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Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . . The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means hav Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . . The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband. Lana’s love life soon becomes yesterday’s news once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead―after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng’s severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding frenzy―to say nothing of the gorgeous police detective who keeps turning up for take-out―it’s up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng’s killer order. . . before her own number is up.


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Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . . The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means hav Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . . The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband. Lana’s love life soon becomes yesterday’s news once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead―after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng’s severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding frenzy―to say nothing of the gorgeous police detective who keeps turning up for take-out―it’s up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng’s killer order. . . before her own number is up.

30 review for Death by Dumpling

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien is a 2018 St. Martin’s Press publication. Brilliant beginning for this new cozy mystery series!! I kept hearing about this book and was desperate to try it out, but my local library did not have a copy. But, thankfully, my non-resident Overdrive library sponsor accepted my recommendation of this book and I profusely thank them for buying a copy. Was it worth the wait and extra effort I had to go through in order to read it? Absolutely!! This is one of the best d Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien is a 2018 St. Martin’s Press publication. Brilliant beginning for this new cozy mystery series!! I kept hearing about this book and was desperate to try it out, but my local library did not have a copy. But, thankfully, my non-resident Overdrive library sponsor accepted my recommendation of this book and I profusely thank them for buying a copy. Was it worth the wait and extra effort I had to go through in order to read it? Absolutely!! This is one of the best debut cozies I’ve read in a long time. When Lana Lee experiences a brutal breakup and then loses her job in quick succession, she returns home to lick her wounds and regroup. She works in her parent’s restaurant, and maybe enjoys it more than she wants to admit, even if she has to put up with her mother’s constant nagging about finding a husband. Yet life turns on a dime, yet again, for Lana when the restaurant’s property owner dies from anaphylactic shock after consuming shrimp dumplings cooked at “The Noodle Shop” and hand delivered by Lana herself. When the cook is arrested, and Lana is on the hot seat with the local authorities, she realizes that unless she discovers the truth about Mr. Feng’s death, an innocent man could go to prison. Cozy fans are going to love Lana Lee! Her self-deprecating humor is contagious, and the entire cast and crew is stellar. Sometimes, well, most of the time, cozy mysteries are light in tone, even in the midst of a murder investigation. As such, the plots aren’t often incredibly complex, nor do they dig too deeply underneath the surface, with most villains guilty of the usual crimes with the usual motives. But, this story has a strong cultural and family drama which examines family dynamics and the consequences of ill -fated decisions, keeping secrets, and greed. Often a debut cozy will lose momentum by spending too much time on character introduction or on the location, than on the mystery, which causes the story to lose momentum and flounder. But, in this case, the author wowed me with her ability to introduce the main cast, tell a very engaging mystery, and set the stage for future installments without the slightest hesitation. There was no timidity, no imbalances! The characters did their thing, and the story flowed very well as a result. The only drawback is that I now have a craving for noodles and the author has left me drumming my fingers impatiently awaiting book two!! Great story, with real authenticity! 4.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Yun

    Death by Dumpling sees Lana returning to work at her parents' noodle shop after losing her job and her boyfriend. When a customer ends up dead due to a food allergy, she and the chef become suspects in the murder. Lana quickly realizes that she has to figure out what really happened if she wants to clear their names. This is a cozy mystery and it definitely feels like one. There's not even a whiff of danger as Lana goes around poking her nose where it doesn't belong. She blunders on, asking intru Death by Dumpling sees Lana returning to work at her parents' noodle shop after losing her job and her boyfriend. When a customer ends up dead due to a food allergy, she and the chef become suspects in the murder. Lana quickly realizes that she has to figure out what really happened if she wants to clear their names. This is a cozy mystery and it definitely feels like one. There's not even a whiff of danger as Lana goes around poking her nose where it doesn't belong. She blunders on, asking intrusive questions to everyone, and somehow they all indulge her by answering. Eventually she happens upon the answer, and it proves decently satisfying to wrap the whole thing up. I initially came across this because I love dumplings, and the titles in this series are just too delicious to pass up. Otherwise, I would say there is nothing special about this debut. It's fine as a cozy, but it's a bit on the bland side. It didn't really grip me or make me feel compelled to keep reading. I think it's because the writing is very simple. Everything is spelled out in minute detail, so the reader is hit repeatedly over the head with things that are obvious and don't really need to be said. It sort of sucks the excitement out of the writing. Something else that bothers me is Lana's family. Her mom is overbearing and meddling, in the way that Chinese families are. And her sister is kind of a jerk. Probably most other readers wouldn't be so bothered by this, but coming from a Chinese background, I found this hit a little too close to home, and it made those interactions hard to read. Still, the titles in this series have me intrigued (I know, I shouldn't pick a book by its title, but I can't help it), and the first book shows enough potential that I'll probably go on to read the second one. Hopefully that one will be a little more exciting, and feature more of the delicious Detective Trudeau and less of Lana's family.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carol (Bookaria)

    Not only was this an engaging mystery but also look at that cover! I've been craving noodles ever since I saw it. Lana Lee is 27 years-old and works at her parents' Chinese restaurant. Recently, she went through a tough breakup with her boyfriend and has been having a difficult time. Things get tougher for her when the business' landlord is found dead and the cause of the crime is a dumpling from her parents' noodle house. Mr. Feng, the dead man, is allergic to shellfish and it appears that some Not only was this an engaging mystery but also look at that cover! I've been craving noodles ever since I saw it. Lana Lee is 27 years-old and works at her parents' Chinese restaurant. Recently, she went through a tough breakup with her boyfriend and has been having a difficult time. Things get tougher for her when the business' landlord is found dead and the cause of the crime is a dumpling from her parents' noodle house. Mr. Feng, the dead man, is allergic to shellfish and it appears that somebody purposely placed a seafood dumpling in his meal. Now Lana is considered a suspect and she must find out who actually committed the crime. This was an engaging and light-hearted story and it captivated me from the beginning. The novel is set in Cleveland and has a set of charming characters. It has humor, mystery, and a little bit of romance. Overall, I enjoyed it and recommend it to readers of mysteries and contemporary fiction. Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien is the first book in the new cozy A Noodle Shop Mystery series. The series brings a bit of diversity to the genre by being set in the Asian Village Plaza, a mall with the shops full of Chinese culture. Lana Lee has found herself returning home to her parents and working in their restaurant, the Ho-Lee Noodle House. When one of the staff asks Lana to pitch in and deliver an order to Mr. Feng, the plaza’s property manager, little did she know it would end up puttin Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien is the first book in the new cozy A Noodle Shop Mystery series. The series brings a bit of diversity to the genre by being set in the Asian Village Plaza, a mall with the shops full of Chinese culture. Lana Lee has found herself returning home to her parents and working in their restaurant, the Ho-Lee Noodle House. When one of the staff asks Lana to pitch in and deliver an order to Mr. Feng, the plaza’s property manager, little did she know it would end up putting her in the middle of the murder case. After Mr. Feng’s order was dropped off Lana had returned to the restaurant only to have everyone in a panic shortly after when it became clear Mr. Feng had been found dead. The problem for Lana was it looks like the food she’d taken may have been the cause of his death putting her and the cook in the line of the investigation. While Death by Dumpling was a solid start to this new Asian flavored cozy there was a bit of a spark missing for me personally to absolutely fall in love with the series just yet. As anyone knows that has read my cozy reviews before I tend to love series that are oozing eccentricity or quirkiness and I don’t think that stood out much in this one unfortunately. I did however enjoy visiting Lana’s culture for a bit and the setting within this series. Lana was about as realistic as a young adult of Asian descent that’s been raised in America could be, she is on the edge between the cultures which is normally the case in that age where he parents and other adults around her are what give more glimpses at the culture. When finished with this one I’d definitely try the next to see if the author could give the series a bit more of it’s own unique spark to make it shine going forward. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ As soon as I saw this cover I was all like . . . . And also I love the occasional cozy mystery so I knew I had to check it out. Then I did what I do best and let my library checkout expire not just once, but nearly three times before finally reading it. In my defense, these types of books are definitely “right place/right time” reads for me. Yesterday not only was I suffering from . . . . But it was also NEGATIVE TWENTY-FIVE D Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ As soon as I saw this cover I was all like . . . . And also I love the occasional cozy mystery so I knew I had to check it out. Then I did what I do best and let my library checkout expire not just once, but nearly three times before finally reading it. In my defense, these types of books are definitely “right place/right time” reads for me. Yesterday not only was I suffering from . . . . But it was also NEGATIVE TWENTY-FIVE DEGREES OUTSIDE. WTF? Today is Fat Tuesday. How the eff am I supposed to swing my tatas around for beads if my nurps instantly freeze and fall off upon removing my shirt (and in case my children should happen upon this, Mommy is joking – even your daddy doesn’t get to see her nurps so strangers sure aren’t going to). Anywho, the above amounted to the perfect day for something light. Meet Lana. She’s a recently single 27-year old who became such after running into her boyfriend Christmas shopping . . . . while he was accompanied by his other girlfriend. She also has found herself working at her parent’s restaurant due to her former employer taking her “take this job and shove it” recommendation to heart. On about page 5 you hear in passing that one of the characters really has it coming to him and by the 5% mark he’s a stiff. Unfortunately the cause of death just so happens to be a severe allergic reaction to shellfish in some dumplings from, you guessed it, Ho-Lee Noodles – the family business . . . . This had everything a cozy mystery is supposed to have – the “maybe you can go back home again” trope, a bazillion characters who all reside/work in a tightknit little community, MC/family/friends as the lead suspects which equates to the butting in of noses where they don’t belong, and a potential love interest (or two) for future books in the series. Really the only problem I had with this debut was my own since the Ho-Lee family owned a Chinese noodle shop that my brain wanted to turn into a Thai noodle shop thanks to . . . . . I know, I know . . . . 3 Stars is about as good as these get for me, so Vivien Chen has definitely made her mark and there’s a chance when it comes to book 2 (and 3 and 4) in this series, one day I may say . . . . . After all, they are about Chinese food . . . .

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Robert Collins

    Sweet n Sour pork & noodles on the side a Chinese takeaway Dumpings in sour soup for Lana Lee when murder is an extra side portion of Shrimp dumplings for fish allergic Mr Feng. Who has put lot of local business in that he rents up & made lot of enemy's so lot of people are mad. This has the Chinese food in it & has good easy to read feel it just good light mystery & the first volume to new series. But all I can see here is Francine From American Dad & here her Parents Ma & Papa the Chinese adapt Sweet n Sour pork & noodles on the side a Chinese takeaway Dumpings in sour soup for Lana Lee when murder is an extra side portion of Shrimp dumplings for fish allergic Mr Feng. Who has put lot of local business in that he rents up & made lot of enemy's so lot of people are mad. This has the Chinese food in it & has good easy to read feel it just good light mystery & the first volume to new series. But all I can see here is Francine From American Dad & here her Parents Ma & Papa the Chinese adapter child of Chinese culture. I love American Dad The person who often is the main choice for the murder isn't or is it? good fun whodunit with noodles, dim sim ,egg fried rice,Jasmin Rice & lot of chopsticks. It is dishes & the taste of Chinese takeaway that adds that extra to make this cut above lot of other American mystery books without that this would be a washout but the food angle adds the extra atmosphere to this book

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This was a fun little debut cozy set in a Chinese neighborhood in Cleveland. I liked that the amateur detective, Lana Lee, is a bit of a failure at life, recently moving back in with her parents and waitressing at the family restaurant. Because of this she gets pulled into a murder-by-poison situation, and decides to take things into her own hands. I can't ever say much about mysteries because the uncovering of details is the pleasure of the book, but I was never bored. Thanks to the publisher fo This was a fun little debut cozy set in a Chinese neighborhood in Cleveland. I liked that the amateur detective, Lana Lee, is a bit of a failure at life, recently moving back in with her parents and waitressing at the family restaurant. Because of this she gets pulled into a murder-by-poison situation, and decides to take things into her own hands. I can't ever say much about mysteries because the uncovering of details is the pleasure of the book, but I was never bored. Thanks to the publisher for providing access to this title through Edelweiss. The book came out March 27, 2018.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Release Date: March 27, 2018 Genre: Cozy Mystery I really enjoyed reading Death by Dumpling- the first book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series- even though it took me a while to read it from start to finish. It didn't take me a long time because it's not a fun book to read, but because life can get busy at moments and takes time away from reading. With that being said, this is a great start to a brand new cozy mystery series and I have every intention of reading all of the books that come after Release Date: March 27, 2018 Genre: Cozy Mystery I really enjoyed reading Death by Dumpling- the first book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series- even though it took me a while to read it from start to finish. It didn't take me a long time because it's not a fun book to read, but because life can get busy at moments and takes time away from reading. With that being said, this is a great start to a brand new cozy mystery series and I have every intention of reading all of the books that come after this one. The heroine/sleuth, Lana Lee, is a fun one to get to know. She's a smart cookie, comes off as very realistic, and would make the perfect BFF for any cozy reader. The way she sleuths is engaging and readers can figure out clues right along with her as well. So overall, I really enjoyed this one and look forward to reading the next book in the series when it is released. ABOUT DEATH BY DUMPLING In Death by Dumpling readers will meet Lana Lee- amateur sleuth from Ohio.- Following a bad break up, she decides to move back to her home town and work with her parents at their restaurant. But she doesn't anticipate that this move home will bring a lot more into her life than the grief she is facing from her breakup. When family friend, Mr. Feng ends up murdered, Lana Lee will stop at nothing to clear her friends name and find out who really killed him. Hopefully she can crack the case before she's next! WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS BOOK One of the main reasons why this book caught my attention is the cover. I am a HUGE fan of Chinese food- it's my favorite- so knowing that this type of food would be incorporated within the story intrigued me. The author did a fine job at picking out the perfect cover to accompany this story. But that's not the only reason I chose to read this one. I also wanted to read it because I don't often find books with characters from different cultures but this one DOES. Lana Lee is Asian/American and readers will become acquainted with both cultures whiles reading it. Finally, I LOVE cozy mystery books. They are lighthearted, fun, and feature characters that readers will be able to get to know throughout an entire series. So I am really happy to continue following Lana (and her possible love life) as she continues to solve murders within her town. OVERALL THOUGHTS OF THE BOOK Overall, I loved this one. I think many readers are going to feel the same way once they meet Lana as well. I very much recommend it to fans of cozy mysteries. In fact, I would even recommend it to people who are NEW to the genre. It has everything one would need in order to figure out if they would like the genre themselves. So make sure to check this one out and grab a copy! PURCHASE A COPY Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/2CxwxVf Amazon Print: http://amzn.to/2BCywek CONNECT WITH ME I offer VARIOUS things on my blog including upcoming book releases, a list of NEW releases, book reviews, and giveaways. My Website: http://bit.ly/2zWy7QJ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prettylittle... Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrettyLilBooks

  9. 5 out of 5

    ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆

    I really enjoyed this novel and it definitely was one of a kind! I picked up this novel because I worked in a Chinese restaurant for about five years before I became disabled and I became very close to my bosses and was even manager at the end. The reason I bring this up is because not only could I relate to this novel by knowing the ins and outs of working in a Chinese restaurant, I could relate to being around Asian cultures and how they talk. All of the things Lana was told I have been told b I really enjoyed this novel and it definitely was one of a kind! I picked up this novel because I worked in a Chinese restaurant for about five years before I became disabled and I became very close to my bosses and was even manager at the end. The reason I bring this up is because not only could I relate to this novel by knowing the ins and outs of working in a Chinese restaurant, I could relate to being around Asian cultures and how they talk. All of the things Lana was told I have been told by my employers. All the funny traits and cultural things just really made me laugh and just think of the good times at my work. I worked 70 hours a week though there had to be some good times or there were no times! Also another fun fact is that I am actually mixed racial like the main character and my mom is Fillipino so I have also felt I could relate to some things family life as well! But enough about me back to the book! This story was funny and I think turned out pretty great for a debut. I loved all the characters besides every once in awhile the MC got on my nerves a little bit. The plot was steady paced but had a couple of short dull moments but I think it was because of the author establishing a solid background for the series. Overally, I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to the next one and hope it grows even more as it moves along! I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views expressed are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sabine

    A great start to this Asian "flavoured" cozy mystery. I loved this unique setting in the Asian Village Plaza a shopping mall with little Chinese shops. When the property manager of the Village Plaza is killed with dumplings from the restaurant owned by Lana's family she wants to find out who killed the man. Lana and her roommate Megan make a great sleuthing team. A very good mystery with just a touch of romance sprinkled on top. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I requested this A great start to this Asian "flavoured" cozy mystery. I loved this unique setting in the Asian Village Plaza a shopping mall with little Chinese shops. When the property manager of the Village Plaza is killed with dumplings from the restaurant owned by Lana's family she wants to find out who killed the man. Lana and her roommate Megan make a great sleuthing team. A very good mystery with just a touch of romance sprinkled on top. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I requested this book from NetGalley and am thankful that St. Martin's Press and the author provided me with an advance copy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I don't read cozy mysteries that often, but a book club friend recommended and it just feels like that kind of year. And after reading a slow moving, dark-sided mystery, this was like a cold fizzy drink for my brain. Bonus: this is set in Ohio, more specifically the suburbs of Cleveland. Big ups to Cuyahoga County!! AND the Asia Village, where the story takes place, appears to be possibly inspired by an actual Cleveland shopping center: Lana Lee is 27 and after impulsively walking out of her corpo I don't read cozy mysteries that often, but a book club friend recommended and it just feels like that kind of year. And after reading a slow moving, dark-sided mystery, this was like a cold fizzy drink for my brain. Bonus: this is set in Ohio, more specifically the suburbs of Cleveland. Big ups to Cuyahoga County!! AND the Asia Village, where the story takes place, appears to be possibly inspired by an actual Cleveland shopping center: Lana Lee is 27 and after impulsively walking out of her corporate job is back to working at her parents' Chinese restaurant in Asia Village. Within the first chapter, Lana delivers lunch to their landlord who promptly dies of anaphylactic shock from eating shrimp dumplings instead of the chicken ones Lana swore she gave him. All of the tenants knew about this allergy, so suspicion promptly falls on Lana and the chef. To save her family restaurant, Lana and her ride-or-die roommate Megan are quickly on the case. This is a cozy so it's cute, not too deep, there's a grumpy but handsome police detective because of course, and the mystery is not completely obvious but also not that mysterious. This is the first in a series and despite just starting in 2018, the author already has six books out with the seventh on the way. This was an enjoyable diversion and while Chien isn't near as funny as Janet Evanovich (maybe my gold standard for cozies, although her Stephanie Plum series may be too violent and risque to qualify), I've already reserved the second book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    An amazing initial book in a series. The setting is uncommon in a cozy mystery. A refreshing read about the Asian people and their culture. There was minimal food mentioned . I found that to be lacking. Figuring out who the murderer  had me thinking right up till the end. Later I'm hit with a shocking revelation I never saw coming.Lana, a restaurant server in her parents restaurant and the amature sleuth is fearless with a delightful personality. The book cover, eye-catching and lively. I can't An amazing initial book in a series. The setting is uncommon in a cozy mystery. A refreshing read about the Asian people and their culture. There was minimal food mentioned . I found that to be lacking. Figuring out who the murderer  had me thinking right up till the end. Later I'm hit with a shocking revelation I never saw coming.Lana, a restaurant server in her parents restaurant and the amature sleuth is fearless with a delightful personality. The book cover, eye-catching and lively. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts While not a fan of Chinese food, this cover caught my attention, plus it was the first book in a new series so I added to my Kindle immediately. Lana Lee has grown up working in her mother’s restaurant but never expected to back working there now. Her mother is quite pleased because having her close means she can work on finding Lana a husband. That is the last thing on Lana’s mind. The restaurant is part of the Asia Village. A plaza that is part of the original Chinatown area o Dollycas’s Thoughts While not a fan of Chinese food, this cover caught my attention, plus it was the first book in a new series so I added to my Kindle immediately. Lana Lee has grown up working in her mother’s restaurant but never expected to back working there now. Her mother is quite pleased because having her close means she can work on finding Lana a husband. That is the last thing on Lana’s mind. The restaurant is part of the Asia Village. A plaza that is part of the original Chinatown area on the east side of Cleveland. It is managed by Mr. Feng, who orders lunch from the Ho-Lee Noodle House all the time. The staff knows his dietary restrictions by heart. So when the man is found dead in his office right after finishing his Ho-Lee dumplings everyone is in shock. The chef becomes the #1 suspect and Lana decides she needs to be the one to serve up the real killer. That is if they don’t kill her first. Ms. Chien has cooked up a great start for this Noodle Mystery Series. A fresh new idea bringing the Asian culture to cozy readers. The staff at Ho-Lee Noodle House are family. They have known and worked together for years. The same can be said of most of the store owners in the plaza. The author does an excellent job of introducing the cast and the connections to each other. She also introduces Lana’s roommate/friend, Megan Riley, Detective Trudeau and Lana’s dog Kikko. They are an eclectic cast of characters and very well developed for the first book in a series. The book had a good pace, my finger was swiping the pages rapidly. Twists and turns, and drama that took us to some unexpected places. Lana was a determined sleuth, no matter how many times Detective Trudeau told her to leave the investigation to him. The author took us on a delightful journey to catch the killer with some hard to figure out clues. I found the setting very interesting and enjoyed learning how the plaza had evolved over the years and how it was the heart of this community. An entertaining cozy. Mystery, humor and just a bit of romance served up with noodles and dumplings on the side. Vivien Chien has brought a fresh voice to this genre and I am hungry for more. I have marked my calendar, Dim Sum of All Fears will be released August 28.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Cute, but room for improvement is my overall comment on "Death by Dumpling." I liked the main character, Lana Lee. Her family sounds great though she has a pain in the butt older sister. Her best friend Megan supports her no matter what and even helps out with trying to solve the crime in this one. That said, I needed more details. We hear about Lana's ex, but not his name, or what exactly was said to him when they break up. We get her memory of her quitting her job, and then that's it. I just fe Cute, but room for improvement is my overall comment on "Death by Dumpling." I liked the main character, Lana Lee. Her family sounds great though she has a pain in the butt older sister. Her best friend Megan supports her no matter what and even helps out with trying to solve the crime in this one. That said, I needed more details. We hear about Lana's ex, but not his name, or what exactly was said to him when they break up. We get her memory of her quitting her job, and then that's it. I just felt like I needed more background on everyone and also her before jumping right into, we found a dead body and now need to solve the crime. Also I would thank the Book Gods if we didn't always have the main character falling for the lead detective on the case. Especially since Lana is a suspect in this first book. "Death by Dumpling" has 27 year old Lana Lee back in Ohio and working at her family's restaurant. Lana is dealing with the set-backs to losing her job and her boyfriend. Going back to work at her family's restaurant makes her feel like she's a loser. It doesn't help that she has a successful older sister. Between her mother nagging her about getting a boyfriend/married and her sister's snide remarks, Lana is just waiting until she can find another job. That is until someone the property owner of all of the stores in Asia Village is found dead. Mr. Feng recently had a lot of arguments with Lana's family's restaurant cook (Peter), a mysterious woman, and Kimmy (the daughter to another set of storefront owners). When the police find out that the dumplings that Peter cooked and Lana delivered to him were the culprit of Mr. Feng's death, she and Peter move up on the suspect list. Lana and her best friend Megan decide to investigate to prevent the police from charging Peter or her with murder. Lana feels a bit lacking in development to me at times. For example, I don't know what she went to school for at all. She supposedly loves books, but doesn't mention who her favorite author is. She dyes her hair different colors that gets a rise out of her mother, but doesn't really say why she likes to do that. She seems super passive and allows other characters to walk all over her (her mother, her sister, Ian, Mrs. Feng, etc.) Lana initially is also quite taken with the lead detective on the case. But then thinks he is a jerk when he won't discuss the case with her, but then finds herself attracted to him again. And he is beyond ridiculous with doing his whole I must take care of you every time he sees Lana and expressing mild jealously about her going out with another character. They have zero chemistry and no I don't care how many times Lana talks about his green eyes. I already said this in one of my updates, but I hate the cozies that always have the main character and the lead detective get together. It doesn't feel realistic and it just annoys me since every author sets it up as an antagonistic relationship at first. There's not a lot of development with characters besides Lana's mother and father and her roommate Megan. Hopefully everyone gets more developed as the series goes on. The setting of this book is Cleveland, Ohio, but there's not a lot of details about Cleveland to make me feel like the author has even been there. We hear about the Asia Village where all of the Chinese vendors/owners work and about Lana's apartment and that's about it. It was interesting to read about a separate side to Cleveland that many people may be unfamiliar with, but I wanted it to be integrated to the overall city. The ending was fine. I called the murderer early, but that was just because it was the only person that made sense in the context of what Lana was finding out.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    3.5* Entertaining cosy mystery that caught my interest. I mean: yummy food (always a plus), relationships in a seemingly tight little group (but full of secrets), ‘clash’ of generations and cultures, and of course, a murder. What’s not to like? The investigation could have been a little tighter but since our ‘Nancy Drew’ is new to the task, it made sense that her progress was less than straightforward. Looking forward to the next instalment.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    I’ll be honest. The cover of this book totally caught my attention and when I learned that it was going to center around a noodle shop, I knew I had to read it. It’s not often I come across a series that is so focused on Asian culture and as an Asian myself, it made me proud to see this series. As an avid reader of Cozy Mysteries, I was very excited to be able to try this new author. Chien’s writing immediately captures your attention. It’s fun and uplifting, with subtle touches of humor, wh I’ll be honest. The cover of this book totally caught my attention and when I learned that it was going to center around a noodle shop, I knew I had to read it. It’s not often I come across a series that is so focused on Asian culture and as an Asian myself, it made me proud to see this series. As an avid reader of Cozy Mysteries, I was very excited to be able to try this new author. Chien’s writing immediately captures your attention. It’s fun and uplifting, with subtle touches of humor, which I think makes her books relatable even if you aren’t Asian. I really enjoyed Lana’s narration and am looking forward to read more of her. She was fun and spunky and her supporting cast is just as interesting. The only thing I would say about this book is that the mystery aspect of this book is a little predictable. More on the simpler side, it was easy for me to guess what happened and that’s not what you want in a mystery. Nevertheless, I am excited for this series and can’t wait to see what Chien has up her sleeve next.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    What a charming book! This will definitely appeal to any cozy mystery reader, but I can see it being a hit with younger readers (and by younger, I mean younger than my creaky middle aged bones! Young people in their 20s or perhaps even teenagers (there's no bad language or sexual situations) would really like this.) With a sprinkle of romance, a bit of intrigue, adorable characters, a cute setting and a captivating mystery, what more can you ask for in a cozy? The Asian venue was a fresh and uni What a charming book! This will definitely appeal to any cozy mystery reader, but I can see it being a hit with younger readers (and by younger, I mean younger than my creaky middle aged bones! Young people in their 20s or perhaps even teenagers (there's no bad language or sexual situations) would really like this.) With a sprinkle of romance, a bit of intrigue, adorable characters, a cute setting and a captivating mystery, what more can you ask for in a cozy? The Asian venue was a fresh and unique setting for the mystery. This isn't your average everyday cozy! I loved Lana and her roommate Megan, they made a great team and their enthusiasm caught me up and rolled me right along with them. The cute Asia Village plaza with its Chinese shops sounds like such a great place to visit and browse for a day. Is this a real thing? Is there an Asia Village I can visit somewhere? Hmmm. And the plot! All the twists and turns and red herrings kept me guessing and I was completely turned around upside down by the time I got to the exciting ending. Can't wait to read more from Lana and the gang!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Leone-campbell

    So let me start by saying a few of by blogger friends reviewed this book. I had never heard of the series. But I am glad I discovered it! Twenty-something Lana Lee, (I love the name!) lost both her job and her boyfriend and now works in her parent’s restaurant Ho-Lee Noodle House in the Asia Village Plaza. Depressed and a bit embarrassed at having to return to her parent’s business she is at a cross-road in her life. Her parents, of course, think she needs to get her life in order, find a boyfrie So let me start by saying a few of by blogger friends reviewed this book. I had never heard of the series. But I am glad I discovered it! Twenty-something Lana Lee, (I love the name!) lost both her job and her boyfriend and now works in her parent’s restaurant Ho-Lee Noodle House in the Asia Village Plaza. Depressed and a bit embarrassed at having to return to her parent’s business she is at a cross-road in her life. Her parents, of course, think she needs to get her life in order, find a boyfriend and get married. Clearly this is not in Lana’s future. Her sister, who is in law school seems to be able to carry on with her life without the obligatory companion, but Lana… . Then the property manager of the complex Mr. Feng ends up dead after Lana delivers him his lunch. And everybody becomes a suspect. It seems although respected, Mr. Feng may have not been very liked by some of the shop owners. There are an array of quirky, funny, intense suspects who each have there own hidden reason for wanting Feng dead. Lana, against explicit instructions from the (cute) detective on the case, decides to make it her mission to find out what happened, if only to salvage her own reputation as she seems to be one of the prime suspects. She, along with her roommate become very unsophisticated sleuths. But what they uncover unfortunately may get Lana killed. Adding to the chaos of Lana’s life is a dog named after a soy sauce, a mother and aunt who seem to know more than they are saying, and who are also pressuring her into dating someone who, unbeknownst to them is on her suspect list! Death By Dumpling is an unexpected enjoyable funny cozy with interesting plot twists and comical dialogue. The characters are believable and most are lovable. This is the first in A Noodle Shop Mystery series which I look forward to reading more of.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I was going to give this 2 stars until the abrupt terrible ending. I take all cozy mysteries with a grain of salt, but this was one of the most boring books I've ever read in my life. The mystery was pitiful. The audiobook narration beyond cringy. My condolences to the author who was recently diagnosed with cancer. I wish I enjoyed this more.

  20. 4 out of 5

    NicoleG

    Grab your chopsticks! This fun first in series will make you want to dig into a plate of dumplings! It was interesting to see a different culture represented by the noodle shop and Lana's unique ethnic background. A well planned mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoyed the two friends' antics while trying to solve the murder. The descriptions of Kikko, the pug the color of soy sauce, were spot on and so like my own pug! I am definitely interested in reading the next book in t Grab your chopsticks! This fun first in series will make you want to dig into a plate of dumplings! It was interesting to see a different culture represented by the noodle shop and Lana's unique ethnic background. A well planned mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoyed the two friends' antics while trying to solve the murder. The descriptions of Kikko, the pug the color of soy sauce, were spot on and so like my own pug! I am definitely interested in reading the next book in this series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    mindful.librarian ☀️

    Thanks to St Martins Press for this free digital review copy via NetGalley! . I can’t believe I waited so long to read this fabulous new cozy mystery series! What a refreshing addition to the genre with a younger (late 20s) half English-half Taiwanese amateur sleuth, and her family’s Chinese restaurant as the backdrop.......it satisfyingly upturns the “older white lady in a bookstore/knitting store/tea shop” cozy mystery trope for sure. This is the first of the Noodle Shop books and it released in Thanks to St Martins Press for this free digital review copy via NetGalley! . I can’t believe I waited so long to read this fabulous new cozy mystery series! What a refreshing addition to the genre with a younger (late 20s) half English-half Taiwanese amateur sleuth, and her family’s Chinese restaurant as the backdrop.......it satisfyingly upturns the “older white lady in a bookstore/knitting store/tea shop” cozy mystery trope for sure. This is the first of the Noodle Shop books and it released in March 2018 - book 2 (THE DIM SUM OF ALL FEARS) releases in August and I already have the Kindle version pre-ordered!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This was a delightful debut cozy mystery for author Vivien Chien. I was hooked right from the start and very much enjoyed Lana Lee and her family. What I liked about this book was even though it was a culinary cozy, it has a different perspective in that it was focused on a multi-ethnic family. There was witty dialogue and humor, especially Lana's mother. The mystery was well done with some good twists placed throughout the story. While the identity of the killer was not a surprise the motive wa This was a delightful debut cozy mystery for author Vivien Chien. I was hooked right from the start and very much enjoyed Lana Lee and her family. What I liked about this book was even though it was a culinary cozy, it has a different perspective in that it was focused on a multi-ethnic family. There was witty dialogue and humor, especially Lana's mother. The mystery was well done with some good twists placed throughout the story. While the identity of the killer was not a surprise the motive was a nice twist and one I didn't consider. I very much enjoyed this debut book in the Noodle Shop Mystery and will definitely be purchasing the next book in the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Lana Lee has landed back at her parents’ Chinese restaurant as a waitress in an effort to get her life back together. She thinks she’s hit rock bottom, but she’s wrong. Not too long after delivering Mr. Feng his usual order of dumplings, the man is found dead. Somehow, he got shellfish dumplings instead of the pork he ordered. With the police looking at everyone at the restaurant, Lana starts poking around to clear herself and the rest of the employees. But is one of them really guilty? This was Lana Lee has landed back at her parents’ Chinese restaurant as a waitress in an effort to get her life back together. She thinks she’s hit rock bottom, but she’s wrong. Not too long after delivering Mr. Feng his usual order of dumplings, the man is found dead. Somehow, he got shellfish dumplings instead of the pork he ordered. With the police looking at everyone at the restaurant, Lana starts poking around to clear herself and the rest of the employees. But is one of them really guilty? This was a very fun debut. The mystery is good, although the pacing does lag a bit in the middle. It does pick up again in the final third, giving us some great twists and turns before we reach the logical climax. The characters are mostly strong, which some room to grow as the series progresses. I did feel that Lana’s mother was the weakest characters, and I hope she is fleshed out more as the series progresses. I will definitely be back for seconds. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien is the 1st book in A Noodle Shop Mystery, and a fun cozy mystery. Lana Lee returns home after walking out of her job and boyfriend. She is now working as a waitress in her family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House located in the Cleveland Area. When Lana delivers food to the landlord and he dies after eating it, she must find the real killer. There are twists and turns around every corner. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and chara Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien is the 1st book in A Noodle Shop Mystery, and a fun cozy mystery. Lana Lee returns home after walking out of her job and boyfriend. She is now working as a waitress in her family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House located in the Cleveland Area. When Lana delivers food to the landlord and he dies after eating it, she must find the real killer. There are twists and turns around every corner. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. Looking forward to the next book in the series. If you love fun cozy mysteries like I do, than I recommend this book. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    It's been a long time since I wrote a review - and this isn't a proper review, either, but just a litany of "why two stars". This book has quite the active set of characters. They don't turn, they "whip around". A lot. They don't pass someone or move between two things in a sedate manner, but they "shimmy". All the time. Also, they forget to lock doors when they really ought to, but that's a different brand of complaint - no, this paragraph is devoted to asking "What kind of editor would fail to It's been a long time since I wrote a review - and this isn't a proper review, either, but just a litany of "why two stars". This book has quite the active set of characters. They don't turn, they "whip around". A lot. They don't pass someone or move between two things in a sedate manner, but they "shimmy". All the time. Also, they forget to lock doors when they really ought to, but that's a different brand of complaint - no, this paragraph is devoted to asking "What kind of editor would fail to miss something this annoying?" Variety in the vocabulary used is as important when the vocabulary is creative as when it's vanilla. It was kind of funny - as the villain gives his patented Explain Everything Before Killing the Intrepid Though Stupid Girl Detective speech (TM), "his lip curled in disgust". What's funny is that mine was doing the same thing just then, because the villain was giving his EEBKtITSGD speech. If he'd shot her when he walked in the door, he'd have gotten clean away. So take note, budding villains... Wait. You're villains. Give the speech: get caught. I didn't hate the characters, even though Lana is damn near TSTL (and her roommate absolutely is TSTL). I didn't hate the audiobook narration, even though the cadence was deeply weird. And no, I don't mean anything that can be attributed to the ethnicity of narrator or characters - just simple emphasis put on wrong words, so that a full stop comes between a verb and an adverb or a noun and an adjective, and it was annoying. But the narrator's voice was pleasant, character voices were pretty good, and accents were - as far as I know - done well. It wasn't great; it was barely good - but it wasn't actively awful. This was not, overall, rock bottom, and I got adequate enjoyment from the first half or so that I finished the thing. But. The plot is unoriginal, utterly predictable, and stupid, but it's a 21st century cozy. That's apparently what sells. The characters are idiots, but not as obnoxious in their stupidity as they probably should be. The amount of breaking and entering they engage in, in the moronic belief that they know better than the police and are the only ones who can solve the case, is somewhat breathtaking. Bonus point for a different setting than the usual - there isn't a freaking cupcake in sight. It doesn't count for much, though. There was surprisingly little description of the setting. I would have expected something about the smells and sounds of cooking unique to a noodle house, maybe some kind of insight into waitressing (I never did it, so what are things I wouldn't know about unless I had?), maybe sense memories of what it was like to grow up in the place (instead of the simple mention that Lana did so). What it's like to wait on strangers as opposed to people you've known always, or Caucasians versus Asians. Anything. It came close to being something fresh in the cozy genre ... and then flopped. All the usual trope-y characters are there (staunch bestie, evil ex, hectoring mother, doting daddy, somewhat contentious sister, anthropomorphized dog). The overwhelming concentration on getting Lana a man is almost acceptable in the older ladies, including her mother ... when she starts thinking in the same lines, I want to throttle her. Slightly spoiler-y complaining: Of course she and the detective are going to have a Thing. Of course they are. I had hopes that the revelation that one character was not born where everyone believed she was born would relate to the racism between different Asian countries - although the issues I've learned about are more between Japan and Korea than, say, Taiwan and China ... but I hoped it would be more interesting than what it was. It wasn't the worst cozy I've ever read or listened to; it wasn't even the worst food-centered cozy I've ever read or listened to. (Congratulations, Joanne Fluke.) But I was so happy when it was over ...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    3.5 stars. Though this is the first in a series, and has some parts I felt were a little weak, I gobbled this book up. It was fast-paced, and though I occasionally wanted to tell main character Lana Lee to get back in charge of her life, I enjoyed this book. I loved seeing so many first and second generation Taiwanese and Chinese characters throughout this book. I loved how smothering and caring and frustrating Lana's mother and "aunts" were. The interactions between the generations had me groan 3.5 stars. Though this is the first in a series, and has some parts I felt were a little weak, I gobbled this book up. It was fast-paced, and though I occasionally wanted to tell main character Lana Lee to get back in charge of her life, I enjoyed this book. I loved seeing so many first and second generation Taiwanese and Chinese characters throughout this book. I loved how smothering and caring and frustrating Lana's mother and "aunts" were. The interactions between the generations had me groaning and grinning; I can remember similar sorts of interactions with my Indian aunties. I think the police detective (and clearly future love/lust interest) was kind of one-dimensional, and occasionally, frustratingly sexist in his treatment of Lana. Despite her attraction, I wanted to see more respect from him for her (maybe in books 2,3?) I really liked how Lana and her best friend and roommate Megan put their sleuthing caps on and figured out many of the clues, thanks to Lana's relationships in the community. I felt some of the sleuthing needed to be tightened up a little, and actually the two characters do acknowledge, most of the way through the book, that they seemed to be going in circles, what with all the information they kept accumulating on each suspect. This is a first mystery, and I anticipate the writing to get more streamlined with future books. I also had a great urge to have a steaming bowl of noodles and dumplings while I was reading this book and Lana was taking customers' orders at her parents' restaurant.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Milena

    3.5 stars I love historical mysteries but I haven't read many cozy mysteries, and I wanted to try the genre but didn't know where to start because there are so many choices. When I saw Death by Dumpling available for request on NetGalley I was immediately drown to the cover and the blurb, and jumped on the chance to read it. Death by Dumpling was a very enjoyable, quick read. It had all the necessary ingredients for a good murder mystery: an interesting setting, appealing characters, a murder wit 3.5 stars I love historical mysteries but I haven't read many cozy mysteries, and I wanted to try the genre but didn't know where to start because there are so many choices. When I saw Death by Dumpling available for request on NetGalley I was immediately drown to the cover and the blurb, and jumped on the chance to read it. Death by Dumpling was a very enjoyable, quick read. It had all the necessary ingredients for a good murder mystery: an interesting setting, appealing characters, a murder with a number of shady suspects, and a dash of romance. It was a great start to a new series and a successful introduction to a new genre for me. I am looking forward to the next book, Dim Sum of All Fears. *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I must admit it was the cover that made me interested in reading this book. It probably made me hungry too. After reading the book, I thought this book would appeal to younger cozy mystery readers. I thought those ages would be from YA to mid thirties. The mystery was good and it was a fast cozy read. Now the next two books have really good covers too but I will pass in favor of a more mature sleuth.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien is the first book in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. A series of incidents (bad break up, quitting her job, and her parents losing a full-time server) has Lana Lee once again working at her parent’s restaurant Ho-Lee Noodle House in Fairview Park, Ohio. Lana takes lunch over to Mr. Feng, the owner of Asia Village and overhears Kimmy Tran yelling at him. A short time later, Esther Chin rushes in with the news that Mr. Feng is dead. Detective Adam Trudeau arrives to Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien is the first book in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. A series of incidents (bad break up, quitting her job, and her parents losing a full-time server) has Lana Lee once again working at her parent’s restaurant Ho-Lee Noodle House in Fairview Park, Ohio. Lana takes lunch over to Mr. Feng, the owner of Asia Village and overhears Kimmy Tran yelling at him. A short time later, Esther Chin rushes in with the news that Mr. Feng is dead. Detective Adam Trudeau arrives to question the restaurant staff and informs them that Mr. Feng died from an allergic reaction to shrimp dumplings. Mr. Feng ordered pork dumplings. All the residents of Asia Village knew about Mr. Feng’s shellfish allergy and the Ho-Lee cooks even use special pans to prepare his food. Lana and her family are shocked when Detective Trudeau arrests Peter Huang, Ho-Lee’s cook, for Mr. Feng’s murder. Lana knows Peter did not harm Mr. Feng and sets out to dish up the truth. Death by Dumpling is the first Asian cozy mystery that I have read (I have not seen one before). I like the authors unique premise of an Asian shopping center in Northeast Ohio (Cleveland area). The village sounded unique and a place I would love to visit. There are mouthwatering descriptions of the delicacies served at Ho-Lee Noodle House (had me craving Chinese). Lana Lee is a typical late twenties female character who fails to think things through completely, says the wrong thing, clumsy and gets tongue tied around handsome men (sounds like the main character in several books that I have read recently). I felt that Lana lacked depth as did the other characters in the book. Lana has a typical relationship with her sister, Anna May (she is the older sister and going to law school). I found Death by Dumpling to be nicely written and have smooth transitions, but the pace was a little slow. I also felt the book was too long at 352 pages. Fifty or so pages could have easily been edited out. There are two love interests for Lana (of course). Is there a rule that cozy mystery authors must include a romantic entanglement for their main character? The mystery was straightforward, and it lacked surprises. I wanted a good twist. The culprit can easily be picked out early in the story. The investigation consists of Lana and her roommate, Megan Riley questioning people and speculating on who could have committed the crime. There needed to be some action which would have helped the pacing. My rating for Death by Dumpling is 3 out of 5 stars. A Noodle Shop Mystery series has potential, and I hope the author ups her game in the next installment which is Dim Sum of All Fears.

  30. 5 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    I love getting in on a new mystery series from the ground up. This book was not only a new series but it also had an intriguing title…..a noodle shop mystery??? Yes please! When I first saw that cover I was totally sold. Not only did it sound like an interesting read but I also immediately wanted Chinese take out to commemorate the reading of this book! So not going to lie, I got a little stalled reading this book. Not because it wasn’t good but life got in the way and I had to set it down for a f I love getting in on a new mystery series from the ground up. This book was not only a new series but it also had an intriguing title…..a noodle shop mystery??? Yes please! When I first saw that cover I was totally sold. Not only did it sound like an interesting read but I also immediately wanted Chinese take out to commemorate the reading of this book! So not going to lie, I got a little stalled reading this book. Not because it wasn’t good but life got in the way and I had to set it down for a few days. But after picking it back up, I read it rather quickly. I love how this book took a new approach for me with it’s Asian flare. A lot of cozy mysteries etc are full of quaint English villages with a basic heroine that would easily be someone else. In this book, the cultural exception was refreshing and interesting for me. I don’t necessarily think ‘Asian’ when I hear Cleveland…..full disclosure I was expecting this book to be set in San Francisco or LA, some place with a large Asian culture so I was worries that the author would have to do a lot to convince me of the setting. However that wasn’t the case at all! The Asian culture in Cleveland was different and fun to explore. Chien writes with exceptional knowledge, probably because she lives there, so reading about the setting was almost like being there myself. Well done! I also loved Lana, she was a unique heroine and in her late twenties so I think this cozy as well as the heroine, would appeal to younger readers (20 somethings) as well as older readers (as in the 30s-40s demographic). Lana has a wide range of appeal not just for the age demographics, but the cultural ranges as well. Lana was well developed and I found the little bits of humor and romance delightful. On the whole, this book was a pleasure to read and I was thrilled to get in on it before it hit shelves! I am excited to see what’s in store for Lana next! If you are looking for a pleasant cozy read that has a unique approach and culture to it, then read this book! It’s a wonderfully rich and developed cozy….and I’m sorry but who can resist that title and cover?!? Order some Chinese food or whip up some Ramen while you enjoy the flavors of the Orient in this great mystery! See my full review here

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