Sunday, July 6, 2014

Review: Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials by: Ovidia Yu

Title: Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials
Author: Ovidia Yu
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 360
Series: Singaporean Mystery #2
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: Request Review


Rosie “Aunty” Lee, the feisty widow, amateur sleuth, and proprietor of Singapore’s best-loved home cooking restaurant, is back in another delectable, witty mystery involving scandal and murder among the city’s elite.

Few know more about what goes on in Singapore than Aunty Lee. When a scandal over illegal organ donation involving prominent citizens makes news, she already has a list of suspects. There’s no time to snoop, though—Aunty Lee’s Delights is catering a brunch for local socialites Henry and Mabel Sung at their opulent house.

Rumor has it that the Sung’s fortune is in trouble, and Aunty Lee wonders if the gossip is true. But soon after arriving at the Sung’s house, her curiosity turns to suspicion. Why is a storage house she discovers locked? What is the couple arguing about behind closed doors? Where is the guest of honor who never showed up?

Then, Mabel Sung and her son Leonard are found dead. The authorities blame it on Aunty Lee’s special stewed chicken with buah keluak, a local black nut that can be poisonous if cooked improperly. Aunty Lee has never carelessly prepared a dish. She’s certain the deaths are murder—and that they’re somehow linked to the organ donor scandal.

To save her business and her reputation, she’s got to prove it—and unmask a dangerous killer whose next victim may just be Aunty Lee.

My Thoughts: 

In this book Aunty Lee is catering a fancy party at the Sung's house as their daughter has made partner in her mother's law firm.  Early in this book there is a double murder or could it be a murder/suicide?  The only problem is everyone keeps trying to point the finger at Aunty Lee's food.  They even go so far as to try to shut her down.  

This book had so much going on like a victim early on who traveled to Singapore to donate an organ so he could get the money to marry his girlfriend only to find he disappeared in Singapore and his girlfriend is distraught over her missing boyfriend and commits suicide to be with her boyfriend.

Then adding the Sung situation which involves a healing prayer group praying for Mrs. Sungs sick son.  Regardless of the fact that the son has led a questionable life.  Rumors float around as to what caused him to come home what type of illness he really has.

This was such an intriguing book full of questions more than answers.  You go through the book wondering who really did it.  I was up late yesterday finishing this great story I couldn't put down!

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