Series: Noodle Shop Mystery #3
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 26, 2019
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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Everyone agrees that the food at Ho-Lee Noodle House is delicious—unless it happens to be deadly.
Lana Lee’s stake in her family’s Chinese restaurant is higher than ever now that she’s been made manager. So when she enters Ho-Lee into Cleveland’s Best Noodle Contest, Lana makes it her business to win—at all costs. But when a local food critic receives a threatening note in a fortune cookie and is later found dead, face-down in a bowl of lo mein, all bets are off. . .
Now, along with her sweet-and-sour boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau, Lana decides to take matters into her own hands and dig into the lives of everyone involved in the contest. But when she receives an ill-fated fortune, Lana realizes that in order to save the reputation of her restaurant, she needs to save herself first. . .
This is the third installment in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. Lana Lee is now managing her family’s restaurant in the Asia Village plaza, but of course nothing’s ever quiet in her life. There’s a noodle competition taking place and Peter, the chef at Ho-Lee Noodle House is one of the competitors. Then one of the judges is killed and Lana and Megan decide they need to investigate, after all they have experience now.
The mystery was well-done. The first victim had several enemies, he was a bit of a jerk. But when a second judge is killed, it becomes more confusing.
Lana’s questioning at times becomes a bit pushy in this one, and I got a little tired of everyone telling her she should keep out of it, as if she didn’t know it already. Amateur detectives know they should leave it up to the cops, but just can’t. And she has a bad habit of getting caught alone with a murderer, although at least here she gets away on her own.
Lana’s still kinda maybe dating her detective. Apparently, he has “baggage.” I hope their relationship in the next I’ve improved it she dumps him. He actually liked through her purse without getting permission. And of course, since he found something relating to the case that she hadn’t told him about, she was the one in trouble. Boo.
My favorite new character was Lana’s Grandma. She’s from Taiwan, speaks little English, and is apparently here to stay for at least a while. She’s funny and observant and is a good addition to the family.
Overall, Murder Lo Mein is a fun cozy mystery that will leave you craving Chinese take out. The Asian American point of view of interesting and unique, and it takes place in Cleveland.