As one of my most anticipated reads in 2021, this one certainly did NOT disappoint!
I have been on a total wedding reads kick, and this one was just so laugh out loud funny & full of character, highly recommend to anyone looking for the perfect escape!
About The Book:
Title: Dial A for Aunties
Author: Jesse Q. Sutanto
Pub. Date: April 27th, 2021
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
But It: Bookshop.org
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?
These contemporary romance mysteries are everything to me, I’ve been absolutely LOVING them lately & this book went right to the top of my love list along with Killer Content & Finlay Donovan is Killing It.
With incredible characters, the sweetest second chance romance and a fantastic setting of a wedding on an island resort this book had the ultimate recipe of a book I knew I would love and it did not disappoint. Meddelin Chan and her at times overwhelming Aunties made me laugh so hard, anything that could go wrong did so with spectacular fashion, soon met by MORE crazy antics, hilarious moments and such a fun cast of characters. I devoured this book, and am already so excited to add this book to my shelves when it releases.
& the surprising twist had me SO excited, and that ending made it even more worth all of the moments leading up to it. This book was the perfect blend of love, family and mystery, I need ALL the books like this one, all the time, I cannot wait to see what Jesse Q. Sutanto writes next!
A MUST read, thank you so much to Berkley publishing + NetGalley for providing me an eARC in exchange for my personal thoughts.
Jesse Q. Sutanto grew up going back and forth between Jakarta and Singapore and consider both places her homes. She was fortunate enough to do her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford, which is surely one of the most gorgeous places in the world.
She is passionate about women’s rights and diversity in publishing. She regularly does giveaways where she will critique queries or the first few pages, and she is especially interested in helping writers from marginalized communities. If you are a writer from a marginalized community, do hit her up! She loves hearing from other writers, even if it’s just to say a quick hello.
To register, head here: https://www.belmontbooks.com/event/virtual-jesse-q-sutanto-conversation-uzma-jalaluddin