ARC Review: Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

Posted March 26, 2018 by Annie in Reviews / 16 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
Death by Dumpling
by Vivien Chien

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: March 27th 2018
Series: A Noodle Shop Mystery #1
Published by St. Martin's Press
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
 

“Chien’s writing immediately captures your attention.”
~ Under the Covers

I’ll be honest. The cover of this book totally caught my attention and when I learned that it was going to center around a noodle shop, I knew I had to read it. It’s not often I come across a series that is so focused on Asian culture and as an Asian myself, it made me proud to see this series.

As an avid reader of Cozy Mysteries, I was very excited to be able to try this new author. Chien’s writing immediately captures your attention. It’s fun and uplifting, with subtle touches of humor, which I think makes her books relatable even if you aren’t Asian.

I really enjoyed Lana’s narration and am looking forward to read more of her. She was fun and spunky and her supporting cast is just as interesting.

The only thing I would say about this book is that the mystery aspect of this book is a little predictable. More on the simpler side, it was easy for me to guess what happened and that’s not what you want in a mystery. Nevertheless, I am excited for this series and can’t wait to see what Chien has up her sleeve next.

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Annie, there was a series in the late 90s-2000s, I think, that featured a female detective Chinese protagonist and a white detective who met up on a case and became paramours, much to traditional grandmother’s dismay…great series, hard mystery…lot of fun to read and for the life of me, I cannot remember the author or a title…so sorry….hope you can fine it…you’d like it.

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Thanks for mentioning it. I’ll see if I can find it.

Amy R
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Thanks for the review.

Darynda
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Darynda

Ooooo, new TBR fodder. Thanks for the review!

Elizabeth
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I’m always looking for new cozies

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Kathleen Bylsma

Annie, there was a series in the late 90s-2000s, I think, that featured a female detective Chinese protagonist and a white detective who met up on a case and became paramours, much to traditional grandmother’s dismay…great series, hard mystery…lot of fun to read and for the life of me, I cannot remember the author or a title…so sorry….hope you can fine it…you’d like it.

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Thanks for mentioning it. I’ll see if I can find it.

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review.

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Kathy Valentine

Fabulous review annie!!! Love this cover too!!! On my tbr gr list,sounds like a fun read!! Shared on all my socials!!

Darynda
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Darynda

Ooooo, new TBR fodder. Thanks for the review!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I’m always looking for new cozies

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Fabulous review annie!!! Love this cover too!!! On my tbr gr list,sounds like a fun read!! Shared on all my socials!!

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Thanks for the review Annie

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Thanks for the review Annie

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Wow! Nice and Amazing…

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Wow! Nice and Amazing…