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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Killer Kung Pao (A Noodle Shop Mystery #6) by Vivien Chien

Killer Kung Pao

Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by St. Martin's Press

Goodreads synopsis: 
Vivien Chen's Lana Lee returns for Killer Kung Pao, another delectable cozy set in a Chinese restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio!

Lana Lee is feeling stressed. Between updating her family's Chinese restaurant, the Ho-Lee Noodle House, orchestrating a weekend long sidewalk sale for her restaurant and the other businesses in the Asia Village, and lending a sympathetic ear to just about everyone in her orbit, she's beat. Unfortunately, things are about to get even crazier for poor, overworked Lana.

June Yi, co-owner of Yi’s Tea and Bakery, has never been known for having a good-natured disposition, and those that deal with her tend never to cross her. But she meets her match when she rear-ends mahjong player Mildred Mao in the parking lot of Asia Village. Mildred is not only as nasty as June, but she also happens to be a little sue-crazy. When June refuses to pay up just the way Meredith demands, she threatens her with a lawsuit that could end up jeopardizing the Yi’s bakery business.

So when Mildred is found dead at the beauty salon, no one needs three guesses to come up with June's name, but June's twin Shirley insists on her sister's innocence. Enter: Lana Lee.

Once again, Lana must gather the clues and rumors surrounding Mildred's demise, and figure out whodunit. But with so much stacking up on Lana's plate, and too many familiar faces becoming suspects, Lana may be about to get the shock of her life...


4.5 stars

This is the sixth book in the A Noodle Shop Mystery series by Vivien Chien.

Lana Lee is just wanting to get her hair colored a nice gunmetal gray and when she goes to the salon she sees two of her neighbors from Asia Village who got into a fender bender the day before having words inside the salon. Suddenly the power goes out and Mildred is dead and no one knows who could have done it. The main suspect’s sister asks Lana to prove her innocence but June is not exactly her BFF but she does it anyway.

Lots of hijinks in this and the suspects even wander onto the ladies of the Mahjong Matrons. This is a fun series to follow and I am totally hooked on Lana and the Mahjong Matrons. Definitely a series I want to continue with. Great characterization and family dynamics. 

If you like cozy mysteries, definitely 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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