Put the kettle on, there’s a mystery brewing…
Tea-shop owner. Matchmaker. Detective?

Sixty-year-old self-proclaimed tea expert Vera Wong enjoys nothing more than sipping a good cup of Wulong and doing some healthy ‘detective’ work on the internet (AKA checking up on her son to see if he’s dating anybody yet).

But when Vera wakes up one morning to find a dead man in the middle of her tea shop, it’s going to take more than a strong Longjing to fix things. Knowing she’ll 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 decides it’s down to her to catch the killer.

Nobody spills the tea like this amateur sleuth.

Audiobook review

4 stars

Vera Wong is an old and very dynamic Chinese lady owning a tea shop in San Francisco. Slowly her clients disappeared, most of them dying from old age or going to retirement communities.
Waking up before 5 AM every morning to go on her morning brisk walk, Vera leads a healthy life but she is also feeling lonely.
Her husband died and her son never visits her.

That’s why when one morning she finds a dead body holding a USB stick in her tea shop, it’s been the most excitement she had in years! When the police does not act like a CSI show, Vera is soon convinced that they are good for nothing and it’s better that she takes matters into her own hands. Solving that crime is soon being so interesting and thrilling for Vera!

After a genius idea, she will have four suspects. Sana pretending to be a podcaster, Ricky saying he is a journalist for Buzzfeed, Oliver the deceased’s twin and Julia the wife of said deceased.

We follow Vera when she has a new purpose in her life, bossing everyone around and feeding them delicious tea and Chinese meals. There was so much food mentioned that I craved Chinese food!

While trying to solve the crime Vera will unexpectedly have a new “found family” she’ll be very fond of!

That story is perky, funny, interesting, quirky but also bittersweet sometimes. It’s easy to read or listen to and it’s guaranteed to give you a good time!

Thanks for reading.


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  1. Lovely review you have there darling! Glad this was such a solid read and I really love the concept of the clues to the mystery there. I don’t think I have read a USB stick being left behind lol Glad this was a good one. Happy Hump day!