Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers: A Disappointed Book Review

Described as “Knives Out meets Kim’s Convenience,” Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers is Jesse Q. Sutanto’s latest novel. Sutanto is also the author of Dial A for Aunties, which I read and enjoyed a few years ago, among a handful of other youth and adult works.

In this cozy mystery novel, Vera Wong is a widowed sixty-year-old woman living alone and running a teahouse in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Unfortunately, her teahouse doesn’t see many customers—–until one day, she walks in to discover a dead body! Even though the police think there’s nothing suspicious about the scene, Vera knows it in her gut that they have a murder on their hands, and if the police won’t see it her way, she’ll just have to find the killer on her own. When Vera’s teahouse starts seeing new faces popping up after the murder, her suspect list starts to grow, but so does her heart.

Having read and loved Dial A for Aunties, I was hoping for an easy homerun with this. So it saddens me to say it, but this book was disappointing.

I’ll tell you all about my thoughts (spoiler-free) in this review.

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