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Welcome back to Ho-Lee Noodle House, where you can get fantastic take-out. . .unless you get taken out first. “Vivien Chien serves up a delicious mystery with a side order of soy sauce and sass. A tasty start to a new mystery series!” ―Bestselling author Kylie Logan on Death by Dumpling Lana Lee is a dutiful daughter, waiting tables at her family’s Chinese restaurant even th Welcome back to Ho-Lee Noodle House, where you can get fantastic take-out. . .unless you get taken out first. “Vivien Chien serves up a delicious mystery with a side order of soy sauce and sass. A tasty start to a new mystery series!” ―Bestselling author Kylie Logan on Death by Dumpling Lana Lee is a dutiful daughter, waiting tables at her family’s Chinese restaurant even though she’d rather be doing just about anything else. Then, just when she has a chance for a “real” job, her parents take off to Taiwan, leaving Lana in charge. Surprising everyone―including herself―she turns out to be quite capable of running the place. Unfortunately, the newlyweds who just opened the souvenir store next door to Ho-Lee have turned up dead. . .and soon Lana finds herself in the midst of an Asia Village mystery. Between running the Ho-Lee and trying to figure out whether the rock-solid Detective Adam Trudeau is actually her boyfriend, Lana knows she shouldn’t pry into the case. But the more she learns about the dead husband, his ex-wives, and all the murky details of the couple’s past, the more Lana thinks that this so-called murder/suicide is a straight-up order of murder. . .


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Welcome back to Ho-Lee Noodle House, where you can get fantastic take-out. . .unless you get taken out first. “Vivien Chien serves up a delicious mystery with a side order of soy sauce and sass. A tasty start to a new mystery series!” ―Bestselling author Kylie Logan on Death by Dumpling Lana Lee is a dutiful daughter, waiting tables at her family’s Chinese restaurant even th Welcome back to Ho-Lee Noodle House, where you can get fantastic take-out. . .unless you get taken out first. “Vivien Chien serves up a delicious mystery with a side order of soy sauce and sass. A tasty start to a new mystery series!” ―Bestselling author Kylie Logan on Death by Dumpling Lana Lee is a dutiful daughter, waiting tables at her family’s Chinese restaurant even though she’d rather be doing just about anything else. Then, just when she has a chance for a “real” job, her parents take off to Taiwan, leaving Lana in charge. Surprising everyone―including herself―she turns out to be quite capable of running the place. Unfortunately, the newlyweds who just opened the souvenir store next door to Ho-Lee have turned up dead. . .and soon Lana finds herself in the midst of an Asia Village mystery. Between running the Ho-Lee and trying to figure out whether the rock-solid Detective Adam Trudeau is actually her boyfriend, Lana knows she shouldn’t pry into the case. But the more she learns about the dead husband, his ex-wives, and all the murky details of the couple’s past, the more Lana thinks that this so-called murder/suicide is a straight-up order of murder. . .

30 review for Dim Sum of All Fears

  1. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I definitely enjoyed this one more. Mostly because with Lana being forced to run her family's restaurant, we get to see her take charge more. She and her sister still squabble a lot, but you can see where they are both coming from while reading. Due to the murder of two of the owners (Isabelle and her husband Brandon) in Asia Village, many customers and owners are starting to think that one of the storefronts is unlucky. Lana was close with Isabelle and is determined to identify her murderer. Wi I definitely enjoyed this one more. Mostly because with Lana being forced to run her family's restaurant, we get to see her take charge more. She and her sister still squabble a lot, but you can see where they are both coming from while reading. Due to the murder of two of the owners (Isabelle and her husband Brandon) in Asia Village, many customers and owners are starting to think that one of the storefronts is unlucky. Lana was close with Isabelle and is determined to identify her murderer. Will say there seems to be a hard pause in Lana's barely there relationship with Detective Adam Trudeau. I got to read an excerpt of the next book, and there may be another love interest that I hope we see Lana get excited about. She and Adam have zero chemistry. "Dim Sum of All Fears" has Lana dealing with her parents leaving her in charge of the noodle shop while they fly back to Taiwan to see about her grandmother. Though Lana has an opportunity to interview for a new job, she realizes she won't be able to have both. To make matters a little worse, her sister is bent of out shape she's been put in charge, there is a lot of things going on since Chinese New Year is around the corner, and oh yeah, two people were found murdered in their store. These new murders touch Lana a lot more than the last one since she was close to one of the victims, Isabelle. Lana felt ambivalent about Brandon since the guy was never around. And even Isabelle started to notice it. I really loved the twists and turns this book takes with finding out about Brandon's past. I did like Lana and Megan more in this one. They really are becoming a fascinating duo of amateur sleuthing. Lana I think felt more sure of herself in this one, even with her blue hair. I do wish that she and her sister would quit fighting. I think Lana's sister is jealous of her, though I get why Lana is annoyed her sister keeps making snide remarks. Also Lana's relationship with Detective Trudeau seems to be cooling. They have zero chemistry. Lana at one point asks him why did he become a cop and he refuses to tell her. I was fed up with him. I also didn't like Megan saying she would investigate him to find out what is going on. Just ignore the guy if he isn't interested in having a real relationship. Their dates sounded lame too. The writing was good and so was the flow. I do think there wasn't any problems that I could see off the top off my head. I am friends with a lot of Taiwanese people and I know that Chinese New Year is a very big deal. I wish that Ms. Chien had gone into that more. I know that you are supposed to clean I think three days before the start of Chinese New Year. I think you are supposed to cook the day before. Things like that would have made the book more interesting to a lot of people. I do hope that we don't always get someone pulling a weapon on Lana, that kind of stuff will get old in a series really quick.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Release Date: August 28, 2018 Genre: Cozy Mystery Actual Rating: 4 stars Vivien Chien delivers in her second Noodle Shop Mystery series! From the food to the murder mystery, readers are going to devour this one! I knew after reading the first book in the series that I was going to love it, I just didn't realize how much until this followup! I can't wait for the next one! If you are a fan of culinary cozies and cozies that are jam packed with delicious ethic foods, this is a must have series Release Date: August 28, 2018 Genre: Cozy Mystery Actual Rating: 4 stars Vivien Chien delivers in her second Noodle Shop Mystery series! From the food to the murder mystery, readers are going to devour this one! I knew after reading the first book in the series that I was going to love it, I just didn't realize how much until this followup! I can't wait for the next one! If you are a fan of culinary cozies and cozies that are jam packed with delicious ethic foods, this is a must have series for you. I very much recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    I had some really high hopes for this book because the first one blew me away. So I was really excited to finally read the second book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. What makes this book stand out is the fact that it features an Asian cast as well as a lot of traditions and cultural activities that celebrates Asian culture. However, what made this book unique in the first place is also its biggest weakness here. Chien still writes a fun story however I felt like the focus of the book wasn’t I had some really high hopes for this book because the first one blew me away. So I was really excited to finally read the second book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. What makes this book stand out is the fact that it features an Asian cast as well as a lot of traditions and cultural activities that celebrates Asian culture. However, what made this book unique in the first place is also its biggest weakness here. Chien still writes a fun story however I felt like the focus of the book wasn’t the mystery. It was more of Lena’s personal struggles as well as anything and everything Asian that she could fit in. As an Asian person, I greatly appreciate this focus. But so much time had to pass before the real plot of the story began. I really like Lena and can relate to a lot of her personal issues. But she comes across as very immature in this novel. It was to the point where I actually thought I was reading a Young Adult novel instead. All those internal struggles are wonderful to have in a book to accentuate the main storyline, but the mystery felt buried beneath all that and never got a chance to shine. Things took too long to progress and as a result, the book really disappointed me. I am hoping a tighter pace will happen for the next book or even just a greater focus on the actual mystery of the story because I can see a lot of potential. But without the right kind of attention being made in all the important parts, sadly this book won’t shine with mystery readers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Suranjana

    2.5 stars actually. I was expecting a lot from the author I guess and I was left a tad disappointed. Lana was behaving like a teenager trying to be an adult. Anna May is the so called mature, responsible older sister who bickers all the time with Lana. What is mature in that? Adam, Lana's love interest is reserved to the extent that he doesn't only stone wall Lana but also me. I fail to get involved in Lana's love problems. The mystery was never quite intriguing enough. Lana's next door shop own 2.5 stars actually. I was expecting a lot from the author I guess and I was left a tad disappointed. Lana was behaving like a teenager trying to be an adult. Anna May is the so called mature, responsible older sister who bickers all the time with Lana. What is mature in that? Adam, Lana's love interest is reserved to the extent that he doesn't only stone wall Lana but also me. I fail to get involved in Lana's love problems. The mystery was never quite intriguing enough. Lana's next door shop owners, Isabelle and her husband Brandon are murdered and despite her best intentions to stay away from the investigation, Lana can't help herself. Isabelle was her friend and she wants justice. Lana is very similar to the typical American comedy heroines - a little klutzy, a little cute, a bit dumb, a splash of toughness, wants independence, has a complicated relationship with an emotionally unavailable, handsome hunk, has a vocabulary which has 100 most used American words (overuses the word "stuffs"). You can entirely overlook her Asian ethnicity. Ok, I know all 27 year olds in the world have many things in common. But Lana is like any other cozy mystery + romantic comedy heroine. She comes from a mould, she doesn't do anything different or, she doesn't do things differently. It feels so common and commercial. In a series I like to look at the growth of characters, changes in their personality and lives, for better or for worse. I expect the lead character to develop as they tackle life. The characters might come from reliable fiction formulas, then the Author does her own twists on that formula, so that the series starts interesting and stays interesting. Here the promise is good - an Asian-American heroine, an exotic noodle shop, a cast of Asian-American and American people, and mystery. Then it becomes another regular cozy-comedic-romantic-mystery. :( Hopefully the next book would be better.

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    Earlier this year I got in on the ground floor of this sweet and sour mystery series and I loved it. The Noodle Shop Mysteries offer something on the exotic side when it comes to cozy mysteries as they have a distinct Asian flare—-if you couldn’t tell from the title! What I love about Chien’s writing style is that she is to the point and brisk but not so brisk that she’s impersonal. This was just the light murder mystery that I needed as the summer days become shorter. Obviously this is the second Earlier this year I got in on the ground floor of this sweet and sour mystery series and I loved it. The Noodle Shop Mysteries offer something on the exotic side when it comes to cozy mysteries as they have a distinct Asian flare—-if you couldn’t tell from the title! What I love about Chien’s writing style is that she is to the point and brisk but not so brisk that she’s impersonal. This was just the light murder mystery that I needed as the summer days become shorter. Obviously this is the second in a series and there are references/spoilers about book one in this latest installment. If that bothers you, read the first book, it was a solid opener and read quickly. If you don’t care about spoiling the first book then read this one, you won’t be lost in the subplots because Chien does a great job orientating her readers in the plot and introducing them to the characters. I read this book easily in a day. It was light reading and the mystery kept me interested and I loved seeing the different angles and possibilities in this plot. I love Lana as a protagonist. She’s smart, sassy, and I love that her life is basically falling apart in various ways but yet she preservers and keeps on keeping on. I love her and I love how she goes about solving cases. What I don’t love is the romance between her and Adam. I feel like Adam is indifferent to her and I am just not in love with his character. To be honest, I feel more chemistry between Lana and Ian. Adam just seems to absorbed in his own world, bland, and he doesn’t interact with Lana enough in the story to justify anything other than a basic friendship/budding romance. I get it, their romance is in fact budding, but unless they have some serious time and interaction in the next book, in my opinion Lana needs to move on. I am just not buying them as a couple. As with the first book, I love the Asian angle of this book. I think it brings a unique niche to a genre saturated with quaint English villages and crumpets. While the culture isn’t the focus of the book, I love how seamlessly it’s woven into the plot. I was craving Chinese food throughout this novel as well…again food isn’t the focus of this book but it plays a large roll and I love it! This book still hit a solid four stars from me, I just wish the romance had progressed or heated up a little or just went in a new direction all together. I am eager to see what happens to Lana in the next book, hurry up March 2019! See my full review here

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien is the 2nd book in A Noodle Shop Mystery, and another fun cozy mystery. In the first book Lana Lee returns home after walking out of her job and boyfriend. Now she is working as a waitress in her family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House located in the Cleveland Area. Lana's parents make a sudden trip to Taiwan and leave her in charge, which doesn't make her sister happy. When the newlyweds who just opened the souvenir shop next door, are found murdered Lana i Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien is the 2nd book in A Noodle Shop Mystery, and another fun cozy mystery. In the first book Lana Lee returns home after walking out of her job and boyfriend. Now she is working as a waitress in her family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House located in the Cleveland Area. Lana's parents make a sudden trip to Taiwan and leave her in charge, which doesn't make her sister happy. When the newlyweds who just opened the souvenir shop next door, are found murdered Lana is determined to get through the truth. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. Looking forward to the next book in the series. If you love fun cozy mysteries like I do, than I recommend this book. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    This book was an enjoyable read. I liked getting a glimpse into the restaurant business and learning about these characters. You don’t need to read the first book in the series, but it may help in getting to know the characters a little better. The characters are quirky and witty, the story has a solid mystery, and the pacing of the story was done well. The internal struggle of the main character, Lana Lee, was done exceptionally well in her dealing with doing what she loves versus following trad This book was an enjoyable read. I liked getting a glimpse into the restaurant business and learning about these characters. You don’t need to read the first book in the series, but it may help in getting to know the characters a little better. The characters are quirky and witty, the story has a solid mystery, and the pacing of the story was done well. The internal struggle of the main character, Lana Lee, was done exceptionally well in her dealing with doing what she loves versus following tradition. This was an engaging cozy mystery, and I look forward to reading the next installment of the series. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    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. I had some really high hopes for this book because the first one blew me away. So I was really excited to finally read the second book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. What makes this book stand out is the fact that it features an Asian cast as well as a lot of traditions and cultural activities that celebrates Asian culture. However, what made 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. I had some really high hopes for this book because the first one blew me away. So I was really excited to finally read the second book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. What makes this book stand out is the fact that it features an Asian cast as well as a lot of traditions and cultural activities that celebrates Asian culture. However, what made this book unique in the first place is also its biggest weakness here. Chien still writes a fun story however I felt like the focus of the book wasn’t the mystery. It was more of Lena’s personal struggles as well as anything and everything Asian that she could fit in. As an Asian person, I greatly appreciate this focus. But so much time had to pass before the real plot of the story began. I really like Lena and can relate to a lot of her personal issues. But she comes across as very immature in this novel. It was to the point where I actually thought I was reading a Young Adult novel instead. All those internal struggles are wonderful to have in a book to accentuate the main storyline, but the mystery felt buried beneath all that and never got a chance to shine. Things took too long to progress and as a result, the book really disappointed me. I am hoping a tighter pace will happen for the next book or even just a greater focus on the actual mystery of the story because I can see a lot of potential. But without the right kind of attention being made in all the important parts, sadly this book won’t shine with mystery readers. *ARC provided by publisher Reviewed by Ann❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wendi Lee

    This is the second book in this cozy mystery series, starring Lana Lee. Lana’s parents own a successful noodle shop, but all she wants to do is branch off into something more meaningful, and more importantly, something all her own. She lands a job interview for an office position, but her parents are summoned to see her ailing grandmother in Taiwan, and guess who they leave in charge of the restaurant? Almost immediately, there is a double murder in Asian Village (the shopping center her restaur This is the second book in this cozy mystery series, starring Lana Lee. Lana’s parents own a successful noodle shop, but all she wants to do is branch off into something more meaningful, and more importantly, something all her own. She lands a job interview for an office position, but her parents are summoned to see her ailing grandmother in Taiwan, and guess who they leave in charge of the restaurant? Almost immediately, there is a double murder in Asian Village (the shopping center her restaurant is in), and Lana and her roommate put on their amateur detective hats. As far as cozy mysteries go, this one was lots of fun! Lana is an amiable character, and even has a (kinda sorta) detective boyfriend who doesn’t want her sleuthing around! I loved the twist that she doesn’t enjoy working in the food industry- so many cozy mysteries featuring restaurants or food shops have protagonists who have found their true calling making pies, pizzas, or cookies. Lana is more of a loose cannon, which is fun. And yay for diverse mysteries! I’ve written before about the homogeneity of most cozy mysteries, so it’s great to read one about a WOC, written by a WOC. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Lana Lee isn't too happy as her mother maneuvered her into agreeing to manage the family's noodle shop while her parents returned to Taiwan for a family emergency. First, her elder sister is miffed that Lana was given the responsibility. And Lana's job interview fell into limbo because of her unavailability for the next few weeks. All of that is bad enough, but her friends in the store next door are murdered and Lana has to figure out what is going on. If course, her date/boyfriend is the detect Lana Lee isn't too happy as her mother maneuvered her into agreeing to manage the family's noodle shop while her parents returned to Taiwan for a family emergency. First, her elder sister is miffed that Lana was given the responsibility. And Lana's job interview fell into limbo because of her unavailability for the next few weeks. All of that is bad enough, but her friends in the store next door are murdered and Lana has to figure out what is going on. If course, her date/boyfriend is the detective on the case and not at all happy about her being in danger. Good story, interesting characters! Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    (free review copy from NetGalley) - loved this one even more than the first in the Noodle Shop Mysteries series! If you like cozies and want a series that is refreshingly different, definitely add this one to your list.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Canaves

    Chien Knows How To Leave Me Excited For The Next Book! Lana Lee is back! She’s still unhappily working at her parents’ Chinese restaurant at Asia Village except now her parents have left her fully in charge as they take a trip to Taiwan. And of course there’s another murder at Asia Village. Thankfully, Lee and her coworkers aren’t suspects, but it is Lee’s friend and husband who are dead so she can’t help herself from asking questions to get to the bottom of what really happened. It’s really not Chien Knows How To Leave Me Excited For The Next Book! Lana Lee is back! She’s still unhappily working at her parents’ Chinese restaurant at Asia Village except now her parents have left her fully in charge as they take a trip to Taiwan. And of course there’s another murder at Asia Village. Thankfully, Lee and her coworkers aren’t suspects, but it is Lee’s friend and husband who are dead so she can’t help herself from asking questions to get to the bottom of what really happened. It’s really not her fault that she can’t stay out of it: Lee is just one of those people who attracts people to be honest and open up with her–but it is kind of her fault because her we’ve-been-on-a-few-dates detective has repeatedly told her not to investigate. I like that Lee is overall lost in life, reserved, a great friend, and beginning to come into her own as a snooper. (And when you’re done I highly recommend the Ugly Delicious Fried Rice episode on Netflix for really interesting history and conversations about Chinese food in America.) --from Book Riot's Unusual Suspects newsletter: https://link.bookriot.com/view/56a820...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Great cover on the outside and great reading on the inside! I enjoyed book 2 in this new series even more than the first book. Now I do need to find out if Cleveland does have something like the Asian Village!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien is the second book in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. Lana Lee is surprised when her parents announce they are departing for Taiwan and leaving Lana in charge of the Ho-Lee Noodle House. Just when Lana has a second interview for a well-paying office manager position. The day her parents depart for Taiwan, Lana arrives at work ready to focus on the restaurant and show her parents she can do the job in their absence. Then Isabelle and Brandon Yeoh who own Charm C Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien is the second book in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. Lana Lee is surprised when her parents announce they are departing for Taiwan and leaving Lana in charge of the Ho-Lee Noodle House. Just when Lana has a second interview for a well-paying office manager position. The day her parents depart for Taiwan, Lana arrives at work ready to focus on the restaurant and show her parents she can do the job in their absence. Then Isabelle and Brandon Yeoh who own Charm City Souvenirs are found dead in their shop. Isabelle and Lana shared a common love of books and had become friends. It turns out that Isabelle and Brandon had several skeletons in their closet that are now coming to light. Despite being told repeatedly by Detective Adam Trudeau to stay out of the investigation, Lana cannot help but do a little digging. Which one of the suspects could have done the deed? Join Lana on her quest for the truth in Dim Sum of All Fears. Dim Sum of All Fears is nicely written and has steady pacing. If you have not read Death by Dumpling, you will not be lost. The author provides the backstory readers need to proceed with Dim Sum of All Fears. There are a variety of quirky characters that include the Mahjong Matrons, Kimmy Tran and Esther Chin. In the beginning of the book, Lana shocks everyone by showing up with her hair dyed blue. I was baffled as to why she would do this when she was interviewing for an important office manager position. At twenty-seven years old I believe it is time for Lana to quit antagonizing her mother and figure out what she wants to do with her life. Lana had days to find someone to cover for her, so she could attend the interview, but waits until it is too late (evidently, she really did not want the job). The bickering between Lana and her sister especially at the restaurant in front of customers and employees (unprofessional and inappropriate) was tiresome. I was baffled by the scheduling at the restaurant. I thought it was unusual that they open in the morning (I have never seen this type of establishment open before 11 a.m.) and during the lunch hour rush there would be only one waitress on duty (the other employee would be on her hour lunch break). The mystery was straightforward, and I could identify the killer before I was a third of the way through the book. There were a couple of suspects and Lana was proactive in asking questions. Detective Adam Trudeau tells Lana to repeatedly stay of the investigation and, of course, she has no intention of listening to him. There is a cliché love triangle between Lana, Adam and Ian Sung. Personally, I preferred Death by Dumpling to Dim Sum of All Fears (it was not as silly). My rating for Dim Sum of All Fears is 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay). I hope the author ups her game in the next A Noodle Shop Mystery.

  15. 5 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    Dim Sum of All Fears is the second in Vivien Chien’s A Noodle Shop Mystery series. This is an easy and fun read, with a solid mystery, witty writing, and affable characters. There are twists and turns, red herrings, and multiple suspects. There isn’t any graphic violence or adult situations, but there is some mild adult language. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Lana Lee recently moved back home to the Cleveland, Ohio area and is reluctantly working as a hostess/server Dim Sum of All Fears is the second in Vivien Chien’s A Noodle Shop Mystery series. This is an easy and fun read, with a solid mystery, witty writing, and affable characters. There are twists and turns, red herrings, and multiple suspects. There isn’t any graphic violence or adult situations, but there is some mild adult language. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Lana Lee recently moved back home to the Cleveland, Ohio area and is reluctantly working as a hostess/server in her parents, William and Betty Lee’s, Chinese restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House, in Asia Village, a quaint shopping center. She has an older sister, Anna May, who attends law school. She shares an apartment with her best friend, Megan Riley, in North Olmsted and has a black pug named Kikko. When her parents announce they will be in Taiwan for a couple of weeks to help take care of her aging grandmother and she’ll be in charge of the restaurant, both Lana and her sister are upset. Lana’s been hoping to land an office job and leave the restaurant; her sister is offended she wasn’t chosen even though her schoolwork and classes takes up most of her time. Lana recently met Isabelle Yeoh, who owns the newly opened City Charm Souvenirs next door to Ho-Lee Noodle House along with her husband, Brandon, and the two were becoming fast friends, but Lana didn’t really care for Brandon. When Kimmy Tran, who works at China Cinema and Song, finds the bodies of the Yeohs lying in a pool of blood in their store, she rushes to Ho-Lee Noodle House for help. At first, the authorities believe it was a domestic murder/suicide, but the evidence shows that Brandon’s wound wasn’t self-inflicted. Detective Adam Trudeau of the Fairview Park Police Department, who Lana is dating, is adamant she stay away from the investigation, but Lana is easy to talk to and people keep sharing things with her and asking for her help. Even though she knows better, she only shares selected information with Adam. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I have not read the first book in this series. However, I was able to jump right into this series. In fact, it was like I had read the first book. All of the characters were so engaging and a bit eccentric. There is Lana, Anna May, Lana's sister. Megan, Lana's room mate, Peter and his grilfriend, Kimmy, and of course, Lana's boyfriend, Adam. Ok, so maybe Lana does not want to call Ada her boyfriend yet as she says "they have only gone on three dates". However, by the end of the book, you can say I have not read the first book in this series. However, I was able to jump right into this series. In fact, it was like I had read the first book. All of the characters were so engaging and a bit eccentric. There is Lana, Anna May, Lana's sister. Megan, Lana's room mate, Peter and his grilfriend, Kimmy, and of course, Lana's boyfriend, Adam. Ok, so maybe Lana does not want to call Ada her boyfriend yet as she says "they have only gone on three dates". However, by the end of the book, you can say that they have made it official as boyfriend and girlfriend. Their romance did not play much of a part in this book except for a kiss here or there. Lana and Anna May may be different as sisters go. Anna May is the play it by the book type whereas; Lana has blue hair. When things get dangerous, the sisters do band together. Lana may have told Adam that she would not have gotten involved in another case but this one kind of came to her. Boy was this case full of surprises. The characters are what really did make this book so enjoyable for me. The storyline was kind of secondary but in a good way. Because if the characters are not interesting that it does not matter how good the story is. Dim Sum of All Fears serves up a fun platter of humor, engaging characters, and a good storyline that will have you requesting seconds!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    This is the first series and book I have read by Viven Chien and I plan to read more by this author. From the title, to the characters this story can be read as a stand alone novel that will have readers laughing, enjoying the awkward moments during the buding romance of the two lead characters. The mystery is enjoyable predictable but it isn't about solving the mystery but enjoying the ride and I can promise readers will be laughing. Readers will enjoy the way the author Vivien Chien is able to br This is the first series and book I have read by Viven Chien and I plan to read more by this author. From the title, to the characters this story can be read as a stand alone novel that will have readers laughing, enjoying the awkward moments during the buding romance of the two lead characters. The mystery is enjoyable predictable but it isn't about solving the mystery but enjoying the ride and I can promise readers will be laughing. Readers will enjoy the way the author Vivien Chien is able to bring the knowledge of a culture while intertwining romance, mystery and humor. This is a must read author for Cozy Mystery fans. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher St. Martin Press for the advance copy of Vivien Chien Dim Dum of all Fears.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katreader

    DIM SUM OF ALL FEARS by Vivien Chien The Second Noodle House Mystery Ever grateful for the safety net her parents' restaurant provided, Lana Lee is now ready to move on. But her new job is lost before her interview when her parent's announce they are going on an extended trip to Taiwan and leave Lana in charge of the Ho-Lee Noodle House. At least Lana can spend time with her new friend. Isabelle and her husband Brandon recently opened a souvenir shop in Asia Village, and although Brandon seems a b DIM SUM OF ALL FEARS by Vivien Chien The Second Noodle House Mystery Ever grateful for the safety net her parents' restaurant provided, Lana Lee is now ready to move on. But her new job is lost before her interview when her parent's announce they are going on an extended trip to Taiwan and leave Lana in charge of the Ho-Lee Noodle House. At least Lana can spend time with her new friend. Isabelle and her husband Brandon recently opened a souvenir shop in Asia Village, and although Brandon seems a bit sketchy, Lana enjoys Isabelle's company. While things are running smoothly at the restaurant Asia Village suffers another tragedy when Isabelle and her husband are found dead in an apparent murder/suicide in their shop. Did Brandon kill his young wife before killing himself? Or was he a victim as well? Lana is determined to find the truth and justice for her friend. I loved this second outing in the Noodle House Mystery series. Each page was a delicious morsel, the mystery, fulfilling fare. While still unsure of her future, Lana is coming into her own. Her attitude, the strength of her friendships and loyalty, make her an admirable woman...even if her life is uncertain and a bit of a mess. I would be proud to call Lana Lee a friend. DIM SUM OF ALL FEARS is a novel of many layers. First there's the intricately plotted, detailed mystery. The well developed characters illustrate complex family dynamics, as well as relationships between friends, neighbors, and co-workers. There is no shortage of humor. Several moments had me grinning, if not laughing out loud! Vivien Chien has created a world I want to visit and people I would like to call friends. DIM SUM OF ALL FEARS is a top notch mystery with a wonderful cast of characters. The only problem is that I have a craving for noodles! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    I’m really enjoying this series and can’t wait for the next installment. I’m really interested to see what Lana decides to do with her career. And, what detective Adam’s background is. Such an appealing series where I can relate to much of the family and friend dynamics.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Murder strikes Asia Village once again, and this time it's hitting Lana Lee hard. On top of that, she's been tasked with running the noodle house while her parents take an impromptu trip to Taiwan, she's still longing for a change in career, and her relationship with Detective Adam Trudeau is not proceeding as smoothly as she'd like - and her amateur sleuthing isn't helping the matter. Dim Sum of All Fears is another deliciously refreshing installment in newcomer Vivien Chien's Noodle Shop Myste Murder strikes Asia Village once again, and this time it's hitting Lana Lee hard. On top of that, she's been tasked with running the noodle house while her parents take an impromptu trip to Taiwan, she's still longing for a change in career, and her relationship with Detective Adam Trudeau is not proceeding as smoothly as she'd like - and her amateur sleuthing isn't helping the matter. Dim Sum of All Fears is another deliciously refreshing installment in newcomer Vivien Chien's Noodle Shop Mystery Series, the only problem is once I finished the book I was left hungry and waiting for the next installment! I absolutely enjoyed and wholeheartedly recommend this fun cozy. A+++

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Dottin-Radel

    First off, the reason why you see the picture for murder lo mein is because I'm excited for book 3. When it is up for pre-order at Target.com, I'm definitely going to order it. That's where I go to buy all of my books. Now I'm a fan of Asian Cuisine and the only issue I have with this book is that there are no recipes to make at least one or two Asian dishes. I think that would put this book over the top and literally had me drooling as I'm reading. I read death by dumplings and I fell in love wi First off, the reason why you see the picture for murder lo mein is because I'm excited for book 3. When it is up for pre-order at Target.com, I'm definitely going to order it. That's where I go to buy all of my books. Now I'm a fan of Asian Cuisine and the only issue I have with this book is that there are no recipes to make at least one or two Asian dishes. I think that would put this book over the top and literally had me drooling as I'm reading. I read death by dumplings and I fell in love with Vivien Chien because the book was just amazing. The way she gave details but not too much detail was perfect. Now reading dim sum of all fear, I fell in love with her even more because we're now getting to figure out what Lana's insecurities are and also what Detective Trudeau's insecurities are. So basically this book is about Asia Village again, and one of the tenants in the shopping community has died. The husband-and-wife couple, Brandon and Isabelle, has died and at first they thought it was a murder-suicide but then they realized it was murder. As the book goes on you get to discover some things about the couple that has you thinking twice. I found this to be realistic because you just never know how people are/were before they met you. Vivien, you have done an amazing job with this book. I love to see how Lana has grown and how she is figuring out her life and the path she wants to take. I know when I was in my twenties I had no idea what I wanted to do and even at the age of 36 I really have an idea but I'm figuring it out. I am learning to do something that I love and when I stop loving what I'm doing I can find something else that I'm going to enjoy doing. I did read chapter 1 and 2 of murder lo mein and I cannot wait until March 2019 to get my paperback copy of this book. I just wish I could get them all autographed by you but having the first book in the series autographed is amazing and I can't wait to have them all on my bookshelf. Also my library has a huge selection of cozy mysteries. I love suggesting books for them to purchase but they automatically get yours so I'm going to let them know that book 3 is up for pre-order so they need to get on it. Congratulations on all your success and I can't wait to read more.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Lana Lee has returned to her family after she broke up with her boyfriend. While looking for another job, one that has nothing to do with food and the family restaurant, the Ho-Lee Noodle House, she is waiting tables. Her hopes are answered when she goes for a job interview that looks to be her ticket out of the family business. That is until her grandmother, in Taiwan, needs help and Lana's parents give her only a few days notice...that she will have to step in to take over managing the Noodle Lana Lee has returned to her family after she broke up with her boyfriend. While looking for another job, one that has nothing to do with food and the family restaurant, the Ho-Lee Noodle House, she is waiting tables. Her hopes are answered when she goes for a job interview that looks to be her ticket out of the family business. That is until her grandmother, in Taiwan, needs help and Lana's parents give her only a few days notice...that she will have to step in to take over managing the Noodle House. There goes the job of her dreams because Lana is, above all, a dutiful daughter. Little does she know that the store next door will become the scene of a double homicide and her very new boyfriend will be the detective on the case. Chinese New Year is fast approaching and homicide is very bad for business in the Asia Village, home of the Ho-Lee Noodle House. Ian, who is the village manager (who also hopes to become Lana's boyfriend), begs her to investigate the victims and the ex-wives of one of those victims. Boy, are those two women forces to be reckoned with! Poor Lana - she's meeting herself coming and going with running the restaurant, dealing with her sister (the law student), her new boyfriend, a killer and trying to keep her Mom from freaking out long distance. What more could go wrong? Mom calls and says they will be staying longer in Taiwan. So, will Lana Lee manage to hold it altogether, find a killer and be around to celebrate Chinese New Years? I liked this entry in this new series better than the first and I have the next one on my list. My thanks to the publisher, St. Martin's and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Do not ask me what it is about this series, but I am enjoying book two as much as I did the first. Actually, I think it might have something to do with the Mahjong Matrons, but since they do not make a huge splash, I have relegated them to “they better show up in each book or I am out of here” status. Lana Lee is going through her quarter-life-crisis. I know it is a quirky term, but very fitting since Lana seems to be stuck after quitting her job and now working at her parents noodle shop. With Do not ask me what it is about this series, but I am enjoying book two as much as I did the first. Actually, I think it might have something to do with the Mahjong Matrons, but since they do not make a huge splash, I have relegated them to “they better show up in each book or I am out of here” status. Lana Lee is going through her quarter-life-crisis. I know it is a quirky term, but very fitting since Lana seems to be stuck after quitting her job and now working at her parents noodle shop. With a job interview set up and the possibility of getting her life back on track, Lana is conflicted when her parents ask her to manage the restaurant while they head to Taiwan to care for Lana’s grandmother. Family is the one thing that you cannot say no to and Lana resigns herself to family obligation. When Isabelle Yeoh and her husband Brandon are found dead by an apparent murder/suicide, Lana can’t help but to do her own investigation especially when two of Brandon’s ex-wives show up each wanting ownership of the souvenir shop that the couple had owned. Warnings go unheeded and soon Lana finds herself the victim of threats and violence. Boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau warned her, but when you have started to build your own murder book, you cannot just walk away. You cannot let a friend’s death go unanswered. So as the tension builds and more of the story comes out, Lana finds herself in the middle of the darker side of life and realizes that Brandon might have had more going on than he could handle and though he tried to keep the truth from his wife, there are some out there that will get what they want, no matter what.

  24. 4 out of 5

    LilyElement

    4.5 stars Dim Sum of All Fears is book 2 in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. I had fun with the first book in this series and wound up enjoying this one even more. I'm happy we're getting more diverse reads lately and love that this series involves the Asian culture while having a great whodunit at the same time. Lana Lee, our leading lady is working at her family's restaurant and trying to find an office job so she can leave the family business. Things don't go as planned though when her parent's dr 4.5 stars Dim Sum of All Fears is book 2 in A Noodle Shop Mystery series. I had fun with the first book in this series and wound up enjoying this one even more. I'm happy we're getting more diverse reads lately and love that this series involves the Asian culture while having a great whodunit at the same time. Lana Lee, our leading lady is working at her family's restaurant and trying to find an office job so she can leave the family business. Things don't go as planned though when her parent's drop everything and have to fly overseas to see her grandmother. The person they leave in charge for their several week excursion is none other than Lana, much to everyone's surprise. Lana winds up being quite good at being the restaurant manager around Chinese New Year, when business is booming. Things aren't going to be that easy though, it was quite a shock when Lana's neighboring shop owner Isabelle and her husband Brandon die and foul play is suspected. We unravel Brandon's secrets as the story progresses and there were quite a few red herrings along the way. I wasn't sure what the killer was until it was revealed, which is always promising for a cozy mystery! Dim Sum of All Fears is a strong sequel I couldn't put down. This installment had a bit of everything I could ask for, a touch of romance since Lana is dating our hunk from book 1, yummy food mentions that had me drooling, and a great mystery. I'm excited to see what mystery Lana will deal with next. If you're a fan of cozy mysteries revolving around food you'll love this series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Lana Lee works as a server at Ho-Lee Noodle House, the restaurant owned by her parents. Lana longs to do something else with her life, but she is needed at the restaurant, especially now that her mom and dad must travel to Taiwan to deal with a family crisis. Things get even worse for Lana when a good friend becomes a victim of a tragic, fatal incident. Detective Adam Trudeau, Lana's sometime boyfriend, warns her not to get involved, but Lana continues to investigate to get justice for her frien Lana Lee works as a server at Ho-Lee Noodle House, the restaurant owned by her parents. Lana longs to do something else with her life, but she is needed at the restaurant, especially now that her mom and dad must travel to Taiwan to deal with a family crisis. Things get even worse for Lana when a good friend becomes a victim of a tragic, fatal incident. Detective Adam Trudeau, Lana's sometime boyfriend, warns her not to get involved, but Lana continues to investigate to get justice for her friend. This book is the follow-up to Chien's "Death by Dumpling". It's not necessary to have read this book to enjoy this one, although there is a large number of characters to keep track of. An old-fashioned "Cast of Characters" at the beginning of the book would have been helpful. I like Lana and most of the other main characters, although Lana's condescending sister and pushy mother are sometimes hard to take. I like the setting of the Chinese restaurant and the entire Asia Village shopping area in which it's located. The mystery itself is interesting and Lana does a good job of questioning witnesses and potential suspects. There are plenty of surprises in the book's clever plot and I enjoyed this fast read and look forward to seeing what's in store for Lana in both her working and her love life in future books. I received this book through NetGalley through the courtesy of St. Martin's. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I read Death by Dumpling right before I started Dim Sum. I liked Dumpling a bit more because I thought we got more immersed in the life of a biracial character which is unusual for a cozy series. In Dim Sum, Lana is left in charge of the restaurant while her parents visit relatives and, like in the first book, someone dies in Asia Village. It left me wondering if that was going to be the case in future books and if the author could keep it fresh. Lana has almost no life outside of the village. Lan I read Death by Dumpling right before I started Dim Sum. I liked Dumpling a bit more because I thought we got more immersed in the life of a biracial character which is unusual for a cozy series. In Dim Sum, Lana is left in charge of the restaurant while her parents visit relatives and, like in the first book, someone dies in Asia Village. It left me wondering if that was going to be the case in future books and if the author could keep it fresh. Lana has almost no life outside of the village. Lana is an active investigator which I liked and whodunnit, given the small number of possibilities, was surprising though the ending seemed rushed to me. As always, each reader brings their own experience and I have worked many years in restaurants. I have NEVER worked at one where staff got a lunch hour when a restaurant is usually at one of its peak busy times. Yet, Lana and the staff routinely (many times in this story) go off at noon leaving one waitress to handle the whole restaurant. It was starting to really irritate me, especially, as I mentioned, it happened many times. If detail is provided it should be accurate. Now, the author may have worked in a family restaurant and gotten lunch breaks at noon, but I doubt she could have left where she couldn't have been called back to service if needed. I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angela Brocato-Skaggs

    Lana is still working in her parents Chinese restaurant in Downtown Cleveland even though she would rather be working as a manager in the corporate world. Just as she thinks she has found the break she has been looking for her parents must fly to Taiwan to take care of her grandmother and have left her in charge of the restaurant with the Chinese New Year right around the corner. Everything is running smoothly until one morning she finds the owners of the shop next door brutally murdered. Can La Lana is still working in her parents Chinese restaurant in Downtown Cleveland even though she would rather be working as a manager in the corporate world. Just as she thinks she has found the break she has been looking for her parents must fly to Taiwan to take care of her grandmother and have left her in charge of the restaurant with the Chinese New Year right around the corner. Everything is running smoothly until one morning she finds the owners of the shop next door brutally murdered. Can Lana leave the investigation to the police or will she find herself facing the murderer on her own? This book was very enjoyable. I have already bought the first book in the series to take with me this weekend to read while traveling. Lana, amateur sleuth, is the reason we have cozies. Even though she lives in Cleveland, her community is Asia Village. A small village of Asian stores, restaurants and businesses. She may wish to work in corporate America but she is the force that keeps this little village alive. Her relationship with local law enforcement officer Adam is hilarious but serious at the same time. He wants her to stay safe and she just can't help herself getting into trouble. I get this picture in my head of him just shaking his head in defeat but smiling at the same time out of love. I can't wait to learn more about him as the series progresses. This is the perfect series to begin if you are looking for a culinary cozy mystery series in a different setting. Be prepared to be craving everything Chinese as you are reading. I had to keep myself from drooling as I was reading. I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Suz Jay

    I was excited to have the opportunity to obtain an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from NetGalley. In DIM SUM OF ALL FEARS, the second novel in the Noodle Shop mystery series, Lana Lee’s parents travel to Taiwan and place her in charge of the family restaurant. When the owners of one of the shops in Asia Plaza are found dead, Lana is on the case. Holding her back are a side order of sibling rivalry and her main dish, Adam, the sexy police detective and her sort of boyfriend. In her corner I was excited to have the opportunity to obtain an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from NetGalley. In DIM SUM OF ALL FEARS, the second novel in the Noodle Shop mystery series, Lana Lee’s parents travel to Taiwan and place her in charge of the family restaurant. When the owners of one of the shops in Asia Plaza are found dead, Lana is on the case. Holding her back are a side order of sibling rivalry and her main dish, Adam, the sexy police detective and her sort of boyfriend. In her corner again are Lana’s best friend, Megan, and the adorable pug Kikko. Lana’s mother, always hoping to marry off her youngest daughter, keeps pushing Lana to settle down with doctor or a layer. Mama Lee isn’t keen on having a police detective as a son-in-law. Lana continues to search for the perfect fit of a career, while her friend’s believe she’s found it at the Ho-Lee Noodle House. There are no shortage of suspects including con artists, scorned exes, and a mystery man with a Captain Kirk hairstyle. Lana has her hands full with restaurant management, sleuthing, and her fledgling relationship with Adam. Colorful characters from the first novel such as high-strung Kimmy and the Mahjong Matrons add to the fun. I look forward to seeing what Chien serves up in the next installment.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Wilhoite

    Lana Lee is back in the second book of "A Noodle Shop Mystery" series. She is finally coming to grips with the end of her relationship and being held at gunpoint (both incidents from "Death by Dumpling"). Her parents have fled to Taiwan to visit her ailing grandmother and she is left in charge of the restaurant, when her new neighbors at the plaza, husband-wife Brandon and Isabelle, are brutally murdered in their store. The scene of the crime looks as if Brandon killed Isabelle, then himself, bu Lana Lee is back in the second book of "A Noodle Shop Mystery" series. She is finally coming to grips with the end of her relationship and being held at gunpoint (both incidents from "Death by Dumpling"). Her parents have fled to Taiwan to visit her ailing grandmother and she is left in charge of the restaurant, when her new neighbors at the plaza, husband-wife Brandon and Isabelle, are brutally murdered in their store. The scene of the crime looks as if Brandon killed Isabelle, then himself, but Lana does not buy it. She starts some investigating of her own much to the irritation of handsome detective Adam Trudeau, but to the delight of her friend/roommate, Megan. I LOVED this book! Lana is so easy to relate to and her sleuthing skills are even more developed this time around. I'm excited to see where her relationship with Adam goes and I'm curious as to what career path Lana will choose - will she stay at her parent's restaurant or go in another direction? Vivien Chien did an amazing job with this story and I can't wait for book #3! #DimSumOfAllFears #NetGalley I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm

    After reading 'Death by Dumpling' (the first entry in this series) I was super excited to read this. I have not had the best of luck reading cozy mysteries (too unrelatable, too "punny", etc.) so I wanted to change things up and read this. As cozy mysteries go, the formula is the same. Lana is our mystery sleuth and this time a double murder happens in the area of her parents' noodle shop. Time to break out the detective skills and to solve yet another mystery! Maybe because I really wasn't in the After reading 'Death by Dumpling' (the first entry in this series) I was super excited to read this. I have not had the best of luck reading cozy mysteries (too unrelatable, too "punny", etc.) so I wanted to change things up and read this. As cozy mysteries go, the formula is the same. Lana is our mystery sleuth and this time a double murder happens in the area of her parents' noodle shop. Time to break out the detective skills and to solve yet another mystery! Maybe because I really wasn't in the mood for this or it was just me, but this entry felt weaker than the previous book. A bit formulaic? Maybe a little too much time on Lana (who was one reason why I wanted to read this, since I found her a lot more relatable)? Not that strong of a mystery? Not quite sure, but perhaps a combo of all of these factors. Still, it was a little different and a change from what I've been reading and I needed an escape. Bought this with a coupon and thought that was best. I suppose I might have preferred to have borrowed it instead but I was happy to support the author. I'll still buy the next book and intend to continue the series.

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