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.
This was my second cozy mystery book and I absolutely adored it! I loved every moment of this book!
My first cozy mystery read left me feeling lackluster, but Vivien Chien has restored my faith in this genre by creating an enthralling world and cast of characters surrounding the Ho-Lee Noodle House in Cleveland, Ohio. I loved our hero, Lana Lee, and the entire cast of characters was stellar. Death by Dumpling has strong cultural and family drama, which adds a wonderful layer on top of the underlying mystery.
I cannot overstate it – I loved this book. The only downside is that I now have a craving for dumplings and I cannot wait for book two’s release, Dim Sum of All Fears, on August 28, 2018! Fans of cozy mysteries or of Gloria Chao’s American Panda will eat this story up!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Title: Death by Dumpling (A Noodle Shop Mystery #1)
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (March 27th, 2018)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths, Women Sleuths
Read… at home on the couch while… I recovered from jaw surgery.
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Author: Vivien Chien