Book Review – Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto


Title: Dial A for Aunties (Aunties #1)

Title: Jesse Q Sutanto

Publisher: Berkley

Publication date:

299 pages

4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

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?


“I’m basically driven by a mixture of caffeine and familial guilt.”

Jesse Q Sutanto, Dial A for Aunties

Dial A for Aunties is completely ridiculous but absolutely hysterical – a mix of murder, romance, and wedding drama. I listened to this one in audio, and it was a great experience. Right off the bat Meddy accidentally commits murder (it was self-defense, okay?) and has no idea what to do, so she takes the body to her Ma and Aunties. But the next day, they were supposed to be on an island for a huge wedding as the vendors, and everything need to go well. Then, Meddy’s college ex happens to be the manager of the resort. What else could go wrong?

I was laughing during this book so much, it was ridiculous in a great way. I had no idea what was going to happen next and what crazy antic the aunties were going to get into. The love story is a very sweet second-chance romance and there are themes of family ties and being independent. I’m so excited to read the sequel when it comes out and see what the aunties and Meddy get up to next.

Happy reading, folks!

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