new favorite read!"
Nosy Neighbors (2024)
Nosy Neighbours

Freya Sampson
"Freya Sampson is a master at creating complicated, nuanced characters you care deeply about and Nosy Neighbors is no exception! While a mystery is the central engine of the book, the true story lies in the mundane lives of the residents of Shelley House and the pain each person carries within them. A fun and beautiful book about the devastating power secrets can have on our lives and the many ways community can help you heal."
What Is Mine (2024)
Lyn Liao Butler
"This rollercoaster of a novel follows two women seeking redemption and their fight over the boy they think will provide it for them. Hope's fear is absolutely palpable, and the tension powering the book made it impossible to put down. A gripping, at times heartbreaking, look at family, betrayal, and how far one will go to claim what they believe is theirs."

More recommendations 

2022 Macavity Award for Best First Novel : Arsenic and Adobo
2022 Anthony Award for Best First Novel : Arsenic and Adobo
2021 Agatha Award for Best First Novel : Arsenic and Adobo

Award nominations
2024 Barry Award for Best Paperback original (nominee) : Murder and Mamon
2022 Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery Novel (nominee) : Arsenic and Adobo
2022 Barry Award for Best Paperback original (nominee) : Arsenic and Adobo

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