Rosie “Aunty” Lee—feisty widow, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore’s best-loved home cooking restaurant—is back in another delectable, witty mystery set in Singapore.
Slightly hobbled by a twisted ankle, crime-solving restaurateur Aunty Lee begrudgingly agrees to take a rest from running her famous café, Aunty Lee’s Delights, and turns over operations to her friend and new business partner Cherril.
The café serves as a meeting place for an animal rescue society that Cherril once supported. They were forced to dissolve three years earlier after a British expat killed the puppy she’d adopted, sparking a firestorm of scandal. The expat, Allison Fitzgerald, left Singapore in disgrace, but has returned with an ax to grind (and a lawsuit). At the café one afternoon, Cherril receives word that Allison has been found dead in her hotel—and foul play is suspected. When a veterinarian, who was also involved in the scandal, is found dead, suspicion soon falls on the animal activists. What started with an internet witch hunt has ended in murder—and in a tightly knit, law-and-order society like Singapore, everyone is on edge.
Before anyone else gets hurt—and to save her business—Aunty Lee must get to the bottom of what really happened three years earlier, and figure out who is to be trusted in this tangled web of scandal and lies. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of TLC Book Tours.
This was my first Aunty Lee mystery and I absolutely loved it! Initially there was a slow build, but once we got into the story deeper I really enjoyed it. The integration of good food, realistic family relationships and the build of the story wrapped together to something I really enjoyed.
Unfortunately I did guess the “big reveal” before the climax of the book, but it only partially detracted from the enjoyment. There were still a lot of questions that had to be determined. I certainly am interested in going back to read the first two books in the series as its rare I find a mystery I really enjoyed!
Warning: Contains some references to violence.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Folks looking for a fun mystery that won’t give you nightmares.
Want to read the whole series?
- Aunty Lee’s Delights (Singaporean Mystery #1)
- Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials (Singaporean Mystery #2)