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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Book Review - Aunty Lee's Delights: A Singaporean Mystery by Ovidia Yu

About The Book:

This delectable and witty mystery introduces Rosie "Aunty" Lee, feisty widow, amateur sleuth, and proprietor of Singapore's best-loved home-cooking restaurant.

After losing her husband, Rosie Lee could have become one of Singapore's "tai tai," an idle rich lady. Instead she is building a culinary empire from her restaurant, Aunty Lee's Delights, where spicy Singaporean meals are graciously served to locals and tourists alike. But when a body is found in one of Singapore's tourist havens and one of her guests fails to show at a dinner party, Aunty Lee knows that the two events are likely connected.
The murder and disappearance throws together Aunty Lee's henpecked stepson, Mark, his social-climbing wife, Selina, a gay couple whose love is still illegal in Singapore, and an elderly Australian tourist couple whose visit may mask a deeper purpose. Investigating the murder are Police Commissioner Raja and Senior Staff Sergeant Salim, who quickly discover that Aunty Lee's sharp nose for intrigue can sniff out clues that elude law enforcers.
Wise, witty, and charming, Aunty Lee's Delights is a spicy mystery about love, friendship, and food in Singapore, where money flows freely and people of many religions and ethnicities coexist peacefully, but where tensions lurk just below the surface, sometimes with deadly consequences.

My Thoughts:

What a pure delight to read!  I want an Aunty Lee in my life.  This delightful, but nosy little plump Singaporean lady could go up against Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher and come out a winner.

This fun and lively mystery is fast-paced, filled with memorable characters that you will love (and in Aunty's niece-in-law's case, dislike a little!) and an intriguing mystery to boot!  What more could you ask for?  Plus you get to learn a whole lot about Singapore and it's foodie culture!

I adored this book and hope you will rush out to discover it as well!

About The Author:

Ovidia Yu is one of Singapore's best-known and most acclaimed writers. She has had more than thirty plays produced and is also the author of a number of mysteries that have been published in Singapore and India.

Want to know about Ovidia?  Check out my "Five Questions With" post coming soon!

My thanks to Harper Collins for providing the review copy of this book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Wendy Lohr said...

Oh neat...a mystery in Singapore! And it sounds like the main character is quite spunky. I love that! I'll definitely have to check this one out!

Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction