Book Spotlight | Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Title: Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers
Authors: Jesse Q. Sutanto
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: March 14, 2023

A lonely shopkeeper takes it upon herself to solve a murder in the most peculiar way in this captivating mystery by Jesse Q. Sutanto, bestselling author of Dial A for Aunties.

Book Synopsis

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?

About the AuthorJesse Q. Sutanto

Jesse Q. Sutanto grew up shuttling back and forth between Jakarta and Singapore and sees both cities as her homes. She has a Masters degree from Oxford University, though she has yet to figure out a way of saying that without sounding obnoxious. She is currently living back in Jakarta on the same street as her parents and about seven hundred meddlesome aunties. When she’s not tearing out her hair over her latest WIP, she spends her time baking and playing FPS games. Oh, and also being a mom to her two kids.

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Why I’m Excited

I think that Jesse Q. Sutanto is able to masterfully blend humor, family drama (and love), and light mystery stories like no other. Dial A for Aunties was one of my favorite books of 2021 and it made me fall in love with her writing style. I also enjoy how she’s able to bring such warmth and community into these more over the top situations her characters find themselves in. The pacing is quick and engaging, while the relationships pull at your heart and help you become invested immediately.

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Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers? is out now! Make sure you grab your copy of one of my most anticipated books of the year!

Until next time,



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