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Everyone knows that the Singaporean specialty buah keluak can be deadly if prepared incorrectly. This is why Rosie Lee pays such special care and attention when making the dish.

Aunty Lee’s Delights has been hired to cater a special event honoring the promotion of Sharon Sung. Sharon’s mother (and employer), Mabel Sung, hired Aunty Lee on the recommendation of her assistant and insisted on a nasi lemak buffet – with all the sides – and Rosie’s special chicken buah keluak. When Mabel and her son Leonard are later found dead of apparent poisoning, the buah keluak is immediately blamed. But Rosie Lee knows full and well that neither she nor her dish are to blame.

Rather than allow the public to push responsibility of the deaths onto her and her business, Rosie Lee and her employees begin their own search for the killer’s identity. What they discover is a nest of vipers hidden amongst Singapore’s elite society.

Ovidia Yu offers readers a tasty look at Singaporean culture and food in this cozy culinary series. Aunty Lee, who is introduced in Yu’s Aunty Lee’s Delights, is a bit of a busybody. A widow who runs her own restaurant, Rosie Lee still has plenty of time to involve herself in happenings, goings on, and criminal investigations.

This series is light and fun. Perfect for cozy fans who like a change of scenery and great for readers like me who like a lighter change of pace every once in a while.

10/14 Becky LeJeune

AUNTY LEE’S DEADLY SPECIALS by Ovidia Yu. William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (September 30, 2014). ISBN 978-0062338327. 3840p.

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