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The Ho-Lee Noodle House takes its business to the next level―only to end up in hot water. It was supposed to be a fancy, intimate dinner party by the pool. Instead, Lana Lee’s first-ever catering event turns into full-course madness when a domestic worker is found dead. Is the party’s host Donna Feng, the sweet-and-sour owner of the Asia Village shopping plaza where Ho-Lee The Ho-Lee Noodle House takes its business to the next level―only to end up in hot water. It was supposed to be a fancy, intimate dinner party by the pool. Instead, Lana Lee’s first-ever catering event turns into full-course madness when a domestic worker is found dead. Is the party’s host Donna Feng, the sweet-and-sour owner of the Asia Village shopping plaza where Ho-Lee is situated, somehow to blame? That’s what Lana―whose plate is already plenty full with running the restaurant, pleasing her often-disapproving mother, and fretting over her occasionally-serious boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau―must find out. Before the police arrived at the crime scene, Donna had entrusted an odd piece of evidence to Lana: a thumb drive shaped like a terra-cotta soldier. Now it’s up to Lana to lead her own investigation, digitally and in real life, into a world of secrets involving Donna’s earlier life in China, whether the victim had a dark agenda, and if the killer is still out there. . .and plans to strike again.


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The Ho-Lee Noodle House takes its business to the next level―only to end up in hot water. It was supposed to be a fancy, intimate dinner party by the pool. Instead, Lana Lee’s first-ever catering event turns into full-course madness when a domestic worker is found dead. Is the party’s host Donna Feng, the sweet-and-sour owner of the Asia Village shopping plaza where Ho-Lee The Ho-Lee Noodle House takes its business to the next level―only to end up in hot water. It was supposed to be a fancy, intimate dinner party by the pool. Instead, Lana Lee’s first-ever catering event turns into full-course madness when a domestic worker is found dead. Is the party’s host Donna Feng, the sweet-and-sour owner of the Asia Village shopping plaza where Ho-Lee is situated, somehow to blame? That’s what Lana―whose plate is already plenty full with running the restaurant, pleasing her often-disapproving mother, and fretting over her occasionally-serious boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau―must find out. Before the police arrived at the crime scene, Donna had entrusted an odd piece of evidence to Lana: a thumb drive shaped like a terra-cotta soldier. Now it’s up to Lana to lead her own investigation, digitally and in real life, into a world of secrets involving Donna’s earlier life in China, whether the victim had a dark agenda, and if the killer is still out there. . .and plans to strike again.

30 review for Egg Drop Dead

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien is a 2020 St. Martin’s Press publication. Fantastic! This series just keeps getting better! Lana’s first catering job is for a fancy dinner party, hosted by Donna Feng. But things go horribly awry when Donna’s Nanny is found dead. Donna once again becomes a prime suspect, and is counting on Lana to solve the mystery, while somehow managing to keep her secrets from coming to light. Lana promises to help, but soon finds herself in way over her head … If you have been f Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien is a 2020 St. Martin’s Press publication. Fantastic! This series just keeps getting better! Lana’s first catering job is for a fancy dinner party, hosted by Donna Feng. But things go horribly awry when Donna’s Nanny is found dead. Donna once again becomes a prime suspect, and is counting on Lana to solve the mystery, while somehow managing to keep her secrets from coming to light. Lana promises to help, but soon finds herself in way over her head … If you have been following this series, you’ll remember Donna from the previous installment. She’s an intriguing character and I was happy to see her character return. I’m loving the way Lana is progressing with her sleuthing skills and how realistically she approaches this case, knowing she won’t be able to work this one all on her own. While part of the charm of cozy mysteries is in touching base with the recurring characters, often times the mystery elements run in the background, and can be a little thin. That’s not the case with this series though. This mystery was very well plotted and almost had the tone of an old-fashioned crime drama. It was really good! Chein creates a nice balance between the Lana’s sleuthing and her personal life, which complements the series’ fresh contemporary approach to the cozy genre. Overall, I enjoyed this latest installment and am eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natalia R

    Lana Lee, manager of Ho-Lee Noodle House, is catering for Donna Feng's fancy dinner party. During the party, Donna yells at the nanny for failing to properly supervise the children. When the nanny is found dead in the pool, she immediately becomes the main suspect. Donna has a few theories about the murder and wants Lana to uncover the truth. Egg Drop Dead is the fifth book in Vivien Chien's A Noodle Shop Mystery series. This is an entertaining and engaging read, with witty dialogue, mouthwaterin Lana Lee, manager of Ho-Lee Noodle House, is catering for Donna Feng's fancy dinner party. During the party, Donna yells at the nanny for failing to properly supervise the children. When the nanny is found dead in the pool, she immediately becomes the main suspect. Donna has a few theories about the murder and wants Lana to uncover the truth. Egg Drop Dead is the fifth book in Vivien Chien's A Noodle Shop Mystery series. This is an entertaining and engaging read, with witty dialogue, mouthwatering descriptions of Chinese food, and a realistic cast of characters. I absolutely loved this book and enjoyed reading about the Asian American culture. Lana Lee is one of my favorite cozy mystery heroines. She reminds me so much of myself, and I feel like she's someone I would hang out with in real life. She's smart, sassy, loyal to friends and family and has a penchant for solving mysteries. I love the relationship between Lana and her family and found their interactions to be very relatable. Lana and her best friend Megan worked well together and made a great sleuthing team. I do hope that they include Kimmy again in future investigations because she's hilarious, and I think she would be a great addition to their team. The murder mystery was cleverly plotted, with plenty of suspense, suspects, and clues to keep readers on the edge of their seats. I will definitely be reading more books in this well-written and humorous cozy mystery series. I received an ARC from St Martin's Press through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elle G.

    Release Date: February 25, 2020 Actual Rating: 5 stars Cozy Mystery | Culinary Romance Vivien Chien continues to intrigue readers in the 5th installment of the Noodle House Mystery series. Based on all the culinary cozies I have read (and I’ve read a LOT), this is probably the most unique. I haven’t seen many cozies where the main characters are from a different ethnic group and I certainly haven’t found anything that revolves around Chinese cuisine. Therefore, I find it stands out from many Release Date: February 25, 2020 Actual Rating: 5 stars Cozy Mystery | Culinary Romance Vivien Chien continues to intrigue readers in the 5th installment of the Noodle House Mystery series. Based on all the culinary cozies I have read (and I’ve read a LOT), this is probably the most unique. I haven’t seen many cozies where the main characters are from a different ethnic group and I certainly haven’t found anything that revolves around Chinese cuisine. Therefore, I find it stands out from many of the other cozies out there. While I’m sure there ARE others out there that are based around different groups of people, this is the first type of book in the genre for me making it a favorite of mine. In this installment, Lana Lee is on the case again only this time she’s helping out a friend who becomes a suspect in a second murder. Prior to the killing of her nanny (this book), Donna Feng was under suspicion when her husband was murdered. Could it be that she finally snapped? How would it be possible to become a suspect in more than one murder in such a short time frame? Readers will find out when reading Egg Drop Dead! This is a really wonderful series as it’s not only unique, but it features a cast of smart and capable characters. There’s a touch of romance, something that has been budding between Lana and police detective Adam, but the majority of the story revolves around the murder of a nanny. Vivien Chien delivers in this installment of the series and I’m excited to see what happens with Lana and her pals next!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Great installment in the "A Noodle Shop Mystery". I actually liked the fact that Lana meets a female PI in this one and starts to think about what would happen if she investigated for a living. I also liked how strong her relationship with Adam is in this and for once we don't have that stupid love triangle that no one is interested in rearing its head. I also think that this case and the last one are showing that Lana's amateur investigations are getting more dangerous, so one wonders what she Great installment in the "A Noodle Shop Mystery". I actually liked the fact that Lana meets a female PI in this one and starts to think about what would happen if she investigated for a living. I also liked how strong her relationship with Adam is in this and for once we don't have that stupid love triangle that no one is interested in rearing its head. I also think that this case and the last one are showing that Lana's amateur investigations are getting more dangerous, so one wonders what she will do going forward. I have to say that Chien does a great job with doing a cozy mystery with some bite to it in this one. I think the only reason why I gave this 4 stars is that every other word we have Lana talking about how exhausted she is and honestly she talks to like one person and then she's wiped out and needs to sleep. Girl needs some iron.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Such an entertaining series! You just cannot help loving the main character, Lana Lee. I always look forward to the next book because I know our amateur sleuth won't be able to resist trying to solve another mysterious death. Of course, they are never simple, with lots of eccentric characters. Always a fun read. Such an entertaining series! You just cannot help loving the main character, Lana Lee. I always look forward to the next book because I know our amateur sleuth won't be able to resist trying to solve another mysterious death. Of course, they are never simple, with lots of eccentric characters. Always a fun read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    Egg Drop Dead, the newest addition to Vivien Chien's cozy mystery series, "A Noodle Shop Mystery" from St. Martin's Press comes out on February 25th. A delectable story from start to finish! Lana is a character readers can get lost reading, she is determined, oftentimes far too curious, and a good daughter. She works hard, with little time for relaxing, and when she does have time, she manages to get involved in uncovering a murder. Other characters in this cozy mystery, such as her best friend Egg Drop Dead, the newest addition to Vivien Chien's cozy mystery series, "A Noodle Shop Mystery" from St. Martin's Press comes out on February 25th. A delectable story from start to finish! Lana is a character readers can get lost reading, she is determined, oftentimes far too curious, and a good daughter. She works hard, with little time for relaxing, and when she does have time, she manages to get involved in uncovering a murder. Other characters in this cozy mystery, such as her best friend Megan and Lana's mother, are easy to like. At times these additional characters have readers laughing with their antics. The setting is distinctive and unexpected. Cleveland is a combination of new and old. It is reinventing itself as something more than the city of cement that it once was known as. It has a varied and vibrant culture that lends itself to a unique story. The plot in this book was well written and maintained throughout. The murder suspects are varied and have distinguished personalities, some of which are not very likable and are precisely what a murder suspect should be. There are plenty of twists and turns with enough red herrings to keep readers engaged and guessing. The killer may surprise readers. Egg Drop Dead is an entertaining cozy mystery that readers will get lost in with an appetite for more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    I picked up this mystery series on a whim when it first came out. I had no idea what to expect but I was craving ramen noodles and when I saw the cover of the first book, I felt like I could enjoy ramen noodles without actually having to eat ramen noodles (spoiler, I still ate ramen). What I found with this series was a refreshing colorful series with lots of fun and quirky characters. When I pick up a cozy to read, so many of them are set in small towns and are full of baking or cat owning chara I picked up this mystery series on a whim when it first came out. I had no idea what to expect but I was craving ramen noodles and when I saw the cover of the first book, I felt like I could enjoy ramen noodles without actually having to eat ramen noodles (spoiler, I still ate ramen). What I found with this series was a refreshing colorful series with lots of fun and quirky characters. When I pick up a cozy to read, so many of them are set in small towns and are full of baking or cat owning characters. Does this series have that? Well yes—-and no. I mean Lana Lee works at a Chinese restaurant, so baking—check. And she owns a dog—so owns animal, check. And it’s set in Cleveland Ohio—not so small town, small town. Basically, this series manages to tick the cozy boxes while still being different and memorable. I fell in love with Lana Lee and I get ridiculously excited when I see a new Noodle Shop Mystery coming out because I feel like Lana still fits the cozy mould but she also manages to stay young hip and relevant for the 30 something readers. For me, Lana Lee is one of the coolest heroines in the cozy genre! I absolutely love her (and all her vibrant hair colors, this time it’s pink!) and I feel like she is someone who I would be friends with and eat donuts with! She’s so funny, sassy, smart, and loyal. I always enjoy picking up these books because of Lana. Besides Lana, the characters in the Asian Village as well as her family are just a hoot. I always love seeing what everyone is up to in each book. My favorite are the Mahjong Matrons, what a great little group of old ladies. In this book though, we get to explore a little bit more about Donna Feng. She’s been a reoccurring character in the series and often she is the one who I am most suspicious of. I really enjoyed digging into this mystery and exploring her life before she came to the Asian Village. As with the other books in the series, there are plenty of red herrings and potential suspects with motives, which kept me on my toes and guessing until the big reveal. In this one I thought the motive and killer were well developed and interesting. I didn’t see it coming until the end! This is the 5th book in the series and while I think it would read ok as a standalone, it would make a little more sense if the reader started from the beginning, but again not necessary. The books read quick and easy and are a nice way to pass an afternoon or two, especially with a box of noodles handy! See my full review here

  8. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Business is slow at the Ho-Lee Noodle House so Lana Lee has decided to branch out into catering. Her first client is a family friend, Donna Feng who hires Lana to cater her birthday party. The party is interrupted when the nanny fails to keep Donna’s two teenage daughters busy and out of sight. Donna loudly voices her displeasure. When the nanny is later found dead in the pool Donna becomes the prime suspect. This isn’t Donna’s first entanglement with the police. She was also Dollycas’s Thoughts Business is slow at the Ho-Lee Noodle House so Lana Lee has decided to branch out into catering. Her first client is a family friend, Donna Feng who hires Lana to cater her birthday party. The party is interrupted when the nanny fails to keep Donna’s two teenage daughters busy and out of sight. Donna loudly voices her displeasure. When the nanny is later found dead in the pool Donna becomes the prime suspect. This isn’t Donna’s first entanglement with the police. She was also on the suspect list recently when her husband was murdered (Death By Dumpling). Donna entrusts Lana with a unique thumb drive and asks her to find the real killer. I like Lana Lee more and more as I read each story. She is smart, and her sleuthing skills are improving, but she is still a little wishy-washy at times. She needs to think a little more before she leaps into what can turn out to be dangerous situations. This time boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau is not in charge of the murder case but that doesn’t deter her determination. She is aided by friend/roommate Megan and when the killer turns up the heat, a private investigator is hired at Lana’s request. The secondary characters are all well developed too while still giving them room to grow. I love the family dynamic of the Lee family. The mystery is full of twists. Being linked back to Donna’s life in China gave the story more depth. Donna had theories she wanted Lana to investigate and while reading I had some theories of my own. The story wrapped up surprising me and with plenty of excitement. Ms. Chien takes us on a wild ride. Egg Drop Dead has a great cast of characters, a very intriguing mystery, with a bit of romance and humor in all the right places. This is such an entertaining series. I hope to buy, read, and review Killer Kung Pao soon so I am ready when Fatal Fried Rice releases on March 9, 2021.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    Usually my taste in mystery novels falls nebulously somewhere between cozies and dark realistic ones. As much as I don't want violence that is too graphic or an unrelentingly dark and depressing tone, I find a lot of cozies too silly, too difficult for myself to suspend disbelief. But this year one of my reading challenges is "A book with a pun in the title". And what genre has more puns than cozy mysteries? None! My other problem with cozy mysteries is that they have tended to be unrelentingly Usually my taste in mystery novels falls nebulously somewhere between cozies and dark realistic ones. As much as I don't want violence that is too graphic or an unrelentingly dark and depressing tone, I find a lot of cozies too silly, too difficult for myself to suspend disbelief. But this year one of my reading challenges is "A book with a pun in the title". And what genre has more puns than cozy mysteries? None! My other problem with cozy mysteries is that they have tended to be unrelentingly white in culture, setting, and characters. I did not want to read any more books about small town white people who owned cats and liked to cook or bake or tend bees. I don't need recipes for Amish crumb cake or southern peach pie or Grandma's mac n cheese. That's when I remembered coming across one of Vivien Chien's books in the library and putting it on my TBR to read eventually. I could have requested the first book in the series, but the title didn't seem sufficiently pun-ny for my purposed, and Egg Drop Dead, number 5 in the Noodle Shop mysteries, was available on NetGalley. Score! So I requested a copy and started reading. And while I mostly enjoyed it, and found it a relaxing read, I did come to a couple of conclusions. First, I am still not a huge fan of cozy mysteries. It's still difficult for me to buy that a private citizen with no training could not only investigate mysteries as serious as murder, but also do so successfully and without getting themselves killed. But, secondly, if I was going to read a cozy mystery, I was glad I picked one of Vivien Chien's books. While I still found the plot somewhat implausible, I enjoyed the little glimpses into Chinese-American culture, Asian-American retail centers, and life in Cleveland, Ohio. References to things like the Great Lake that borders the city, with the lakeside mansions where many of the wealthy characters in the book lived, lent an air of reality to the story, and the dynamics of some of the Chinese-American families in the area, including their deepest, darkest secrets, made for enjoyable reading. I also appreciated having a heroine who works a service job as her primary employment. Middle class people need representation too! The main character, Lana Lee, is a Chinese American woman who helps run the day-to-day work of the family Chinese restaurant, and who, apparently, solves mysteries on the side as a hobby. I don't feel like I missed out on much by not having read the previous books in the series first. Chien slips in the necessary details from previous books throughout this story in a natural, easy way. No boring info dumps or exposition. Instead, we pick right up with Lana's life, still dealing with the events of the previous book, still carrying on her relationship with her new boyfriend Adam, still living with her equally curious roommate Megan and her good-natured dog Kikko, still working at the family restaurant. And then we jump right into murder, at a party where Lana is running the catering at a party for a woman whose husband's murder was solved by Lana in an earlier book. Can't Donna catch a break? (The answer is no, and the only question is if she's the one who did the dastardly deed, to the maid in the swimming pool.) Lana is very curious, and I can see how that might drive her to investigate situations when she doesn't have all the answers. She is also rather impulsive, with a flexible relationship with telling the truth. She adds additional danger to her part-time hobby by lying to friends, family, and even her boyfriend about what she's doing and where she's going. She came across as immature to me--well-meaning and nice, but immature and prone to poor decision making. I was frustrated with her more than once throughout the story. I especially didn't see how her boyfriend could still be involved with her, considering how much she lied to him, even after they swore to each other to tell the truth. But there we go with cozies being unrealistic again.... Overall this wasn't a bad book, as cozies go. Lana and her friends, family, and boyfriend were likable people. I honestly had no idea "who done it" until the final reveal, and I enjoyed the glimpses of life of middle class and wealthy Chinese-American families in Cleveland. The title is certainly clever, as is the attractive cover art. My own personal tastes in books means that I probably won't seek out the rest of this series, but I would certainly recommend it to friends who do enjoy reading cozy mysteries. If you also enjoy cozies, I hope you'll check out the series too. Thank you to #NetGalley and St Martin's for sharing this advanced copy of #EggDropDead with me. This is my honest opinion.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    EGG DROP DEAD is the fifth book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series by Vivien Chien. It’s Lana Lee’s first catering gig, so she wants to make a good impression. However, when one of the domestic helpers drowns in the pool, Donna Feng, the party’s host is suspected. When Donna asks Lana to help her figure out what really happened, a slew of other suspects and clues unfold. I enjoyed this book a lot more than some of the other books in the series. It just felt a little more complete in terms of EGG DROP DEAD is the fifth book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series by Vivien Chien. It’s Lana Lee’s first catering gig, so she wants to make a good impression. However, when one of the domestic helpers drowns in the pool, Donna Feng, the party’s host is suspected. When Donna asks Lana to help her figure out what really happened, a slew of other suspects and clues unfold. I enjoyed this book a lot more than some of the other books in the series. It just felt a little more complete in terms of the pace and execution, so this has quickly become my favorite of the series so far. I felt like Lana’s character has kind of matured a bit and isn’t just complaining about minial things anymore through the book. She has more drive and purpose, which makes me admire her more as an amateur sleuth. After this engaging read, I am hoping that Chien can stick to this style in her books because I think they offer a lot more to the reader and keeps them engaged. I look forward to the next book in the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lana Lee's first catering job for her parent's noodle shop ends with a murdered nanny. Anxious to help her friend, Lana runs into her ex, a female P.I. And a full slate of potential suspects. As in the others in this series, the characters are engaging and the tone is light and breezy.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Lana Lee's first catering job for her parent's noodle shop ends with a murdered nanny. Anxious to help her friend, Lana runs into her ex, a female P.I. And a full slate of potential suspects. As in the others in this series, the characters are engaging and the tone is light and breezy.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jane Lons

    Fun series

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    The gorgeous cover is what attracted me to this story. It's been months since I read a cozy mystery I liked so I was looking forward to this one. This is the fifth book in the series but I don't believe you had to read the other stories to follow along with this one. All the information you needed to be up to speed was given here without spoiling any of the other books. In this story Lana is catering for Donna's Feng's party when the new nanny ends up dead in the pool. Lana gets involved when on The gorgeous cover is what attracted me to this story. It's been months since I read a cozy mystery I liked so I was looking forward to this one. This is the fifth book in the series but I don't believe you had to read the other stories to follow along with this one. All the information you needed to be up to speed was given here without spoiling any of the other books. In this story Lana is catering for Donna's Feng's party when the new nanny ends up dead in the pool. Lana gets involved when one of the prime suspects asks for her help. And of course she just can't stay out of trouble! The backstory with Donna Feng was very interesting and held my attention from the start. And I thought the action was well balanced. Sometimes these stories can get so caught up with the ongoings of the town and lose track but that didn't happen here.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    Lana Lee is the manager of her family's Asian restaurant. She's asked to cater a party for a wealthy woman, whose nanny is murdered at the event. Ms. Feng asks for Lana's help in proving her innocence. Is Donna Feng guilty of anything but trying to conceal her shady past? Who would want to kill poor Alice, who by all accounts was a compassionate caregiver? Lana aims to find out, relying on the gossipy Mahjong Matrons who frequent the restaurant. I was new to this series, but with a likable prota Lana Lee is the manager of her family's Asian restaurant. She's asked to cater a party for a wealthy woman, whose nanny is murdered at the event. Ms. Feng asks for Lana's help in proving her innocence. Is Donna Feng guilty of anything but trying to conceal her shady past? Who would want to kill poor Alice, who by all accounts was a compassionate caregiver? Lana aims to find out, relying on the gossipy Mahjong Matrons who frequent the restaurant. I was new to this series, but with a likable protagonist and a well-plotted mystery, I want to read more by this author. Thanks to the publisher and to Netgalley for this ARC.

  15. 4 out of 5

    cozycratebox

    First novel from V C, enjoyed the info on how Lana came into being the main character of this series. Kept me reading to see how this mystery got solved and with so many possibilities. It was a surprise I hadn’t seen coming. Added to my keep reading list!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Prockish

    This might be my favorite one yet! I love this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Maybe when/where you read a book has as much to do with the rating as the objective qualities of the book? I read this as the coronavirus and the restrictions established to contain it were sweeping the country, assuming you're reading this at some distant time when the disease is only a bad memory. Lana Lee is running her parents' restaurant, and starting to cater parties. The first one is for the business' landlady Donna Feng, who has her secrets. When her nanny is found in the pool, the polic Maybe when/where you read a book has as much to do with the rating as the objective qualities of the book? I read this as the coronavirus and the restrictions established to contain it were sweeping the country, assuming you're reading this at some distant time when the disease is only a bad memory. Lana Lee is running her parents' restaurant, and starting to cater parties. The first one is for the business' landlady Donna Feng, who has her secrets. When her nanny is found in the pool, the police think Donna is the culprit and she begs Lana (who comes with her Anglo roommate, bartender Megan, and her handsome policeman boyfriend) to investigate. A spunky private detective joins her posse, but she's bothered by her miserable ex-boyfriend, until she finds the courage to tell him off once and for all (you go, girl!). Less than the previous books had about Lana's family's nagging and support.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien is the 5th book in A Noodle Shop Mystery series, and another exciting adventure. Lana Lee is the manager of Zher family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House located in the Cleveland, Ohio Area. Lana and her family are doing their first-catering event, when the hostess yells at her nanny, than she is found dead. Lana is determined to get to the truth, after the hostess slips her a thumb drive, and claims she innocent. Lana's family dynamites are very funny, which I enjo Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien is the 5th book in A Noodle Shop Mystery series, and another exciting adventure. Lana Lee is the manager of Zher family's restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House located in the Cleveland, Ohio Area. Lana and her family are doing their first-catering event, when the hostess yells at her nanny, than she is found dead. Lana is determined to get to the truth, after the hostess slips her a thumb drive, and claims she innocent. Lana's family dynamites are very funny, which I enjoy. I also like Lana's relationship with her boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau. 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/ and series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    The fifth installment of the Noodle Shop Mystery series continues Ms. Chien's highly entertaining series centered around Lana Lee. I find Lana Lee to be a fun protagonist with spunk and a penchant being unable to resist a mystery. More times than not, this leads her into trouble. This time around, a family friend, who is the widow of the victim in the first book in the series, is the prime suspect in the murder of her nanny. Lana's family restaurant was selected by Mrs. Feng to caterer for her b The fifth installment of the Noodle Shop Mystery series continues Ms. Chien's highly entertaining series centered around Lana Lee. I find Lana Lee to be a fun protagonist with spunk and a penchant being unable to resist a mystery. More times than not, this leads her into trouble. This time around, a family friend, who is the widow of the victim in the first book in the series, is the prime suspect in the murder of her nanny. Lana's family restaurant was selected by Mrs. Feng to caterer for her birthday party, so Lana is present when the murder occurs. Once Mrs. Feng realizes she is the prime suspect, she enlists Lana's help. Along the way, we are treated to returning secondary characters, as well as introduced to some new ones. I particularly enjoyed Lydia, the PI, and hope that we see more of her in future books. I also think the relationship between Adam and Lana is progressing nicely without overpowering the mysteries. The mystery is well done. The victim, at first blush, appears to be above reproach, but as Ms. Chien weaves her story and lays out clues, twists, and turns, appearance can be deceiving. There were plenty of theories and suspects to keep me engaged and guessing. Once again, the killer's identity is revealed in a climactic fashion where Lana gets her self entangled in some unintended trouble. I Overall, I think this is a very entertaining series, with well-written characters, witty dialogue, and strong mysteries. I always look forward to a new book in the series and after finishing this one I am looking forward to seeing where Ms. Chien takes her character next. I voluntarily read a digital ARC, provided to me by the publisher, St. Martin's Press, through Netgalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    I don’t know why I keep reading these books. I like all the other characters except the main character, so, that’s a unique experience. I also like all the food descriptions. They constantly leave me hungry. Lana is irritating, all the time. As one of many examples as to why I feel this way: she showed up at someones place of work (after she’s badgered them on two separate occasions already) and then was annoyed that they asked her to wait for 5 minutes so they could speak to her. Lana, you’re at I don’t know why I keep reading these books. I like all the other characters except the main character, so, that’s a unique experience. I also like all the food descriptions. They constantly leave me hungry. Lana is irritating, all the time. As one of many examples as to why I feel this way: she showed up at someones place of work (after she’s badgered them on two separate occasions already) and then was annoyed that they asked her to wait for 5 minutes so they could speak to her. Lana, you’re at someones job...you know...where they’re expected to work...? She’s such an insufferable snot. One of her more unfortunate character traits seems to be deliberately putting herself in dangers path when she doesn’t have to. Even now when we’re at the point where people are taking her seriously, she’ll STILL lie to people who love her and are respecting her investigating (Adam, Megan), or could be helpful (the P.I.) for no reason at all except to just be like “YOLO!!”. Why? WHY LANA? Why are you like this? Ugh. Naturally I already bought the next book so I’ll be getting through at least one more of these.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    In the fifth installment of Vivien Chien's Noodle Shop mystery series, Egg Drop Dead, is another delectable winner for me. Oh how I absolutely adore Lana Lee’s character – this time a murder finds Lana in her first-ever catering event, and along with the ever so handsome boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau to find the culprit. I really enjoy Lana is a character and have enjoyed this amazing and brilliant series by Vivien Chien. I adore cozy mysteries and this series is a must read for anyone that e In the fifth installment of Vivien Chien's Noodle Shop mystery series, Egg Drop Dead, is another delectable winner for me. Oh how I absolutely adore Lana Lee’s character – this time a murder finds Lana in her first-ever catering event, and along with the ever so handsome boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau to find the culprit. I really enjoy Lana is a character and have enjoyed this amazing and brilliant series by Vivien Chien. I adore cozy mysteries and this series is a must read for anyone that enjoys cozies. The plot was very well written and Chien has a way to get me turning those pages with fabulous twists in the story line. I loved this installation and definitely have an appetite for more! Chien could not bring these installments fast enough.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carol Evans

    I actually don’t read many foodie cozy mysteries, but the Noodle Shop Mysteries are an exception. First, I do love Chinese restaurant food. When I was pregnant, we ate at the same Chinese restaurant in the mall that the woman who owned it gave us a baby present. Second, it takes place in Cleveland, Ohio, and I always enjoy it when a story is set somewhere I’ve been and Amber’s college is about 30 minutes away. Third, Lana’s a good character and her family is a hoot. Lana’s first catering job is g I actually don’t read many foodie cozy mysteries, but the Noodle Shop Mysteries are an exception. First, I do love Chinese restaurant food. When I was pregnant, we ate at the same Chinese restaurant in the mall that the woman who owned it gave us a baby present. Second, it takes place in Cleveland, Ohio, and I always enjoy it when a story is set somewhere I’ve been and Amber’s college is about 30 minutes away. Third, Lana’s a good character and her family is a hoot. Lana’s first catering job is going well – until the murder of course. Donna Feng, a long-time friend of the Lee family, is clearly the most likely suspect to have killed her nanny, but she asks Lana to help prove her innocence by figuring out who the killer actually was. This is Lana’s fifth “investigation” but this time she may be in over her head. I do think this would work as a stand-alone, but I’ve been reading the series since the beginning. There are several possibilities and the clues are well-done; they make sense with the final whodunnit but they also keep the spotlight shining on different suspects. This time around, Lana joins forces with a local private investigator who I liked. That’s one thing about this series, people do for the most part take Lana seriously. The PI agrees to let Lana tag along and help. Adam, Lana’s boyfriend, worries about her safety, but is never over-bearing or dismissive. But once again, the boyfriend is a detective. Yes, it makes it easier on the amateur sleuth but it’s a bit overused. And why he keeps putting up with her lying to him is beyond me. If she would just have told him where she was going she would end up in less danger, because (once again) she makes an impulsive decision and ends up putting her life in danger. I enjoy the glimpses into the upper-class Chinese American society and I imagine it is as interconnected as it seems here, especially in a city like Cleveland. It’s also nice that the sleuth actually does have to take care of her real job, even during her investigations. She has to make sure the restaurant is running and get someone to cover shifts she misses. As far as cozy mysteries go, this is a fun one. It follows all the “rules” but has its own outlook and shows a culture we don’t usually see in this genre. But it always makes me want to go out for Chinese.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robin Leslie Coxon

    Egg Drop Dead is the 5th book in the Noodle Shop Mystery. Lana Lee is still active managing the Ho-Lee Noodle Shop, her families Chinese Restaurant. Although Lana has a full plate with managing the Ho-Lee Noodle shop and figuring out her relationship with Adam, her police detective boyfriend, she decides to open a catering business since the summer business is slow. The first catering job is for Donna Feng's birthday party. All is going swimmingly until Donna's twin daughter decide to make a spl Egg Drop Dead is the 5th book in the Noodle Shop Mystery. Lana Lee is still active managing the Ho-Lee Noodle Shop, her families Chinese Restaurant. Although Lana has a full plate with managing the Ho-Lee Noodle shop and figuring out her relationship with Adam, her police detective boyfriend, she decides to open a catering business since the summer business is slow. The first catering job is for Donna Feng's birthday party. All is going swimmingly until Donna's twin daughter decide to make a splash by jumping in the pool so they can get a look at Bryce Blackwell, the D.J. Donna looses her cool with Alice, the nanny, in front of her guests. However little did Lana know that Alice would be found dead in the swimming pool and what a little Terra Cotta Soldier with a jumpdrive hidden within would have to do with this. When the Westlake police arrive to investigate Alice's death, Lana finds that Donna is their key suspect. Being a good friend of Donna's, Lana cannot believe she is a murderer and puts on her detective cap.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    Lana Lee is back and on the case of a family friend, Donna, who may have murdered her nanny. Before Lana can solve the murder, she has to find the truth about Donna's mysterious past. On top of that, Warren the man who broke her heart shows up to try and get her back! I enjoyed the latest book. Lana and her roommate Megan, work together more and additional characters are added to the sleuthing team. To solve the murder, Lana teams up with Lydia, a private investigator who is tough and kind. The L Lana Lee is back and on the case of a family friend, Donna, who may have murdered her nanny. Before Lana can solve the murder, she has to find the truth about Donna's mysterious past. On top of that, Warren the man who broke her heart shows up to try and get her back! I enjoyed the latest book. Lana and her roommate Megan, work together more and additional characters are added to the sleuthing team. To solve the murder, Lana teams up with Lydia, a private investigator who is tough and kind. The Lee family is as fun as ever. The only thing I wish is that Lana would trust Adam more and stop rushing into danger by herself. The scenes between Warren and Lana were priceless! I look forward to the next book! I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review of the book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    Lana Lee's life should be settling down, she is fully the manager at the Noodle Shop, her sister is interning at at legal firm (and therefore isn't at the restaurant much), the problem is it is the quiet time for the restaurant and so Lana comes up with the idea of catering gigs, so far so good! Their first one is for Donna Feng and it appears to be going well until Donna's teenage twin daughters cannonball into the pool, drenching a number of guests and leading Donna into having a meltdown and Lana Lee's life should be settling down, she is fully the manager at the Noodle Shop, her sister is interning at at legal firm (and therefore isn't at the restaurant much), the problem is it is the quiet time for the restaurant and so Lana comes up with the idea of catering gigs, so far so good! Their first one is for Donna Feng and it appears to be going well until Donna's teenage twin daughters cannonball into the pool, drenching a number of guests and leading Donna into having a meltdown and screaming at the nanny! When Alice (the nanny) is found drowned later that evening Donna is promptly taken to the police station, now with Donna feeling desperate Lana steps up to find out the truth, but is she going to find herself in hot water?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Piepie

    I'm a huge fan of the Noodle Shop Mysteries, and this story pulled me in and instantly hooked me. Fans of cozy mysteries (and Asian food!) will not be disappointed. More Lana Lee, please! I'm a huge fan of the Noodle Shop Mysteries, and this story pulled me in and instantly hooked me. Fans of cozy mysteries (and Asian food!) will not be disappointed. More Lana Lee, please!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chen takes us to Fairview Park, Ohio in July. Lana Lee has added catering services to the Ho-Lee Noodle House and their first job is for the owner of Asia Village, Donna Feng. Lana and head chef, Peter Huang arrive to find the normally unflappable Donna extremely agitated and on edge. The party is in full swing when a scream comes from the patio. Lana rushes out to find the nanny dead in the pool. Donna entrusts a thumb drive with Lana that contains sensitive information. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chen takes us to Fairview Park, Ohio in July. Lana Lee has added catering services to the Ho-Lee Noodle House and their first job is for the owner of Asia Village, Donna Feng. Lana and head chef, Peter Huang arrive to find the normally unflappable Donna extremely agitated and on edge. The party is in full swing when a scream comes from the patio. Lana rushes out to find the nanny dead in the pool. Donna entrusts a thumb drive with Lana that contains sensitive information. Donna wants Lana to don her sleuthing cap once again and locate the killer. Egg Drop Dead is the fifth A Noodle Shop Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series (or if you missed a book or two along the way). I like that this series features a Chinese American community outside Cleveland, Ohio. It is unique for cozy mysteries. The author provided vivid descriptions that bring the scenes to life. Lana Lee is managing the family restaurant and putting her own stamp on the place. When Donna asks Lana to investigate the murder of her nanny, she is happy to dive into the case. Lana gets assistance from her roommate, Megan Riley (who is equally inquisitive). After a fire at Donna’s house, Lana gets her to agree to hire a PI. Lana tags along with the private investigator. There are various suspects and well-done clues. I enjoyed Donna’s backstory which was intriguing. I was delighted with the takedown scene and appreciated the epilogue. I would like to see Lana begin to mature. She can be impulsive and make poor decisions that puts her life in jeopardy (frequently). I am surprised that Lana’s boyfriend, Adam is still with her considering how much she lies to him. The author does need to stop repeating case details (we got it the first time). In addition to investigating the murder and managing the restaurant, Lana is dealing with a bothersome ex-boyfriend. Lana will need a stiff backbone to deal with this pesky old beau. Egg Drop Dead is a cute cozy mystery that will have you craving your favorite Chinese delicacy (Pepper Steak for me). Egg Drop Dead is an upbeat story where it is night night for the nanny, a troubling terracotta thumb drive, catering chaos, little lies, and a bothersome old beau.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    Egg Drop Dead is another fun book in the Noodle Shop Mystery Series. I love the main character, Lana Lee, and find the secondary characters of her family and boyfriend, Adam, to be great as well. I especially enjoy the interactions between Lana and her mother. In this new installment, Lana is on her first catering job when a domestic worker is murdered. The party's hostess, Donna Feng, is the main suspect, and Lana must step in to solve the case. This book has all the charm and spiritedness of th Egg Drop Dead is another fun book in the Noodle Shop Mystery Series. I love the main character, Lana Lee, and find the secondary characters of her family and boyfriend, Adam, to be great as well. I especially enjoy the interactions between Lana and her mother. In this new installment, Lana is on her first catering job when a domestic worker is murdered. The party's hostess, Donna Feng, is the main suspect, and Lana must step in to solve the case. This book has all the charm and spiritedness of the others in the series. I was glad to be back in Lana's world, and I had fun reading about the characters and enjoyed the interesting storyline.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

    Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien shows that keeping secrets about your past isn't a great thing to do. Can Lana figure out who killed the nanny? Lana Lee and friends Lana Lee and her friends are back with another fantastic adventure for us. I love Lana in this installment, but all I have to say is that I feel bad for Adam a bit. Lana is still a strong person that has done a lot of things that have helped her out through this trying year. Her detecting skills are definitely improving since the firs Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien shows that keeping secrets about your past isn't a great thing to do. Can Lana figure out who killed the nanny? Lana Lee and friends Lana Lee and her friends are back with another fantastic adventure for us. I love Lana in this installment, but all I have to say is that I feel bad for Adam a bit. Lana is still a strong person that has done a lot of things that have helped her out through this trying year. Her detecting skills are definitely improving since the first book, and I love that they are since it brings in more character growth for her, even if she doesn't want to be a private investigator. Megan sadly isn't in here very much, which is kind of unfortunate since I love her as a character. I do have to say poor Adam. One can truly see how much he cares for Lana, but she is making it hard for him when she doesn't answer his messages. The Mystery At Donna Feng's birthday party, her nanny is found dead in her pool. Well, toward the end of the party, she was found, and of course, Donna has asked Lana to look into it. Let's just say that this whole mystery is one topsy turvy roller coaster ride for Lana to figure out. I was shocked about who killed her, but I had one part right, but I couldn't connect the two dots. Ms. Chien has crafted another excellent cozy. Five Stars Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien is another excellent book from this author. I love this series, including Lana. Her new/old character in Lydia is a hoot to read about in Lana's point of view. I do hope that Ms. Chien can do something with her at some point. I am giving this book five stars and recommending it to anyone that likes a good cozy mystery series like this one. In fair warning, though, you will be craving lots of noodles while reading this series! Other Books in the Series   You will find links to my reviews of these books near the top next to the book cover of Egg Drop Dead. Coming out March 9, 2021 Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed this review of Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien.  Please stop by and check out my interview with Vivien Chien and enter the giveaway, HERE. Until the next time, Happy Reading! This review was originally posted on Baroness' Book Trove

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becky B

    Lana is trying to get her family's restaurant started in the catering business and Donna Feng gives her their first opportunity. They are all super concerned about making the night a success and gaining more potential clients, but those worries kind of fly out the window when the nanny Donna employed to look after her daughters is found dead in the pool. Donna is everyone's top suspect as she very publicly berated the young woman earlier in the night, and rumors about Donna losing it after her h Lana is trying to get her family's restaurant started in the catering business and Donna Feng gives her their first opportunity. They are all super concerned about making the night a success and gaining more potential clients, but those worries kind of fly out the window when the nanny Donna employed to look after her daughters is found dead in the pool. Donna is everyone's top suspect as she very publicly berated the young woman earlier in the night, and rumors about Donna losing it after her husband's death abound. Just before the police take Donna in for questioning, Donna has Lana go up to the upstairs bathroom and turn off a curling iron she think was left on. Lana doesn't find a curling iron, but she does find a flash drive in the sink and later discovers it has information on it about Donna's very secret past. Lana already knows about these secrets due to a prior investigation, but no one else should. Donna asks Lana to do look into the suspects on the side and see if she can help clear her name and keep her secrets buried. As a favor to a family friend, Lana agrees. But this case seems to have an abundance of dead ends, there's a possibility of mob involvement, and Lana isn't even sure Donna wants the true culprit to be found. This was a different feeling Noodle Shop Mystery in some ways. Lana's police officer boyfriend has finally accepted that he can't stop Lana from snooping and actually gives her advice on this case instead of spending the whole time telling her to keep her nose out of things. Normally there's an abundance of suspects, but in this one there didn't seem to be any clear suspects until quite late in the book. And Lana works with an actual licensed PI in this one, who the author shares in the beginning is a character she originally came up with for a class assignment. Of course, Lana is still Lana. Her best friend Megan is still along for the ride as much as she can be. There are still moments at the restaurant and with her family. And Kikko is still there for cuddles. Now, sadly, I need to wait until I can get my hands on the next one. Notes on content: About 5-8 minor swears. No sexual content. It is mentioned that a couple sleep together, but nothing other than sleep happens. One person is drowned, two others are threatened with harm, and one person is shot (non-fatally). There's some casual drinking mentioned, and one person getting rather drunk. One of Lana's friends smokes. (Lana doesn't approve.)

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