Death by Dumpling (A Noodle Shop Mystery #1)

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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Vivien ChienAuthor: Vivien Chien

Vivien Chien first started writing simple stories about adventures with her classmates when she was in elementary school. As she grew up, her love of books and the written word increased, leading to the attempt of her first novel at age 16. After many struggled beginnings and several different genres, she found her passion in the mystery world.

When she’s not writing, she can be found frolicking in the bookstore or searching for her next bowl of noodles. She has a soft spot for doughnuts, a healthy love for coffee, and an extreme need to participate in random acts of crafting.

She currently lives in Cleveland where she is hard at work on the third book in her Noodle Shop series, and writes side-by-side with her toy fox terrier.

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