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Review: Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

Death by Dumpling (A Noodle Shop Mystery #1)Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading several intense, dark dramas, I decided I needed a little break and grabbed this cozy mystery – and I’m so glad I did! This is definitely a super cute new series that I am absolutely looking forward to continuing.

The main character of the series is Lana Lee, a young woman who is working at her parents’ Chinese restaurant in the Asian Village shopping plaza. When the plaza’s owner is found dead over an order of dumpling from the restaurant – that Lana delivered – suspicion immediately falls on Lana and a longtime friend. Together with her roommate, Megan, Lana decides to look into the crime on her own and figure out what’s going on in the tight-knit community.

I loved the characters in this book – they were so charming, and in some cases, mysterious, that I couldn’t help but be sucked in to their world. Plus, I loved Kikko. Every scene she was in was my favorite, lol.

The foreshadowing in this book was a little thick and I pretty much figured out the ending before it was revealed, but in a cozy mystery, it really is more about the atmosphere and the characters, so I can forgive that. Hopefully things will balance out in future books.

Also, don’t read this book on an empty stomach, because you will be hungry by the end. I have been craving some Chinese food since I began this book.

I am so excited to see where this series goes and will definitely be reading the next one!

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