Aunty Lee’s Chilled Revenge
By: Ovidia Yu
Everyone knows that revenge is a dish that’s best served cold, but you might not expect it be served up by a spunky Singaporean chef known as Aunty Lee. Ovidia Yu’s latest installment in her unique crime series, Aunty Lee’s Chilled Revenge is a fun and funky murder mystery. Set in the colorful backdrop of Singapore, this crime novel gives readers a glance into the rich culture and people of a foreign land. Used to being the center of her famous cafe, Aunty Lee works her way into the center of a mysterious murder investigation. The murder victim had recently returned to Singapore after leaving behind quite a scandal some years before. Known as the Puppy Killer for having a young dog euthanized instead of returned to a shelter, the victim fled amid the attention and pressure. However, her troubles did not end there. When her marriage fell apart, there was only one group of people to blame. Returning to Singapore, the Puppy Killer was set on getting revenge. Revenge would be had, but little did she know that it would belong to Aunty Lee.
A pleasant mixture of sinister and silly, of danger and damaged reputation, Aunty Lee’s Chilled Revenge is entertaining in a way that no other crime novel can quite touch. With a main character like Aunty Lee, and exotic backdrop such as Singapore, the reader is definitely in for a ride. I personally had a lot of fun reading this one. Ovidia Yu has a give for injecting multiple types of humor into a serious situation. I was continuously finding myself laughing audibly while reading this one on the bus both morning and afternoon, while devouring page after page. Maybe it was the description of all of the delicious sounding food from Aunty Lee’s cafe, or maybe it was the unique and interesting crime that drew me in and captivated my attention. Either way, Yu’s writing style makes this one easy to read and great for the morning commute, some quiet evenings at home, and its fun and lighthearted enough to take it on vacation.