Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers

Books on Tape. Mar. 2023. 10:42 hrs. ISBN 9780593675366. $76. M
Sixty-year-old Vera Wong runs on routine. She wakes up before 5 a.m. every day, takes her daily walk, judges her frenemy in the pastry store next door, and opens her failing tea shop. But when she stumbles on a corpse in the middle of her shop one morning, everything is turned upside down, and her tiny world gets a lot bigger. Deciding that she would do a better job investigating this murder than the police, Vera starts her own probe and soon becomes entangled in the lives of her young murder suspects. Sutanto (Dial A for Aunties) is back with another fun, quirky mystery set in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Balancing both suspicion and affection, Eunice Wong nails Vera’s domineering yet kind personality with her deft narration.
VERDICT Beyond an enjoyable mystery, this book succeeds in offering some laugh-out-loud moments, sweet displays of intergenerational friendship, and food descriptions that will leave listeners’ mouths watering. Fans of Sutanto’s previous light mysteries will enjoy this latest installment.
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