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Welcome back to Ho-Lee Noodle House, where you can get fantastic take-out. . .unless you get taken out first. Lana Lee is a dutiful daughter, waiting tables at her family’s Chinese restaurant even though she’d rather be doing just about anything else. Then, just when she has a chance for a “real” job, her parents take off to Taiwan, leaving Lana in charge. Surprising everyo Welcome back to Ho-Lee Noodle House, where you can get fantastic take-out. . .unless you get taken out first. Lana Lee is a dutiful daughter, waiting tables at her family’s Chinese restaurant even though she’d rather be doing just about anything else. Then, just when she has a chance for a “real” job, her parents take off to Taiwan, leaving Lana in charge. Surprising everyone―including herself―she turns out to be quite capable of running the place. Unfortunately, the newlyweds who just opened the souvenir store next door to Ho-Lee have turned up dead. . .and soon Lana finds herself in the midst of an Asia Village mystery. Between running the Ho-Lee and trying to figure out whether the rock-solid Detective Adam Trudeau is actually her boyfriend, Lana knows she shouldn’t pry into the case. But the more she learns about the dead husband, his ex-wives, and all the murky details of the couple’s past, the more Lana thinks that this so-called murder/suicide is a straight-up order of murder. . .


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Welcome back to Ho-Lee Noodle House, where you can get fantastic take-out. . .unless you get taken out first. Lana Lee is a dutiful daughter, waiting tables at her family’s Chinese restaurant even though she’d rather be doing just about anything else. Then, just when she has a chance for a “real” job, her parents take off to Taiwan, leaving Lana in charge. Surprising everyo Welcome back to Ho-Lee Noodle House, where you can get fantastic take-out. . .unless you get taken out first. Lana Lee is a dutiful daughter, waiting tables at her family’s Chinese restaurant even though she’d rather be doing just about anything else. Then, just when she has a chance for a “real” job, her parents take off to Taiwan, leaving Lana in charge. Surprising everyone―including herself―she turns out to be quite capable of running the place. Unfortunately, the newlyweds who just opened the souvenir store next door to Ho-Lee have turned up dead. . .and soon Lana finds herself in the midst of an Asia Village mystery. Between running the Ho-Lee and trying to figure out whether the rock-solid Detective Adam Trudeau is actually her boyfriend, Lana knows she shouldn’t pry into the case. But the more she learns about the dead husband, his ex-wives, and all the murky details of the couple’s past, the more Lana thinks that this so-called murder/suicide is a straight-up order of murder. . .

30 review for Dim Sum of All Fears

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien is a 2018 St. Martin’s Press publication. Lana Lee returns in this second intriguing installment of the Noodle Shop Mystery Series. Lana is left in charge of the restaurant while her parents leave to visit family. This is not exactly a responsibility she wants. Lana feels she needs and wants more from her professional life than working in the noodle shop, but now she is trapped, forced to pass on a plumb opportunity. She is also unhappy about the slow progress Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien is a 2018 St. Martin’s Press publication. Lana Lee returns in this second intriguing installment of the Noodle Shop Mystery Series. Lana is left in charge of the restaurant while her parents leave to visit family. This is not exactly a responsibility she wants. Lana feels she needs and wants more from her professional life than working in the noodle shop, but now she is trapped, forced to pass on a plumb opportunity. She is also unhappy about the slow progress of her relationship with police officer, Adam Trudeau. Is he, or isn't he her boyfriend? However, when her friend and her new husband are found dead, in what appears to be a murder/suicide, Lana’s stress levels skyrocket. Naturally, Adam insists Lana keep away from the investigation, putting even more distance between them. However, Lana still finds herself drawn into the saga as more unusual information about the murdered couple, especially about her friend’s new husband, begins to emerge. So far, this series has been impressive and, as far as I’m concerned, is a breath of fresh air for the cozy genre. While I often lament the lack of ‘mature’ characters in books, with cozies, the need for a younger protagonist along with the bright colorful blend of diversity, is long overdue. Lana’s amateur detecting skills have improved, and the series shows positive signs of growth. The mystery was a little frenetic at times, but the pacing also kept me on my toes with ever changing developments, making it very difficult to pinpoint the murderer. The balance, however, is slightly skewed if you are tuning in just to solve the mystery. The personal, romantic, and family dramas were more in the forefront, this time around. In my experience, this not all that uncommon in cozies and as a series progresses the mysteries do tend to run more in the background. Of course, I prefer more of an even balance, but it is certainly not a deal breaker. In fact, the more involved I become with the characters, the more I look forward to touching base with them again. Often, it’s that element, more than the mystery, that draws me to these stories in the first place. So, it's all good, as far as I'm concerned. I am still quite excited about the future of this series and am very much looking forward to Lana’s next big adventure!! 4 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carol (Bookaria)

    Another great cozy from the author of Death by Dumpling. This is the second book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series and one that is becoming a favorite of mine. In this installment, Lana continues working on her family's restaurant Ho-Lee Noodle House and has become friends with Isabelle, the owner of the new business next door. They get together every week after work and go to the bookstore to pick up new books. Unexpectedly, Isabelle and her husband turn up dead and Lana starts investigating who Another great cozy from the author of Death by Dumpling. This is the second book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series and one that is becoming a favorite of mine. In this installment, Lana continues working on her family's restaurant Ho-Lee Noodle House and has become friends with Isabelle, the owner of the new business next door. They get together every week after work and go to the bookstore to pick up new books. Unexpectedly, Isabelle and her husband turn up dead and Lana starts investigating who could have committed the murder. The novel has a little bit of everything, mystery, humor, and I throughly enjoyed it. The covers are lovely and I’m looking forward to the next installment. I recommend it to readers of mysteries and contemporary fiction.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    There is something compulsively readable about this cozy series, set in a Chinese noodle restaurant in the suburbs of Cleveland, that makes me keep reading despite the gaps in logic that frequently plague mysteries (suspects who are inexplicably chatty, an abundance of coincidence, the main character making a series of poor decisions that endanger her life, etc.) This goes for cozies in particular since there's often no sensible reason for the main character to be investigating murders in the fi There is something compulsively readable about this cozy series, set in a Chinese noodle restaurant in the suburbs of Cleveland, that makes me keep reading despite the gaps in logic that frequently plague mysteries (suspects who are inexplicably chatty, an abundance of coincidence, the main character making a series of poor decisions that endanger her life, etc.) This goes for cozies in particular since there's often no sensible reason for the main character to be investigating murders in the first place. BUT, then again, as a reader you know that's the deal going in. This is the second book in Chien's Noodle Shop series. In this one, Lana Lee, who waits tables at her parents' restaurant while she figures her life out, is left in charge when they take an extended holiday in Taiwan. Lana has no sooner dropped them off at the airport when there is a double murder in the shop next door and Lana finds herself pulled into the investigation once again, much to the displeasure of the police detective who is sort of, maybe her boyfriend. The mystery is fun, if not incredibly mysterious, and the romance is enjoyable but kept in the background which suits me fine. I mostly like this series because the cast of eccentric characters are so likeable (although Lana continually hiding details about a murder from her cop boyfriend gets a little grating.) This is the second time someone at Asian Village has been murdered, this place is really unlucky! Fortunately, it looks like the third one does branch out and finally kill someone besides a shop owner.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Veronique

    3.75* In between two minds. This was a very easy, entertaining read. I’ve come to care for Lana and Megan (and Kikko), and this is where the book’s strength lies - the characters and their interactions. That whole little Asia Village, with all its idiosyncrasies, is weirdly charming. Also, what is the deal with Adam?! Questions questions... The murder mystery on the other hand paled a little in comparison. It still worked and kept me interested but something was missing, and I’m not sure what. St 3.75* In between two minds. This was a very easy, entertaining read. I’ve come to care for Lana and Megan (and Kikko), and this is where the book’s strength lies - the characters and their interactions. That whole little Asia Village, with all its idiosyncrasies, is weirdly charming. Also, what is the deal with Adam?! Questions questions... The murder mystery on the other hand paled a little in comparison. It still worked and kept me interested but something was missing, and I’m not sure what. Still, I more than likely shall read the next instalment.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I definitely enjoyed this one more. Mostly because with Lana being forced to run her family's restaurant, we get to see her take charge more. She and her sister still squabble a lot, but you can see where they are both coming from while reading. Due to the murder of two of the owners (Isabelle and her husband Brandon) in Asia Village, many customers and owners are starting to think that one of the storefronts is unlucky. Lana was close with Isabelle and is determined to identify her murderer. Wi I definitely enjoyed this one more. Mostly because with Lana being forced to run her family's restaurant, we get to see her take charge more. She and her sister still squabble a lot, but you can see where they are both coming from while reading. Due to the murder of two of the owners (Isabelle and her husband Brandon) in Asia Village, many customers and owners are starting to think that one of the storefronts is unlucky. Lana was close with Isabelle and is determined to identify her murderer. Will say there seems to be a hard pause in Lana's barely there relationship with Detective Adam Trudeau. I got to read an excerpt of the next book, and there may be another love interest that I hope we see Lana get excited about. She and Adam have zero chemistry. "Dim Sum of All Fears" has Lana dealing with her parents leaving her in charge of the noodle shop while they fly back to Taiwan to see about her grandmother. Though Lana has an opportunity to interview for a new job, she realizes she won't be able to have both. To make matters a little worse, her sister is bent of out shape she's been put in charge, there is a lot of things going on since Chinese New Year is around the corner, and oh yeah, two people were found murdered in their store. These new murders touch Lana a lot more than the last one since she was close to one of the victims, Isabelle. Lana felt ambivalent about Brandon since the guy was never around. And even Isabelle started to notice it. I really loved the twists and turns this book takes with finding out about Brandon's past. I did like Lana and Megan more in this one. They really are becoming a fascinating duo of amateur sleuthing. Lana I think felt more sure of herself in this one, even with her blue hair. I do wish that she and her sister would quit fighting. I think Lana's sister is jealous of her, though I get why Lana is annoyed her sister keeps making snide remarks. Also Lana's relationship with Detective Trudeau seems to be cooling. They have zero chemistry. Lana at one point asks him why did he become a cop and he refuses to tell her. I was fed up with him. I also didn't like Megan saying she would investigate him to find out what is going on. Just ignore the guy if he isn't interested in having a real relationship. Their dates sounded lame too. The writing was good and so was the flow. I do think there wasn't any problems that I could see off the top off my head. I am friends with a lot of Taiwanese people and I know that Chinese New Year is a very big deal. I wish that Ms. Chien had gone into that more. I know that you are supposed to clean I think three days before the start of Chinese New Year. I think you are supposed to cook the day before. Things like that would have made the book more interesting to a lot of people. I do hope that we don't always get someone pulling a weapon on Lana, that kind of stuff will get old in a series really quick.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    A new souvenir shop has opened next to Ho-Lee Noodles, the restaurant that Lana Lee’s parents own and where she works. Over the last few weeks, Lana has become friends with Isabelle, one half of the newlyweds who own the new store. That makes it person when Isabelle and Brandon, her husband, are found murdered in the back of their store one morning. Despite warnings to stay out of the investigation, Lana begins to poke around. Can she figure out what happened? Too many books got in the way of me A new souvenir shop has opened next to Ho-Lee Noodles, the restaurant that Lana Lee’s parents own and where she works. Over the last few weeks, Lana has become friends with Isabelle, one half of the newlyweds who own the new store. That makes it person when Isabelle and Brandon, her husband, are found murdered in the back of their store one morning. Despite warnings to stay out of the investigation, Lana begins to poke around. Can she figure out what happened? Too many books got in the way of me returning to this series sooner, but I’m glad I was able to revisit the characters. The plot is strong, with plenty of secrets and suspects that kept me guessing until the very end. Lana is a relatable, sympathetic heroine, and I really like her friends as well. There is some room for growth in her relationships with her family, and I hope that happens as the series progresses. There are some spoilers for the first book in the series here, so if you are interested in the series, I definitely recommend you read them in order. I’m glad I got to return to Ho-Lee Noodles, and I hope it isn’t so long before I move on to book three. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  7. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Just when Lana Lee is about to make a huge life change and take a chance on a job outside of the family business, her parents announce they are going to Taiwan and leave her in charge of Ho Lee Noodle House. She is not happy but takes on the job and realizes she is darn good at it. The one thing she couldn’t control though was the double murder that took place at the souvenir store next door. She had become good friends with Isabelle Yeoh who spent the day running the shop wh Dollycas’s Thoughts Just when Lana Lee is about to make a huge life change and take a chance on a job outside of the family business, her parents announce they are going to Taiwan and leave her in charge of Ho Lee Noodle House. She is not happy but takes on the job and realizes she is darn good at it. The one thing she couldn’t control though was the double murder that took place at the souvenir store next door. She had become good friends with Isabelle Yeoh who spent the day running the shop while her husband Brandon was off “running errands”. Lana is in a new relationship with Detective Adam Trudeau and knows he can handle the case but she still finds herself investigating. So with a busy restaurant, especially with the Chinese New Year only days away, Lana loads up her plate to find out who killed her friend and why. ____ I am not a fan of Chinese food but I am a fan of this author and these characters. Ho Lee Noodle House is open for breakfast when the Mahjong Matrons arrive through the evening. It is a family-run restaurant supplemented by long term employees. Lana usually works as a waitress/hostess daily while her sister attends college and works around her classes. Their mother is very intense and their father is pretty laid back. I think Lana did an excellent job stepping in as manager and her sister came across as petty and demanding, upset that her sister was left in charge. They did have a view arguments in front of customers and growing up around a family-run restaurant know that is a big no-no, but it happens. The restaurant is in a mall full of Asian shops and that adds its own stress and drama as Lana has to deal with management and the murder site right next door. Lana’s relationship with Detective Adam Trudeau is new and moving at a snail’s pace but it evolving. I feel all the characters are realistically written and loved where the humor was added. The mystery itself was very interesting. At first, thought to be a murder/suicide which was quickly disproven. When classified as murders people came out of the woodwork to land on the suspect list each with motive and opportunity. The author served up a nice contingent of red herrings. Lana was a fun amateur sleuth the follow around. People really opened up to her, some even asking for her help. My thinking was twisted up several times. I enjoyed the part Lana’s roommate/best friend Megan Riley played both in helping in the investigation and pushing the romance between Lana and Adam. Again, an animal stole my heart, Lana has a black pug named Kikko. So lovable and the perfect pet to come home to. Dim Sum of All Fears was a marvelous cozy mystery. I was discouraged at first that Lana’s plans were all messed up by her parent’s sudden trip but by the middle of the story, I was happy to see she excelled at her tasks and was where she was meant to be. The next book in this series, Murder Lo Mein is on my To-Be-Read shelf and I will be reading and reviewing it soon!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was an exciting and savory edition to the Noodle shop mysteries. The friendship and subsequent murder of Lana's friend Isabelle was touching and heart breaking. Lana decides to fight for her friend and catch her and her husbands killer who proves to be a very mysterious and is a problem gambler with a few ex-wives who become suspicious to Lana. Never a dull moment . Looking forward to the next books in the series. This was an exciting and savory edition to the Noodle shop mysteries. The friendship and subsequent murder of Lana's friend Isabelle was touching and heart breaking. Lana decides to fight for her friend and catch her and her husbands killer who proves to be a very mysterious and is a problem gambler with a few ex-wives who become suspicious to Lana. Never a dull moment . Looking forward to the next books in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Suranjana

    2.5 stars actually. I was expecting a lot from the author I guess and I was left a tad disappointed. Lana was behaving like a teenager trying to be an adult. Anna May is the so called mature, responsible older sister who bickers all the time with Lana. What is mature in that? Adam, Lana's love interest is reserved to the extent that he doesn't only stone wall Lana but also me. I fail to get involved in Lana's love problems. The mystery was never quite intriguing enough. Lana's next door shop own 2.5 stars actually. I was expecting a lot from the author I guess and I was left a tad disappointed. Lana was behaving like a teenager trying to be an adult. Anna May is the so called mature, responsible older sister who bickers all the time with Lana. What is mature in that? Adam, Lana's love interest is reserved to the extent that he doesn't only stone wall Lana but also me. I fail to get involved in Lana's love problems. The mystery was never quite intriguing enough. Lana's next door shop owners, Isabelle and her husband Brandon are murdered and despite her best intentions to stay away from the investigation, Lana can't help herself. Isabelle was her friend and she wants justice. Lana is very similar to the typical American comedy heroines - a little klutzy, a little cute, a bit dumb, a splash of toughness, wants independence, has a complicated relationship with an emotionally unavailable, handsome hunk, has a vocabulary which has 100 most used American words (overuses the word "stuffs"). You can entirely overlook her Asian ethnicity. Ok, I know all 27 year olds in the world have many things in common. But Lana is like any other cozy mystery + romantic comedy heroine. She comes from a mould, she doesn't do anything different or, she doesn't do things differently. It feels so common and commercial. In a series I like to look at the growth of characters, changes in their personality and lives, for better or for worse. I expect the lead character to develop as they tackle life. The characters might come from reliable fiction formulas, then the Author does her own twists on that formula, so that the series starts interesting and stays interesting. Here the promise is good - an Asian-American heroine, an exotic noodle shop, a cast of Asian-American and American people, and mystery. Then it becomes another regular cozy-comedic-romantic-mystery. :( Hopefully the next book would be better.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elle G.

    Release Date: August 28, 2018 Genre: Cozy Mystery Actual Rating: 4 stars Vivien Chien delivers in her second Noodle Shop Mystery series! From the food to the murder mystery, readers are going to devour this one! I knew after reading the first book in the series that I was going to love it, I just didn't realize how much until this followup! I can't wait for the next one! If you are a fan of culinary cozies and cozies that are jam packed with delicious ethic foods, this is a must have series Release Date: August 28, 2018 Genre: Cozy Mystery Actual Rating: 4 stars Vivien Chien delivers in her second Noodle Shop Mystery series! From the food to the murder mystery, readers are going to devour this one! I knew after reading the first book in the series that I was going to love it, I just didn't realize how much until this followup! I can't wait for the next one! If you are a fan of culinary cozies and cozies that are jam packed with delicious ethic foods, this is a must have series for you. I very much recommend it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    I had some really high hopes for this book because the first one blew me away. So I was really excited to finally read the second book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. What makes this book stand out is the fact that it features an Asian cast as well as a lot of traditions and cultural activities that celebrates Asian culture. However, what made this book unique in the first place is also its biggest weakness here. Chien still writes a fun story however I felt like the focus of the book was I had some really high hopes for this book because the first one blew me away. So I was really excited to finally read the second book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. What makes this book stand out is the fact that it features an Asian cast as well as a lot of traditions and cultural activities that celebrates Asian culture. However, what made this book unique in the first place is also its biggest weakness here. Chien still writes a fun story however I felt like the focus of the book wasn’t the mystery. It was more of Lena’s personal struggles as well as anything and everything Asian that she could fit in. As an Asian person, I greatly appreciate this focus. But so much time had to pass before the real plot of the story began. I really like Lena and can relate to a lot of her personal issues. But she comes across as very immature in this novel. It was to the point where I actually thought I was reading a Young Adult novel instead. All those internal struggles are wonderful to have in a book to accentuate the main storyline, but the mystery felt buried beneath all that and never got a chance to shine. Things took too long to progress and as a result, the book really disappointed me. I am hoping a tighter pace will happen for the next book or even just a greater focus on the actual mystery of the story because I can see a lot of potential. But without the right kind of attention being made in all the important parts, sadly this book won’t shine with mystery readers.

  12. 5 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    Earlier this year I got in on the ground floor of this sweet and sour mystery series and I loved it. The Noodle Shop Mysteries offer something on the exotic side when it comes to cozy mysteries as they have a distinct Asian flare—-if you couldn’t tell from the title! What I love about Chien’s writing style is that she is to the point and brisk but not so brisk that she’s impersonal. This was just the light murder mystery that I needed as the summer days become shorter. Obviously this is the second Earlier this year I got in on the ground floor of this sweet and sour mystery series and I loved it. The Noodle Shop Mysteries offer something on the exotic side when it comes to cozy mysteries as they have a distinct Asian flare—-if you couldn’t tell from the title! What I love about Chien’s writing style is that she is to the point and brisk but not so brisk that she’s impersonal. This was just the light murder mystery that I needed as the summer days become shorter. Obviously this is the second in a series and there are references/spoilers about book one in this latest installment. If that bothers you, read the first book, it was a solid opener and read quickly. If you don’t care about spoiling the first book then read this one, you won’t be lost in the subplots because Chien does a great job orientating her readers in the plot and introducing them to the characters. I read this book easily in a day. It was light reading and the mystery kept me interested and I loved seeing the different angles and possibilities in this plot. I love Lana as a protagonist. She’s smart, sassy, and I love that her life is basically falling apart in various ways but yet she preservers and keeps on keeping on. I love her and I love how she goes about solving cases. What I don’t love is the romance between her and Adam. I feel like Adam is indifferent to her and I am just not in love with his character. To be honest, I feel more chemistry between Lana and Ian. Adam just seems to absorbed in his own world, bland, and he doesn’t interact with Lana enough in the story to justify anything other than a basic friendship/budding romance. I get it, their romance is in fact budding, but unless they have some serious time and interaction in the next book, in my opinion Lana needs to move on. I am just not buying them as a couple. As with the first book, I love the Asian angle of this book. I think it brings a unique niche to a genre saturated with quaint English villages and crumpets. While the culture isn’t the focus of the book, I love how seamlessly it’s woven into the plot. I was craving Chinese food throughout this novel as well…again food isn’t the focus of this book but it plays a large roll and I love it! This book still hit a solid four stars from me, I just wish the romance had progressed or heated up a little or just went in a new direction all together. I am eager to see what happens to Lana in the next book, hurry up March 2019! See my full review here

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    This is such a great series! I love the setting, the characters and the plots. Lana is starting to grow up and is adulting hard in this one when she's put in charge of Ho-Lee Noodles while her parents travel to China to visit relatives. Granted, she was a bit petulant but in the end, she managed to do a great job at the restaurant while tracking down the person responsible for murdering her friend. A great follow up to the debut, this is definitely a series to watch and I recommend it to all coz This is such a great series! I love the setting, the characters and the plots. Lana is starting to grow up and is adulting hard in this one when she's put in charge of Ho-Lee Noodles while her parents travel to China to visit relatives. Granted, she was a bit petulant but in the end, she managed to do a great job at the restaurant while tracking down the person responsible for murdering her friend. A great follow up to the debut, this is definitely a series to watch and I recommend it to all cozy lovers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julie Fetcho

    I enjoy this author very much. Her writing holds your attention from page one. The story is good with a bit of romance .

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    3.5 stars. Lana’s back, coming across bodies at the Asian Village, and poking her nose into the business of everyone involved in the lives of the latest murder victims, one of whom was a friend. Lana is also managing the restaurant while her parents are in Taiwan, and while grumbling at the responsibility, is doing a competent job. Also, her relationship with Detective Adam Trudeau is proceeding very slowly, much to Lana’s frustration. Vivian Chien’s second Lana Lee mystery flowed more smoothly a 3.5 stars. Lana’s back, coming across bodies at the Asian Village, and poking her nose into the business of everyone involved in the lives of the latest murder victims, one of whom was a friend. Lana is also managing the restaurant while her parents are in Taiwan, and while grumbling at the responsibility, is doing a competent job. Also, her relationship with Detective Adam Trudeau is proceeding very slowly, much to Lana’s frustration. Vivian Chien’s second Lana Lee mystery flowed more smoothly and the plot felt more cohesive than book one. I felt like I was hanging out with a friend as soon as I rejoined Lana at the beginning of this book, and I think that, her relationship with her best friend Megan, and her duck-toting pug Kikko, are why I want to read book 3.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This series is great. I love the characters and the writing. Fun reads!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien is the 2nd book in A Noodle Shop Mystery, and another fun cozy mystery. In the first book Lana Lee returns home after walking out of her job and boyfriend. Now she is working as a waitress in her family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House located in the Cleveland Area. Lana's parents make a sudden trip to Taiwan and leave her in charge, which doesn't make her sister happy. When the newlyweds who just opened the souvenir shop next door, are found murdered Lana i Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien is the 2nd book in A Noodle Shop Mystery, and another fun cozy mystery. In the first book Lana Lee returns home after walking out of her job and boyfriend. Now she is working as a waitress in her family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House located in the Cleveland Area. Lana's parents make a sudden trip to Taiwan and leave her in charge, which doesn't make her sister happy. When the newlyweds who just opened the souvenir shop next door, are found murdered Lana is determined to get through the truth. 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    An entertaining romp with everyone’s favourite bumbling detective/Chinese restaurant worker.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    This book was an enjoyable read. I liked getting a glimpse into the restaurant business and learning about these characters. You don’t need to read the first book in the series, but it may help in getting to know the characters a little better. The characters are quirky and witty, the story has a solid mystery, and the pacing of the story was done well. The internal struggle of the main character, Lana Lee, was done exceptionally well in her dealing with doing what she loves versus following trad This book was an enjoyable read. I liked getting a glimpse into the restaurant business and learning about these characters. You don’t need to read the first book in the series, but it may help in getting to know the characters a little better. The characters are quirky and witty, the story has a solid mystery, and the pacing of the story was done well. The internal struggle of the main character, Lana Lee, was done exceptionally well in her dealing with doing what she loves versus following tradition. This was an engaging cozy mystery, and I look forward to reading the next installment of the series. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This has quickly become one of my favorite series. I love the characters and the setting. Lana Lee is an excellent protagonist and brings the story to life. I love her evolving relationship with Adam and look forward to reading more about them in future books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Golly, this was terrible. It’s hard to even know where to begin.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Jones

    A fun mystery that made me really want noodles! I never guessed who the killer was, although it seemed pretty obvious once all was revealed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series so as soon as I finished it, I checked my local library for the second book and soon was put on the waiting list. This is a good second entry into the series. Lana is still struggling to find her place. In this book, she takes over managing the restaurant because her went back to Taiwan to help her grandmother. I thought this would give the author an opportunity to showcase Lana as a mature adult and taking responsibility for running the family busi I really enjoyed the first book in this series so as soon as I finished it, I checked my local library for the second book and soon was put on the waiting list. This is a good second entry into the series. Lana is still struggling to find her place. In this book, she takes over managing the restaurant because her went back to Taiwan to help her grandmother. I thought this would give the author an opportunity to showcase Lana as a mature adult and taking responsibility for running the family business. I felt like Lana was a bit more immature in this book, especially with how she handled the new responsibility. Once again, Lana finds herself in the middle of trouble and can't resist poking around in another murder putting herself and Megan in potential danger. It felt like at time the personal issues with Lana and her new responsibilities as well as the status of her relationship with Adam seemed to overpower the mystery. The mystery was solid and there were enough nuggets and clues dropped throughout the story to keep the reader guessing on the exact identity of the killer. This was an easy read and I did enjoy catching up with Lana and the rest of the tenants in the Asia Village. I will be reading the next book in the series and hope that we seen a bit more maturity in Lana and that things become clearer in her relationship with Adam.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    The second book in this series was another enjoyable trip to Cleveland with a visit to The Asia Village. In this book, a new tenant to the plaza is murdered with his wife. Of course Lana quickly finds herself smack dab in the middle of the investigation. The murdered man turned out to be quite the ladies' man with a couple of ex-wives showing up claiming to be the new owners of the business. Did one of them murder the young couple or was it someone he owed money to from gambling? This story found The second book in this series was another enjoyable trip to Cleveland with a visit to The Asia Village. In this book, a new tenant to the plaza is murdered with his wife. Of course Lana quickly finds herself smack dab in the middle of the investigation. The murdered man turned out to be quite the ladies' man with a couple of ex-wives showing up claiming to be the new owners of the business. Did one of them murder the young couple or was it someone he owed money to from gambling? This story found Lana extremely busy. Her parents went to Taiwan to help her her grandmother and left Lana in charge of the restaurant. She is also on the board of directors for the plaza and dealing with her budding relationship. Throw in investigating a murder and she has very little free time. Lana is not happy with her role running the restaurant, in fact she has an interview for a new job that she has to cancel due to her responsibilities. All the secondary characters in this book made me shake my head. They were not very nice at all and extremely greedy and selfish. There were so many suspects in this one that Lana had a hard time figuring out who was responsible. I did not have any idea who the murderer was, but when it was revealed, and a fun reveal it was, I could see where I had missed a couple of subtle clues. This was a very interesting and enjoyable cozy and I am looking forward to seeing where Vivien Chien will take Lana next.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wendi Lee

    This is the second book in this cozy mystery series, starring Lana Lee. Lana’s parents own a successful noodle shop, but all she wants to do is branch off into something more meaningful, and more importantly, something all her own. She lands a job interview for an office position, but her parents are summoned to see her ailing grandmother in Taiwan, and guess who they leave in charge of the restaurant? Almost immediately, there is a double murder in Asian Village (the shopping center her restaur This is the second book in this cozy mystery series, starring Lana Lee. Lana’s parents own a successful noodle shop, but all she wants to do is branch off into something more meaningful, and more importantly, something all her own. She lands a job interview for an office position, but her parents are summoned to see her ailing grandmother in Taiwan, and guess who they leave in charge of the restaurant? Almost immediately, there is a double murder in Asian Village (the shopping center her restaurant is in), and Lana and her roommate put on their amateur detective hats. As far as cozy mysteries go, this one was lots of fun! Lana is an amiable character, and even has a (kinda sorta) detective boyfriend who doesn’t want her sleuthing around! I loved the twist that she doesn’t enjoy working in the food industry- so many cozy mysteries featuring restaurants or food shops have protagonists who have found their true calling making pies, pizzas, or cookies. Lana is more of a loose cannon, which is fun. And yay for diverse mysteries! I’ve written before about the homogeneity of most cozy mysteries, so it’s great to read one about a WOC, written by a WOC. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This is the second mystery in this series set around a Noodle Shop and the owners/workers of the various other stores in the Asian mall. Lana, server and amateur detective, finds herself investigating another murder and mostly just finds trouble. Lana is a very likable character so it's easy to forgive her obvious lapses in judgement. If your boyfriend is a cop investigating the murders and you come across some important information you would likely share with him and get his help. Lana does not This is the second mystery in this series set around a Noodle Shop and the owners/workers of the various other stores in the Asian mall. Lana, server and amateur detective, finds herself investigating another murder and mostly just finds trouble. Lana is a very likable character so it's easy to forgive her obvious lapses in judgement. If your boyfriend is a cop investigating the murders and you come across some important information you would likely share with him and get his help. Lana does nothing of the sort. She constantly keeps secrets from pretty well everyone around her and tries to solve the case herself. This is a little annoying but it does make for a more humourous story. I liked the plot of this one and while the ending wasn't a shocker it was satisfying. Even if it's only for a few hours it's nice to live in a world where the bad guys are always caught and go to jail. I listened to the audiobook and the narration was OK. I felt like the pacing was off which made it sound a bit stilted and unnatural. It was completely listenable, just not anything special. Despite this I do really like this series in audio.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Solid second entry in the series. The story flowed well and I enjoyed a return visit with the characters. While I could wish that Lana would be quicker on the uptake about some of her relationships, I have faith that the author will slowly reveal all. I've already started the third book. These are treadmill books for me, i.e. ones I read while exercising. This means they can't be too complicated or silly but they DO have to be entertaining and interesting, otherwise I get off the treadmill. Than Solid second entry in the series. The story flowed well and I enjoyed a return visit with the characters. While I could wish that Lana would be quicker on the uptake about some of her relationships, I have faith that the author will slowly reveal all. I've already started the third book. These are treadmill books for me, i.e. ones I read while exercising. This means they can't be too complicated or silly but they DO have to be entertaining and interesting, otherwise I get off the treadmill. Thanks to Ms. Chien for keeping me walking that extra mile!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Monica **can't read fast enough**

    I really enjoy this quick reading cozy series. I'll be picking up the next book in the series for sure. Where you can find me: •(♥).•*Monlatable Book Reviews*•.(♥)• Twitter: @monicaisreading Instagram: @readermonica Goodreads Group: The Black Bookcase I really enjoy this quick reading cozy series. I'll be picking up the next book in the series for sure. Where you can find me: •(♥).•*Monlatable Book Reviews*•.(♥)• Twitter: @monicaisreading Instagram: @readermonica Goodreads Group: The Black Bookcase

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Canaves

    Chien Knows How To Leave Me Excited For The Next Book! Lana Lee is back! She’s still unhappily working at her parents’ Chinese restaurant at Asia Village except now her parents have left her fully in charge as they take a trip to Taiwan. And of course there’s another murder at Asia Village. Thankfully, Lee and her coworkers aren’t suspects, but it is Lee’s friend and husband who are dead so she can’t help herself from asking questions to get to the bottom of what really happened. It’s really not Chien Knows How To Leave Me Excited For The Next Book! Lana Lee is back! She’s still unhappily working at her parents’ Chinese restaurant at Asia Village except now her parents have left her fully in charge as they take a trip to Taiwan. And of course there’s another murder at Asia Village. Thankfully, Lee and her coworkers aren’t suspects, but it is Lee’s friend and husband who are dead so she can’t help herself from asking questions to get to the bottom of what really happened. It’s really not her fault that she can’t stay out of it: Lee is just one of those people who attracts people to be honest and open up with her–but it is kind of her fault because her we’ve-been-on-a-few-dates detective has repeatedly told her not to investigate. I like that Lee is overall lost in life, reserved, a great friend, and beginning to come into her own as a snooper. (And when you’re done I highly recommend the Ugly Delicious Fried Rice episode on Netflix for really interesting history and conversations about Chinese food in America.) --from Book Riot's Unusual Suspects newsletter: https://link.bookriot.com/view/56a820...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    (free review copy from NetGalley) - loved this one even more than the first in the Noodle Shop Mysteries series! If you like cozies and want a series that is refreshingly different, definitely add this one to your list.

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