Tia Lugo Speaks No Evil by Danette Vigilante
Genre: Middle Grade Mystery
Publishing Date: August 17, 2021
Tia Lugo has a deadly secret.
Tia Lugo considers herself an ordinary thirteen-year-old girl. She just wants to enjoy the end of summer, which means hanging out with her best friend and neighbor, Julius, and ignoring her Puerto Rican grandmother’s embarrassing reliance on creepy candles, weird-smelling herb bundles, and eerie statues—all available for sale at the nearby botánica. But when Tia witnesses a murder late one night from her bedroom window, everything changes in an instant.
Now, Tia is terrified to tell anyone what she’s seen. What if the killer comes after her too? He knows where she lives. Even worse, Tia believes he’s sending her secret messages, reminding her to stay quiet. Desperate to keep herself and her family safe, Tia turns to the last place she ever thought she’d go: her grandmother’s favorite shopping spot, the botánica.
About the Author:
Danette Vigilante grew up in the Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn, New York. She continues to live in NYC with her family and sweet pup, Luna. One day she hopes to move to a place where the sun is always shining, and the air is warm. Danette is the author of TIA LUGO SPEAKS NO EVIL, THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON, a 2012-2013 Sunshine State Young Readers award nominee, and SAVING BABY DOE, a 2014 pick for the New York Public Library 100 titles for Reading and Sharing list. Danette encourages literacy in her community via a Little Free Library installed on her front lawn.
Thank you TBR Beyond Tours for the opportunity to join this tour. I signed up the moment I knew this was a mystery and had Puerto Rican representation. I don’t find Puerto Ricans to be represented in books often but when I do, I jump at the chance to read those. Also, being a fan of mystery, thriller and horror movies, I knew Tia Lugo Speaks No Evil would be a great book for me to read.
I loved that this was a fun read for me, the pacing really got me into it. I especially loved the mystery element that we get in the story. One of my favorite aspects was how the culture was implemented into the story as well. The suspense and tone within the story was very well done, I liked how this was targeted for a younger audience, I don’t see mysteries targeted towards them very often. I recommend it if you enjoy reading mysteries as it was so interested and the author kept me interested from beginning to end.