Synopses & Reviews
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.
"At the start of the engaging first Singaporean mystery from Yu (Miss Moorthy Investigates), a body washes up on the resort island of Sentosa. The news of this grisly discovery catches the attention of respectable widow Rosie 'Aunty' Lee, who is about to host a dinner party at her restaurant, Aunty Lee's Delights. Meanwhile, the wife of Aunty Lee's stepson receives a text message on her phone from the phone of one of the dinner guests, Laura Kwee: 'Sorry not feeling well, can't make it tonight.' Later, two police officers arrive at Aunty Lee's to report that the body on the beach has been identified as Laura's, and that it was probably in the water for at least three days. Aided by her equally endearing maid, Nina Balignasay, the perceptive Aunty Lee, who uses her Singaporean home cooking to put people at ease, sets out to solve the case. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series will find a lot to like. Agent: Priya Doraswamy, Lotus Lane Literary. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of Iowa's International Writers Program and has been a writing fellow at the National University of Singapore.