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Murder Lo Mein

(A Noodle Shop Mystery #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,223 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Everyone agrees that the food at Ho-Lee Noodle House is delicious—unless it happens to be deadly.

Lana Lee’s stake in her family’s Chinese restaurant is higher than ever now that she’s been made manager. So when she enters Ho-Lee into Cleveland’s Best Noodle Contest, Lana makes it her business to win—at all costs. But when a local food critic receives a threatening note in
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, 2019, cozy-mystery
Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien is a 2019 St. Martin’s Press publication.

Lana Lee is back to solve a delectable mystery in another installment of the Noodle Shop Series!!

As the third installment opens, we learn that Lana is now managing Ho-Lee Noodle House- the family restaurant. She has entered Ho-Lee in Cleveland’s Best Noodle competition hoping to finally win the contest. Peter, Lana’s top chef is pulling out all the stops and it looks like they have a great chance. But, when a couple of the
Carol (Bookaria)
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third installment in the Noodle Shop Mysteryseries. This time, there’s a noodle contest in Asia Village, all is going well until one of the judges is found dead, and Lana, once again, puts her wits to work to solve the murder.

I enjoyed the story, the victims received a fortune cookie with a quote from The Art of War before being murdered, and it was fun to find a relationship between the quotes and the possible murderer.

Overall, a quick, lighthearted, fun read. I recommend it to read
Elle's Book Blog
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Actual Rating: 5 stars

Murder Lo Mein is the third book in the Noodle Shop mystery series and I think it's my favorite to date! This could be due to the fact that I love Lo Mein... In any event, this is another fantastic addition to the series and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a culinary cozy, Chinese food, and murder!

In Murder Lo Mein, readers will become reacquainted with Lana Lee, the Noodle House (her family business), and a sle
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Arc provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review!

Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien follows Lana Lee once again in book three of the Noodle Shop Mystery series! Full transparency, this is actually the first book I've read by Vivien Chien, but I can safely say that it will not be my last! I don't normally read books out of order, but when I saw that this was available on NetGalley, I couldn't resist! Fear not, I will correct my bookish sin by going back
The Lit Bitch
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I discovered Lana Lee and the Noodle Shop Mystery series just over a year ago and frankly I paid yes to the first book because I loved the Chinese take out container on the front—-it made me hungry. I am seriously motivated by food, it’s embarrassing!

But, that cute little Chinese container book contained a rather interesting mystery and a hysterical leading lady in Lana Lee. I was eager for the next book and found it equally enjoyable.

So here we are with the third book and the fourth du
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main reason why I am giving this four stars is that it seems Chien is dabbling with a love triangle or possibly rectangle now and I want no part of it. I like the core couple of Lana and Adam and I hate it that a lot of cozy mystery's have now started to do this. I was glad that the "Liz Talbot Mystery" books moved away from that after the first couple of books. Hopefully "A Noodle Shop Mystery" does as well.

"Murder Lo Mein" finds Lana as the manager of her family's restaurant. She is wonde
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

For Murder Lo Mein we are back at the Asia Village for the annual Cleveland’s Best Noodle Contest. Lana is banking on her chef Peter Huang to win the contest to show her parents they made the right choice making her manager of Ho Lee Noodle House. Winning will also bring in more customers.

Unfortunately, after the first round one of the judges in found dead, face-down in a bowl of low mein, no less. Then another judge bites the dust. Lana’s boyfriend, Detective Adam Trudeau beg
Kate Olson
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is such a unique mystery series in that it follows the cozy formula, but definitely feels way edgier than cozy if that makes sense? Anyway, I really enjoy Lana and her world and am excited to dive into book 4 next! I’m happy about the arc this series has taken 😊
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lana Lee is the manager of her family’s Chinese restaurant so she enters the Town’s best noodle contest. A local food critic receives a fortune cookie and is later found dead things don’t look good. Another woman gets a fortune cookies and dies, then it is Lana Lee’s turn to get a fortune cookie. Lana and her detective boyfriend have to get to the bottom of it to save her life. The addition of her grandmother and mother adds to the story.
Murder Lo Mein can be read as a standalone if you have not read the previous novels in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. The author provides everything a new reader needs to know. Lana Lee has taken over management of the Ho-Lee Noodle House from her mother who is now focused on Lana’s grandmother whom the parents brought with them to the United States after their last visit. Lana hopes to garner attention for the restaurant by their winning Cleveland’s Best Noodles contest which is being held at As ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed this 3rd book by this author. It's a light, fun read. Overall, well written.

Lana's aggressive questioning of some suspects and their stated protest or reluctance but soon ready compliance seemed quite off here.

And yay to the addition of Freddie (yet another baby name for an adult man of color...ugh).

Someone messed up the cover. Who would have both noodles and steamed rice if the noodles were the main dish? I don't think a Chinese or Asian artist would do this...smh
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is the third book in the noodle shop series. Lana Lee runs her family's Chinese restaurant in Asian Village, Ohio. Her restaurant is entered in a noodle contest. After the first round, one of the judges is found dead. A second judge is found dead and Lana's detective boyfriend urges her to leave the investigation alone. I really enjoy this series. Lana is a great character. She has her friends, roommate Megan and Kimmy, who help her with her investigations. I liked the progress that was mad ...more
3.5 stars.
Lana is up to her ears in murder again. Ho-Lee Noodle is one of several competitors in Cleveland’s best Noodle contest, and judges are dropping like flies. Lana, much to her sort of boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau’s annoyance, pokes her nose into the motives and histories of the judges and her fellow competitors, as someone with a serious beef, and interest in Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”, targets them.
The story’s tone is light, and there are lots of red herrings in the case, as Lana is jug
Sue Em
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In this 3rd book in the noodle shop series, Lana Lee is enjoying her new role of manager of the restaurant since her mother retired to care for her grandmother. They are participating in a Chinese cooking contest among the restaurants in Cleveland, and have great hopes of winning. Their chef, Peter, takes the first round, then one of the judges is found murdered. When a second one is also murdered, Lana starts getting involved and asking questions. This is a very good cozy series with interestin ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Shelves: woman-author, mystery
This third novel in the A Noodle Shop Mystery series is just one more enjoyable entry into this fun book series created by Vivien Chien. Of the three books I've read so far, this one is the best and it truly demonstrates an author finding her footing and expanding the scope of what she wants to achieve with a group of books that injects a very welcoming dose of diversity and representation into the world of the Cozy Mysteries which are truthfully overwhelmingly white.

Once again, Lana Lee finds
Peggy R
Lana Lee is back in the third installment of the Noodle Shop Mystery series. Once again, Lana finds herself in the middle of a murder and she cannot help herself - she has to investigate, much to the frustration of her boyfriend, Detective Adam Trudeau. I really enjoy the characters in this series. Lana is spunky, independent and a bit rebellious. Her family is a bit crazy and in this book we get to meet her grandmother from Taiwan, which just adds to the humor and in some instances the relation ...more
It's definitely not a favorite genre of mine, but every now and then I need a cozy mystery. Maybe as a palate cleanser, maybe to fill a challenge prompt ... and when I do, I pick up the next Noodle Shop Mystery. I think 99% of my enjoyment of these books comes from the food puns in the title and eating descriptions in the story, but that's okay. Sometimes, it's nice to spend a couple of hours with a fun little book. ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I have heard nothing but good things about this series, so I was excited to read Murder Lo Mein. It's my first book in the series, so I may have had a disadvantage in some ways. I felt like the author did a nice job of giving me the background without making it boring for someone who has read the first two books, though.

I loved that the characters were more diverse than many cozy mysteries. The mystery on its own was interesting, but I got annoyed by all the distractions and all the extraneous p
Jennifer Holik
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up to 5. I was so happy reading this book. One of the things that frustrates me when reading a series, is when the main characters become a bit stagnant. Not being a writer, I imagine this is a particularly difficult problem to address. Human beings by nature don't change much. And in books too much change just rings false. Not to mention, at that point why not write a different series with a different character instead of changing a current one? So I think I understand why thi ...more
Ms. Woc Reader
I wanted to adore this book but it was just not fast paced enough and the cast of characters was far too large to keep up with. It took me forever to read this book because it wasn't as engaging as the last one. I didn't really care about the murder and I wanted a little more of Lana's personality this time around but that was lacking. I did enjoy the parts with her grandmother getting situated in the US though and trying to communicate with her despite the language barrier.

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Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: Murder Lo Mein

Author: Vivien Chien

Series: A Noodle Shop Mystery book 3

Chapters: 30 Plus epilogue

Pages: 301

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Rating: 4 stars

Murder Lo Mein is the third book in the A Noodle Shop Mystery book series by Vivien Chien. And Lana Lee has finally accepted her role as the manager of her family’s Chinese Restaurant. She’s finally getting her feet back under her. When the Best Noodle Contest the restaurant is involved in suddenly becomes the scene of a murder. Even though s
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun, light cozy series. The copious descriptions of delicious food always make me hungry and if you can get through this one without a serious craving for noodles then you are stronger than I am! The story was just as charming as the previous books in the series. I've came to know all the the characters at the mall which makes all the drama so much more engaging. It's quite amazing how many murderers can populate a single Asian mall! It's not especially realistic or deep but the b ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
This was my favorite in the series so far. Lana is coming to terms with the fact that if there's a murder anywhere near her she is probably going to get involved somehow. These are fun quick reads and I'm looking forward to moving through the series.

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Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Though characters are being killed off at a steady pace, I still found it difficult to keep the remaining straight. If you have read the previous books in the series (Death by Dumpling, Dim Sum of All Fears), the returning characters will not be a problem, what may trip you up is the periphery that was thrown in to keep the reader guessing.

Asia Village is hosting its annual noodle contest with local participants and judges. This event has a history of brutal reviews and now with contestants hol
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I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy, via NetGalley, of this book.

Goodness! It seems like forever since I read a Cozy Mystery. Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien fills that empty spot in your reading agenda to bring likeable characters and a murder mystery that's not at all gorey and that's all the way fun.

Cute cover aside, Murder Lo Mein takes place in the interesting atmosphere of a mall. Lana Lee's family restaurant Ho-Lee Noodle House, is
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lana Lee, manager of her family’s Chinese restaurant, is rooting for their chef to win this year’s Cleveland’s Best Noodle contest. While celebrating an encouraging first round, Lana and others from Asia Village witness the murder of one of the contest judges. Norman was rude and opinionated and had many enemies and few mourners. Although Lana wasn’t a fan either, she doesn’t like the idea of a killer on the loose in her neighborhood. So with some behind the scenes support from her best friend a ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Still really cosy and nice, but I started getting tired of everyone telling Lana to stay out of trouble and yet, of course, she ends up in trouble.

Considering there's at least five more books of stories following this one I thought it was a bit annoying. She's obviously not going to stay away from any sort of trouble and this is just a speed-bump on the road to more stories. I personally do not like those. They feel like filler content. Opposition for the sake of drama. Sure, it's realistic tha
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Murder Lo Mein is the third book in Vivien Chien‘s A Noodle Shop Mystery series. This is an easy and fun read, with an interesting mystery, witty writing, and affable characters. This is an easy and fun read, with a solid mystery, witty writing, and well-developed and affable characters. There are twists and turns, red herrings, and multiple suspects.

Lana Lee has officially become the permanent manager of her family’s Chinese restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House, in Asia Village, a quaint shopping c
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
2019 bk 139. I've now enjoyed all three of the Vivien Chien mysteries. They are good reads for waiting in the dr. office or waiting on your car. In this one, our main character is still not sure about her relationship with her detective boy friend or if her mother really means to leave the management of the restaurant in her hands. When her chef participates in a noodle competition (they've been 2nd or 3rd place every year of the competition) one of the judges died face down in a bowl of noodles ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I do truly enjoy this series more than any other cozy mysteries because it features an Asian protagonist who just loves her food! Does she sound exactly like me? Well, yes! lol Except that I'm probably not as brave as her or maybe not as curious as she is...

Lana Lee, once again, found herself embroiled in another murder mystery. As her restaurant's chef & friend, Peter, is participating in a noodle contest, one of the judges was murdered. Winning contest could push Ho-Lee Noodle House's populari
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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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