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Dim Sum of All Fears

(A Noodle Shop Mystery #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  893 ratings  ·  196 reviews

Welcome back to Ho-Lee Noodle House, where you can get fantastic take-out. . .unless you get taken out first.

“Vivien Chien serves up a delicious mystery with a side order of soy sauce and sass. A tasty start to a new mystery series!” —Bestselling author Kylie Logan on Death by Dumpling

Dim Sum of All Fears is the second book in a delicious new cozy series.

Lana Lee is

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien is a 2018 St. Martin’s Press publication.

Lana Lee returns in this second intriguing installment of the Noodle Shop Mystery Series.

Lana is left in charge of the restaurant while her parents leave to visit family. This is not exactly a responsibility she wants. Lana feels she needs and wants more from her professional life than working in the noodle shop, but now she is trapped, forced to pass on a plumb opportunity.

She is also unhappy about the slow progress
Carol (Bookaria)
Another great cozy from the author of Death by Dumpling. This is the second book in the Noodle Shop Mysteryseries and one that is becoming a favorite of mine.

In this installment, Lana continues working on her family's restaurant Ho-Lee Noodle House and has become friends with Isabelle, the owner of the new business next door. They get together every week after work and go to the bookstore to pick up new books.

Unexpectedly, Isabelle and her husband turn up dead and Lana starts investigating who
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I definitely enjoyed this one more. Mostly because with Lana being forced to run her family's restaurant, we get to see her take charge more. She and her sister still squabble a lot, but you can see where they are both coming from while reading. Due to the murder of two of the owners (Isabelle and her husband Brandon) in Asia Village, many customers and owners are starting to think that one of the storefronts is unlucky. Lana was close with Isabelle and is determined to identify her murderer. ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stars-3-5, r2018

In between two minds. This was a very easy, entertaining read. I’ve come to care for Lana and Megan (and Kikko), and this is where the book’s strength lies - the characters and their interactions. That whole little Asia Village, with all its idiosyncrasies, is weirdly charming. Also, what is the deal with Adam?! Questions questions... The murder mystery on the other hand paled a little in comparison. It still worked and kept me interested but something was missing, and I’m not sure what.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Just when Lana Lee is about to make a huge life change and take a chance on a job outside of the family business, her parents announce they are going to Taiwan and leave her in charge of Ho Lee Noodle House. She is not happy but takes on the job and realizes she is darn good at it. The one thing she couldn’t control though was the double murder that took place at the souvenir store next door. She had become good friends with Isabelle Yeoh who spent the day running the shop
Elle's Book Blog
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Actual Rating: 4 stars

Vivien Chien delivers in her second Noodle Shop Mystery series! From the food to the murder mystery, readers are going to devour this one! I knew after reading the first book in the series that I was going to love it, I just didn't realize how much until this followup! I can't wait for the next one! If you are a fan of culinary cozies and cozies that are jam packed with delicious ethic foods, this is a must have series
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

I had some really high hopes for this book because the first one blew me away. So I was really excited to finally read the second book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. What makes this book stand out is the fact that it features an Asian cast as well as a lot of traditions and cultural activities that celebrates Asian culture.

However, what made this book unique in the first place is also its biggest weakness here. Chien still writes a fun story however I felt like the focus of the book wasn’
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
2.5 stars actually. I was expecting a lot from the author I guess and I was left a tad disappointed. Lana was behaving like a teenager trying to be an adult. Anna May is the so called mature, responsible older sister who bickers all the time with Lana. What is mature in that? Adam, Lana's love interest is reserved to the extent that he doesn't only stone wall Lana but also me. I fail to get involved in Lana's love problems. The mystery was never quite intriguing enough. Lana's next door shop ...more
The Lit Bitch
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Earlier this year I got in on the ground floor of this sweet and sour mystery series and I loved it. The Noodle Shop Mysteries offer something on the exotic side when it comes to cozy mysteries as they have a distinct Asian flare—-if you couldn’t tell from the title!

What I love about Chien’s writing style is that she is to the point and brisk but not so brisk that she’s impersonal. This was just the light murder mystery that I needed as the summer days become shorter.

Obviously this is the second
Mystereity Reviews
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a great series! I love the setting, the characters and the plots. Lana is starting to grow up and is adulting hard in this one when she's put in charge of Ho-Lee Noodles while her parents travel to China to visit relatives. Granted, she was a bit petulant but in the end, she managed to do a great job at the restaurant while tracking down the person responsible for murdering her friend. A great follow up to the debut, this is definitely a series to watch and I recommend it to all ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Lana’s back, coming across bodies at the Asian Village, and poking her nose into the business of everyone involved in the lives of the latest murder victims, one of whom was a friend. Lana is also managing the restaurant while her parents are in Taiwan, and while grumbling at the responsibility, is doing a competent job. Also, her relationship with Detective Adam Trudeau is proceeding very slowly, much to Lana’s frustration.
Vivian Chien’s second Lana Lee mystery flowed more smoothly
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chien-vivien
This series is great. I love the characters and the writing. Fun reads!
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien is the 2nd book in A Noodle Shop Mystery, and another fun cozy mystery. In the first book Lana Lee returns home after walking out of her job and boyfriend. Now she is working as a waitress in her family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House located in the Cleveland Area. Lana's parents make a sudden trip to Taiwan and leave her in charge, which doesn't make her sister happy. When the newlyweds who just opened the souvenir shop next door, are found murdered Lana ...more
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
An entertaining romp with everyone’s favourite bumbling detective/Chinese restaurant worker.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an enjoyable read. I liked getting a glimpse into the restaurant business and learning about these characters. You don’t need to read the first book in the series, but it may help in getting to know the characters a little better.

The characters are quirky and witty, the story has a solid mystery, and the pacing of the story was done well. The internal struggle of the main character, Lana Lee, was done exceptionally well in her dealing with doing what she loves versus following
Peggy R
I really enjoyed the first book in this series so as soon as I finished it, I checked my local library for the second book and soon was put on the waiting list. This is a good second entry into the series. Lana is still struggling to find her place. In this book, she takes over managing the restaurant because her went back to Taiwan to help her grandmother. I thought this would give the author an opportunity to showcase Lana as a mature adult and taking responsibility for running the family ...more
Wendi Lee
This is the second book in this cozy mystery series, starring Lana Lee. Lana’s parents own a successful noodle shop, but all she wants to do is branch off into something more meaningful, and more importantly, something all her own. She lands a job interview for an office position, but her parents are summoned to see her ailing grandmother in Taiwan, and guess who they leave in charge of the restaurant?

Almost immediately, there is a double murder in Asian Village (the shopping center her
This is the second mystery in this series set around a Noodle Shop and the owners/workers of the various other stores in the Asian mall. Lana, server and amateur detective, finds herself investigating another murder and mostly just finds trouble. Lana is a very likable character so it's easy to forgive her obvious lapses in judgement. If your boyfriend is a cop investigating the murders and you come across some important information you would likely share with him and get his help. Lana does ...more
Sue Em
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Lana Lee isn't too happy as her mother maneuvered her into agreeing to manage the family's noodle shop while her parents returned to Taiwan for a family emergency. First, her elder sister is miffed that Lana was given the responsibility. And Lana's job interview fell into limbo because of her unavailability for the next few weeks. All of that is bad enough, but her friends in the store next door are murdered and Lana has to figure out what is going on. If course, her date/boyfriend is the ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
I really enjoy this quick reading cozy series. I'll be picking up the next book in the series for sure.

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(free review copy from NetGalley) - loved this one even more than the first in the Noodle Shop Mysteries series! If you like cozies and want a series that is refreshingly different, definitely add this one to your list.
Jamie Canaves
Chien Knows How To Leave Me Excited For The Next Book!
Lana Lee is back! She’s still unhappily working at her parents’ Chinese restaurant at Asia Village except now her parents have left her fully in charge as they take a trip to Taiwan. And of course there’s another murder at Asia Village. Thankfully, Lee and her coworkers aren’t suspects, but it is Lee’s friend and husband who are dead so she can’t help herself from asking questions to get to the bottom of what really happened. It’s really not
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Noodle Shop series and I found it just as cute and engaging as the first. It makes me want to know all of the occupants of Asia Village. The series is becoming one of my favorite cozy series. Can't wait to dig into book 3!
Cathy Daniel
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great series! I love how conversational this book is and how personable the characters are. Truly, her mommy is my favorite :) I love how this series is a good mix of chick lit , romance and cozy. I really appreciated how Lana didn't get saved by a man in the end .
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great cover on the outside and great reading on the inside! I enjoyed book 2 in this new series even more than the first book. Now I do need to find out if Cleveland does have something like the Asian Village!
I really liked the first book in the series, but I loved this one! I finished it in almost one sitting while on a plane. I did not want to stop turning the pages. Lana is becoming one of my favorite amateur detectives and I look forward to continuing on with this series!
Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien is the second book in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. Lana Lee is surprised when her parents announce they are departing for Taiwan and leaving Lana in charge of the Ho-Lee Noodle House. Just when Lana has a second interview for a well-paying office manager position. The day her parents depart for Taiwan, Lana arrives at work ready to focus on the restaurant and show her parents she can do the job in their absence. Then Isabelle and Brandon Yeoh who own Charm ...more
Ashley Gillan
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Noodle Shop series is probably my favorite cozy mystery series right now - it’s funny, full of heart and has some decent mysteries in there as well. Just a warning: Do not read it when you’re hungry. You will end up ordering copious amounts of Chinese food if you do.

In this second book, Lana is still trying to figure her life out when her new friend, Isabelle, the owner of a souvenir shop next to the restaraunt, and Isabelle’s husband, Brandon, are found brutally murdered in the shop. Then
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read the first book in this series. However, I was able to jump right into this series. In fact, it was like I had read the first book. All of the characters were so engaging and a bit eccentric. There is Lana, Anna May, Lana's sister. Megan, Lana's room mate, Peter and his grilfriend, Kimmy, and of course, Lana's boyfriend, Adam. Ok, so maybe Lana does not want to call Ada her boyfriend yet as she says "they have only gone on three dates". However, by the end of the book, you can say ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Asia Village has turned into the latest murder hotspot with this 2nd in a wonderful cozy series.

Lana and a lot of others are happy to see the empty shop next to the noodle shop open for business, Lana is even happier when she realises that she, and the young woman next door have a lot in common, but Lana does't expect it to include murder of the young woman, and it appears also her husband! Now with two ex wives (oh and some girlfriends) crawling out of the woodwork, Lana's parents suddenly
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Vivien Chien first started writing simple stories about adventures with her classmates when she was in elementary school. As she grew up, her love of books and the written word increased, leading to the attempt of her first novel at age 16. After many struggled beginnings and several different genres, she found her passion in the mystery world.

When she's not writing, she can be found frolicking in

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