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Egg Drop Dead: 03/18/20
Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien is the fifth of the Noodle Shop mysteries. Lana Lee is catering an event for Donna. It should be an intimate dinner by the pool but after a screaming match one of her employees is found murdered. Donna is the prime suspect but Lana doesn't believe she's capable of murder.
While previous books in this series can stand alone, Egg Drop Dead builds on events in Wonton Terror (2019). Even if you don't want to start at the beginning, at least read book four.
The introduction explains how Vivien Chien's first writing success was a writing class. She wrote a detective fiction staring a woman similar to Lana. In this book she decided it would be fun for the two to meet.
The detective is obviously a professional but she's not the smooth operator one might expect. She's temperamental and condescending. She takes to calling Lana "Chickadee," which I personally found hilarious. Chickadees may be small but they are badass. I hope the detective becomes a reoccurring character. She was a delightful edition.
The sixth book is Killer Kung Pao and will be released on August 25, 2020.