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Meddling and Murder: An Aunty Lee Mystery (edition 2017)

by Ovidia Yu (Author)

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Title:Meddling and Murder: An Aunty Lee Mystery
Authors:Ovidia Yu (Author)
Info:Killer Reads (2017), 249 pages
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Tags:mystery, singapore

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Meddling and Murder by Ovidia Yu



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This is the fourth Aunty Lee murder mystery novel and it is darker than the previous ones. The murder actually is not discovered until quite late in the story, although there is plenty of warning that it is likely: the victim is “missing” for most of the early part of the book. The body is discovered much later in the story, almost at the end.

There’s a sense of foreboding from the beginning, the sense that something bad is about to happen. There’s also a group of unsavoury characters, some of which are more unpleasant than bad. Some of these are recurring from earlier books. Aunty’s maid, Nina, is in a quandary about her relationship with Inspector Salim Mawar. To compound that, she is shipped off to work for one of the unsavoury characters where she is essentially terrorized, until Aunty Lee brings her back home.

The unique social structure of Singapore plays a part in the story (as it has in the previous ones), for example “foreign domestic workers” are relegated to a low status with few “rights”. A new theme introduced in this book is the bad consequences coming from the influx of mainland Chinese into Singapore.

This book is more noir than cozy. What started as a Singapore version of Alexander McCall Smith’s #1 Ladies Detective Agency series has morphed into something darker. I enjoyed the earlier books more than this one, but it is a good read on its own.

Also, I see signs that this is the last of the series. The author is releasing a historical fiction story later in the year which is said to be the first of a new series. I am looking forward to reading it. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Jun 8, 2017 |
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A delightfully warm and witty mystery from one of Singapore's best-known and most acclaimed writers, perfect for fans of Alexander McCall Smith's NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY. Aunty Lee is on the case! There is nothing Rosie `Aunty' Lee, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore's best-loved restaurant, loves more than solving other people's problems. So when Beth Kwuan, an ambitious businesswoman, tells Aunty Lee her maid has disappeared, Aunty Lee is happy to let her own maid, Nina, help. Only as the weeks go by, little clues make Aunty Lee worry. And as she digs into what is really going on behind the closed doors of Beth's grand house, she starts to wonder-did Beth's maid just run away, or did she meet a darker fate? Now the race is on for Aunty Lee to get to the bottom of the mystery...and save Nina before it's too late!   [retrieved 8/22/17 from Amazon.com]
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Rosie ?Aunty? Lee, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore?s best-loved home-cooking restaurant, finds herself in the middle of a missing person?s case while trying to help a friend. Rosie ?Aunty? Lee, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore?s best-loved home-cooking restaurant, finds herself in the middle of a missing person?s case after she offers the services of her helper Nina to ambitious businesswoman Beth Kwuan, whose own maid has disappeared. But as the weeks go by, Aunty Lee begins to fear for Nina?s safety - did Beth?s maid just run away, or has she met a darker fate? As Aunty tries to solve the puzzle, she finds herself the unwelcome target of Beth?s business partner, her late sister?s husband, Jonny Ho, who seems all too keen to develop Aunty Lee?s culinary business. But Aunty is not so sure she wants his help?.… (more)

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