Thursday, April 29, 2021

Blog Tour: Dial A for Aunties - Jesse Q. Sutanto


Dial A for Aunties

Jesse Q. Sutanto
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Rom-Com
Publisher: Berkley
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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?

The men in Meddelin Chan's family always leave. Her father, her uncles, even her male cousins all left. An opportunity that would take her away presented itself, and Meddelin sacrificed her own dreams to stay with her family. When Meddelin accidentally kills her blind date, she know exactly who she can count on for help. Who's more loyal than a family that will help you hide the body?

This book was a hoot! It was outrageous, hilarious, and surprisingly, really heartwarming considering it involved a murder. As I read this book, I invited the opportunity to suspend disbelief and simply allowed myself to revel in the misadventures of this delightful family. 

I truly adored the aunties. They each had some fabulous quirks, and when you put them all together, comedy ensued. The sisters were a force of nature, and though they were known to quibble, they loved each other fiercely and were each others biggest champions. 

Not only did the aunties love each other, they adored Meddelin. When Meddy found herself in a "situation", they did not hesitate to come to her aid. And they continued to help her cover up the murder for a whole weekend, which was filled with lots of bumbling, hijinks, and some pretty surprising developments. 

One of the best surprises was the reunion between Meddy and the one that got away. There is nothing I love more than a second chance romance, and this one made my heart soar. I loved seeing those sparks fly and was really rooting for Meddy to get away with murder, so she could have her HEA with her one true love. Is that asking too much? 

What a fun escape! This book combined a murder, a wedding, and a second chance romance in a rather amusing way. Many have name dropped Crazy Rich Asians, and there was the obvious inclusion of some Asians who were crazy rich, but this book was also similar in how over the top it was. All that family, fun, and farce had me flipping the pages, and the ending had me shedding some happy tears.

* ARC received in exchange for an honest review.


Jesse Q Sutanto grew up shuttling back and forth between Indonesia, Singapore, and Oxford, and considers all three places her home. She has a Masters from Oxford University, but she has yet to figure out how to say that without sounding obnoxious. Jesse has forty-two first cousins and thirty aunties and uncles, many of whom live just down the road. When she's not writing, she's gaming with her husband (mostly FPS), or making a mess in the kitchen with her two daughters.

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  1. Okay, this sounds like a blast! I have seen this book but I think that this is the first review that I have read. Is it weird that the fact they they are covering up a murder appeals to me?!

    1. It was pure fun! Seeing as it was constant bumbling as they attempted to cover it up, I can see the appeal

  2. I've been seeing this book around a lot, and I had no idea that's what it was about! But this sounds so fun!

    1. Very OTT fun. I had a great time reading it, and the family focus was veery sweet

  3. This does sound like a crazy, funny read! I love it when a story makes me laugh!

  4. I keep seeing so many fantastic reviews for this one. Can't wait to read it!

    1. If you are looking for something a bit over the top and fun with some heartwarming moments, it's a good one.

  5. I just won this one in a Goodreads giveaway so I'm excited to hear how much you enjoyed it. It sounds like so much fun!

  6. I see amazing reviews for that one and that's one more! I need it!

    1. I expected the silly antics, but I was surprised by the the sweet and adorable moments.

  7. I must read my copy of this, it sounds excellent!