“In her experience, it’s best to nod and agree with what people say before doing exactly what you wanted from the very beginning.”
― Jesse Q. Sutanto, Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers
Jesse Q Sutanto proves herself a master of character sketches in Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers. Instead of telling her story from one character’s perspective, Sutanto has crafted five characters to share secrets from their own points of view: Sana, Riki, Julia, Oliver, and the title-mentioned Vera Wong. This is a story of found family and the love, friendship, and kindness that can be spread by serving tea.
Vera Wong is a lonely shopkeeper, well really a lonely little old lady, who lives above her tea shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Her shop, aptly named Vera Wong’s World-Famous Teahouse, sadly isn’t doing as well as she would hope. She only has one customer. Her husband is dead and her son Tilbert hardly ever visits. Granted, Tilly is a successful lawyer, but that doesn’t mean he can’t answer her daily texts. She is his mother after all!
Vera enjoys nothing more than designing new tea combinations and trying to figure out just what Tilly is doing that is more important than talking to his mother. That and waking up at 4:30am and starting her day by going on a power walk. One morning, Vera discovers a dead man lying in the middle of her tea shop. Vera calls the cops, but not before tidying up the shop and investigating the area around the body for clues. When the police show up, the detectives don’t inspire much confidence, leading Vera to decide that she could do a better job than the police and will solve this murder herself! After all, Vera loves her police shows. She is also a Chinese mother who can sniff out guilt just by looking at a person. This shouldn’t be a problem at all. Vera has this all under control.
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