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Murder Lo Mein

(A Noodle Shop Mystery #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  33 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 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—a
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Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Elle's Book Blog
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
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
Seema Rao
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
RO G'ma
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
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
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 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
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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 runn
Kathleen Gray
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is it about cooking contests that brings out the worst in people- and in this case, that's murder! Not one but two murders! And almost a third! Lana Lee is back in this third installment in a fun cozy series set in the Asia Village shopping center in Cleveland. She's running her family restaurant (in part because her grandmother has arrived from Taiwan, totally occupying her mother's time) and she's hoping that their chef, Peter, will win the big noodle contest. Then, the most important jud ...more
Vern Francis
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.

Murder Lo Mein is the third of Vivien Chien's Noodle Shop Mystery series. I'm not gonna lie I partly signed up for Netgalley just to request an ARC of this book because I could not wait, and I wanted more of Lana and Det. Trudeau. This is another cozy mystery through and through. The mystery kept me guessing till the end, I actually had convinced myself it was different murder situation, and I turned o
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
An enjoyable read but not as strong as the earlier two books. Lana is a fun MC, who loves food and her community. The set up of this mystery was promising - murder happens at a food competition at the plaza. But, two of the food contests, wouldn't have really happened. (view spoiler). I really liked how the Lana and Detect ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Grace Koshida
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lana Lee is adjusting to her position as manager of the family's Ho-Lee Noodle House. Lana and her family are convinced their talented chef Peter will win this year's Cleveland's Best Noodle contest. The first round goes well for Ho-Lee Noodle House and celebrations at the kickoff party are going well until judge Norman Pan is found strangled to death, his body found face down in a bowl of noodles. Lana's police boyfriend, Detective Adam Trudeau warns Lana off from any snooping but she can't res ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Who doesn't love a cozy mystery? In the third book of the Noodle Shop series, Lana is back at it once again. Cleveland's Best Noodle Contest has come to Asia Village. After coming in 2nd place last year, Ho-Lee Noodle House is looking for a win. Norman Pan a local food critic receives a strange fortune cookie at the first event and then is found face down in a plate of noodles. Of course, Lana (along with her best friend Megan) decides she has to investigate because this murder happened at the p ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series. I can identify with Lana, a girl who loves noodles and books. I also like the references sprinkled throughout the book from my childhood, Sesame Street and Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. The Asian Village is having a noodle contest, but the judges keep getting killed. Lana is on the case with her trusty friends and notebook. Her relationship with Adam deepens and she zeroes in on the killer and thinks that maybe she can just be a restaurant manager instead of a sleuth, but ...more
Can't really say that the review is unbiased because it's in CLEVELAND and the contest revolves around CHINESE NOODLES and an amateur sleuth with a law enforcement boyfriend!
The set up to the first murder is easy to follow, the plot is ingenious and full of twists and red herrings. The characters certainly are and the publisher's blurb gives some hints but doesn't warn the reader about some of the funny family relationship things. I truly enjoyed being grabbed by the story on a rainy Sunday af
Rebecca Minnock
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amateur sleuth, and newly appointed manager of Ho-Lee Noodle House, Lana Lee is back. As Cleveland's Best Noodle Contest gets under way, everything seems to be going just fine until one of the judges is found murdered after the first run. 

With Lana's maybe-boyfriend, Detective Adam Trudeau on the case, Lana starts her own investigation along with her best friend Megan.

The latest installment of the Noodle Shop Mystery is every bit as good as the previous ones, and if you read those, don't miss Mu
Karen Fan
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few things you should know about me:

1. I love cozies.
2. I am a chubby Taiwanese woman.
3. I love food.

Murder Lo Mein basically checks my boxes.

This is a cute cozy that feels a bit more modern than other cozies; it’s humorous and situations don’t drag on too long. I love the inclusion of Asian characters and Chinese food; I am loving the spate of Asian protagonist lately and am super excited to read a cozy featuring an Asian protagonist!
Rhonda Lomazow
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third in this wonderful cozy series.Lana Lee is now running her families Chinese restaurant while her mother is busy with her grandmother,Of course there’s a mystery a noodle eating contest where someone dies.This is a fun book to curl up with it is not necessary to have read the first two in the series but you will be missing a lot of fun. #minatourbooks.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone knows Ho-Lee Noodle House has the best noodles in Cleveland. Now Lana and crew are participating in a contest to earn the title. Unfortunately someone starts killing judges and it's up to Lana and her detective boyfriend to solve the case so the Ho-Lee Noodle House can claim their victory. Reading these makes me crave noodles oh and now there is a doughnut shop nearby -oh boy
Kristin Cochran Schadler
Really fun read. I love reading about the Asian-American culture, I think it's fascinating. I always learn something new. This was a fun story. I really thought the killer would be someone else, or that it was two people. I love the backstory in this book about Adam and his past. That was interesting. Good, fun read!
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lana is back, getting involved in a murder investigation despite her detective boyfriend’s concerns. A contest for the best Chinese chef ends up with the murder of two people involved. A cozy with an Asian twist, a quick light read.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hit
Cristy Emmnm
2019 Read Harder Challenge: A cozy mystery
2019 Reading Women Challenge: A mystery or thriller written by a woman of color
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Mar 08, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

While this is the third book in a series, you could easily jump into Murder Lo Mein without having read the first two books. In book 3, Lana finds herself and the noodle shop in danger. The mystery is well-written, with plenty of suspects and clues to be mined throughout the plot. Being an Ohioan, I enjoy the familiar Cleveland setting of the series, and the addition
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder Lo Mein by Vivian Chien 4 stars

This is the third book in the Noodle Shop Mysteries and each book is an improvement. This entry is the best yet. It is not often that you find an Asian American as a main character in cozy mysteries and when Death By Dumpling came out I was eager to read it. The first book was an introduction to Lana Lee, the wayward second daughter. In the first book she had just lost her job and was back working in her family's noodle restaurant. In this third entry, Lana
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