Review of Death By Dumpling

Posted March 23, 2021 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Review of Death By DumplingDeath by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
Genres: Cozy, Mystery
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 27, 2018
Pages: 328
Format: eBook
Source: Bought

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Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . .
The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband.
Lana’s love life soon becomes yesterday’s news once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead―after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng’s severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding frenzy―to say nothing of the gorgeous police detective who keeps turning up for take-out―it’s up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng’s killer order. . . before her own number is up.

Here is what I thought

I read this one as a buddy read with The Bookish Bryants a very sweet couple who have a great booktube channel and read a lot of cool books! If you like watching youtube check them out!

Lana Lee never seen herself back at her families noodle house restaurant but after a bad break up and some other things it’s where she ends up. One day Peter the cook ask Lana if she would make a delivery for him, he usually does it but she didn’t think that much of it. She takes the order to Mr. Feng one of the owners of the plaza that houses a lot of different Asian stores.

Later she finds out that Mr. Feng died and when the detectives come to talk to her about it, she finds out that someone gave him Shrimp dumplings and he is allergic. So she ends up being a suspect along with Peter the cook, more so the cook because she didn’t look in the bag to see what was in it she just delivered it.

Peter is her friend and she can’t see him making such a horrible mistake with the food or doing it on purpose. She is not a fan of the detectives insinuations about Peter or that he would set her up. She decides the only way to clear her and Peter’s names is to do a bit of investigating on her own.

I thought the characters were pretty decent. I liked Lana but sometimes in the beginning I thought she was kind of annoying but as the book went on I started liking her a bit better. I really liked her mother (I don’t know a lot about Asian culture but what I see on tv but it seems to be on par with that with the mother who thinks her daughter needs to be married. 🙂 ) and roommate. I think the detective will grow on me a bit more as he grows on the MC because she already thinks he has pretty eyes…lol.

This was a pretty decent first in series and I think it was also this author’s debut novel. I did guess the killer pretty early on but I didn’t get the motive till it was revealed.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and will continue with the series.

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2 responses to “Review of Death By Dumpling

  1. I read a later book in the series and enjoyed it but I did feel like I was missing a bit of setup. I need to pick this one up. I’m glad you enjoyed it even it wasn’t a favorite.

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