St. Martin's Publishing Group | 25 February 2020 | 320 pgs
Source: Library 

In this 5th installment of Vivien Chien's Noodle Shop Mystery series, Lana Lee's first-ever catering event becomes a nightmare after a domestic worker is found dead at the party hostess's apartment. Before this tragedy happened, someone witnessed Donna Feng, the hostess, yelled at the domestic worker for failing to supervise her children so naturally she becomes a prime suspect. But Lana Lee is sceptical especially after Donna entrusted something to her before the police arrives - a thumb drive shaped like a terra-cotta soldier. Is Donna keeping some deadly secrets? Surely there's something more than meets the eye and Lana is keen to find out the truth. 

It's always a pleasure to read the developments of the characters as the series go and I'm glad to see Lana's sleuthing skills is getting better although she tends to be impulsive at times. While her detective boyfriend, Adam Trudeau, is not mainly in-charge of this case this time around, it is good to see Adam is still supportive of Lana's little investigations every time when there's a case. It is also always interesting to read about Lana's interactions and the dynamic with her mother and elder sister. One might think that they aren't really going along well but I think it's their own way of expressing themselves or in other words, firm in speech but soft in heart. 

I rarely read cozy mysteries but this is one which I follow as I enjoyed the characterisations and of course the food related elements is another draw to me. I'd recommend this series if you're looking for a fun and light read. 

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10 Responses
  1. Susan Says:

    This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. It's just fun! My favorite part about it is the family dynamics - the tension between Lana and her mom always adds a fun element to the stories.

  2. Lark Says:

    I don't read a lot of cozies either, but I did really enjoy the first three books in this series. Lana always makes me laugh. :)

  3. Melody Says:

    Susan - Yes, this is a fun series. Lana's relationship with her family members as well as her boyfriend do add some entertainment to this series. I also love her dog, Kikkoman. :)

  4. Melody Says:

    Lark - Most of the characters in this series are always so fun to read, aren't they? :)

  5. jenclair Says:

    I still like the idea of this series, even if cozy mysteries aren't my go to. Got your Christmas card--thanks, Melody!

  6. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - I'm a bit picky when it comes to cozy mysteries so it certainly says a lot of my following this series. Glad my card arrived! :)

  7. I have not read this series yet, but it is one I am eager to try. I am glad you continue to enjoy it!

  8. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I hope you'll enjoy this series when you get to them, Wendy.

  9. Iliana Says:

    You really make this one sound like a fun cozy series. I think I'd probably end up feeling famished after reading one of these :)

  10. Melody Says:

    Iliana - It was a fun series; and the food elements are definitely another draw. The covers alone are enough to make me pick up the books. ;)

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