Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Review: Death by Dumpling
Title: Death by Dumpling
Author: Vivien Chien
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Recommended If You Like: unique characters, the beginnings of romance, strong female narrators, surprise solutions to mysteries
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.
Lana Lee is back working at her family's restaurant, but when their property manager is found dead after eating dumplings from said family restaurant, Lana finds herself embroiled in a mystery that forces her to question what she thought she knew about the place she calls home.
What I Liked:
Lana is a great, strong, funny, relatable protagonist and narrator. She stands up for herself, but also tries to meet her family halfway, and refuses to give up on solving a mystery that directly affects her. She's surrounded by a unique cast of characters who all matter in some way to the story-her best friend is especially great.
And the (budding) romance! I was rooting so hard for Lana and a certain character (who I won't name so as not to spoil anything) to get together. I need the next book now so I can see their relationship develop.
It's also a great mystery. I honestly did not see the reveal of the murderer coming.
Anything I Didn't Like?
Honestly, this is a cozy mystery it's hard to find fault with. I just really enjoyed it and wanted to keep reading it.
This is a great first entry in a really promising cozy mystery series. I definitely recommend it.