“Meddling and Murder” by Ovidia Yu – A Book Review

Aunty Lee, the Peranakan aunty is back to solve a murder and some other crimes. This is what Rosie Lee does best besides being famous for her Peranakan delicious cuisines. She cannot help not meddling since the crimes revolve around those people she knows. These are friends from her school days when she was younger.

Meddling and Murder is the fourth book in the Aunty Lee’s mysteries series written by Ovidia Yu. The familiar Inspector Salim and Rosie’s maid Nina Balignasay are in this story continuing from Ovidia Yu’s previous books.

As I read the book, I felt there was some similarity to a real-life case of a Chinese tour guide cheating on an unsuspecting elderly lady in Singapore. Despite this, the story evolved nicely to my satisfaction.

One aspect of Ovidia Yu’s storytelling is that the thought process of Aunty Lee, darting from one thought to another and back to the present, was harder to appreciate for its flow of the story. I got lost sometimes as to when it was her thoughts and when it was back to the present.

On the whole, I enjoyed reading Meddling and Murder with its Singapore flavour.

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