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Fatal Fried Rice

(A Noodle Shop Mystery #7)

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Lana Lee returns for another delectable cozy set in a Chinese restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio in Vivien Chien's Fatal Fried Rice ...more
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Published March 9th 2021
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Tina
This is a cozy mystery, and this is the 7th book in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. I have not read the first six books in this series. I have to say I was pulled into this book from the beginning, so I do not think you have to read the first six books in this series before reading this book. I loved the mystery in this book. The characters where fun and very well done. I loved this book, and I did not want to put it down once I picked it up. This is a book with food, but it is more about the myst ...more
Blaine DeSantis
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Fatal Fried Rice is the 7th book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series by Vivien Chien, who is one of the bright young authors in the cozy mystery genre. Each of her book titles take the name of a Chinese dish, and that it itself makes it a yummy entre into the world of mystery and murder that seems to always find its way into the life our narrator, Lana Lee.
Lana’s family owns a Chinese rest
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Linden
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Lana works at her family’s Asian restaurant in the Cleveland area, and has secretly signed up for a Chinese cooking class. When the instructor is murdered, an overly zealous detective seems to think Lana is a person of interest. Naturally, she gets involved in trying to solve the case, with the amusing help of her mouthy friend Kimmy. Recommended for fans of cozy mysteries, Chien combines likable characters with a unique setting. Three and a half stars. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for ...more
Peggy R
The Noodle Shop Mysteries have become one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I look forward to each new book. Fatal Fried Rice did not disappoint. I love Lana Lee. She has a great personality and a penchant for finding dead bodies even in the most innocent circumstances. This time around, Lana decides to take a Chinese cooking class in secret to surprise her family. She's embarrassed that she managers a Chinese restaurant and can't cook the food. Unfortunately, the surprise is on Lana; when ...more
Elizabeth
Mar 27, 2021 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. However, I felt that I would have understood the back stories if I had read at least some of the previous books. It took me awhile to get into it. That is no reflection on the author or the writing.

The story and characters were fun -- Lana was interesting and I loved following her quest to find the killer. The story whet my appetite (literally and figuratively) for more! Now that I've found this author, I'm planning to read more from her!

Thank you to NetGalley and St
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Christine
Usually I am all in on Vivien Chien's Noodle Shop Mysteries, but this one was not up to par. Lana Lee as everyone knows cannot cook Chinese food even though she manages her family's Chinese restaurant. She decides to take a cooking class at the local community college and still manages to be hopeless in the cooking department, but what she does discover is the murdered body of her instructor. Margo Han was a private person and hardly anyone seems to know much about her. She seems the least likel ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lana signs up for an Asian cooking class. But after the first class she stumbles on the dead body of the instructor. Clearly no more cooking lessons will be occurring. Fatal Fried Rice once again finds Lana investigating a mystery, although a jerky detective wants to pin it on her. I was stumped for most of the book about who the culprit was. It's action packed and the pieces of the story fit very well together. Chien continues to write what is one of my favorite cozy mysteries series. Keep them ...more
Jerri Cachero
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lana Lee has a secret. She's the manager of her family's popular restaurant, the Ho- Lee Noodle House, but she can't cook. Lana decides to learn how and surprise her family. On the first night of her cooking class, at a local college, the instructor is murdered and Lana discovers her body. Now, Lana must use her sleuthing abilities to find out who the murderer is before she becomes the next victim.

What a fun mystery! Lana is a perfect amateur sleuth who is smart, determined and independent. With
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The Kawaii Slartibartfast
I received a copy of this book from St. Martin's Paperbacks and Netgalley.

Lana decides to take a cooking class because she's sick of being mocked by her family for not being able to cook Chinese food.

So she takes class and because this is a cozy mystery she stumbles across the body of the instructor.

Now a horrible detective is on the case who is absolutely convinced that she had something to do with it.

This is the seventh book in this series but it works just fine as a stand alone.

I love Lana's
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Lexi
Apr 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid offering from Vivan Chien! This is a very charming series featuring a chinese restaurant and a plucky heroine. As always I enjoy these stories. Solid 3 stars!
Gina
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Fatal Fried Rice” is the seventh installment in the Noodle House mystery series featuring Lana Lee. Lana has signed up for Asian cooking classes in order to surprise her coworkers and family. She discovers the body of her teacher and becomes one of the prime suspects after butting heads with the lead detective.
This is a stronger novel than “Killer Kung Pao,” the sixth in the series. Lana flails around much less in this book, and doesn’t jump to as many conclusions. In fact, she may jump to too
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Lacey Harrington
Lana Lee is a character that I would enjoy spending time with. In this adventure Lana signs up to learn how to cook. As luck or unlucky would have it her teacher is murdered. Since she discovered the body the detective is convinced she did it.
I am looking forward to watching Lana come into her own. Stand her ground with the people in her life. I can’t wait for the next adventure!
#FatalFriedRice #NetGalley
Lizz Axnick
I love these mysteries. You might say I devour them when I get them.

Lana Lee, Manager of Ho-Lee Noodle House, doesn't know how to make Chinese food. Tired of being ribbed by her sister, she secretly takes a Chinese cooking class at a local college. Except on the first day her instructor winds up dead and now Lana is a suspect. She has to go sleuthing to find the real killer before the narrow minded detective "investigating" makes his phony case against her.

Lana is a majorly awesome character.
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Bobbie Kirkland
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of FATAL FRIED RICE (Book 7 of the Noodle Shop Mysteries) by Vivien Chien in exchange for an honest review. Lana Lee is tired of her sister picking on her for not knowing how to cook Chinese food. Lana also finds it ironic that Chinese food is the one ethnic food she has problems cooking. As a result, Lana secretly enrolls in an adult enrichment class to learn how to cook Chinese food. However, Lana’s secret lands her in hot water. At the end of the firs ...more
Jill
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lana Lee is the manager of her family’s Chinese restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle Shop. But she has a secret—she can’t cook. When she was growing up, she just wasn’t interested. And then she had to take over the restaurant, and she didn’t want to admit that she couldn’t cook. But now she’s ready to learn, so she signed up for a Chinese cooking class at a local community college, not too far from where she lives in Cleveland. She doesn’t tell her family because she wants it to be a surprise.

It turns out
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The Lit Bitch
I first discovered this series because I was hungry. I was on my lunch break scrolling through Netgalley and saw the first book and was like lured in by the noodle ox on the cover and I have never been so glad to be hungry in all my life! I found such a fun series because I was hungry!

This has been such a fun little series to read and I am so happy to see that we are on the seventh book in the series! I am so happy people have loved it as much as I have. Lana Lee is a great amateur detective who
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Cherie
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this book may have been my least favorite in the series. I think some of the things that did not work for me were:

**BEWARE OF SPOILERS**

-Lana still being naive. You would think after the number of murders she has been involved in she would have wisened up a bit when it comes to being safe and knowing when it's best to go to someone for help *cough* Adam *cough* instead of being bullheaded and not only getting yourself into a predicament but friends as well. I was really hoping to see mo
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

I know it’s hard to believe but Lana Lee, manager of her family’s Ho-Lee Noodle Shop can’t cook much of anything, not even the Chinese food she eats and sells on a daily basis. Now she wants to change that and surprise her friends and family. She has signed up for a night class in Chinese cooking at the local community college. The first class went okay, the instructor demonstrated fried rice. In the next class, the students will get to make the recipe themselves. Lana is on h
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Obsidian
Mar 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Not bad, but I think that the mystery in this one really didn't focus on the victim enough. Instead, the entire plot so to speak was having Lana being involved because she was afraid the detective investigating was going to arrest her. It made zero sense the way it was set up. I think it would have worked better if there was a specific reason why she was a suspect besides the detective didn't like her. Also the fighting with Kimmy and Megan got old and I just felt like this one was more filler t ...more
Annie
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Fatal Fried Rice is the 7th Noodle Shop mystery by Vivien Chien. Due out 9th March 2021 from Macmillan on their St. Martin's Press imprint, it's 320 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

This is a very cozy series featuring a sweet heroine who is
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Kristina
Fatal Fried Rice by Vivien Chien is the 7th book in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. This story can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. Lana Lee is the manager of her families’ restaurant, Ho Lee Noodle House in a suburb outside Cleveland, Ohio. Lana cannot cook Chinese food as everyone knows, but her sister’s relentless teasing has her signing up for classes at the local adult learning center. Lana does not want anyone in her family to know nor Peter who cooks at the restaurant. U ...more
The Cozy Review
Lana is one of those characters that you either love or hate; there is no in-between. In the newest installment, Fatal Fried Rice, fans will love Lana and hate her at the same time. Managing a Chinese restaurant isn’t precisely non-stop action, and Lana can’t cook, so she is determined to learn and put a bit more life into her day-to-day work. Once again, she finds a body, and once again, she sticks her nose in a murder investigation even though she shouldn’t. Yes, she found the body, but there ...more
Elaine LaBonte
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy murder mystery fans, people who enjoy some light humor in their murder mysteries
Recommended to Elaine by: netgalley
Fatal Fried Rice, Author: Vivien Chien

Lana Lee runs her family’s Chinese restaurant in Cleveland’s Asia Village like nobody’s business. When it comes to actual cooking, however, she’s known to be about a step up from boiling rice. So Lana decides to go to culinary school on the sly―and prove that she has what it takes in the kitchen after all. But when course instructor Margo Chan turns up dead after class, Lana suddenly finds herself on the case, frying pan in hand.
above is from the book infor
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Teisha
While this book is the seventh installment of the series, Chien does a good job of providing enough background information so readers new to the series don't feel like they're missing key elements/relationships from past installments.

As someone who has read the other books in the series, it never gets old reading about Lana Lee (the main character of the story) and the other cast of characters. Lana is one of my favorite characters from any book because she is unapologetically herself, insecuri
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Devon H
I'm not usually one for cozy mysteries, but Fatal Fried Rice makes me understand the appeal.

I jumped in head first into the seventh book in the series, but it felt as though it could be a stand alone book, other than the allusions to the previous murders Lana has been a part of. She seems to be a highly unlucky Chinese American woman working at her family's restaurant, who happens to witness (so far) seven different murders and then feels compelled to help uncover the murderer each time. This s
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Nancy
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something about this series, maybe it is the Mahjong Matrons, maybe it is the relationships within the Lee family, maybe it is how friends come together, I don’t know, but this series works for me.

Lana Lee, manager of her family’s Chinese restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House, in Asia Village doesn’t want to admit that she can’t cook. She has never needed to since she had no intention of running the business in the first place. But things haven’t worked out on that front and now she finds he
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Cynthia Smith
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fatal Fried Rice is the 7th in the Noodle Shop mystery series by Vivien Chien but the first that I have read.  I found it easy to get up-to-speed on the entire cast of characters and how they fit into the storyline. This book gives the reader a glimpse into a multigenerational Asian-American family-run restaurant with a delightful cast of characters.  Lana Lee, who manages the family restaurant, decides to take an Asian cooking class at the local community college where she then finds a body and ...more
Anne
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fatal Fried Rice by Vivian Chien is the newest entry in a popular series of cozy mysteries, Noodle Shop Mysteries, featuring noodle shop manager, Lana Lee. Lana is in the uncomfortable position of not knowing how to cook Chinese food and so enrolls in a class at a community center in a nearby town. She enjoys the class thoroughly and after the class arranges with the instructor to also give her some private sessions. She leaves, happy with her evening when she realizes she did not get the grocer ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Actual footage of me while reading this book . . . .



I’m fairly certain I could have a mukbang channel when it comes to consuming Chinese food. I am also a lover of the cozy mystery. Fatal Fried Rice features the murder of a community school teacher who is instructing an intro to Chinese food cooking class that our leading lady Lana (who just so happens to run the family restaurant with absolutely zero culinary skills) has signed up for in order to at least be capable of doing more than just
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Lata
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Murder magnet Lana Lee finds her next body at a night class. She had a secret plan to learn how to cook a few Chinese dishes after getting totally fed up with her elder sister Anna May’s baiting. Her plan is unfortunately sidelined by the shocking murder of her cooking class teacher, Margo Han.
Lana quickly finds out that the detective in charge of the case has his sights set on her or the school’s janitor as his best suspects, despite other possible leads.
With Adam, and everyone else
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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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  • Death by Dumpling (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #1)
  • Dim Sum of All Fears (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #2)
  • Murder Lo Mein (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #3)
  • Wonton Terror (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #4)
  • Egg Drop Dead (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #5)
  • Killer Kung Pao (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #6)
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