Wonton Terror (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #4)
Amateur sleuth Lana Lee returns for another charming cozy Noodle Shop Mystery in Vivien Chien's Wonton Terror...The Asian community is kicking off summer with the return of its popular Cleveland Night Market festivities, and Lana Lee is excited to represent the Ho-Lee Noodle House booth with her favorite chef, Peter Huang. Lana is confident that the evening marks the beginning of a great season to come. Not only is she looking forward to the warm temperatures, but her birthday is only weeks away, her handsome boyfriend, Detective Adam Trudeau, is planning a romantic get-away. Life couldn't be better.But before she can get too accustomed to the idea of a carefree summer, an explosion involving a nearby food truck, Wonton on Wheels, kills one of the proprietors and injures several others in the nearby vicinity.When the authorities discover that this was no accident, the family members of the dead man become the number-one suspects in a front-page murder story. Lana and her best friend, Megan Riley, fall back into detective mode. But as they uncover family secrets of abuse and angry costumers, Lana's own family drama raises its head. Will Lana be able to juggle everything the universe is throwing at her, or has she jumped from the frying pan to the fire?

Wonton Terror (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #4) Details

TitleWonton Terror (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN-139781250228345
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Wonton Terror (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #4) Review

  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien is the fourth novel in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. Each book in this series can be read on its own. I like this unique cozy mystery series that has readers enjoying Asian food and culture in Ohio. Lana Lee is rocking purple hair while busy managing the family restaurant, working at the Asian Night Market, attending mandatory family dinners and spending time with her boyfriend. With her Aunt Grace in town, her mother is tense (putting is mildly). Grace Richardson i Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien is the fourth novel in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. Each book in this series can be read on its own. I like this unique cozy mystery series that has readers enjoying Asian food and culture in Ohio. Lana Lee is rocking purple hair while busy managing the family restaurant, working at the Asian Night Market, attending mandatory family dinners and spending time with her boyfriend. With her Aunt Grace in town, her mother is tense (putting is mildly). Grace Richardson is a free spirit who writes for a travel magazine. The two sisters have conflicting opinions. I felt bad for Adam who got dragged into some of the family dinners and drama. The family eats at different Asian restaurants around town. The food descriptions had me craving my favorite Chinese dishes. I thought the story progressed at steady pace with interesting characters and revelations. The mystery touches upon the sensitive topic of domestic abuse. I did not have a hard time pinpointing the guilty party, but others might find it challenging (depends upon your amateur sleuth status). I hope Lana’s grandmother gets some help in understanding English soon (por thing). Lana needs to be cued in that there is an app for that. The Lee family has their issues, but they love each other. Wonton Terror is a lighthearted cozy mystery with nummy noodles, kin commotion, a big boom, vacation vacillation, and murder mayhem.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    Lana Lee is back in another enjoyable installment in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. I love the family dynamics of the Lee family. This time around, we get to meet Lana's Aunt Grace, her mother's sister. It was fun to meet her and see the sibling relationship she has with Mama Lee. I really enjoy the relationship between Lana and her sister Anna Mae. Having a sister of my own I can relate to the somewhat competitive nature of the two. Lana's romance with Adam is also progressing nicely, even tho Lana Lee is back in another enjoyable installment in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. I love the family dynamics of the Lee family. This time around, we get to meet Lana's Aunt Grace, her mother's sister. It was fun to meet her and see the sibling relationship she has with Mama Lee. I really enjoy the relationship between Lana and her sister Anna Mae. Having a sister of my own I can relate to the somewhat competitive nature of the two. Lana's romance with Adam is also progressing nicely, even though she has a knack of trouble finding her even when she is just going about her own business.The mystery was well done and handled in a well considering it involved domestic abuses. There are plenty of suspects to choose from and while the identity of the killer was not a surprise, it was enjoyable to read as Lana works through the clues to come to a resolution.I really enjoy this series and always finish a book having been entertained for several hours. I will definitely continue reading this series. I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher, St. Martin's Press, through NetGalley.
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  • Robin Leslie Coxon
    January 1, 1970
    Vivien Chien continues her series with Lana Lee and the Lee's Noodle House Restaurant. Lana's character is now the manager for the Noodle House, taking on this responsibility for her mother since Lana's grandmother has came for a visit and is staying with her parents. As in Ms. Chien's previous books we are allowed to feel the surrounding and activities found within Cleveland, OH and it's neighboring suburbs. The regular characters return with the addition of Lana's aunt, her mother's sister. We Vivien Chien continues her series with Lana Lee and the Lee's Noodle House Restaurant. Lana's character is now the manager for the Noodle House, taking on this responsibility for her mother since Lana's grandmother has came for a visit and is staying with her parents. As in Ms. Chien's previous books we are allowed to feel the surrounding and activities found within Cleveland, OH and it's neighboring suburbs. The regular characters return with the addition of Lana's aunt, her mother's sister. We also meet new business owners. When Lana and Peter are working a Friday night event, a sudden explosion of a neighboring food truck and death of the husband of the couple who owned it, brings many questions. Was it just an accident or was it planned and if so who did it. Lana Lee once again feels the pull to seek out answers. With the help of her roommate she is determined to get this solved. The twists and turns in the plot of this story will keep you turning page after page. Just when you think you have figured out who did it, someone else is brought out. We also see the relationship with Lana and her police detective boyfriend develop further.
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  • Wendi Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Lana Lee decides to investigate another murder, this one involving a food truck at her neighborhood's Asian Night Market. The mystery is interesting, and I'm happy to report that I guessed the wrong whodunnit. More importantly, I love the way Lana interacts with her family, especially when her aunt arrives for a visit. Lana's mother and aunt do NOT get along, and there's a lot of uncomfortable dim sum Sunday gatherings. What didn't work for me how a very serious subject matter (domestic violence Lana Lee decides to investigate another murder, this one involving a food truck at her neighborhood's Asian Night Market. The mystery is interesting, and I'm happy to report that I guessed the wrong whodunnit. More importantly, I love the way Lana interacts with her family, especially when her aunt arrives for a visit. Lana's mother and aunt do NOT get along, and there's a lot of uncomfortable dim sum Sunday gatherings. What didn't work for me how a very serious subject matter (domestic violence) was thrown into the story line this time around. We all know that cozy mysteries are just that - cozy and light, with a cheerful ending. But because domestic violence did become part of this story, it felt wrong to treat it in that same cozy, frivolous manner. Lana did acknowledge how lucky she was to not have abusive fathers or partners in her life, but otherwise glossing over it made me uncomfortable. Maybe an afterword about domestic abuse and IRL hotline numbers would help make this subject a bit less jarring. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC.
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  • Jerri Cachero
    January 1, 1970
    What a great series! Lana Lee is investigating a murder of a food truck owner, managing her successful family restaurant - the Ho-Lee Noodle House- refereeing between her Mom and her Aunt Grace all while trying to avoid a killer!You can't help but love Lana Lee! She's complicated, smart, loyal to family and friends and has a curiosity that sometimes leads her to trouble but also helps bring criminals to justice. The relationships between Lana and her family were easy to relate to and who hasn't What a great series! Lana Lee is investigating a murder of a food truck owner, managing her successful family restaurant - the Ho-Lee Noodle House- refereeing between her Mom and her Aunt Grace all while trying to avoid a killer!You can't help but love Lana Lee! She's complicated, smart, loyal to family and friends and has a curiosity that sometimes leads her to trouble but also helps bring criminals to justice. The relationships between Lana and her family were easy to relate to and who hasn't had that awkward family dinner and her friendship with her investigating buddy and roommate, Megan, made the book even more enjoyable. There is romance, but the mystery takes "center stage". The supporting characters - her law student sister Angie, her Mom and Dad, her grandmother, sophisticated Aunt Grace, Peter & his mother Nancy and of course The Mah Jongg Matrons were wonderfully written and each added their own flair to the book. I enjoy reading books where the supporting characters are developed as much as the main character and the author did a fantastic job!The story was fast-paced and in the end, all the pieces of the puzzle naturally fell together. I can't wait to read the next book!I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review of this book.
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  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    WONTON TERROR is book four in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. This is a series that I have enjoyed in the past because of the premise of it. However, the more I read these books, there are things that I am discovering about this author and her writing style.First off, let me start with what I liked about the book. I’ve always been a big fan of the Asian influence in this series. It’s definitely one of the most unique Cozy Mystery series out there and I do hope that more series come from this WONTON TERROR is book four in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. This is a series that I have enjoyed in the past because of the premise of it. However, the more I read these books, there are things that I am discovering about this author and her writing style.First off, let me start with what I liked about the book. I’ve always been a big fan of the Asian influence in this series. It’s definitely one of the most unique Cozy Mystery series out there and I do hope that more series come from this idea from other authors as well. It’s nice to see the Asian community represented in books.But as I read this series I am quickly realizing that these stories tend to be very light in comparison to the other Cozy Mystery books I read. I don’t mean that they are slow in pacing or anything like that, but the conflict and writing style just tends to be more amateur in style. I just don’t think that they are as well-developed but that’s just my personal opinion. I’m looking forward to see Chien’s writing in the future to see how it develops and grows. But WONTON TERROR is definitely a quick and fun read that I found still enjoyable.
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  • The Lit Bitch
    January 1, 1970
    I stumbled upon Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop Mystery quite by accident. When I started the first book, I fell in love with Lana Lee’s charm and sass. I also loved all the various food descriptions in this series and found myself perpetually hungry for noodles.While there are times that I have found myself wanting more romance in this series, the fun mysteries that Chien constructs are undeniable—I am hooked on her mysteries.Each book could probably be read on their own. Chien does a great job catc I stumbled upon Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop Mystery quite by accident. When I started the first book, I fell in love with Lana Lee’s charm and sass. I also loved all the various food descriptions in this series and found myself perpetually hungry for noodles.While there are times that I have found myself wanting more romance in this series, the fun mysteries that Chien constructs are undeniable—I am hooked on her mysteries.Each book could probably be read on their own. Chien does a great job catching new readers up to date on the most pressing back stories in the series if it pertains to the new book, but she is equally careful not to reveal too much about previous books incase readers want to go back and read them later on.This mystery was super fun. Even though I guessed the culprit, I couldn’t figure out the why which is what kept me reading. Like many readers, I love knowing the why of a murder mystery and this one provided a complex ‘why’ that was interesting to puzzle out.I also liked that we saw a little more of Megan in this one. She has tended to be a little bit of a flat character in the previous books but in this one we get to see a little more of her. Adam continues to be a slow burn love interest for Lana and their relationship is definitely not the focus of the books but it adds some fun and depth to her character. In some ways I wish there was more romance between them in the books, but it’s nice that the author has spread the romance out over the books rather than trying to jam it into a few books at the very beginning.There are so many fun quirky characters in this series. The Asian plaza is full of unique characters and I love seeing many of them as staples in this series, along with many new favorites. This series is growing and evolving and the Lee family right along with it. I love the Lee sisters and of course their mom and in this book we got to meet their auntie Grace. It was a full on family reunion that was so comical and entertaining, I couldn’t get enough.Chien writes with such authority on the culture, plaza, and Cleveland. Her books are always solid, fast reads that I am always looking forward to. I can’t get enough of this series and every time I see a new one coming out, I am eager to pick it up and start reading and getting reacquainted with some of my favorite characters in the plaza! If you love cozy mysteries with delicious food descriptions then you don’t want to miss this series, a series that can easily be read as a stand alone.See my full review here
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien is the 4th book in A Noodle Shop Mystery series, and another exciting adventure. Lana Lee is the manager of her family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House located in the Cleveland Area. Lana and Peter, her head chief, are getting ready for Cleveland's Night Market festivities, where they will be serving their food from a tent. On the first night though one of the food trucks blows up and a man is killed. Lana is determined to get to the truth, but it was hard for me t Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien is the 4th book in A Noodle Shop Mystery series, and another exciting adventure. Lana Lee is the manager of her family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House located in the Cleveland Area. Lana and Peter, her head chief, are getting ready for Cleveland's Night Market festivities, where they will be serving their food from a tent. On the first night though one of the food trucks blows up and a man is killed. Lana is determined to get to the truth, but it was hard for me to understand why. Lana's family dynamites are very funny, which I enjoy. I also like Lana's relationship with her boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. Looking forward to the next book in the series. If you love fun cozy mysteries like I do, than I recommend this book/ and series. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press. Thank you.
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  • Christa
    January 1, 1970
    Wonton Terror is a fun addition to the Noddle Shop Mystery Series. My favorite thing about this book was the dynamics between Lana Lee and her family. Their interactions have entertained me greatly in all four books of the series. In this one, Lana is settling well into her role as manager of the family's noodle house and looking forward to a busy summer season, when an explosion of a food truck at the local night market festivities turns out to be a murder. Lana and her best friend, Megan, step Wonton Terror is a fun addition to the Noddle Shop Mystery Series. My favorite thing about this book was the dynamics between Lana Lee and her family. Their interactions have entertained me greatly in all four books of the series. In this one, Lana is settling well into her role as manager of the family's noodle house and looking forward to a busy summer season, when an explosion of a food truck at the local night market festivities turns out to be a murder. Lana and her best friend, Megan, step back into investigative mode, determined to solve the crime. This is to the dismay of Lana's detective boyfriend, Adam.All of the beloved characters from the previous books of the series are back to add exuberance and depth to the story.. If you enjoyed the previous books of the series, you won't want to miss this one.I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Another fun read in this enjoyable series. Lana just can't keep herself out of trouble! And, her family is a kick. Looking forward to more of her escapades in the future. ;)
  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Lana Lee manages her family's Chinese restaurant near Cleveland, Ohio. She's excited the restaurant will have a booth at the area night market being held every Friday during the summer with local businesses selling food, jewelry, and other items. The festivities turn tragic when the "Wonton on Wheels" food truck explodes and the owner is killed. The victim and the main suspects were friends of Lana's family years ago, so Lana can't help but be curious about what really happened. She soon cooks u Lana Lee manages her family's Chinese restaurant near Cleveland, Ohio. She's excited the restaurant will have a booth at the area night market being held every Friday during the summer with local businesses selling food, jewelry, and other items. The festivities turn tragic when the "Wonton on Wheels" food truck explodes and the owner is killed. The victim and the main suspects were friends of Lana's family years ago, so Lana can't help but be curious about what really happened. She soon cooks up an investigation of her own, but before she can learn the truth, she may be the killer's next victim. "Wonton Terror" is my favorite so far in this series. I have read the prior books, but anyone looking for a well-written cozy with an appealing main character in an interesting setting will enjoy the book. Lana didn't plan on working at her family restaurant, but has settled into the job as manager and is enjoying it much more. Her relationship with Detective Adam Trudeau is also going better and since this murder isn't in his jurisdiction, her sleuthing doesn't interfere in his official investigation. Since she is happier at work and in her personal like, Lana is much more likable character. Lana's best friend and roommate Megan helps her again, which is good news for fans of that character. I love the realistic dialogue between the two friends and the way they joke around and tease each other, but are always there for each other in serious situations.The subplot with Lana's aunt coming to town and the arguments she and Lana's mother get in are also entertaining. Lana's mom and sister have never been my favorite characters. Lana's mom is bossy and opinionated and Lana's sister always seems to think she is better than Lana. However, in this story, Lana and Anna Lee see themselves in their mother and aunt and make an effort to get along better. They won't ever be best friends, but I hope that trend continues in subsequent books.There are a few different possible suspects in the murder of the food truck owner and Lana does a great job getting suspects and witnesses to talk to her. Like Lana, I had a few different ideas about who the killer might be, but I wasn't able to figure it out in the end like she did! There are some tragic events in the story, but things end on a hopeful note. I really enjoy this series and would rate this installment 4.5 stars.I received this book from NetGalley, through the courtesy of St. Martin's. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Afoma Umesi
    January 1, 1970
    I’m still a major fan of the Noodle Shop series and I’m eagerly anticipating and dreading the next one — it’ll be the last, I think!Wonton Terror retains and improves upon all the reasons why Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop series works as a cozy mystery series. This installment is complete with shady characters, family drama, and lots of appetizing food!Read my full review here.I received an e-ARC from the publisher via Netgalley
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  • Katreader
    January 1, 1970
    WONTON TERROR by Vivien ChienThe Fourth Noodle Shop MysteryWarm summer nights in Cleveland, Ohio mean outdoor activities and the start of the Asian Night Market. Representing the Ho-Lee Noodle House Lana Lee sees old family friends Sandra and Ronnie Chow with their new venture, the Wonton on Wheels food truck. The spectacular evening ends with a bang, literally, as an explosion rocks the night.Was this an insurance scam gone horribly wrong or did someone want Ronnie Chow dead? While her boyfrien WONTON TERROR by Vivien ChienThe Fourth Noodle Shop MysteryWarm summer nights in Cleveland, Ohio mean outdoor activities and the start of the Asian Night Market. Representing the Ho-Lee Noodle House Lana Lee sees old family friends Sandra and Ronnie Chow with their new venture, the Wonton on Wheels food truck. The spectacular evening ends with a bang, literally, as an explosion rocks the night.Was this an insurance scam gone horribly wrong or did someone want Ronnie Chow dead? While her boyfriend, Detective Trudeau, is not working the case Lana feels it's her responsibility to look into things. But why doesn't anyone know much about the Chows? And why did her mother distance herself from her onetime friends? Could Sandra really be behind the plot? Between managing the restaurant and trying to keep the peace between her mother and visiting aunt, Lana hones her investigative skills. Will she uncover the truth or just get herself in hot water? WARNING! Do not start reading if you are hungry. Within minutes I was craving noodles and I'm still dreaming of wonton soup. So get satiated or have Chinese takeaway near to hand, and then you'll be ready to join Lana on another adventure. And what an adventure it is. I can just picture the Asian Night Market and would love to hang out and enjoy the summer night with the market's casual ambiance and innovative food offerings. When the successful night shatters in violence it brings a crushing reality to the world. Truly nowhere is safe. WONTON TERROR also takes a look at domestic violence. There are no details, like reality the subject is kept behind closed doors, but still, the subject is acknowledged and plays a major role in the mystery.Despite explosions and the reality of domestic violence WONTON TERROR remains a light-hearted, fun read. The close knit community, and ties of family and friends bring warmth and joy, despite bickering and murder. Seeing relationships develop and grow keep me invested in this series. I really love Lana's family and they had me laughing out loud in this outing. With her sister Grace in town Lana's Mom is on edge and when she finally loses it during a family dinner out it is absolutely priceless!The fourth Noodle House mystery is perplexing mystery which kept me guessing. While I had my suspicions about the culprit I really didn't know who was behind matters. Lana and her life is infinitely engaging and I love watching her puzzle through the mystery, asking questions while maintaining her job and family obligations.WONTON TERROR is a fun mystery that kept me absorbed from the first page. As Lana says, "It's good to be Lana Lee" and it's a joy to read about her!FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Wonton Terror is the fourth book in the Noodle Shop mystery series by Vivien Chien. Due out 27th Aug 2019 from St. Martin's Press, it's 320 pages and will be available in ebook and paperback formats.This series was pretty strong from the start. Protagonist Lana Lee is a 20something trying to find her way independently and working in her very close knit family's noodle shop. Over the series, she's become (somewhat) unwillingly entangled in severa Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Wonton Terror is the fourth book in the Noodle Shop mystery series by Vivien Chien. Due out 27th Aug 2019 from St. Martin's Press, it's 320 pages and will be available in ebook and paperback formats.This series was pretty strong from the start. Protagonist Lana Lee is a 20something trying to find her way independently and working in her very close knit family's noodle shop. Over the series, she's become (somewhat) unwillingly entangled in several mysteries. This entry in the series has much the same form as the others, a tragic accident (or was it murder?), lots of back history in her extended family and their families, interactions with her family and best friend Megan, and handsome cop boyfriend Adam.Despite (or maybe because of) all the cozy mystery tropes, the book was such a fun read. From the punny title, to the oddball secondary characters, to the completely off the wall murder, to the denouement, it's a fun and comfortable read. The author is technically sound enough to make it read well, with a plot driven narrative that doesn't rush or lag; the pacing and tension are precise and controlled. I really care about Lana and her family. They're close (sometimes too close) but they have a good and functional and loving relationship with one another.I sometimes get a fleeting thought about the setup and whether I should be so comfortable about the setting being written in an Asian shopping center with lots of tourist trade almost like an Asian theme park. I wonder if I should be bothered that it doesn't bother me. My take on this is: the characters are varied, they aren't depicted weirdly or in an especially racist/stereotypical manner. They aren't all good guys or bad guys or anything like that. They have close, healthy family relationships and in fact, one of the themes of earlier books in the series is that main character Lana is the target of harassment for not being 'really' Asian since her dad is Caucasian. Anyhow, I don't think it's weird, and the series is delightful.The language is clean (PG, an occasional damn, nothing worse), there's a little romance, but nothing to scandalize, and the denouement is satisfying. I worry for poor Lana, being mixed up in all these murders. It reminds me of poor Jessica Fletcher; "It's ok, Aunt Jess, don't come to the wedding, we don't want anyone dropping dead in the punch bowl"!Five stars. Entertaining, escapist, fun reading.Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThis is the fourth book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series by Vivien Chien.I am not sure why I was hesitating getting into this series. I have DIM SUM OF ALL FEARS in paperback and have yet to dig into it. Since I enjoyed this one so much, I am glad to have another Vivian Chien to read once I get through the mountains of ARCs for books coming out in August and September. It is like Cozy Mystery Summer around here. So many great books being released right now.Lana Lee works for her parent 4.5 StarsThis is the fourth book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series by Vivien Chien.I am not sure why I was hesitating getting into this series. I have DIM SUM OF ALL FEARS in paperback and have yet to dig into it. Since I enjoyed this one so much, I am glad to have another Vivian Chien to read once I get through the mountains of ARCs for books coming out in August and September. It is like Cozy Mystery Summer around here. So many great books being released right now.Lana Lee works for her parents and runs the Ho-Lee Noodle House restaurant. She is attending an Asian night market where other vendors with similar themed foods are present. The Wonton on Wheels food truck is targeted and explodes killing a man and leaving a lot of the vendors standing nearby with multiple injuries.I loved the interactions between Lana and her family. The tension between her mom, the steadfast mother who was always there for them and the care-free Aunt was palatable. I was a bit confused as to why Darren O’Neill was the detective in charge of the investigation instead of Val’s boyfriend Adam Trudeau. Makes me wonder if there might be a bit of a love triangle in the future. One can only dream, right? I felt like those two character’s parts in the story could have been merged together and no one would have been the wiser to it.I was pleasantly surprised by this and glad to have yet another must read author to add to my growing list. Definitely check this one out if you love cozy mysteries. You won’t be disappointed.I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.
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  • Karen Hollins-Stallman
    January 1, 1970
    "Wonton Terror" by Vivien Chien is the 4th installment in the " A Noodle Shop Mystery" series. I haven't read the previous 3 but I am now looking forward to reading the previous 3 books.I really enjoyed this book and the setting of Cleveland, Ohio although a big city it was set in the Asian community. I always like when I can picture the setting or neighborhood. Makes for fun and often quirky charactersThe Protagonist Lana Lee is well developed. The side characters such as her a roommate and BFF "Wonton Terror" by Vivien Chien is the 4th installment in the " A Noodle Shop Mystery" series. I haven't read the previous 3 but I am now looking forward to reading the previous 3 books.I really enjoyed this book and the setting of Cleveland, Ohio although a big city it was set in the Asian community. I always like when I can picture the setting or neighborhood. Makes for fun and often quirky charactersThe Protagonist Lana Lee is well developed. The side characters such as her a roommate and BFF Megan are likable. We also get introduced to her aunt Grace (sister dynamics through the generations) was realistic. I have a Asian friend who is a total foodie and I can picture her in the story. She goes out to eat A LOT trying different things and like the Lee family her friends and family meet for Dim Sum every week too.The story was well paced, full of twists and turns. I found I couldn’t put the book down as I wanted to know who the killer was. It did touch on a sensitive matter "domestic abuse" but it is something that is still out there in today's society sadly.Highly recommended. A wonderful book from an author I will definitely follow in the future. When the next installment "Egg Drop Dead" comes out February 2020, I will be sure to add it on my TBR pile.I requested and received an Advanced Reader Copy on the book from St. Martin's Press and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    “Wonton Terror” earns 5/5 Explosive Wontons...Engaging and Clever Fun! My first book from Vivien Chien was a “blast!” Lana Lee is excited to have her Ho-Lee’s Noodle House restaurant participating in Cleveland’s first summer Asian Night Market, but things go terribly wrong when the Wonton on Wheels food truck explodes killing Ronnie Chow, a family friend and one of the owners, and injuring many nearby...but it wasn’t an accident, and in fact, the victim may be as much of a mystery as his murder. “Wonton Terror” earns 5/5 Explosive Wontons...Engaging and Clever Fun! My first book from Vivien Chien was a “blast!” Lana Lee is excited to have her Ho-Lee’s Noodle House restaurant participating in Cleveland’s first summer Asian Night Market, but things go terribly wrong when the Wonton on Wheels food truck explodes killing Ronnie Chow, a family friend and one of the owners, and injuring many nearby...but it wasn’t an accident, and in fact, the victim may be as much of a mystery as his murder. Engaging fun! Vivien Chien has penned a very entertaining fourth book in her A Noodle Shop Mystery series. It’s a well-written clever murder mystery using a first-person narrative from Lana’s perspective sharing her inner thoughts, but also compelling is her family interactions and delightful relationship with her chef and her boyfriend/detective. The journey included several suspects, some close to home, challenging my inner Charlie Chan, descriptive language to tease the taste buds, and dialogue that illustrates well the tones and different personalities. I always feel a cozy with a culinary theme like “noodles” and all the references to Chinese food should also include a few recipes. Unfortunately none here. Despite that one flaw, I recommend that cozy fans check out this book! Just bring your own wonton soup!Disclosure: I received an ARC from NetGalley. My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments.
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    Wonton Terror is the fourth installment of the Noodle Shop Mystery series. Our amateur sleuth here is Lana, whose daytime job is managing her family's restaurant Ho-Lee Noodle House. She lives with her bartender friend Megan, and is dating a police officer, who she presumably met on a previous case. This addition to the series opens with Lana and her chef Peter Huang running a booth for the Ho-Lee Noodle House at Cleveland's Night Market. During a lull in business Lana notices the son of her mot Wonton Terror is the fourth installment of the Noodle Shop Mystery series. Our amateur sleuth here is Lana, whose daytime job is managing her family's restaurant Ho-Lee Noodle House. She lives with her bartender friend Megan, and is dating a police officer, who she presumably met on a previous case. This addition to the series opens with Lana and her chef Peter Huang running a booth for the Ho-Lee Noodle House at Cleveland's Night Market. During a lull in business Lana notices the son of her mother's old friend arguing with his father at their food truck; shortly afterward the food truck explodes, killing the proprietor, Ronnie, and injuring several others. Ronnie's wife Sandra quickly becomes the top suspect in the explosion, so Lana begins to investigate to try to clear her mother's friend's name. The mystery here is okay, but I found the resolution rushed and the ending problematic. What was most interesting about this book were the subplots. Adam (the boyfriend) doesn't appear in the book much, but Lana's birthday is a few weeks away, and as a present he is taking her on a trip (would like to read a mystery set at their destination!). Additionally, Lana's Aunt Grace is visiting, and her contentious relationship with Lana's mother provides some interest.Overall this mystery was fine, but I probably won't be adding the series to my list of must-buy cozies.Thanks to Netgalley for the free review copy.
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  • Blaine DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review! I never read any of Vivien Chien's book prior to this and I am now looking forward to reading all she has written. An enjoyable mystery book featuring Lana Lee whose family owns a restaurant business and who apparently has a knack for solving crimes/mysteries involving the Asian community in Cleveland. Love that she sets the book in Cleveland and uses the Asian community in her works. A fas Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review! I never read any of Vivien Chien's book prior to this and I am now looking forward to reading all she has written. An enjoyable mystery book featuring Lana Lee whose family owns a restaurant business and who apparently has a knack for solving crimes/mysteries involving the Asian community in Cleveland. Love that she sets the book in Cleveland and uses the Asian community in her works. A fast-paced and well-written book that begins with an explosion of a food truck and death of its owner and devolves into a lot more issues and hidden mysteries within the Asian community. I like the character and her roommate, not much depth on the police who are investigating things but other than an initial suspicion seem to be out of the loop in terms of solving the murder/explosion. My only issue is that I think the killer was too obvious from the start but the reasoning was very understandable in a twisted sort of way. While I rate this a 4**** book I actually round it to 4.5**** due to the authors use and acknowledgement of one of the greatest detective shows ever, one that should still be on TV, BURN NOTICE!Very enjoyable read with a lot more depth and insights than in cozy mysteries. Not sure if this would be considered a cozy, but whatever, it is a good book!
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  • Blaine DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review! I never read any of Vivien Chien's book prior to this and I am now looking forward to reading all she has written. An enjoyable mystery book featuring Lana Lee whose family owns a restaurant business and who apparently has a knack for solving crimes/mysteries involving the Asian community in Cleveland. Love that she sets the book in Cleveland and uses the Asian community in her works. A fas Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review! I never read any of Vivien Chien's book prior to this and I am now looking forward to reading all she has written. An enjoyable mystery book featuring Lana Lee whose family owns a restaurant business and who apparently has a knack for solving crimes/mysteries involving the Asian community in Cleveland. Love that she sets the book in Cleveland and uses the Asian community in her works. A fast-paced and well-written book that begins with an explosion of a food truck and death of its owner and devolves into a lot more issues and hidden mysteries within the Asian community. I like the character and her roommate, not much depth on the police who are investigating things but other than an initial suspicion seem to be out of the loop in terms of solving the murder/explosion. My only issue is that I think the killer was too obvious from the start but the reasoning was very understandable in a twisted sort of way. While I rate this a 4**** book I actually round it to 4.5**** due to the authors use and acknowledgement of one of the greatest detective shows ever, one that should still be on TV, BURN NOTICE!Very enjoyable read with a lot more depth and insights than in cozy mysteries. Not sure if this would be considered a cozy, but whatever, it is a good book!
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  • Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
    January 1, 1970
    My Review:This series started off entertaining and delightful and keeps getting more so as each new book is released. Lana and her family are what I consider a typical American family no matter the ethnicity. They have their drama and yes sometimes everyone within 20 feet hears that drama but at the same time, they love just as deeply as they disagree. Lana wants to be independent and live her own life but her mom has a hard time letting go. I think a lot of young woman from close-knit families My Review:This series started off entertaining and delightful and keeps getting more so as each new book is released. Lana and her family are what I consider a typical American family no matter the ethnicity. They have their drama and yes sometimes everyone within 20 feet hears that drama but at the same time, they love just as deeply as they disagree. Lana wants to be independent and live her own life but her mom has a hard time letting go. I think a lot of young woman from close-knit families find in their twenties that is a common growing pain. I know I did.You will be craving everything from wontons and dim sum to Asian noodles as you read. I admit I have never had dim sum and it isn’t for lack of want. I’m just not sure where to get it in my city. Lana makes it sound very delicious.The only wish I had for this series…recipes for some of the dishes. I am a sucker for trying recipes that are included in my cozy mysteries.Whether you are looking for a delicious read or a murder mystery, Wonton Terror is the book for you.I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.
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  • Nursebookie
    January 1, 1970
    "Wonton Terror" by Vivien Chien is the 4th book of the Noodle Shop Delicious Mystery Series. Lana Lee has so much to look forward to. An opening night at the highly anticipated Asian Night Market, and a Birthday Getaway week-end planned by Lana's handsome boyfriend Adam Trudeau. The Ho Lee Noodle Shop is getting ready for an amazing turnout at the night market in Cleveland with Lana's favorite chef Peter Huang. However, a new local food truck, Wonton on Wheels blows up with the business owner ge "Wonton Terror" by Vivien Chien is the 4th book of the Noodle Shop Delicious Mystery Series. Lana Lee has so much to look forward to. An opening night at the highly anticipated Asian Night Market, and a Birthday Getaway week-end planned by Lana's handsome boyfriend Adam Trudeau. The Ho Lee Noodle Shop is getting ready for an amazing turnout at the night market in Cleveland with Lana's favorite chef Peter Huang. However, a new local food truck, Wonton on Wheels blows up with the business owner getting killed inside and many others injured during the explosion. Authorities soon find out that this was no accident and a murder may have been intended for the proprietor. Lana gets drawn in to this and becomes the amateur sleuth to help solve this exciting murder mystery. I absolutely loved this cozy mystery. I have not read any of the three prior books from this series and will be picking them up as I am now a fan of Vivien Chen and the entire cast of characters in this series. Lana Lee is such a lovable character. This was a fun and enjoyable read with enough twists and turns in this murder plot mystery. This surely kept me on my toes. There is a warning trigger for spousal abuse but was handled beautifully by Chien. I am a huge fan of this series and highly recommend all the others.Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and the author for the advanced ebook copy in exchange for my honest and objective opinion.
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  • Piepie
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a fun series! Wonton Terror kept me engaged throughout, and Lana kept me entertained! I love her so much. Megan and little Kikko are just awesome. I can't wait for the next Noodle Shop Mystery ... these books leave you hungry for more!!
  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Summary from Goodreads:"The Asian community is kicking off summer with the return of its popular Cleveland Night Market festivities, and Lana Lee is excited to represent the Ho-Lee Noodle House booth with her favorite chef, Peter Huang. Lana is confident that the evening marks the beginning of a great season to come. Not only is she looking forward to the warm temperatures, but her birthday is only weeks away, her handsome boyfriend, Detective Adam Trudeau, is planning a romantic get-away. Life Summary from Goodreads:"The Asian community is kicking off summer with the return of its popular Cleveland Night Market festivities, and Lana Lee is excited to represent the Ho-Lee Noodle House booth with her favorite chef, Peter Huang. Lana is confident that the evening marks the beginning of a great season to come. Not only is she looking forward to the warm temperatures, but her birthday is only weeks away, her handsome boyfriend, Detective Adam Trudeau, is planning a romantic get-away. Life couldn't be better.But before she can get too accustomed to the idea of a carefree summer, an explosion involving a nearby food truck, Wonton on Wheels, kills one of the proprietors and injures several others in the nearby vicinity.When the authorities discover that this was no accident, the family members of the dead man become the number-one suspects in a front-page murder story. Lana and her best friend, Megan Riley, fall back into detective mode. But as they uncover family secrets of abuse and angry costumers, Lana's own family drama raises its head. Will Lana be able to juggle everything the universe is throwing at her, or has she jumped from the frying pan to the fire?"My Thoughts:Two books in and I'm really enjoying this cozy mystery series. To be clear though, I started earlier this year with the third book (Murder Lo Mein) and just now finished this one which is the fourth book so I'm still reading completely out of order. I enjoyed both of these books for a variety of reasons but one highlight of the series is the food featured in each book. I read both of these books constantly craving spring rolls and rice. LOL - but seriously these books made me hungry! My favorite things about cozy mysteries is that they feel like comfort reads. I don't usually read these types of books for the mystery although that is always an enjoyable part of it. I read them for the characters, and this series is no different. I really enjoy Lana's character and her inquisitive ways. I think I enjoyed this book just a tiny bit more than its' predecessor only because I really started to get a handle on all of the other characters and who they are. It's fun to see Lana navigate this new life of running her family business while also trying to solve crimes. She never means to get involved but her curiosity always gets the better of her. This book had a bit of a darker theme to it in regards to spousal abuse. If this is a trigger for you then you may want to read Murder Lo Mein instead. I thought that the author handled this topic respectfully which is all that you can really ask for. I'm excited to continue on with this series but I REALLY need to catch up with the first two books while I wait for the next book to release. Overall, I enjoyed my time with this book and this series in general has moved on to my must read list. I've become attached to Lana and all of her family thanks to these two books. It's actually really nice that I've read them both this year because I remembered most of the details from Murder Lo Mein which doesn't always happen when I read books that are part of series. I would recommend this series to fans of cozy mysteries. I don't think that you have to read them in order (I sure haven't been) but I'm sure that you would also get maximum enjoyment if you did read them that way. Recommended!Bottom Line: A great addition to what is becoming a favorite cozy mystery series for me.Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley. Honest thoughts are my own.
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  • Vicky
    January 1, 1970
    Lana Lee is back in another enjoyable installment in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. I love the family dynamics of the Lee family. This time around, we get to meet Lana's Aunt Grace, her mother's sister. It was fun to meet her and see the sibling relationship she has with Mama Lee. I really enjoy the relationship between Lana and her sister Anna Mae. Having a sister of my own I can relate to the somewhat competitive nature of the two. Lana's romance with Adam is also progressing nicely, even tho Lana Lee is back in another enjoyable installment in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. I love the family dynamics of the Lee family. This time around, we get to meet Lana's Aunt Grace, her mother's sister. It was fun to meet her and see the sibling relationship she has with Mama Lee. I really enjoy the relationship between Lana and her sister Anna Mae. Having a sister of my own I can relate to the somewhat competitive nature of the two. Lana's romance with Adam is also progressing nicely, even though she has a knack of trouble finding her even when she is just going about her own business.The mystery was well done and handled in a well considering it involved domestic abuses. There are plenty of suspects to choose from and while the identity of the killer was not a surprise, it was enjoyable to read as Lana works through the clues to come to a resolution.I really enjoy this series and always finish a book having been entertained for several hours. I will definitely continue reading this series. I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher, St. Martin's Press, through NetGalley.**Wonton Terror is the fourth installment of the Noodle Shop Mystery series. Lana Lee, the amateur sleuth, manages her family’s restaurant. She lives with her best friend Megan—a bartender—and is dating a cop, Adam, who she presumably met on a previous case. This story opens with Lana and one of her cooks, Peter Huang, running a booth for the restaurant at Cleveland's Night Market. During a lull in business Lana notices the son of her mother's old friend arguing with his father at their food truck. A short time later, the food truck explodes, killing the owner, Ronnie, and injuring several others. Ronnie's wife Sandra becomes the top suspect in the explosion, so Lana begins to investigate to try to clear her mother's friend's name. The theme of this book seems to be family issues—Lana with her sister, Lana’s mother with her sister (Lana’s aunt), the owner of the food truck with his wife and son and his wife’s brother. Most of the issues are the usual family bickering, but, for some (Ronnie and Sandra), it goes much deeper into the issue of domestic abuse. This can be a difficult subject for some and I wish the author had put in an afterword about where victims of domestic abuse could find help. There are hotlines available for this and I wish the author had included them.I was also a little confused as to why Lana’s family, who own a restaurant, went to so many other restaurants to eat out—which it appears they did often. I can understand it once in a while, but it seemed almost every other chapter involved them eating out at another restaurant.Things I liked: It was an interesting story with a different kind of amateur sleuth (Chinese) and the dynamics of Lana’s family. It was a unique read. The mystery was fair with ample suspects. Things I didn’t like: It was a little slow with too much emphasis on Lana’s family dynamics. They were always bickering and it got old after a while. Recommendation: Overall the story was okay, but I probably won't add the series to my list of must-buy cozies. It was good, but just didn’t grab me hard enough to make me want to go out and get more.Thanks to Netgalley for the free review copy.
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  • Donald Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Lana Lee seems to be settling into her role as manager of her family's Ho-Lee Noodle House, as well as into the role of girlfriend to her cop boyfriend Adam Trudeau, as the summer season in Cleveland begins with the opening of the night market - a weekly festival of food and fun put on by local merchants and musicians, where customers can stroll past food trucks or tents set up by retailers to get their grub on and sample local wares, all while listening to home-based music. But among setting up Lana Lee seems to be settling into her role as manager of her family's Ho-Lee Noodle House, as well as into the role of girlfriend to her cop boyfriend Adam Trudeau, as the summer season in Cleveland begins with the opening of the night market - a weekly festival of food and fun put on by local merchants and musicians, where customers can stroll past food trucks or tents set up by retailers to get their grub on and sample local wares, all while listening to home-based music. But among setting up the noodle shop's tent with friend and cook Peter, Lana notices throughout the night that Ronnie Chow, owner of the Wonton on Wheels food truck down the way, seems to be arguing or picking a fight with first his wife and then his adult son, prior to opening for business. Later, when the Wonton on Wheels truck explodes, killing the cranky owner who was alone in it at the time, Lana senses immediately that something isn't right within the Chow family (was wife Sandra deliberately away from the truck when it exploded? Why did son Calvin hurry from the night market with his Uncle Gene just prior to the explosion?), and takes it upon herself to start inquiring into the accident/potential murder ... putting herself into the sites of a killer adept at ending lives with a bang. Though book #4, this was my introduction to the Noodle Shop cozy mystery series, and I really loved it; being my first, I wasn't sure who the recurring versus new characters were, yet all seemed to come 100% to life on the page, each with his or her own voice. Also wonderfully gratifying was to find a cozy series with a predominantly Asian cast of characters - from Lana to her family and friends, to co-workers and other business owners at Asian Village plaza and beyond - that added real depth to the book as subplots and Lana's interactions with family and friends provided peeks into a culture rarely even mentioned in mysteries (unless accompanied by tropes where everything comes off "mysterious" or "exotic"), let alone cozies. You never felt you were reading of Asian characters but of characters - people - who just happened to be Asian, and that was terrific. Chien's writing style is also so fluid and laidback, bringing you into the restaurant or the apartment Lana shares with her roommate Meagan (just two examples) in a way that makes you feel like you belong there; it's a very visual, easy-to-read style that makes the book play like an film in your mind, complete with comic touches. The mystery itself was solid; for a hot minute I thought Lana almost too focused on one particular person as the culprit, but then in the end Lana herself addresses that - and the solution of the murder, while you may get there just before Lana does, makes for no less an impact on the book's suspenseful resolution. Lana Lee and Company have a new fan in me, can't wait to catch up with the series and my only regret is that I can't go to Cleveland right now and hug Kikko or hang out with the Mahjong Matrons for breakfast; that's how real the characters were, at least to me. 4.5/5 starsNOTE: I received a free ARC of this title from the author and publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    When Lana Lee agreed to become manager at her parents’ noodle restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House in Cleveland, she knew that she’d have to deal with some challenges: customer who weren’t happy with their entrees, servers who can’t make it in to work, running out of favorite dishes. But she didn’t sign on for drama like this. Lana agreed to work the booth for the restaurant at the city’s first Asian Night Market. With booths of merchandise, food trucks, and live entertainment, the night was certain When Lana Lee agreed to become manager at her parents’ noodle restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House in Cleveland, she knew that she’d have to deal with some challenges: customer who weren’t happy with their entrees, servers who can’t make it in to work, running out of favorite dishes. But she didn’t sign on for drama like this. Lana agreed to work the booth for the restaurant at the city’s first Asian Night Market. With booths of merchandise, food trucks, and live entertainment, the night was certain to be a big hit for vendors and customers. There with her chef Peter, Lana knows that they will do well, despite being up against one of the best Asian food trucks in Cleveland, Wonton on Wheels, which is owned and run by old friends of Lana’s parents, Ronnie and Sandra Chow. But a tragic accident at the end of the night leaves Ronnie dead and Sandra in the hospital. An investigation reveals that the food truck explosion may have been on purpose, and Lana can’t figure out who would do such a thing. As if that’s not enough for Lana to be dealing with, her Aunt Grace is coming to town. A clash of personalities has always pitted Grace against Lana’s mother, and this visit is no exception. With the family drama turned way up, Lana is determined to do anything she can to help her mother deal with everything, whether that means taking extra shifts at the restaurant or investigating the Wonton on Wheels explosion, so her mother’s friend Sandra is proven innocent. But as always, danger lurks as the amateur detective finds herself getting closer to the truth. Wonton Terror is Vivien Chien’s fourth book in her Noodle Shop Mysteries and the first one I’ve gotten a chance to read. I had her on my TBR list, as I’ve heard great things about this series. And all those who have recommended this series to me were absolutely right. Wonton Terror is wonderful. Some cozy mysteries, even highly recommended ones, have issues. There is something off in the writing or in the logic of the story, or the characters just come across as uninteresting or they make a lot of stupid mistakes. Wonton Terror had none of these common problems. I found the writing to flow smoothly, the characters well thought out, and the story kept moving ahead in the most compelling way. However, I would like to add a couple of warnings. This book does talk about domestic violence, which can be difficult for some to read about. And the main character works in a restaurant, and there is a lot of talk about food that sounds mouth-watering. Expect to get hungry and plan accordingly! Devour the book, and then devour a big bowl of noodles, or maybe spring rolls, or wontons, or doughnuts. Or even a cheeseburger with a bunch of fries. Like I said, there is a lot of talk of food. Galleys for Wonton Terror were provided by St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley, with many thanks.
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  • Susan Ballard
    January 1, 1970
    *BOOK REVIEW*3.5 / 5 ⭐I had the privilege to sit in on an author’s chat with Vivien Chien a while ago and she was gracious and kind. So I was very excited when I had the opportunity from @NetGalley and @StMartinsPress to read an ARC of her latest mystery, Wonton Terror.This is the fourth in Chien’s Noodle Shop Mystery series. I’m going to be honest here, this is the first of her books I have read. The good news is that I found this story fully capable of standing alone. Chien brings you up to sp *BOOK REVIEW*3.5 / 5 ⭐️I had the privilege to sit in on an author’s chat with Vivien Chien a while ago and she was gracious and kind. So I was very excited when I had the opportunity from @NetGalley and @StMartinsPress to read an ARC of her latest mystery, Wonton Terror.This is the fourth in Chien’s Noodle Shop Mystery series. I’m going to be honest here, this is the first of her books I have read. The good news is that I found this story fully capable of standing alone. Chien brings you up to speed with the characters and surroundings just enough so that you don’t feel lost. In fact you will smell the wontons and noodles cooking.In this cozy mystery, amateur sleuth, Lana Lee is at it again. Lana finds herself not only working at her family’s restaurant, The Ho-Lee Noodle House, but being in charge. And this summer Lana and her chef have decided to put up a booth and join other vendors at The Night Market festivities. It would seem Lana is leaving the sleuthing to her hunky detective boyfriend, Adam. Even her big sister, the one studying to be a lawyer, wonders what has gotten into her.On the opening night of The Night Market everything changes. An explosion rocks the market. When the chaos calms, Lana finds that people she cares about are injured, even worse one of the owners of the food truck, Wonton on Wheels, is dead. While the authorities are on it, Lana cannot leave this one alone. She begins to nose around for clues, asking a lot of questions, and making a list of suspects. In doing so she brings to light some ugly secrets about spouse abuse within their close knit community. If Lana isn’t careful, she could put herself in harm’s way.This is a fun, quick read. I loved Lana’s family. They are close, meeting for dim sum each week, but they have their issues. The sisters are competitive, but they love each other. They find their mom overprotective and irritating, but will defend her to the end. And Grandma’s just lost because she can’t speak English. Chien writes relatable and quirky characters for this light mystery. And if you’re a foodie, you may find yourself ordering take out.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Lana Lee has grown a lot since we first met her in Death by Dumpling. She is now the manager of her family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House Restaurant. She is in a relationship with Adam, a policeman and life is going pretty well. Now that her maternal grandmother has come to live with her parents, her mother has lots to focus on. Then her mother's sister, Graces arrives and tensions grow between the sisters. While the family deals with each other at home, Lana and her chef. Peter are involved Lana Lee has grown a lot since we first met her in Death by Dumpling. She is now the manager of her family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House Restaurant. She is in a relationship with Adam, a policeman and life is going pretty well. Now that her maternal grandmother has come to live with her parents, her mother has lots to focus on. Then her mother's sister, Graces arrives and tensions grow between the sisters. While the family deals with each other at home, Lana and her chef. Peter are involved with the summer food event, Asian Night market, a mix of food booths and crafts, running a booth serving food from Ho-Lee. On the first night all does not end well when a wonton food truck explodes, killing the owner and seriously injuring his wife and Peter's mother. When Lana finds out that her parents have a past relationship with the victim and his wife, she starts her own investigation. It goes from the original verdict of accident to murder and his wife becomes the prime suspect. As it occurred out of her boyfriends jurisdiction, he stays on the sidelines this time.It's always fun to hear more about the regular restaurant's customers along with both old and new merchants of the Asian Village. Lana's roommate and best friend, Megan, aids her in her investigating. The mystery was well plotted and I guessed wrong as to the killer. This series has become more polished and this entry definitely earns my five star rating. When the next mystery, Egg Drop Dead, comes out February 25, 2020, I will be sure to have it on my TBR list.My thanks to the publisher, St. Martin's and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Cinthi
    January 1, 1970
    Lana Lee and Peter Huang are representing the Ho-Lee Noodle Shop at the Cleveland Night Market for the Summer season and the first night goes out with a bang, literally! When a neighboring food truck explodes at the end of the evening, Lana and Peter escape with minor injuries, while the truck owner is killed and Peter’s mother and the truck owner’s wife suffer some serious burns. When the wife of the truck owner is named as the primary suspect, Lana’s mother is upset and worried about her old f Lana Lee and Peter Huang are representing the Ho-Lee Noodle Shop at the Cleveland Night Market for the Summer season and the first night goes out with a bang, literally! When a neighboring food truck explodes at the end of the evening, Lana and Peter escape with minor injuries, while the truck owner is killed and Peter’s mother and the truck owner’s wife suffer some serious burns. When the wife of the truck owner is named as the primary suspect, Lana’s mother is upset and worried about her old friend. Thus begin’s Lana’s investigation into the explosion.As Lana digs around, she finds that some friendships her Mother and some of the other women have changed over the years. But what caused the rift in old friendships and why would a woman kill her own husband? From her initial findings, Lana can’t be certain, but she seems to be going in a circle where she can see both side of the coin for each of her own suspects having set the explosion to kill the man and why they didn’t do it. Lana better work quickly because the killer set off another smaller explosion to warn her and next time it may not be just a warning. I absolutely adore this series. I knew the moment I read the first book and saw the humor in the Ho-Lee name. The whodunit is well crafted and if you follow the clues throughout the story, you will guess who the killer is and have the reasons you suspected confirmed towards the end. Every time I read a book from this series I need some noodles and dumplings because you are completely drawn in and immersed in the setting and characters. Another wonderful serving in this series!
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