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  • Another great serving in the series menu

    Lana Lee and the Asia Village crew are back with the next serving in the Ho Lee Noodle House series. With the annual Noodle competition being held at Asia Village, Cincinnati Noodle restaurants are competing for the top title, including Asia Village’s very own Ho Lee Noodle House. When one of the judges is murdered after the first round of the competition, the contest is delayed, but not canceled. With a new judge on the panel round two goes off without a hitch and another judge is found murdered. Lana can’t help herself and soon finds herself investigating, even though her detective boyfriend has asked her to not get involved. There’s a lot at stake in the competition, including Lana’s life. I adore this series and truly feel each book is better than the last. The creativity of including Sun Tzu quotes in the store is brilliant and the character continue to evolve. I’m just waiting for Ama to learn more English and then things will get REALLY interesting! A great series, one helping always leaving you wanting more. Love this one!

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  • Third book in A Noodle Shop Mystery series

    Murder Lo Mein can be read as a standalone if you have not read the previous novels in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. The author provides everything a new reader needs to know. Lana Lee has taken over management of the Ho-Lee Noodle House from her mother who is now focused on Lana’s grandmother whom the parents brought with them to the United States after their last visit. Lana hopes to garner attention for the restaurant by their winning Cleveland’s Best Noodles contest which is being held at Asia Village. Unfortunately, one of the judges is killed at the Bamboo Lounge which, of course, has people avoiding the karaoke bar. Penny, the owner, is worried what will happen if business does not improve soon. Lana sets out to find the killer despite being warned to stay out of it by her boyfriend, Detective Adam Trudeau. I enjoy the author’s casual writing style. It makes for an easy to read story. There are numerous suspects since the victim was obnoxious. There is one, though, that stands out from the crowd. I liked that all the details of the mystery are wrapped up at the end of the book. I did not appreciate the number of times Lana is told to not investigate and we are reminded that she is an amateur sleuth (I got it the first five times). I did find there to be too many extraneous characters in this story. It can be hard to keep track of all of them (do we need to know every shop owner in Asia Village). There is a subplot involving Lana’s grandmother who does not speak English. It turns out she was lonely back home and life is much livelier for her in Cleveland. I found grandma to be a cute addition to the book. The food descriptions will have your mouth watering. Lana gets to eat a variety of dishes while digging into the suspects lives. I hope we get see Lana start developing as an individual. She is nearing thirty and it would be nice to see some maturity (less spaciness). There is family drama, romance, friendship, food, a cute canine and a noodle contest in this new cozy mystery. Murder Lo Mein is a light-hearted cozy mystery that left me craving Chinese food.

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  • Great!

    Cleveland, family-dynamics, friendship, law-enforcement, cozy-mystery, murder, amateur-sleuth, restaurant, contest, suspense, chef ***** Can't really say that the review is unbiased because it's in CLEVELAND and the contest revolves around CHINESE NOODLES and an amateur sleuth with a law enforcement boyfriend! The set up to the first murder is easy to follow, the plot is ingenious and full of twists and red herrings. The characters certainly are and the publisher's blurb gives some hints but doesn't warn the reader about some of the funny family relationship things. I truly enjoyed being grabbed by the story on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I requested and received a free ebook copy from St Martin's Press via NetGalley. Thank you!

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