Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

July 10, 2018     Elle     ,

Death by Dumpling by Vivien ChienDeath by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Series: The Noodle Shop Mystery series #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 328
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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My Rating : four-stars

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.

Death by Dumpling is the first novel in the Noodle Shop culinary cozy mystery series

I really enjoyed reading Death by Dumpling- the first book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series- even though it took me a while to read it from start to finish. It didn’t take me a long time because it’s not a fun book to read, but because life can get busy at moments and takes time away from reading. With that being said, this is a great start to a brand new cozy mystery series and I have every intention of reading all of the books that come after this one. The heroine/sleuth, Lana Lee, is a fun one to get to know. She’s a smart cookie, comes off as very realistic, and would make the perfect BFF for any cozy reader. The way she sleuths is engaging and readers can figure out clues right along with her as well. So overall, I really enjoyed this one and look forward to reading the next book in the series when it is released. 


In Death by Dumpling readers will meet Lana Lee- amateur sleuth from Ohio.- Following a bad break up, she decides to move back to her home town and work with her parents at their restaurant. But she doesn’t anticipate that this move home will bring a lot more into her life than the grief she is facing from her breakup. 

When family friend, Mr. Feng ends up murdered, Lana Lee will stop at nothing to clear her friends name and find out who really killed him. Hopefully she can crack the case before she’s next!


One of the main reasons why this book caught my attention is the cover. I am a HUGE fan of Chinese food- it’s my favorite- so knowing that this type of food would be incorporated within the story intrigued me. The author did a fine job at picking out the perfect cover to accompany this story. But that’s not the only reason I chose to read this one. I also wanted to read it because I don’t often find books with characters from different cultures but this one DOES. Lana Lee is Asian/American and readers will become acquainted with both cultures whiles reading it. Finally, I LOVE cozy mystery books. They are lighthearted, fun, and feature characters that readers will be able to get to know throughout an entire series. So I am really happy to continue following Lana (and her possible love life) as she continues to solve murders within her town. 

Overall, I loved this one. I think many readers are going to feel the same way once they meet Lana as well. I very much recommend it to fans of cozy mysteries. In fact, I would even recommend it to people who are NEW to the genre. It has everything one would need in order to figure out if they would like the genre themselves. So make sure to check this one out and grab a copy!

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