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Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials: A Singaporean Mystery    by Ovidia Yu order for
Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials
by Ovidia Yu
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William Morrow, 2014 (2014)
Softcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

When Rosie 'Aunty' Lee caters an event for a well known Singapore lawyer and the woman and her invalid son end up dead of apparent food poisoning, the feisty proprietor of one of the city's famous comfort food restaurants is in big trouble.

Soon her restaurant is shuttered and Aunty Lee is on the police's prime suspect list. Naturally this means the amateur sleuth will have to use her own wiles to solve the case to not only clear her own name but also to make sure that justice is done.

What follows is a rather convoluted case that involves family jealously, embezzlement, illegal organ trafficking and, of course, murder. As Auntie Lee soon realizes, she is dealing with a situation that had not been 'planned out for a long time but one that had depended on chance uniting motive, opportunity, and a calm killer'. Of course, these are the most difficult cases to solve!

You'll learn a lot about Singapore as you read this suspense novel and, because the protagonist is a cook, there will be a few recipes tossed in for good measure, but, all in all this is a decent read. The author is a very accomplished playwright but she needs to tighten up her narrative and plotting skills a bit if she plans more novels in this series.

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