Thursday, January 8, 2015
Auntie Lee's Delights by Ovidia Yu (2013)
Cozy mysteries for me have a Miss Marple sweet spot, and there aren't very many that reach the special A Murder is Announced place, Auntie Lee's Delight's has lots of promise, but it didn't quite reach the pinnacle of Marple-dom. Which is interesting, because Olivia Yu (in an interview at the back of the book) lists Agatha Christie as her number one influence. She needs to do a deeper study of Dame Agatha. The plot was uneven; there was too much initial exposition without enough action. I also thought it was a cop out to use international characters rather than locals; I wanted more of a sense of Singapore, and Yu didn't quite reach that.
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