Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

July 7th, 2023 Kimberly Review 16 Comments

7th Jul

After loving and devouring Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers, I grabbed some of Jesse Q. Sutanto’s backlist from the library. Dial A for Aunties is a hilarious coming of age fiction. Filled with aunties and mystery. This immigrant Chinese-Indonesian family who will steal your heart. Come see why I enjoyed this first in the Aunties series.

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Dial A for Aunties
by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Series: Aunties #1
Narrator: Risa Mei
Length: 10 hours and 21 minutes
Genres: Fiction
Source: Library
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Narration: 4.5 cups Speed: 1.5x

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?

Diverse Family Humor mystery

Grab a box of tissues before listening. Not because you’ll be sad, but from all the laughter. Even if you aren’t from a close-knit Chinese-Indonesian family, you’ll roll over laughing at the antics of Meddelin Chan’s mother & aunties in this hilarious, heartwarming tale.

When Meddy’s mom sets her up on a blind date, it turns into a nightmare and ends with a dead body. Not sure what to do, she goes to her mother, who dials up the aunties and they devise a plan which begins by hiding him in a cooler.

Meddy, her mother and three aunties all run a wedding planner service and are preparing for their largest wedding yet. Two thousand wedding guests at an island resort on the California coastline. Things are going perfectly until they discover they’ve accidentally brought the dead body with them.

The tale that unfolds delivered mystery, over the top moments and quick thinking as they all work at keeping the body from being discovered.

I loved the family, and Sutanto did a splendid job of giving them unique voices. She highlighted their close-kit family and gave us insight into their community. I laughed, found comparisons to my Italian family, and kept listening for fear of discovery. The author wove in a clever mystery thread that escalated with a climatic twist.

Risa Mei did a lovely job with the narration and voices of the characters. She enhanced the humor and suspense while sharing Meddy’s emotions, fears and personality.

While sometimes over the top, I enjoyed Dial A for Aunties and requested the next audiobook Four Aunties & A Wedding from the library.

Fans of diverse, humorous, character driven novels will want to meet the Chans. Whose advertising motto is “Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!

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About Jesse Q. Sutanto

Jesse Q. Sutanto

Jesse Q. Sutanto is a Chinese-Indonesian author. As of 2022, she has published six novels for adults, young adults, and middle grade readers. She is most famous for her novel Dial A for Aunties, which won the 2021 Comedy Women in Print Prize and has been optioned for a film by Netflix

About Risa Mei

Risa Mei

Risa Mei is a first-gen Chinese Indonesian, Fi-core, Los Angeles based performer with dwarfism standing at a height of 3' 11". As a multi-faceted performer, she has dabbled in many areas of the creative sphere, from voice acting, to singing, to motion capture, to on stage and film performances. Her performances have taken her out of California and into place like Japan, New York, and even Las Vegas. Some of her more notable performances can be seen on Netflix's Word Party by The Jim Henson Company as Tilly the Tortoise, and most recently in Shadows House as Rum and Shirley.

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16 Responses to “Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto”

  1. Kim

    This was such a fun story. It was definitely over the top. I do need to get the next book in the series.

  2. Aymee

    I really enjoyed this book, even if some of the scenes gave me anxiety. But it was great for a laugh!