Dial A for Aunties
Books | Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Jesse Q. Sutanto
"Sutanto brilliantly infuses comedy and culture into the unpredictable rom-com/murder mystery mashup as Meddy navigates familial duty, possible arrest and a groomzilla. I laughed out loud and you will too.”—USA Today (four-star review) “A hilarious, heartfelt romp of a novel about—what else?—accidental murder and the bond of family. This book had me laughing aloud within its first five pages… Utterly clever, deeply funny, and altogether charming, this book is sure to be one of the best of the year!”—Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach ReadOne of NPR's Best Books of 2021!One of PopSugar’s "42 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2021"!What happens when you mix 1 (accidental) murder with 2 thousand wedding guests, and then toss in a possible curse on 3 generations of an immigrant Chinese-Indonesian family? You get 4 meddling Asian aunties coming 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 inadvertently 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 the 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 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?
Jesse Q. Sutanto
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"2.8/5 - definitely not a bad read. if anything I was genuinely impressed by how much good plot there was in this book. many twists and turns and most were good. yet. YET. i wasn’t too invested in the characters, and, most of all, the tone was incredibly jarring. for a book handling a murder, it was very happy-go-lucky. she did mention guilt and repeated the presence of the murder in the plot, but the tone made it sound a little ingenuous. anyway, still dense with plot and filled with good representation."
"I thought this book was hilarious! Definitely captured the culture of Asian “aunties”! I thought the history was interesting—the cross cultural between indo & Chinese cultures. I never knew of that! Overall, the book was an easy read but.. okay… it reminded me of the Tagalog movies that I use to watch with my mom. Crazy unrealistic scenes BUT so funny. 3.5/5"
"Outrageously ridiculous but nevertheless, a fun, lighthearted and humorous cozy mystery with a touch of romance. #drama #comedy #asianamerican @Likewise "
"When Meddy accidentally kills her lecherous date the night before a big wedding, she, her mom, and three aunties cause all kinds of hijinks as they attempt to hide and dispose of the body before anyone finds out, Meddy’s old boyfriend also shows up; she thinks she might still be in love with him, so that’s just one more thing to think about. Such a delightful story about family! They reallly take it to the extremes sometimes with being polite even in regards to crimes, but I found that part to be absurdly hilarious."