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Lana Lee is coordinating a big Chinese New Year celebration at Asia Village when a member of the dance troupe she hired is shot to death behind the stage. Can Lana find the killer before they strike again?

I've been reading this series since it began but fell behind. Over the last few months I've gotten caught up with Lana and Megan and Adam. Lana is in a very tenuous position in this book. She needs to do a good job and attract a lot of business to the Village, but she can't do such a good job that Donna (owner of the Village) will decide that Lana should take Ian's place as the official coordinator of all the Asia Village goings-on.

Lana chases leads all over Cleveland, even going to the Black Garter to hunt down clues. Through it all, and with the connection between what happened and the employees of the Black Garter, we are left to wonder, will Kimmy's secret be spilled?

I enjoy this series, it's your typical cozy but with a fun perspective from another culture, which we don't get nearly enough of.

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.

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"Peking Duck and Cover (Noodle Shop Mystery #10)" by Vivien Chien had Lana helping to organize a Lunar New Year celebration at the Asian Village. I really don't get why they let her organize anything anymore, there's always a disaster. True, none are her fault but she sure has some bad juju following her around. At least one cop says she probably shouldn't throw anymore events.

This one does have mention of public shootings, if that's something that may bother you. The mystery in this one revolves around the passing of one of the lion dancers. Lana is asked by pretty everyone but her family to investigate because they're worried about the impact on the Asian Village. I have to say, in the short period of time that Lana has been working at her family's restaurant again and back at the Asian Village their reputation has got to be pretty bad already with all the death that's been going on, this one isn't going to change where that's headed already.

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In PEKING DUCK AND COVER by Vivien Chien, Lana Lee is back along with the Mahjong Mavens and other characters from Asia Village. Members of Asia Village gather for the Asian Festival. Lana Lee’s family restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House, is providing the main menu. Just as the lion dance, the premier event of the Asian Festival, is set to begin, Rhonda (one of the two people wearing part of the lion costume) is found dead. Who kills her and why?

I enjoy returning to Lana Lee’s world and the characters of Ho-Lee Noodle House and Asia Village. I do wish the murder had occurred earlier in the story, but all the elements that make a good cozy mystery are present. I look forward to reading the next book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. Thank you, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley, for the chance to read and review an advance reader copy of PEKING DUCK AND COVER.

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"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."

AS a fan of this series personally I think this has the best title of the lot.

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Another pleasant Noodle Shop mystery. Not a great piece of literature, but that is not what I was expecting. I read this series for a well written, fairly quick and light read based on solving a murder. Making it more fun is the view into Asian culture and family life. I know it will be formulaic, and enjoy it for the read and to go into a different world and character's lives. I keep reading the series to find out what will next happen in their lives. I recommend the series to patrons for an pleasant read along with other Asian and Singaporean writers in the same genre. They can be a nice visit into another culture, different from my own.

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I love this series. Peking Duck and Cover is the 10 book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series by Vivien Chien. The characters are lovable and having the story take place in an area that I'm familiar (the Cleveland area) with is a plus. This installment takes place around the Chines New Year and like all the other books in the series, you get to learn about some Asian and Chinese traditions, I highly recommend Peking Duck and Cover, as well as, the whole series.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin Press - Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read an eARC copy for my honest review...

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I really enjoyed “Peking Duck and Cover” by Vivien Chien. I am a fan of Chien’s cozy mystery series with amateur detective Lana Lee, set in and around her family’s Chinese restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. Chien has created a wonderful and loveable cast of characters, including Lana’s fierce friends and her detective boyfriend. “Peking Duck and Cover” did not disappoint as the latest in the series. Set during a Chinese New Year celebration at Asia Village, the book has a captivating mystery while also sharing some New Year’s traditions. A fun and suspenseful read, I recommend this installment along with the entire series. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press – Minotaur Books for the eARC.

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I love this series. I am always excited to see a new book come out. I was so happy to be able to get an ARC to read. Lana is such a great character and when she gets involved in solving a crime I hate for it to end. Then I have to wait for the next book to come out. This one did not disappoint. Lana is dragged into a mystery that occurs during a Chinese New Year celebration she is partially in charge of. Her friends join her in trying to figure out who shot Rhonda the head of the lion. What follows is an entertaining ride to a satisfying conclusion.

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With the Chinese New Year looming, Lana and the other vendors at Asia Village are gearing up for a celebration. But when murder hits the festivities, Lana finds herself trying to figure out who had it one for the woman.

Lots of suspects, plenty of Asian food, and the cutest pug, settle in with a pot of tea and dig in. This is one of my favorite cozy series and Vivien Chien never disappoints.

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The Noodle Shop Mystery Series by author Vivien Chien is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Lana Lee and the rest of the cast of characters are quirky, fun and full of surprises. It's the Lunar New Year and as what usually happens when the Asia Village Merchants are involved in events, things go awry and a murder happens. This time it is someone hired by Lana and the murder threatens the businesses in Asia Village. Once again, Lana involves herself in the mystery because she knows that the merchants in Asia Village will not speak freely with the police. With each new mystery, Lana gets more confident in her abilities as an amateur sleuth. The only criticism that I have with the book is that the ending felt a bit rushed. However, given what the author has been going through the past several years and the fact that I love this series, it did not fully detract from my enjoyment of the story. I look forward to each new mystery and this one did not disappoint me.

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Vivien Chien's series just keeps getting better! I will admit that I guessed the murderer very early on in this book, but the insane amount of fun character development (Lana's irritation with Ian is my favorite, but I also love the Mahjong Matrons and their nosiness but utter concern for Lana) made this book an absolute blast to read through. I loved the mystery and the new characters that we got to meet and investigate, and found myself so engrossed in investigating the characters with Lana and trying to figure out what secrets they were hiding! This was so well-written, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for even more books in this series!

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic copy to read in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely ADORE this series. I love how Lana and Megan work in their relationship as friends and roomates. I even love Kimmy and how blunt and straightforward she can be. One thing I appreciate in the series is that the characters grow and change in positive ways and we get to enjoy watching them. The mystery in this one was pretty good - a few tense moments and a lot of possible suspects! It was positively delicious.

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Peking Duck and Cover is the tenth book in the Noodle Shop mystery series by Vivien Chien. New year, new Lana Lee. The shop owners of Asia Village participate in creating a memorable Chinese New Year celebration. Lana Lee is the head event planner. With the help of Ian Sung, they orchestrate an evening of music, live entertainment, generous giveaways and fireworks.

It's all fun and fresh beginnings until a member of the lion dance performance team is found dead. A single bullet wound through the heart and a red envelope containing four $1 bills in their pocket marks an omen of death. Of course, Lana Lee has to find the killer before anyone else dies.

Even though the story was far from a page-turner, I finished reading in just three (3) days. But those are days I could have spent reading a far more engaging book. It was lacking in suspense, too formulaic and meh. Although, I always like to see appearances of the Mahjong Matrons and Asia Village shop owners. It remains a colorful cast of characters that I will stay tuned in for.

Happy Early Pub Day, Vivien Chien! Peking Duck and Cover will be available on July 23.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins. ~LiteraryMarie

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Thank you for the ARC!
I love this series . Each book is great and this one did not disappoint .
I love following Lana and her friends and seeing how they figure everything out. Loved the Chinese new year theme as well! Definitely recommend !

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Peking Duck and Cover is the 10th book in A Noodle Shop Mystery and it was a nice addition to the series. Lana Lee manages her family's restaurant. Her best friend Megan is her roommate and sleuthing sidekick. Lana is dating Detective Adam Trudeau. They are becoming close but there wasn't as much advancement in their relationship as I hoped but he is a really good character. It is Lunar New Year in mid January in Cleveland. The Asia Village merchants are involved in a big event with a lion dance group, fireworks, and food. Unfortunately one of the lion dance group members ends up dead and Lana and friends need to figure out who the culprit is. The book has a good pace and Lana's interactions with the suspects is friendly for the most part. She is a strong independent character and is very likable. The series is good but after 10 books I expected a little more story advancement but it was enjoyable and I will continue to read the series. #PekingDuckAndCover #ANoodleShopMystery #NetGalley #StMartinPress

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I love Lana Lee and her adventures. This new book did not disappoint and it was great to catch up with everyone. The mystery in this one was a fun one and I didn't see it coming.

Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the advance copy.

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These Noodle shop mysteries are some of my favorites and I eagerly anticipate each new one as it comes. This time it is Lunar New Year in the Plaza and Lana is helping plan the party of the year to celebrate it. Unfortunately, Lana does not have the best track record with events despite her best intentions and things go awry.

One of the dancers she has hired to perform the Lion Dance is killed during the performance and everyone is shocked and outraged that this tragedy occurred and does not bode well for the New Year. The Mahjong Matrons, the elderly foursome who visit Ho-Lee Noodle House daily without fail, are particularly worried and want Lana to solve the crime as soon as possible. The suspect pool while not wide, is confusing and there are too many loose threads Lana keeps grasping.

I enjoy following Lana on her trips to the plaza and the exploits of Lana, Megan and Kimmy Tran. I do feel like there was one plot point that was significant but seemed to be put on the back burner, though I suspect it was intentional and did not detract from my enjoyment of the story. I base a lot of my cozy preferences on if I would be friends with the main character and I would definitely love to befriend Lana Lee.

My thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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There are fireworks in more than one way when Lana Lee helps host Chinese New Year celebrations in Cleveland's Asia Village.

The cast of the delightful Noodle Shop Mysteries is back at it again with another stellar addition, expanding the universe of characters even further with this book. I genuinely wish that I could be a fly on the wall at the Zodiac Bar while Megan bartends with Kimmy and Lana in the crowd.

When the newest murder threatens the livelihood of Asia Village itself, Lana knows that it's up to her to get the stories that people wouldn't otherwise tell cops like her boyfriend Adam. I adore the fact that the author never shies away from the reality of life, with Lana's boyfriend often spending the night and the characters indulging in more than just one drink.

Without spoiling much, I am beyond happy that Megan now has a potential love interest too.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read this book for free and provide my honest opinion.

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I do adore this series. So very happy that Vivien Chien's health improves and she feel well enough to write additions to the series.

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I liked this book and rated it 4⭐️. I liked seeing all the characters again and the mystery kept my attention. I liked the interactions between Lana, Megan and Kimmie. Anna May doesn’t appear much or even Betty, but it was more focused on the girls since the victim was someone their age. Thank you Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book.

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