Sep 302014

 Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials by Ovidia Yu

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (September 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062338323
ISBN-13: 978-0062338327
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.

Oh how I loved this book! I loved Aunty Lee and her nothing barred attitude! Nothing is going to stop her from finding out who’s going around murdering people, even if nobody wants her help.

The book is full of a mix of diverse characters, and together they make this book a joy to read. The writing has a good flow that makes it easy to read, and I was surprised by how quickly I was at the end of this fun book.

This is book two in the Aunty Lee series, and now I want to read book one. This is now one of my favorite cozy series, and I hope if you’re reading this review, you’ll pick up a copy of this book and the first book, Aunty Lee’s Delights


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Here’s the link to Yu’s Facebook and Twitter.

Tour Stops:
Tuesday, September 30th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, October 1st: I’d Rather Be At The Beach
Monday, October 6th: Kahakai Kitchen
Tuesday, October 7th: Bibliophilia, Please
Wednesday, October 8th: Book Dilettante
Thursday, October 9th: guiltless reading
Monday, October 13th: Olduvai’s Reads
Tuesday, October 14th: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, October 16th: Tutu’s Two Cents
Wednesday, October 22nd: My Bookshelf
Friday, October 24th: Jorie Loves a Story



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.

Connect with her through Facebook or follow her on Twitter.


 Posted by at 10:46 PM

  8 Responses to “Review: Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials by Ovidia Yu”

  1. Aunty Lee sounds like a fabulous,strong character. I will keep an eye out for this book. Terrific review, Vicki!

  2. I love the title and the cover so I’m glad to see the book is so good!

  3. Wow! I almost wish I loved mystery novels because you make this sound irresistible. I may add it to a tentative reading list because I do occasionally try to read genres I don’t adore just to see if my personal tastes have changed or evolved over time.

  4. I’m so glad you enjoyed this, I’m going to check it out too.

  5. Aunty Lee sounds like quite the spitfire! I’m glad you enjoyed this book and want to continue with the series. Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  6. Oh this sounds interesting. I love a good cozy and throw in food and I can never pass them up. Throw in the Singapore setting and I definitely can’t pass this one up. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love the characters in this book and the mystery. Can’t wait to read this!

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