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  • Love me some Lana Lee

    Lana Lee is contemplating her next hair color and is ready to pull the trigger on Saturday morning, but first she has Friday night plans with her boyfriend and BFF. As she heads out of work on Friday night she is delayed when there is a fender that leaves her car blocked in. June Yi, the meanest woman in Asia Village, has backed her car out of her spot right into Mildred Mao’s car. Being sue happy, Mildred plans to take June for all she can get. The next morning Lana is at the salon and ready to try out her next hair color, but her plans to relax and enjoy some pampering go out the window when both June and Mildred show up at the salon. Then the power goes out and when it comes back on, Mildred is dead in the water of her pedicure chair and Lana is on the case. I adore this series. From the name of Lana’s family restaurant, Ho Lee Noodle Shop, to her fun hair colors, to the cast of characters, it’s a series I can’t get enough of. Each book reads well as a stand alone, so don’t let the fact that this is the sixth book in the series stop you from reading this as your introduction to the series. Now I’m craving dim sum and some noodles. A great accompaniment as you read this series.

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  • A fantastic series!

    Lana Lee is the manager of her family's Chinese restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House, which is located in an Asian shopping center in the Cleveland, Ohio area. In this sixth installment in Vivien Chien's A Noodle House Mystery series, Lana is having her hair dyed at her favorite salon when a client is electrocuted. The victim, Mildred Mao, was not well-liked in the community. She was known for cheating at Mah Jong and being sue-happy. Everyone immediately points the fingers at her most recent enemy, June Yi, but Lana has her doubts and is determined to uncover the truth. This is a fun, engaging series, with witty writing, relatable family relationships, and mouthwatering descriptions of Chinese food that will leave you craving some dumplings and noodles. Spending time in Asia Village with Lana and the gang feels like catching up with old friends. Lana is one of my favorite cozy mystery heroines. She's relatable, down to earth, and has a great sense of humor. She's a bit reckless in her sleuthing, however, it makes for some hilarious interactions with the suspects. The author has done a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life and making the reader become invested in not only Lana's story but also in the stories of those around her. This installment focuses on Jasmine from the beauty salon and the Mahjong Matrons. It was fun learning more about them. The mystery was well-crafted, with plenty of clues, false leads, and suspects to keep readers on the edge of their seats. I was unable to solve the mystery and was surprised by the reveal. All in all, this is a fantastic addition to the series, and I eagerly await the next book. Anna May is hiding something and I can't wait for Lana to uncover her secret. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • The 6th A Noodle Shop Mystery!

    Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien is the 6th A Noodle Shop Mystery. It can be read as a standalone if you are new to the series or have skipped a book. Lana Lee is the manager of her family’s restaurant, Ho Lee Noodle House in Asia Village in Fairview Park, Ohio. She is also on the board of directors for the village. Lana is twenty-eight years old, shares an apartment with her best friend, and likes to frequently change her hair color. She is dating Detective Adam Trudeau when their schedules allow. Lana is looking forward to spending Friday evening with her roommate and boyfriend. Before she can leave the restaurant, Ian Sung approaches her. He wants Lana to coordinate the upcoming sidewalk sale for Asia Village. Then Lana witnesses a fender bender between the toxic June Yi and rude Millie Mao. Lana’s plan for Saturday morning is getting her hair colored at Asian Accents. Unfortunately, Millie and June happen to have appointments scheduled at the same time. Millie ends up dead and June is at the top of the suspect list. Despite Lana’s intentions to stay out of this investigation, she gets roped in by June’s twin sister, Shirley. The suspect list consists of people who were at the salon that morning which leads to some uncomfortable questioning since Lana knows them. No one likes to be suspected of murder by someone they know, or watch grow up. There are several viable suspects, good clues, and misdirection. I like how the crime was committed. I found this whodunit a cinch to solve. I thought the pacing was a little slow. I had a hard time staying engaged which is a shame because I really enjoyed the last A Noodle Shop Mystery. I like Lana Lee and the other characters in this series as well as Asia Village and the close-knit Asian community. I just think the series needs a little more oomph to take it from okay to wow. I like how Lana’s roommate knows when something is upsetting Lana by how many donuts she brings home. All of us who stress eat can relate. There is humor sprinkled throughout the story that will have you chuckling. The food descriptions had me craving my favorite Chinese food plus glazed munchkins. Killer Kung Pao is a charming cozy mystery with a desperate dye job, a fender bender, a sidewalk sale, delectable donuts, fiery foes, a scolding sister, and the Mahjong Matrons.

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  • Killer Kung Pao

    Vivien Chien provides a entertaining and scary at times cozy mysteries!! Dim Sum+Noodles+Kung Pao+Soy sauce= a delicious, cozy, addicting mystery!!! ;) I can tell you that 1000000.10000% this series is gonna be a addicting series! :) ~Mystery Booklover ;)

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