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.
I really enjoyed this book. The mystery part was great and well thought out but the real appeal of the book is the character of Aunty Lee. She is a warm, busy body with a talent for scoping out the bad guys. The reader gets the perfect blend of mystery, feel good story and even a cultural lesson about Singapore. As I was reading I kept thinking of Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote. Aunty Lee evokes those very same traits of that beloved character...wittiness, smarts and warmth. I can't wait to read about Aunty Lee's next adventure. Pick up your copy today on Amazon...
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