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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #42 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to North Carolina, West Virginia and Alaska!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Howloween Murder (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting – Connecticut
My Flashback Friday Read and my book for
the Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge. My Review


A Brush with Murder: A Paint by Murder Mystery
by Bailee Abbott
Release Date – October 21, 2021
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Tuesday.


The Enemy You Gnocchi: A Christmas Cozy Mystery
(Italian Chef Mysteries)

by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – New York
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday.


Mistletoe Cake Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory
Release Date – October 12, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday.

Scheduled Escapes


Let Her Be (Hush collection)
by Lisa Unger
Release Date – July 30, 2020
Setting – ??
My Flashback Friday Read and
for my Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Challenge


Getaway With Murder: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – North Carolina – Blue Ridge Mountains
For Review


Trouble Brewing (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – October 18, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Wednesday.


Dark Night: A Mystery (Alaska Wild)
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – December 7, 2021
Setting – Alaska
For Review

Future Escapes

October 10 – 16, 2021


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Mocha, She Wrote: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander #Review


Mocha, She Wrote: A Bakeshop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
13th in Series
Setting – Oregon
Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin’s Paperbacks (June 29, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250789427
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250789426
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08FZBWPYS

When a barista competition comes to town, Torte’s favorite pastry chef finds herself sleuthing once again—in the next installment of Ellie Alexander’s beloved Bakeshop Mystery Series, Mocha, She Wrote!

Summer has ushered in a new season in the charming hamlet of Ashland, Oregon. Torte is bustling with tourists taking in star-drenched shows at the Elizabethan, setting out to hike in the surrounding Siskiyou Mountains, and sampling the bakeshop’s summer lineup of raspberry lemon tarts and mint mojito cold brews. Jules and the team are buzzing with excitement when they learn that Andy, Torte’s head barista, has been selected to compete in the West Coast Barista Cup.

The prestigious competition draws coffee aficionados from up and down the coast to Ashland. The winner will not only claim to be best-in-brew, but also be awarded a hefty cash prize. Andy’s nervous about his chances, but Jules is confident that her star barista will shine. However, things take a grim turn when head judge Benson Vargas spits out Andy’s first offering, claiming it to be the worst thing to ever touch his lips—and hours later, is found dead clutching Andy’s creamy latte. Suddenly Torte’s favorite barista becomes the number one suspect. There’s no roast for the weary. Jules will have to sleuth out whodunit to clear Andy’s name and catch a killer before she ends up with one foot in the grounds.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

It’s summertime and an exciting event is coming to Ashland, Oregon. The West Coast Barista Cup is about to start and Torte’s own Barista Extraordinaire Andy will be competing in the prestigious competition. The Best-in-Brew title is rewarding in itself but the winner also receives a nice cash prize too.  The entire Torte staff plans to take turns supporting Andy with Jules attending all the events to cheer him on.

Andy gets a bit of a rough start but quickly finds his footing right up until head judge Benson Vargas spits out Andy’s signature coffee creation. He rips into Andy saying it is the worst he has ever tasted. The head judge’s drink is clearly different from the other judge’s coffee. Determined to win the judge over he brews another latte and vows to get it to the judge. Hours later Benson Vargas is dead and it appears that he is holding Andy’s second effort. This means Andy is suspect #1 but he is allowed to continue to compete. Jules, with a little assistance from Lance, vows to find out what really happened and prove what she already knows, Andy is innocent and someone else is brewing up trouble.


I was so happy to see Andy featured in Mocha, She Wrote. This storyline has been building for a while because Andy is really a genius at blending up some truly terrific coffee drinks, He really knows his flavors and is well known in the area for his expertise. I hated to see him high on the suspect list but we all knew he was innocent of the crime. The camaraderie that has been built by the characters of the Bakeshop Mysteries is heartwarming. With the exception of one character who is such a sad sack, the people within these books really care about each other and that was clearly seen in this story. When I load these books up on my Kindle I feel like I am checking in on old friends and know it is time to get comfortable, and enjoy my visit.

I am a huge fan of cooking competition shows on television so I loved the barista cup theme of this story. The judges for the competition seemed true to life. You know there is always one boisterous judge with a differing opinion.  Benson Vargas truly fit that bill. He rubbed many people the wrong way and now pushed someone to kill.

Ms. Alexander has given readers a well-plotted mystery with a roomful of suspects. Everyone knew Andy was innocent but police including the Professor have to follow the evidence. But he is smart enough to trust Jules eyes and ears. Sabotage and twists run rampant and Jules gets a little diverted at one point. As she and Lance try to pare down the suspects they find it is not an easy task. I had a couple of theories of my own and one turned out to be correct as proven with a very exciting climax to the mystery.

The author’s descriptive voice continues to bring each location to life. There have been some changes to Torte that have been very well received. I love the new area and can easily picture myself enjoying a pastry and one of Andy’s concoctions and people watching. The people in the kitchen, and all the people who find their way into this amazing place. For Mocha, She Wrote, she had to create the perfect setup in a local space. Each contestant’s station, the judge’s table, and the audience, some contenders have their own groupies, were all clear in my mind.

Mocha, She Wrote is a delightful addition to this series. I really liked this story and can tell you it was A Perfect Escape. The next book in this series, Bake, Borrow, and Steal will be released on December 28. 

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About the Author

Ellie Alexander (aka Kate Dyer-Seeley), author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin’s Press), is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.

Author Links –  Facebook     Twitter      Instagram    GoodReads

Also by Ellie Alexander

Written as Kate Dyer-Seeley

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #38 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Montana and Oregon!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Ukulele Murder: A Nani Johnson Aloha Lagoon Mystery (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries)
by Leslie Langtry
Release Date – June 30, 2016
Setting – Hawaii
My Flashback Friday Read and for the Alphabet Soup and
Literary Escapes Challenges.

My Review


Mocha, She Wrote: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – June 29, 2021
Setting – Oregon
Review will be up tomorrow. 


Burden of Poof (Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Release Date – September 15, 2021
Setting – Georgia
I will feature this book this week on Cozy Wednesday!


The Corpse in the Gazebo (A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting- Connecticut
My Review will be up Thursday.

Current Escape


Deep Bitter Roots (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series)
by Joy Ann Ribar
Release Date April 15, 2020
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


The Glitter End: A Cozy Mystery (Stationery Shop Mystery)
by Vivian Conroy
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting – Montana
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday next week.


Playing Possum (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
by Dane McCaslin
Release Date – October 5, 2021
Setting – Oregon
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week.

Future Escapes

September 19 – 25, 2021 


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #37 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Georgia, Oregon, and Connecticut!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


No Grater Crime (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day
Release Date – August 24, 2021
Setting – Indiana
Review will be up tomorrow!


Swimming with the Fishes: An Ozarks Lake Mystery
by Marc Jedel
Release Day – August 27, 2021
Setting – Arkansas
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday.


Cat’s Meow (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
by Dane McCaslin
Release Date – March 23, 2021
Setting – Oregon
Review will be up Thursday!

Current Escape


Ukulele Murder: A Nani Johnson Aloha Lagoon Mystery (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries)
by Leslie Langtry
Release Date – June 30, 2016
Setting – Hawaii
My Flashback Friday Read and for the Alphabet Soup and
Literary Escapes Challenges.

Scheduled Escapes


Mocha, She Wrote: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – June 29, 2021
Setting – Oregon
For Review


Burden of Poof (Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Release Date – September 15, 2021
Setting – Georgia
I will feature this book next week on Cozy Wednesday!


The Corpse in the Gazebo (A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting- Connecticut

Future Escapes

September 12 – 18, 2021 


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Death in Bloom: A Flower House Mystery by Jess Dylan #Review


Death in Bloom: A Flower House Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Tennessee
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (May 25, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1250769515
ISBN-13: 978-1250769510
Kindle ASIN: B08FZ8Y79B

The first in a sweet and colorful cozy mystery series from Jess Dylan, Death in Bloom introduces flower shop owner Sierra Ravenswood.

At the Flower House, every rose has its thorn . . .

Sierra Ravenswood is the new part-time employee of the Flower House, a flower shop in Aerieville, Tennessee. It’s true she didn’t expect to be back in her hometown at twenty-eight years old, but after her dream of making it as a singer in Nashville crashed and burned, she’s just grateful to have found a soft place to land.

Because, after all, Sierra firmly believes in being optimistic and positive about life, so she’s sure she won’t have to work at the Flower House forever. But things take a decidedly negative turn when a customer drops dead in the middle of her new bouquet-arranging workshop at the store. When it’s discovered he was poisoned by a snack at the event, everyone at the workshop, including Sierra, is on the suspect list. To make matters worse, her boss has gone AWOL and left the store to her for the cost of one dollar, leaving Sierra in charge of both his store and his high-energy Corgi puppy, Gus.

The town is on edge, and Sierra knows that murder is something that an upbeat attitude and a bouquet of sweet-smelling roses can’t fix. She’s determined to figure out whodunit before anyone else in town meets an untimely reason for needing funeral flowers.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sierra Ravenswood had hopes of being a singer known across the country but that didn’t happen so she is back home in Aerieville working part-time at The Flower House as she decides what she wants to do with her life next. The eccentric owner of the place has taken off to places unknown and left her the ownership of the shop just as he was scheduled to lead a workshop on flower arranging. Sierra decides to go ahead with the class and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves until one of the participants keels over dead. Sierra assumes the man had a heart attack but soon learns he was poisoned by one of the treats on the snack table. This means everyone at the workshop is a suspect including Sierra.

Trying to decide what she wants to do with The Flower House takes a backseat to finding a killer especially after the store and its greenhouse are vandalized. She is also the new owner of her boss’s Corgi puppy named Gus. Her life is not taking an expected turn but her optimistic nature will not let her back down while Death is in Bloom.


As soon as I saw the cover of this book I wanted to read it. My grandmother had a garden that encompassed most of her lawn with just grass walkways. This cover made me think of her and just brought back so many wonderful memories are spending time in those gardens and learning about flowers from my grandmother.

I really enjoyed meeting Sierra. Many people would have fallen apart by everything she had to handle in this story but she is a strong woman who took it all in stride with only some minor breaks. Her daily affirmations were uplighting both for her and this reader.

Sierra’s family was mostly supportive She really drew strength from Granny Mae. That woman is extraordinary in many ways and a great resource for Sierra. I enjoyed that she reconnected with an old friend, Deena, and made a new friend in Calvin. All the characters felt true to life. Everyone really worked together to keep the shop going and sleuth out clues. I am anxious to see how the characters and their relationships develop as this series continues.

I was taken in by the history of The Flower House and the town of Aerieville. The author added some nice depth to the story with the backgrounds she provided readers and her descriptions of each place she took us within the pages of this book.

The mystery was well done especially for the first book in a series. I always say the first book in a series is a heavy life because the author needs to give readers a great mystery while introducing core characters with enough background to get us invested in their lives. Ms. Dylan did an admirable job at both. I do wish we had gotten to know some of the suspects better so motives would have been more evident.  I was able to solve the mystery way before the reveal but I was totally entertained by the entire story.

Death in Bloom has set this series off to a blooming start. I want to visit Sierra, her friends, family, and The Flower House again soon.


About the Author

JESS DYLAN is an environmental attorney by day and author by night. As Jennifer David Hesse, she wrote the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries, a cozy series, with Kensington Publishing. Born and raised in Central Illinois, Jess now makes her home in Chicago with her musician husband, college-bound teen, and high-spirited Corgi. In her spare time, Jess enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, and movie night with her family.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #23 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New Mexico and a couple more states!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


There’s A Murder Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – January 7, 2020
Setting – London, England
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


Deadly Delights: A Bookish Baker Mystery
by Laura Jensen Walker
Release Date – June 8, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review will be up sometime this week. 


Death in Bloom: A Flower House Mystery
by Jess Dylan
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Tennessee
My Review will be up Thursday.


Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries: A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series
by Tonya Kappes
Release Date – May 25, 2018
Setting – Kentucky
My Flashback Friday Read
and my book for the June Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge.

Scheduled Escapes


Guilt is Midnight Blue: A Hazel Dean Mystery
by Josalyn McAllister
Release Date – May 5, 2021
Setting – Small Appalachian Town
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Raiders Of The Campsite (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton
Release Date – May 13, 2021
Setting – New Mexico
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Plus I need to select a Flashback Friday book.

Future Escapes

June 6 – 12, 2021


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #22 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to London, Wisconsin, and Tennessee!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Wedding Day and Foul Play
by Duffy Brown
Release Day – February 17, 2021
Setting – Georgia
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


Cat Me If You Can (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
by Miranda James
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting – North Carolina
My Review will be up tomorrow!


The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit (A Domestic Diva Mystery)
by Krista Davis
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Virginia
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Four Cuts Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Alabama
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!

Current Escape


There’s A Murder Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – January 7, 2020
Setting – London, England
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Deadly Delights: A Bookish Baker Mystery
by Laura Jensen Walker
Release Date – June 8, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
For Review


Death in Bloom: A Flower House Mystery
by Jess Dylan
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Tennessee
For Review

Future Escapes

May 30 – June 5, 2021


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #20 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Rhode Island and Oregon!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed

A Trail of Lies: A Mystery (A Jazz Ramsey Mystery)
by Kylie Logan
Release Date – May 11, 2021
Setting – Ohio
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Beyond a Reasonable Donut (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
by Ginger Bolton
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Jackal & Hide: A Compassionate Cozy Murder Mystery (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – May 14, 2021
Setting – Kenya
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!

Current Escape


Three Treats Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting – Alabama
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Imagine Summer: A Novel
by Shelley Noble
Release Date – May 11, 2021
Setting – Rhode Island
For Review


Pint of No Return (Shake Shop Mystery)
by Dana Mentink
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Oregon
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!

I need to select my Flashback Friday Read! 

Future Escapes

May 16 – May 22, 2021 


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #19 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Ohio, Wisconsin and Kenya!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery)
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – Massachusetts
My Flashback Friday Read!
Plus May Mini Challenge for Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge.
My Review


Deadly Ever After – A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates
Release Date – May 11, 2021
Setting – North Carolina
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Peaches and Schemes: A Georgia B&B Mystery
by Anna Gerard
Release Date – May 11, 2021
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!

Scheduled Escapes

A Trail of Lies: A Mystery (A Jazz Ramsey Mystery)
by Kylie Logan
Release Date – May 11, 2021
Setting – Ohio
For Review


Beyond a Reasonable Donut (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
by Ginger Bolton
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday next week!


Jackal & Hide: A Compassionate Cozy Murder Mystery (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – May 14, 2021
Setting – Kenya
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

May 9 – May 15, 2021 


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Fatal Fried Rice: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien #Review

Fatal Fried Rice: A Noodle Shop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Ohio
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (March 9, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1250782597
ISBN-13: 978-1250782595
Kindle ASIN: B08BYC415B

Lana Lee returns for another delectable cozy set in a Chinese restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio in Vivien Chien’s Fatal Fried Rice…

Lana Lee runs her family’s Chinese restaurant in Cleveland’s Asia Village like nobody’s business. When it comes to actual cooking, however, she’s known to be about a step up from boiling rice. So Lana decides to go to culinary school on the sly—and prove that she has what it takes in the kitchen after all. But when course instructor Margo Chan turns up dead after class, Lana suddenly finds herself on the case, frying pan in hand.

Since she was the one who discovered the body, Lana must do double duty in finding the killer and clearing her name. Now, with or without the help of her boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau, Lana launches her own investigation into Margo’s life and mysterious death. Doing so leads her on a wild goose chase to and from the culinary school—and all the way back to the Ho-Lee noodle shop, where the guilty party may be closer than Lana thinks.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I know it’s hard to believe but Lana Lee, manager of her family’s Ho-Lee Noodle Shop can’t cook much of anything, not even the Chinese food she eats and sells on a daily basis. Now she wants to change that and surprise her friends and family. She has signed up for a night class in Chinese cooking at the local community college. The first class went okay, the instructor demonstrated fried rice. In the next class, the students will get to make the recipe themselves. Lana is on her way home when she realizes she forgot to pick up the ingredient list for the upcoming class so she quickly turns around hoping to get back to the classroom before the instructor leaves. Well, the instructor is still there but she won’t be teaching any more classes. Someone has killed her and Lana being the one to find her ends up in ho water as a prime suspect.

Lana has helped solve cases before but they were in her boyfriend Detective Adm Trudeau’s jurisdiction. The detective on the case sure doesn’t want her help especially because he believes Lana is guilty. So having no choice she must investigate to clear her name. It’s no easy task but she can’t give up. Even when the killer may turn the tables on Lana. Will she be able to survive or will she be fatally fried.

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I can’t believe we are already 7 books into this series. Each time I open a book it is like catching up with old friends. All the characters are wonderful. Lana continues to grow. I enjoyed that she used a little restraint when she found the body but after that, she makes some risky choices including taking Kimmy Tran with her to snoop when her best friend and roommate Megan wasn’t available but it sure made for some funny moments. I do really like the closeness of the Lee family and their traditions like their Sunday dim sum dinners.

The mystery this time was a definite change because Adam wasn’t involved and Lana knew nothing about the victim. She was able to draw some information from her usual sources but she put on a lot of miles trying to track down clues. I hate lazy detectives and the one in charge of the murder was definitely lazy trying to make his case fit what had already decided. Ms. Chien plotted out a  story that kept the protagonist on her toes and this reader guessing right up until the exciting reveal.

The author does a great job of setting every scene whether it be the noodle shop, Megan and Lana’s apartment, the bar where Megan works, or the community college. It is so easy to visualize every place Lana goes. The little subplot of Lana updating the decor of the restaurant is so funny. Her mother tells her to do whatever she wants but then pans all her ideas.

I totally enjoyed this story. Well-plotted and written with engaging characters. Fatal Fried Rice checks all my cozy boxes. I am so excited for book 8, Hot and Sour Suspects.

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You can read my review of Death by Dumpling here,  Dim Sum of All Fears here, Murder Lo Mein here, Wonton Terror here, Egg Drop Dead here, and Killer Kung Pao here.

About the Author

VIVIEN CHIEN 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. Currently, she writes side-by-side with her toy fox terrier who refuses to sit anywhere else. When she’s not writing, Vivien enjoys frequenting local Asian restaurants, frolicking in the bookstore, and searching for her next donut. (From Amazon)


Coming August 24

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