Aunty Lee's Delights: A Singaporean Mystery (The Aunty Lee Series)

By Ovidia Yu

This delectable and witty secret introduces Rosie "Aunty" Lee, feisty widow, novice sleuth, and owner of Singapore's best-loved home-cooking restaurant

After wasting her husband, Rosie Lee may have turn into one among Singapore's "tai tai," an idle wealthy girl. as a substitute she is construction a culinary empire from her eating place, Aunty Lee's Delights, the place highly spiced Singaporean nutrients are graciously served to locals and travelers alike. but if a physique is located in a single of Singapore's vacationer havens and one in every of her site visitors fails to teach at a cocktail party, Aunty Lee understands that the 2 occasions are most probably connected.

The homicide and disappearance throws jointly Aunty Lee's henpecked stepson, Mark, his social-climbing spouse, Selina, a homosexual couple whose love remains to be unlawful in Singapore, and an aged Australian vacationer couple whose stopover at might masks a deeper function. Investigating the homicide are Police Commissioner Raja and Senior employees Sergeant Salim, who speedy detect that Aunty Lee's sharp nostril for intrigue can sniff out clues that elude legislations enforcers.

Wise, witty, and captivating, Aunty Lee's Delights is a highly spiced secret approximately love, friendship, and foodstuff in Singapore, the place funds flows freely and other people of many faiths and ethnicities coexist peacefully, yet the place tensions lurk slightly below the skin, occasionally with lethal consequences.

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1 Aunty Lee’s Delights “Now they're discovering our bodies at the seashore! I let you know, that position is undesirable success! have you learnt it was referred to as Pulau Blakang Mati? that implies ‘Island of dying. ’ prior to a while, in fact, yet all people in Singapore will be mindful. loopy, correct? move and construct a vacationer lodge in a spot referred to as Island of dying. ” “But now it's referred to as Sentosa, correct? And the that means of Sentosa is ‘happy peacefulness’? ” Nina stored her eyes fascinated with her paintings. Now she used to be successfully threading skinny, diagonally reduce slices of fowl thigh meat onto bamboo skewers, urgent them good jointly earlier than returning them to their marinade. “So? they could name it no matter what they want—they nonetheless discovered a lifeless physique there, precise or now not? ” “Ma’am, in addition they locate useless physique within the HDB water tank, within the Singapore River, in Serangoon Reservoir. you can't say a lot of these areas acquired undesirable success. ” “I could say all these humans had undesirable success. yet at the least we all know who they have been, correct? This one is meant to be unidentified! ” information that an unidentified woman’s physique were came upon washed up on a Sentosa seashore in a plastic bag had now not made it into any of the Singapore morning papers, however it were the most popular information on-line and over the radio all day. For as soon as, the radio in Aunty Lee’s Delights were became on all day, switching among neighborhood stations for updates. Aunty Lee’s Delights used to be a small café store in Binjai Park, below 5 mins’ stroll from Dunearn street. It used to be famous for stable conventional Peranakan nutrients and well-known for the achar and sambals Aunty Lee have been promoting out of her condo for years. Aunty Lee’s Delights was once additionally built with the newest sleek gear. even though she used to be respected for cooking the conventional criteria, unusual dishes sometimes popped up simply because Aunty Lee enjoyed experimenting. In her view, whatever cooked with neighborhood materials was once neighborhood meals. in reality the store used to be very similar to Aunty Lee herself. one other ardour of hers used to be opposite engineering dishes (and sometimes humans) to determine how they'd occur and the way they could be greater adjusted. She known as her kitchen her laboratory for DIY-CSI, the tv in there attesting to her passions, for nutrients and information. Aunty Lee was once a quick, distinctive Peranakan woman of yes age or even extra definite girth. clone of her reasonable, plump, kebaya-clad shape smiling on jars of Aunty Lee’s impressive Achar and Aunty Lee’s Shiok Sambal was once commonplace to so much Singaporeans and possibly an individual else who were at the island for any prolonged size of time. at the present time Aunty Lee was once donning a turquoise kebaya best with matching pants so flared that she gave the look of she used to be donning a skirt while now not in movement. Her footwear that afternoon have been turquoise with brilliant yellow laces. Aunty Lee believed in culture yet much more in convenience. Aunty Lee was once additionally recognized and a little bit a headache to a number of the island city’s nutrition providers. via letters to the Straits instances, she had uncovered numerous situations of foodstuff fraud (“organic” kailan that have been sprayed with insecticide, “free-range” bird with the flaccid thigh meat of cage-bound animals).

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