Title: Dial A for Aunties
Author: Jesse Q. Sutano
Genre: Contemporary Fiction (Mystery/Humor/Romance)
Narrator: Risa Mei
Length: 10 hours (320 pages)
Publisher: Berkley; Penguin Audio
Release Date: April 27, 2021
Recommended for fans of: Finlay Donovan is Killing It, Arsenic and Adobo
A hilariously quirky novel that is equal parts murder mystery, rom-com, and a celebration of mothers and daughters as well as a deep dive into Chinese-Indonesian culture, by debut author Jesse Q. Sutanto.
1 (accidental) murder
2 thousand wedding guests
3 (maybe) cursed generations
4 meddling Asian aunties to the rescue!
When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is accidentally shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working, at an island resort on the California coastline. It’s the biggest job yet for their family wedding business—“Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!”—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie’s perfect buttercream cake flowers.
But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy’s great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?
I loved this so much. It was absolutely hilarious and kept me laughing out loud throughout! I am very into the current trend of humorous mystery/crime books.
The story was antics upon antics. If something could go wrong, it did, in the most hilarious fashion. I also loved the family dynamics, the second chance romance, Meddelin’s new confidence, and the way that a book about accidental murder and hiding a body always felt delightfully ridiculous.