Saturday, July 20, 2019

Weekend Book Reviews

Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien is the third book in the Noodle Shop Mystery series.  Lana is settling into her job as manager of her family's Chinese noodle shop.  The restaurant takes part in the local best noodle contest with high hopes of winning.  After one of the judges receives a threatening fortune cookie, he dies soon after.  Lana cannot resist being pulled into the mystery.  I enjoy the characters - especially Lana - as well as the setting of this series.  I look forward to the next installment.

The second book in the Chef-to-Go Mystery series by Denise Swanson is Leave No Scone UnturnedDani is glad to see classes starting back at the local university so her lunch-to-go part of her chef-to-go business.  Things at the university town seem to be out of control with multiple car jackings and a murder.  The book also tackles the issue of homelessness and veterans.  Normally I find things like that annoying, but the author handled it very well.  The issue was discussed on both sides and did not come across as preachy at all.  It added depth to the plot yet did not stray away from what makes cozy mysteries enjoyable.

The Hidden Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is the second book in the Food Blogger Mystery series.  Hope has transitioned from reality cooking show contestant to successful food blogger.  To further her new career she takes part in a food photography course taught by a local man whose wife is missing.  When the missing woman's body is found along with Hope's elderly neighbor in the neighbor's burned home, Hope decides to investigate.  The story and mystery are strong.  My only complaint is that Hope is a weak character.  She spends very little time on her job as food blogger.  I also wish she were smarter overall.  Hope is supposedly use to small town life but seems to have forgotten that nothing in a small town is a secret or even taken at face value.  I enjoyed it overall and will read future books.

disclosure:  I received these e-books through NetGalley but was not otherwise compensated for these reviews.  All opinions are my own!

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