By Vivien Chien
Series: A Noodle Shop Mystery #2
Published by St. Martin's Press
on August 28, 2018
Welcome back to Ho-Lee Noodle House, where you can get fantastic take-out. . .unless you get taken out first.
Lana Lee is a dutiful daughter, waiting tables at her family’s Chinese restaurant even though she’d rather be doing just about anything else. Then, just when she has a chance for a “real” job, her parents take off to Taiwan, leaving Lana in charge. Surprising everyone―including herself―she turns out to be quite capable of running the place. Unfortunately, the newlyweds who just opened the souvenir store next door to Ho-Lee have turned up dead. . .and soon Lana finds herself in the midst of an Asia Village mystery.
Between running the Ho-Lee and trying to figure out whether the rock-solid Detective Adam Trudeau is actually her boyfriend, Lana knows she shouldn’t pry into the case. But the more she learns about the dead husband, his ex-wives, and all the murky details of the couple’s past, the more Lana thinks that this so-called murder/suicide is a straight-up order of murder. . .
I read and enjoyed the first book in this series, Death By Dumpling, earlier this year, and I picked this up when I was in the mood for something a little lighter than my recent reads.
This was a quick, entertaining read, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book. I was less intrigued by the mystery and Lana’s love life than I had been in Death By Dumpling.
But the restaurant side of things, and Lana’s relationship with her sister, were really interesting to me, and I am planning on continuing with this series because there’s just something about Lana and her life that I want to keep up with and see what happens.