Vera Wong is a lonely little old lady—ah, lady of a certain age—who lives above her forgotten tea shop in the middle of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Despite living alone, Vera is not needy, oh no. She likes nothing more than sipping on a good cup of Wulong and doing some healthy detective work on the Internet about what her Gen-Z son is up to.
Then one morning, Vera trudges downstairs to find a curious thing—a dead man in the middle of her tea shop. In his outstretched hand, a flash drive. Vera doesn’t know what comes over her, but after calling the cops like any good citizen would, she sort of . . . swipes the flash drive from the body and tucks it safely into the pocket of her apron. Why? Because Vera is sure she would do a better job than the police possibly could, because nobody sniffs out a wrongdoing quite like a suspicious Chinese mother with time on her hands. Vera knows the killer will be back for the flash drive; all she has to do is watch the increasing number of customers at her shop and figure out which one among them is the killer.
What Vera does not expect is to form friendships with her customers and start to care for each and every one of them. As a protective mother hen, will she end up having to give one of her newfound chicks to the police?
Synopsis source: Goodreads
I’m going to make this short and sweet. This was such a fun listen! I laughed out loud many times at Vera’s antics. The audio narration was great. I absolutely adored Vera and wish I had a Vera in my life. I think everyone should have a Vera in their life. Someone who listens, who is encouraging but firm, someone wise but exasperating, someone who believes the solution to any ailment is tea. Sutanto’s writing just brought Vera to life so perfectly. I just loved her! I loved her common sense and her love of all things new and trendy, and her mantra that you need to wake up and grab life by the male genitalia. LOL! Yes, she says that. While Vera is very obviously the star of this show, the supporting characters are all just as well written.
If you’re looking for a fun, heartwarming, cozy mystery, this is it!
Until next time,
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