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Monday, February 3, 2020

Egg Drop Dead (A Noodle Shop Mystery #5) by Vivien Chien

Egg Drop Dead

Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by St. Martin's Press

Goodreads synopsis: 
In the fifth in Vivien Chine's Noodle Shop delectable mystery series, the Ho-Lee Noodle House takes its business to the next level―only to end up in hot water.

It was supposed to be a fancy, intimate dinner party by the pool. Instead, Lana Lee’s first-ever catering event turns into full-course madness when a domestic worker is found dead. Is the party’s host Donna Feng, the sweet-and-sour owner of the Asia Village shopping plaza where Ho-Lee is situated, somehow to blame? That’s what Lana―whose plate is already plenty full with running the restaurant, pleasing her often-disapproving mother, and fretting over her occasionally-serious boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau―must find out.

Before the police arrived at the crime scene, Donna had entrusted an odd piece of evidence to Lana: a thumb drive shaped like a terra-cotta soldier. Now it’s up to Lana to lead her own investigation, digitally and in real life, into a world of secrets involving Donna’s earlier life in China, whether the victim had a dark agenda, and if the killer is still out there. . .and plans to strike again.


4.5 Stars

This is the fifth book in the A Noodle Shop mystery series by Vivien Chien.

Lana Lee is back and smack dab in the path of another dead body. Her first ever catering event turns memorable when a domestic worker is found dead. And the lady running the party gives Lana a thumb drive and that gives her the compulsion to go into investigative mode much to her boyfriend’s dismay. Lee just can’t resist a mystery and as she searches for the killer, she puts herself into the path of a lot of danger.

Everything isn’t always what it seems in this mystery. It is the type of story where you feel like you have the killer in sight and then something else gets thrown in and then…. NOPE! You have no idea to the identity of the bad guy. I love it when books surprise me. And this one surely did. What a well-crafted piece of work. Dialogue was on point and the characters were so fully blown that I thought I was reading about real people. I really look forward to these Noodle Shop mysteries when they come out. Definitely a series I want to continue to follow.

If you love a good cozy mystery, you have to check this one out. 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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