Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Murder Mystery
Heat Level: 🔥 (closed door)
Release Date: April 27, 2021
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
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?
Story Locale: Southern California
Meddy is the good girl in her family. Amongst her cousins – she’s the only one to go into business with her mom and her meddling aunts. She’s the photographer for her family’s wedding business and they’ve been pretty successful so far!
One part of working with her family that Meddy isn’t too fond about is how they love to get into her business about everything. Including her love life (or lack of one). When a blind date (hilariously set up by Meddy’s mom & her sisters) goes horribly wrong – and Meddy ends up killing him (whoops) she’s going to need as much help as she can get from her family. With a looming wedding the next day that they have to prepare for and an ex that Meddy can’t stop thinking about showing up at the same time – Meddy is way in over her head. Will she find a way to clear herself of the mess she’s in?
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what kind of book Dial A for Aunties was going to be. Was it a thriller? A murder mystery? A romance? I guess the best way to describe Dial A for Aunties is that it was a mix of all of these and throw in some humor that had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions. Think Weekend at Bernies + friends-to-lovers second chance romance. And while the plot line was a bit out there – I found myself enjoying it so much. Especially the scenes where Meddy talks about her heritage and culture. I identified with so much of the Indo-Chinese culture that Meddy discusses in the book and that made me really connect with her character and the storyline.
I am so excited that Dial A for Aunties is going to be made into a Netflix movie! I kept on stopping to share funny passages with my husband and I can’t wait to watch the movie. Definitely add this book to your TBR if you’re looking for an own-voices book to make you laugh with just the right amount of romance sprinkled throughout!