Monday, March 26, 2018

Review: Death by Dumpling (A Noodle Shop Mystery #1) by Vivien Chien

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3167 KB
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (March 27 2018)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English

Book Description

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.

"A charming debut with plenty of red herrings. The heroine's future looks bright."―Kirkus Reviews
"Thoroughly entertaining... A fun and delicious read!"―RT Book Reviews
"Vivien Chien serves up a delicious mystery with a side order of soy sauce and sass. A tasty start to a new mystery series!" ―Kylie Logan, bestselling author of Gone with the Twins
"Vivien Chien brings a fresh new voice to cozies. Death by Dumpling is a fun and sassy debut with unique flavor, local flair, and heart." ―Amanda Flower, Agatha Award-Winning author of Lethal Licorice
"A cozy mystery with laughs, and a relatable amateur sleuth."―Book Riot
"What a charming book! This will definitely appeal to any cozy mystery. The Asian venue was a fresh and unique setting for the mystery. This isn't your average everyday cozy!"―Mystereity Reviews
"The setting (a shopping plaza dedicated to Asian businesses) and the characters (the various merchants who work in the plaza and their friends and family members) were really well-done."―Read-At-Home Mom

About the Author

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.

My Review

Death by Dumpling is the first book in a new mystery series, A Noodle Shop Mystery, by author Vivien Chien.

Death by Dumpling is centered around a family owned noodle shop in Cleveland. Lana Lee has come back to her family's restaurant to work after leaving her last job abruptly she is ready to get her life back on track. Then the restaurant's property manager is found dead. And it looks like Lana's family noodle shop is responsible.

Death by Dumpling is a well written cozy mystery. There are lots of secrets to help discover who killed the property manager, Mr. Feng.

Great start to a new series. Looking forward to more from Vivien Chien. Highly recommend Death by Dumpling.

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