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 easily have become one of Singapore’s “tai tai,” an idle rich lady devoted to an aimless life of mah-jongg and luxury shopping. Instead she threw herself into building a culinary empire from her restaurant, Aunty Lee’s Delights, where spicy Singaporean home cooking is graciously served by Rosie Lee herself to locals and tourists alike. But when a body is found in one of Singapore’s beautiful tourist havens, and when one of her wealthy guests fails to show at a dinner party, Aunty Lee knows that the two 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—billed at first as a pleasure cruise—may mask a deeper purpose. Investigating the murder is rookie Police Commissioner Raja, who quickly discovers that the savvy and well-connected Aunty Lee can track down clues even better than local law enforcement.
Wise, witty and unusually charming, Aunty Lee’s Delights is a spicy mystery about love, friendship and home cooking in Singapore, where money flows freely and people of many religions and ethnicities co-exist peacefully, but where tensions lurk just below the surface, sometimes with deadly results.
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.