Saturday, 15 January 2022

[MPOV] Auntie Lee's Deadly Specials (Singaporean Mystery #2) by Ovidia Yu

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.71/5
Published: 30/9/2014
Author: Ovidia Yu
Genre: Mystery fiction, cozy mystery

This is my pick for November's Book Challenge:
TBNT Book Challenge: A book with a picture of food on the cover OR food in the title
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?
Note: I am way behind my review postings so do anticipate a few bursts this week while I'm catching up.

I have enjoyed the first book, Auntie Lee's Delights (you can read my review here) so when this book challenge came up, I immediately thought of this book which was gifted by Ai Jou! Thankfully as I do not have another book to match that challenge, unless it's a cookbook LOL!!!

Book 2 seemed a little off, kinda long winded and wasn't as engaging for me. I'm not sure if it's due to my reading slump then whilst forcing myself to finish the challenge or I honestly find it quite repetitive for the first half of the book! Referencing back to the first book is fine but repeatedly or harping on the same points again and again was quite off-putting for me.

As the story progresses to the actual plots, then only I started to enjoy it somewhat. As usual, it reminded me of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple but in an Asian context LOL! The plots were more entertaining than the first book though which is a plus here. If you are looking for an Asian detective story, you can give Ovidia Yu's Singaporean Mystery series a try. 

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