Published by Berkley on April 27, 2021
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A hilariously quirky novel that is equal parts murder mystery, rom-com, and a celebration of mothers and daughters as well as a deep dive into Chinese-Indonesian culture, by debut author Jesse Q. Sutanto.
1 (accidental) murder2 thousand wedding guests3 (maybe) cursed generations4 meddling Asian aunties 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 accidentally 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 their 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 cake 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?
Since she met and lost The One in college, Meddy has been tight-lipped about dating with her family. Her mom decides to help Meddy find the perfect man…by posing as her daughter on a dating app. When Meddy shows up to a blind date with a too-eager suitor thanks to her mom’s messages being quite literally lost in translation and him being general d-bag, things go badly – dead date in the trunk level bad. A hilarious romp around a glamorous wedding ensues while Meddy and the Aunties scheme to dispose the body, unveil a thief, and find a second chance at love.
I head for the front door, still in that weird I-must-be-dreaming state of mind. I don’t even know what to say to my aunts. Thank you for coming to help figure out what to do with this guy I killed?
Dial A for Aunties is the Weekend at Bernie‘s I always wanted, and much much more. It’s so funny and so full of heart that I found myself forgetting this was a debut. For the past year (plus), it’s been hard for me to focus on reading anything other than my daily news doom-scroll; somehow this book about a dead body helped me find that spark again thanks to Sutanto’s effortless writing. I was nothing short of invested in Meddy and her comedy of errors. If you’re looking for an easy, funny read, I have zero hesitation recommending this one.