Review: The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak @DurangoWriter @KensingtonBooks


Release: 2018
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Southern Lit

From the moment I watched The Green Mile many years ago, I became fascinated with stories about death row and prison inmates. Surprisingly, I haven’t read as many books about the topic as I would’ve wanted, so I was obviously excited to read Mandy Mikulencak’s novel as soon as I came across its intriguing blurb.

The Last Suppers tells the story of Ginny Polk, a young woman working as the head cook in Louisiana’s Greenmount State Penitentiary in the 1950s. Ginny’s father was a prison guard at that same prison but was killed many years ago and the murderer was put to death when she was eight years old. Ginny is now dating her father’s best friend, Roscoe, who happens to be the prison warden, but they have a very complicated relationship. And Ginny’s life is about to become even more complicated when she starts looking into her father’s mysterious death…

I absolutely loved the concept in this novel. Ginny was both kind and strong-willed and I really loved her as a character. She provides the prisoners’ last suppers and always tries to cook their favorite meals, no matter what she has to do in order to achieve that. Ginny feels they should be shown a little humanity during their last hours, and I deeply admired her determination.

The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak was unexpected in many ways, especially because I didn’t know how the story would evolve. The “mystery” plot didn’t pick up until the last section of the book, but I found it quite compelling. The book dealt with several themes like racism, human rights and family relationships and I must say this is a little gem that I feel should be way more appreciated.

Many thanks to the publishers and Edelweiss for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review




13 thoughts on “Review: The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak @DurangoWriter @KensingtonBooks

  1. This intrigues me as well. I’m not sure the mystery is really hard to solve but I have a feeling that’s not even most important, the characters and the issues that arise throughout the story might be entertaining enough. Great review!


  2. This sounds really interesting and unique. I have never really thought about the people making final meals. Its interesting that the MC is that dedicated and respects the convicts last moments despite what they might have done. I really like the angle and I am glad that you enjoyed this one. Adding it to my TBR.


  3. This is one I’d not heard anything about, so appreciate your review. The plot sounds intriguing, and I’m going to keep it in mind for when things slow down a bit. Whenever that is!


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