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Wonton Terror

(A Noodle Shop Mystery #4)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Amateur sleuth Lana Lee returns for another charming cozy Noodle Shop Mystery in Vivien Chien's Wonton Terror...

The Asian community is kicking off summer with the return of its popular Cleveland Night Market festivities, and Lana Lee is excited to represent the Ho-Lee Noodle House booth with her favorite chef, Peter Huang. Lana is confident that the evening marks the
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Elle's Book Blog
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

Vivien Chien cooks up another scrumptious mystery in Wonton Terror! This series is one of my favorites. The heroine is a spicy little thing that defies everything her heritage stands for. Sure, she appreciates her roots but she certainly isn't the demur little thing that many may associate her character with. I love how Vivien gives Lana enough flair to make her stand out as a heroine! Not only that, she's got a lot of "balls" so to speak and isn't afraid to go
Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien is the fourth novel in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. Each book in this series can be read on its own. I like this unique cozy mystery series that has readers enjoying Asian food and culture in Ohio. Lana Lee is rocking purple hair while busy managing the family restaurant, working at the Asian Night Market, attending mandatory family dinners and spending time with her boyfriend. With her Aunt Grace in town, her mother is tense (putting is mildly). Grace Richardson ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

WONTON TERROR is book four in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. This is a series that I have enjoyed in the past because of the premise of it. However, the more I read these books, there are things that I am discovering about this author and her writing style.

First off, let me start with what I liked about the book. I’ve always been a big fan of the Asian influence in this series. It’s definitely one of the most unique Cozy Mystery series out there and I do hope that more series come from this
Wendi Lee
Lana Lee decides to investigate another murder, this one involving a food truck at her neighborhood's Asian Night Market. The mystery is interesting, and I'm happy to report that I guessed the wrong whodunnit. More importantly, I love the way Lana interacts with her family, especially when her aunt arrives for a visit. Lana's mother and aunt do NOT get along, and there's a lot of uncomfortable dim sum Sunday gatherings.

What didn't work for me how a very serious subject matter (domestic
Robin Leslie Coxon
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vivien Chien continues her series with Lana Lee and the Lee's Noodle House Restaurant. Lana's character is now the manager for the Noodle House, taking on this responsibility for her mother since Lana's grandmother has came for a visit and is staying with her parents. As in Ms. Chien's previous books we are allowed to feel the surrounding and activities found within Cleveland, OH and it's neighboring suburbs. The regular characters return with the addition of Lana's aunt, her mother's sister. We ...more
Peggy R
Lana Lee is back in another enjoyable installment in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. I love the family dynamics of the Lee family. This time around, we get to meet Lana's Aunt Grace, her mother's sister. It was fun to meet her and see the sibling relationship she has with Mama Lee. I really enjoy the relationship between Lana and her sister Anna Mae. Having a sister of my own I can relate to the somewhat competitive nature of the two. Lana's romance with Adam is also progressing nicely, even ...more
Sue Em
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Lana Lee is helming her family's offering at the Night Market for the Asian community in Cleveland when the pleasant summer evening is disrupted by an explosion of one of the food trucks. One of the owners died in the explosion, and his wife, while burned, comes under suspicion for his murder. On top of running her family's noodle shop, Lana gets involved to clear her mother's friend of the charges. The mystery is well plotted but the true charm of this series lies in the family dynamics, ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lana Lee is attending the first night of Cleveland’s Asian night market. Her boyfriend is planning a trip for the two of them, but it has to be put on hold when a man who owns a food truck is killed. between some family drama and looking for who caused the death Lana Lee is busy.
Suspense Magazine
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Restaurant manager Lana Lee has little to worry about aside from planning a romantic getaway with her boyfriend, police detective Adam Trudeau. That simplicity is soon complicated by a devastating explosion at the Asian Night Market in Ohio that leaves a family friend dead and nearly kills Lana in the process. At first the tragedy that destroyed the Wonton on Wheels food truck is believed an accident, but police soon announce the deadly blast was intentional. The tight-knit Asia Village shopping ...more
Jerri Cachero
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great series! Lana Lee is investigating a murder of a food truck owner, managing her successful family restaurant - the Ho-Lee Noodle House- refereeing between her Mom and her Aunt Grace all while trying to avoid a killer!

You can't help but love Lana Lee! She's complicated, smart, loyal to family and friends and has a curiosity that sometimes leads her to trouble but also helps bring criminals to justice. The relationships between Lana and her family were easy to relate to and who hasn't
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying the Noodle Shop Mystery series by Vivien Chien and, Wonton Terror was no exception. I appreciate all the puns and plays on the words throughout the storyline. Lana Lee is once more playing amateur P.I. much to her boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau chagrin. In Wonton Terror, Lee is trying to figure out who blew up the food truck, Wonton on Wheels at the Asian Night Market. In this book, I noticed that the relationship between Lana and her sister, Anna May showed a slight ...more
The Lit Bitch
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop Mystery quite by accident. When I started the first book, I fell in love with Lana Lee’s charm and sass. I also loved all the various food descriptions in this series and found myself perpetually hungry for noodles.

While there are times that I have found myself wanting more romance in this series, the fun mysteries that Chien constructs are undeniable—I am hooked on her mysteries.

Each book could probably be read on their own. Chien does a great job
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien is the 4th book in A Noodle Shop Mystery series, and another exciting adventure. Lana Lee is the manager of her family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House located in the Cleveland Area. Lana and Peter, her head chief, are getting ready for Cleveland's Night Market festivities, where they will be serving their food from a tent. On the first night though one of the food trucks blows up and a man is killed. Lana is determined to get to the truth, but it was hard for me ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
Wonton Terror is a fun addition to the Noddle Shop Mystery Series. My favorite thing about this book was the dynamics between Lana Lee and her family. Their interactions have entertained me greatly in all four books of the series.

In this one, Lana is settling well into her role as manager of the family's noodle house and looking forward to a busy summer season, when an explosion of a food truck at the local night market festivities turns out to be a murder. Lana and her best friend, Megan, step
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Wonton Terror" by Vivien Chien is the 4th book of the Noodle Shop Delicious Mystery Series. Lana Lee has so much to look forward to. An opening night at the highly anticipated Asian Night Market, and a Birthday Getaway week-end planned by Lana's handsome boyfriend Adam Trudeau. The Ho Lee Noodle Shop is getting ready for an amazing turnout at the night market in Cleveland with Lana's favorite chef Peter Huang. However, a new local food truck, Wonton on Wheels blows up with the business owner ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chien-vivien
Another fun read in this enjoyable series. Lana just can't keep herself out of trouble! And, her family is a kick. Looking forward to more of her escapades in the future. ;)
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lana Lee manages her family's Chinese restaurant near Cleveland, Ohio. She's excited the restaurant will have a booth at the area night market being held every Friday during the summer with local businesses selling food, jewelry, and other items. The festivities turn tragic when the "Wonton on Wheels" food truck explodes and the owner is killed. The victim and the main suspects were friends of Lana's family years ago, so Lana can't help but be curious about what really happened. She soon cooks ...more
Afoma Umesi
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m still a major fan of the Noodle Shop series and I’m eagerly anticipating and dreading the next one — it’ll be the last, I think!

Wonton Terror retains and improves upon all the reasons why Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop series works as a cozy mystery series. This installment is complete with shady characters, family drama, and lots of appetizing food!

Read my full review here.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via Netgalley
Blaine DeSantis
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review! I never read any of Vivien Chien's book prior to this and I am now looking forward to reading all she has written. An enjoyable mystery book featuring Lana Lee whose family owns a restaurant business and who apparently has a knack for solving crimes/mysteries involving the Asian community in Cleveland. Love that she sets the book in Cleveland and uses the Asian community in her works. A ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
WONTON TERROR by Vivien Chien
The Fourth Noodle Shop Mystery

Warm summer nights in Cleveland, Ohio mean outdoor activities and the start of the Asian Night Market. Representing the Ho-Lee Noodle House Lana Lee sees old family friends Sandra and Ronnie Chow with their new venture, the Wonton on Wheels food truck. The spectacular evening ends with a bang, literally, as an explosion rocks the night.Was this an insurance scam gone horribly wrong or did someone want Ronnie Chow dead? While her
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Wonton Terror is the fourth book in the Noodle Shop mystery series by Vivien Chien. Due out 27th Aug 2019 from St. Martin's Press, it's 320 pages and will be available in ebook and paperback formats.

This series was pretty strong from the start. Protagonist Lana Lee is a 20something trying to find her way independently and working in her very close knit family's noodle shop. Over the series, she's become (somewhat) unwillingly entangled in
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

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

I am not sure why I was hesitating getting into this series. I have DIM SUM OF ALL FEARS in paperback and have yet to dig into it. Since I enjoyed this one so much, I am glad to have another Vivian Chien to read once I get through the mountains of ARCs for books coming out in August and September. It is like Cozy Mystery Summer around here. So many great books being released right now.

Lana Lee works for her
Karen Hollins-Stallman
"Wonton Terror" by Vivien Chien is the 4th installment in the " A Noodle Shop Mystery" series. I haven't read the previous 3 but I am now looking forward to reading the previous 3 books.

I really enjoyed this book and the setting of Cleveland, Ohio although a big city it was set in the Asian community. I always like when I can picture the setting or neighborhood. Makes for fun and often quirky characters

The Protagonist Lana Lee is well developed. The side characters such as her a roommate and BFF
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
“Wonton Terror” earns 5/5 Explosive Wontons...Engaging and Clever Fun!

My first book from Vivien Chien was a “blast!” Lana Lee is excited to have her Ho-Lee’s Noodle House restaurant participating in Cleveland’s first summer Asian Night Market, but things go terribly wrong when the Wonton on Wheels food truck explodes killing Ronnie Chow, a family friend and one of the owners, and injuring many nearby...but it wasn’t an accident, and in fact, the victim may be as much of a mystery as his murder.
Aug 01, 2019 added it
Shelves: netgalley
Wonton Terror is the fourth installment of the Noodle Shop Mystery series. Our amateur sleuth here is Lana, whose daytime job is managing her family's restaurant Ho-Lee Noodle House. She lives with her bartender friend Megan, and is dating a police officer, who she presumably met on a previous case.

This addition to the series opens with Lana and her chef Peter Huang running a booth for the Ho-Lee Noodle House at Cleveland's Night Market. During a lull in business Lana notices the son of her
Blaine DeSantis
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review! I never read any of Vivien Chien's book prior to this and I am now looking forward to reading all she has written. An enjoyable mystery book featuring Lana Lee whose family owns a restaurant business and who apparently has a knack for solving crimes/mysteries involving the Asian community in Cleveland. Love that she sets the book in Cleveland and uses the Asian community in her works. A ...more
John Stanifer
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another winner! I've been following this series since the beginning and enjoying each new dive into its unique setting and characters.

These are very easy reads but deal with issues that cut deep. Love. Revenge. Family secrets. Domestic violence.

. . . and yet, hope and light are never very far, even when things are blowing up or someone is being pushed down the stairs.

I don't know how cozy mystery authors manage to find that balance, but it works in this case.

Vivien Chien's series is extremely
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
My Review:
This series started off entertaining and delightful and keeps getting more so as each new book is released. Lana and her family are what I consider a typical American family no matter the ethnicity. They have their drama and yes sometimes everyone within 20 feet hears that drama but at the same time, they love just as deeply as they disagree. Lana wants to be independent and live her own life but her mom has a hard time letting go. I think a lot of young woman from close-knit families
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this series. I think I love it more with every book. Such a solid mix of humor and mystery. The descriptions of the food are so good that I also end up craving Chinese food every time I read a Noodle Shop Mystery! (I'm sure it won't be long before I crave donuts, too!)
Lana and Megan are a great duo. I like how Lana's relationship with Det. Trudeau is developing - but not overtaking the story. The addition of Aunt Grace in this book added some, uh, spice, to the Lee family dynamic.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Definitely a step up from the previous book in the series in terms of Lana's needing to be involved.

However, this suffered from a lot of passive action and her detective work felt less competent than it did in the first two books of the series (just walking up to people and questioning them merely because they have some connection does not get it done).

Also, the unending conflict between her mother and aunt just for the sake of it (yes I realize it was also a bit of a contrast to her and her
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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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