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This is book number 10 in the A Noodle Shop Mystery series.
Lana Lee and friends return for a fiery Chinese New Year celebration that rattles their quaint community. After all, an Asia Village party wouldn’t be complete without an explosive finale.
Chinese New Year is supposed to be a time of fresh beginnings and celebrations of good fortune to come. Naturally, the shop owners of Asia Village jump at the chance to participate in creating a memorable holiday event that will bring positive light to the plaza, and prosperity for all those involved.
With Lana Lee as his right-hand woman and head event planner, Ian Sung orchestrates an extravagant evening filled with music, live entertainment, and generous giveaways. But at the end of the night, during an elaborate firework show in the parking lot, a member of the lion dance performance team is found dead backstage with a single bullet hole through the heart and a red envelope in their pocket containing four one-dollar bills—an omen of death.
When news of a curse on Asia Village make its way around the plaza, Lana readily agrees to find who killed the talented dancer before anyone else is marked for death.
VIVIEN CHIEN (she/her) was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where she grew up in a mixed-race home, making for some very interesting cultural experiences. She found her love of books and the written word at an early age while writing short stories about her classmates in elementary school. When she’s not writing, Vivien enjoys frequenting local Asian restaurants, frolicking in bookstores, and searching for her next donut.
She is the author of the Noodle Shop Mystery series, including Death by Dumpling.
Praise for the Noodle Shop series:
"A worthy sophomore outing provides plenty of twists and turns and a perky, albeit conflicted, sleuth."—Kirkus Reviews
"Cozy fans rejoice! You will long for the next course that Vivien Chien serves up."—Suspense Magazine
"A fun who-dunit that's tasty and dangerous!"—Woman's World, Book Club Pick
"Chien infuses the latest deftly crafted entry in her detectable "Noodle Shop" series with plenty of wry charm and dry wit, making this yet another tempting, too-good-to-miss treat for culinary cozy fans."—Library Journal
"The endearing Lana, the relationship between the two sisters, and the restaurant framed story will all appeal to fans of Chris Cavender's Pizza Lovers mysteries."—Booklist