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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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Another super fun installment in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. These books never disappoint and I'm always so excited when there's a new one to pick up. The world building continues to be cozy and the characters feel like old friends. I can't wait for Lana's next adventure!

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Another nice installment to the Noodle Shop Mystery series, centered around Chinese New Year's festivities this time. Lana has a murder to solve with all the usual family, extended and close, helping in their own special ways. The story does not disappoint.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Peking Duck and Cover is the 10th book in A Noodle Shop Mystery Series by Vivien Chien.

I enjoyed this book a lot more than the one pervious to it. In this mystery we are back in Ohio and now someone is dead, red envelope in their pocket containing four one-dollar bills—an omen of death in Chinese culture.

I have 2 issues with this book that keeps it away from 5 stars, the first is that I really think we are past due time for a conversation with Lana's sister about her "relationship" rather than pushing it off and treating Lana like a villain for being concerned. It needs to be a full blown conversation or drop the subplot altogether, it's aggravating.

The 2nd is that the ending felt rushed. It didn't even feel time to reveal the killer, their intentions, or reasoning. I feel like there was a time crunch here and it was tossed together at the last second. Honestly, the killers reasoning made no sense to me and it really felt like "really? Seriously?" the entire time.

However, I loved that Lana was more confident in her skills this time around! It really brought out the things I thought were missing in other books and I'm excited to see where it takes us. Her longtime boyfriend Adam is such a great support and her best friends were great characters in this story. (Also a potential romance for Meghan? I'm living for it)!

I do honestly think you should read the other books in this series before this one. It will really help you understand the characters and their personalities.

4/5 can't wait for the next one.

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This was another winner in the Noodle Shop Mystery series, it had everything that I was looking for from the previous books. The characters had everything that I was looking for and thought the mystery element worked and enjoyed figuring out what was going on, It had everything that I wanted from Vivien Chien and enjoyed reading this.

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Chinese-customs, Chinese-culture, Chinese-Americans, Cleveland, amateur-sleuth, cozy-crime, family-business, family-drama, family-dynamics, local-gossip, local-law-enforcement, friendship, friction, situational-humor, suspense, suspicion, verbal-humor, restaurant, lawyers, siblings, sisters, Asian-Americans, secrets, investigation, murder, pet-dog, pug, senior-citizens, unpleasant-co-worker, relationship-issues, relationships, relatives*****

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It was supposed to be a fun lunar new year celebration until one of the dance company was shot and an Omen of Death was found in her pocket. Lana has family and friends making her crazy because some do NOT want her investigating, while others (including the Mahjong Matrons) urging her on! Another twisty cozy in this delightful series!
I requested and received a free temporary EARC from St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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This book was outstanding!! I just so love the Noodle Shop series, it’s fun and entertaining!! I always look forward to a new book is this wonderful series to release!! I would highly recommend this book to everyone!!

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