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Murder Lo Mein

(A Noodle Shop Mystery #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  692 ratings  ·  182 reviews
The third in a tasty series, Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien is a delight!

Everyone agrees that the food at Ho-Lee Noodle House is deliciousunless it happens to be deadly.

Lana Lees stake in her familys Chinese restaurant is higher than ever now that shes been made manager. So when she enters Ho-Lee into Clevelands Best Noodle Contest, Lana makes it her business to winat all
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, audio, 2019
Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien is a 2019 St. Martins 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 Clevelands Best Noodle competition hoping to finally win the contest. Peter, Lanas 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, theres 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
Elle's Book Blog
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
✨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, its 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 due
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycass Thoughts

For Murder Lo Mein we are back at the Asia Village for the annual Clevelands 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. Lanas boyfriend, Detective Adam Trudeau begs
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lana Lee is the manager of her familys Chinese restaurant so she enters the Towns best noodle contest. A local food critic receives a fortune cookie and is later found dead things dont look good. Another woman gets a fortune cookies and dies, then it is Lana Lees 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. ...more
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 Lanas 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 Clevelands Best Noodles contest which is being held at Asia ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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
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
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 ...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.

I received this book
Ashley Gillan
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ive said it before, and Ill say it again: the Noodle Shop Mystery series is one of the best cozy series out there. And this book really cements that for me, and could be the best one yet - it seamlessly combines a creepy mystery with lovable characters and storylines to really draw you in.

Lana and the crew are part of the annual Best Noodle Contest, hosted this year by Asia Village. During a reception celebrating the first round of the contest, a judge is found dead and Lana and her best friend,
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 familys Chinese Restaurant. Shes 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 she
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 ...more
Seema Rao
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hilarious ~ Enchanting ~ Enjoyable

tl; dr: Noodles can be murder

I loved this cozy mystery for its humorous language, strong characters, and humorous situations. I loved this cozy mystery for the food. But, I really loved this mystery for the way that it complicated our conceptions of Asian in America, in this case sharing a bit about Asians in Cleveland. Chien is a wonderful writer, and unlike some cozy mysteries, this one is a solid puzzle to read through. Super enjoyable, but be warned you will
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
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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 familys Chinese restaurant, is rooting for their chef to win this years Clevelands 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 wasnt a fan either, she doesnt like the idea of a killer on the loose in her neighborhood. So with some behind the scenes support from her best friend and ...more
RO G'ma
Murder Lo Mein is the third book in Vivien Chiens 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 familys Chinese restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House, in Asia Village, a quaint shopping
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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 ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

The third book in what is quickly becoming one of my most favorite cozy series had me craving both noodles and more books by this author! Lana's relationship with Detective Trudeau progresses, she settles into her new role as manager of the restaurant, and of course, she works to solve some murders. Judges in the noodle contest being held at Asia Village are dropping fast, and Lana wants to get to the bottom of it.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien is the 3rd book in A Noodle Shop Mystery, and another fun cozy mystery. In the first book Lana Lee returns home after walking out on her job and boyfriend. Now she is running her family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House located in the Cleveland Area. Lana and her family are getting ready for Cleveland's Best Noodle contest, and Lana is excited to win. When a judge is found dead in his noodles, Lana is determined to get to the truth. I found this book to be a quick ...more
At one time, Lana Lee saw herself as a corporate hotshot wearing stiletto heels (even though they make her feet hurt after 15 minutes). Never did she think she'd be working at her parents' Chinese restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House, let alone managing the place. Ho-Lee has been entered into Cleveland's Best Noodle Contest. A local food critic and one of the judges of the contest, receives a threatening note in a fortune cookie and is later found dead, face down in a bowl of lo mein. When Lana ...more
Jim Huang
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shrimp Lo Mein is comfort food for me, a happy memory from my youth and still a go-to on good days and bad. Murder and lo mein in one book? Irresistible. But while there's murder here -- two, in fact -- there's hardly any lo mein. The action of the book centers around a chinese restaurant in Cleveland, and a noodle contest in which it's participating. But besides the fact of the contest, there are few details about the food -- what it tastes like, what it smells like, what ingredients and ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Lana is back in the third Noodle Shop mystery series and this time there a food contest her restaurant is entering, along with a murder to solve. This book definitely featured more food in it which I really liked. My major grip though is that the "bread crumbs" for the murders were so easy to figure out who the murderer was. I am by no means a detective in my own right so the fact that I knew who did it should illustrate how obvious it was. I will be keeping on with the mystery series and look ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-ohio
Things are going well for Lana Lee--she's now officially manager of her family's Chinese restaurant, and her bossy Mother is too busy with her own visiting Mother to interfere. Lana doesn't see her police detective boyfriend Adam nearly enough, but that's all right as she's busy with preparations for the contest to determine the best noodle cook in Cleveland. Of course, she's rooting for her restaurant's chef Peter. When one of the three judges, an unpleasant restaurant critic, is murdered, Adam ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
A perfect book to read when feeling stressed. Lana Lee and her family and friends (plus a sexy beau) are always entertaining and the mystery is intriguing. I didn't figure out who the villain was until the end, which is a plus. A Lo Mein Noodle contest at the Asian Village shopping plaza is the backdrop for the story. Although the location is fictitious, it is so believable that I always want to go there and eat at the #1 Noodle Shop.

The only danger is a serious craving for Chinese food!
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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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